International Folk Dance in Lawrence, KS

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New Location: The dances have moved to the Dance Gallery,
4940 Legends Dr just west of Wakarusa in western Lawrence, KS

Dances are usually Fridays 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

For more info: Phone 785-371-4613

Recently taught:
Ali Pasa (Turkey), Belasicko Oro (Macedonia), Bicak (Bulgaria)
Cherkeska (Bulgaria), Dobrudzanski Bouenek (Bulgaria),
Dobrujanska Ruka (Bulgaria), Hora Aggadati (Israel),
Hora Fetalor (Romania), Karagouna (Greece), Kopacka (Macedonia),
Kritikos Syrto (Greece), Kulska Sira (Bulgaria), Ma Navu (Israel),
Olahos (Hungary), Pandalas (Bulgaria), T'filati (Israel)

Requests for future teaching: Vulpuita (Romania), Batuta Munteneasca

Other area folk dance groups, events, and concerts:

English Country Dance
in Lawrence.

Contras, squares and family dances
in Lawrence, Kansas City, Manhattan, Salina, Newton and Wichita

Scottish country dancing in Kansas City.

Burns Night 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the Jackpot Saloon, downtown Lawrence. Music by Uncle Dirtytoes, Forest Green, and another band or two, with pipers, jam session, a few toasts (Guinness and single malts!), hairy legs in kilts, and Burns poems along the way.

Kansas City

Scandinavian Folk Dancing Tuesdays at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, KCMO.
This group performs Scandinavian couples' turning dances and mixers, and welcomes newcomers. Some teaching. Phone 816-444-4253 or contact .

World Folk Dancers
Fridays, 7:00-9:00pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111. Use the double doors off the small parking lot on the northeast side of the church. This group begins with easier dances, and does a lot of teaching, mostly from 7:00-8:00pm. Newcomers are welcome. $3.00. Contacts: Vivian Hunt, (816) 756-2952; Cassi Neff, (816) 333-3213, ; Jeffrey Klute, (816) 776-6769,

Kansas City Israeli Folk Dance Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30pm at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W 115th St, Overland Park, KS
This group meets upstairs in Studio 1, begins with easier dances, and does a lot of teaching. Newcomers are welcome. $2 for JCC members and $3 for non-members. For more information, contact: Sue-Ellen (913) 568-9353 or the JCC (913) 327-8000

Topeka - Saturday nights: International Folk Dancing led by Bob Shapiro and
Elaine O'Gara from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church,
1821 SW 37th St., Topeka, KS. No experience or partners needed. All ages
welcome. Most dances will be easy, but other dances can also be done if other
experienced dancers participate. $2.00 donation suggested to help the church
defray expenses. For more information contact Bob or Elaine at 785-286-0761
or .

Wichita Grapevine International Folk Dancers Sundays 5-7:15pm
Contact Joyce at (316) 683-1122 for info.

Folklore Village in Dodgeville, Wisconsin:
For more about Folklore Village visit

Chicago -
Check out for more info on Chicago area events

Learning to folk dance

OK, weight on the left.  And ---
Here are some ideas about how to enhance the process of learning
international folk dancing.

1. Come early, come often.  Research shows that what really counts is muscle
memory - doing the same movements over and over again.  How do you get to
Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

2. Pick 5 to 10 dances that you really like (the ones where you say to
yourself as it ends: "I liked this dance!" Go over to the program book and
see what dance it was, or ask someone. Keep a list. Request "your" dances
often (programmers LIKE requests).   Get the music - play it in the car.
When you can dance your dances while talking to a friend in the line, you've
got it! it's time to pick the next 10 dances.

3. Tune into the steps.  Identify and work on some basic figures: grapevine,
step-hop, 1-2-3, pas-de-bas, lift-step etc.  Once you can recognize and do
this dance "language", you can master any dance fairly quickly because you
can recognize the sequences.

4. Line strategies for  intermediate to advanced dances:
Once a dance has started (while you're hanging back to see if you know it)
join in the middle.  The first 3-4 spots in a dance line are where the
"hotshots" will congregate to do extra variations.  If you need to
concentrate on steps or are unsure of the dance, the middle section is good.
The end is OK, but you may feel "dragged" (and may, without meaning to, drag
the line).

NEVER HESITATE TO GET IN THE LINE - the longest journey begins with a single
step-hop.  BUT - be aware that on more complicated dances, the dance is more
fun for everyone if you're able to move in the line of direction!
One way to work on steps is to dance behind the line.  Another is to pick a
dance you really, really want to learn, and ask that it be taught.

5. Oh yes, and don't forget ... Come early, come often!


Dance Info Web Sites  Eastern European Dance and Music workshops Listings of places to dance in other cities  Chicago area & regional events (Wow! what a website! lots of info and links) The Folk and Ethnic, Dance and Music Resource for St. Louis and region

Dance Notes Web Sites Andrew Carnie's Folkdance Notes in pdf format Andy Pollock's Folk Dance Page Bob Shapiro's Folk Dance notes (contains notes for 100+ dances) Tom Deering's notes (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania in WordPerfect 5.1) Folk Dance Australia site Links page Dick Oakes has a good start at his site Paul Boizot


 rec.folk-dancing  General folk dancing information Eastern European Dance and Music (see web page above to subscribe)  Information on Scandinavian dance and music. For information on how to utilize this listserv and website, go to:
Music Joan Amsterdam (or e-mail: Nice Balkan CD's, primarily Macedonian.  Huge selection. Music from around the world -- especially good stuff from Hungary. Bulgarian outlet.  Many of GegaNew's list, some others as well.

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