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Let's Dance!

Join us in learning folk dances set to ethnic music from around the world in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Along the way, you will have fun, meet new people, be challenged, and get exercise without even realizing it.

If you can walk, you can dance!
No partner or costume required. Beginners are welcome.
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Listen to Joyce Resin on the Benefits of Dance

recorded: 2018-09-24 from CBC Radio – BC Today – Staying Healthy as you age (near to end of show)

Top reasons to be a folk dancer

  1. Folk dancing builds community.
  2. Dancing helps build all the “intelligences“.
  3. Folk dancing is great exercise for people of all ages.
  4. Folk dance is rooted in important traditions that identify who we are.
  5. Folk dancing is an opportunity to cooperate, trust, and help others.
  6. Folk dancing is celebratory.
  7. Folk dancing is fun-raising!
  8. Folk dancing keeps cultural heritage alive.
  9. Folk dancing is participatory.
  10. Folk dancing fosters inter-cultural awareness and understanding.
  11. Folk dancing is sustainable and has a low carbon footprint.
  12. Folk dance is intergenerational.
  13. People smile while folk dancing.
  14. Folk dancers hold hands.
  15. No partner necessary. [And partners have been found while folk dancing!]
  16. Folk dancing expands one’s experiences when travelling.
  17. Folk dancing exposes us to diverse musical rhythms and traditions.
  18. Opportunities for gentility and chivalry abound!

Above list courtesy of Susan Barker of Joie de Vivre Folk Dancers of Ottawa.