The NFO’s 2018 Annual Conference

April 26-28, in Tenafly, New Jersey,
in conjunction with the Spring 2018
New Jersey Folk Dance Festival

Download the Conference Registration Forms

The NFO Conference Committee is putting the final touches on the 2018 NFO Conference.

The New Jersey Folk Dance Festival will be held Saturday afternoon in Haworth, New Jersey. Attending the New Jersey Folk Dance Festival will be part of the NFO Conference.

The Conference is $125 for NFO members and $145 for non-members.  This does NOT include hotel accommodations. See details below about the special rate at the Clinton Inn.  Download the Conference Registration Form.  Pay by check or on-line with PayPal or a credit card.


Conference organizers have contracted with the Clinton Inn in Tenafly for a special room rate of $119/night (includes two full restaurant breakfasts per room and free parking). Those attending the NFO Conference need to mention the NFO Conference to get this special rate. The phone number for reservations is 800-275-4411. The NFO rate is only available until March 26, 2018, so don’t delay!  Many of the activities will take place at the Church of the Atonement, about a half-mile from the hotel.

Our Keynote speaker will be Allegra Fuller Snyder. Allegra Fuller Snyder is a dance ethnologist (ethnochoreologist), choreographer, professor and author specializing on dance and culture. Her research focuses on dances among Native American tribes particularly the Yaqui, and on dance among several ethnic groups in Africa and Asia. She is Professor Emerita of dance ethnology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Snyder is the daughter of noted architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller and his wife Anne Hewlett.

​Steve and Susan Kotansky, known worldwide for their dance knowledge and teaching skill, will share experiences and dances from their recent trip to Albania..

Murray Spiegel will share with us how languages can be viewed as a living, breathing folk culture and share his life-long project which has been called a Rosetta Stone of languages.

Glyn Webber and Frank Rubin will be conducting a presentation on Folk Dance Music.​ They have a massive collection of dance music, sorted and cleaned it up in an effort to find the cleanest quality copies available. Many people have donated music to their project, including unidentified music, and they will give us an opportunity to help them identify some of it.

Michael Ginsburg,  an expert in the complicated rhythms of Balkan music, will be teaching a Balkan dance workshop for us.

Steve Weintraub will host an evening of Yiddish/Klezmer dancing with live music. This will be interspersed with international folk dances.

The New Jersey Folk Dance Festival will include about a dozen dance groups from all over the state of New Jersey. Each group will bring dances for all of us to enjoy.

Questions or comments in the meantime? Contact NFO Vice President Cricket Raybern at




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