International folk dancing is a genre of dance that includes dances from different countries. Some dances are traditional, and some are choreographed using traditional steps from a particular geographic area. Folk dancing is a recreational activity suitable for all ages and abilities. Many other clubs specialize in the dances of particular countries whereas international folk dance clubs sample dances from all over.
Yes. We tend to stay with dances that are relatively quick to learn. For example: we do not do square dancing, but do include some mixers; we do some Scottish set dances, leaving out the difficult ones; we do a few Scandinavian dances avoiding the ones with lots of turning. Also, we do not do ballroom dancing.
We do dances from many countries. We tend to concentrate on dances from eastern Europe just because they are so enjoyable and accessible. These dances are generally done in lines or circles. Dances from many countries tend to be couple dances which are done in sets or circles of couples. But most countries also have some circle or line dances. We also do some western line dances just for fun. You can see the variety of countries that dances come from on our dances page.
You do not need any previous dance experience. It’s definitely time for you to learn to dance! Thousands of people today are learning folk dances as adults. Everything you need to know will be taught. Dances are at a variety of levels.
With patient instruction, an absence of competition or criticism, and lots of repetition, you probably can learn! Folk dancing is dance of the “folk”. People have engaged in folk dance for as long as people have lived in societies, and no one was excluded. It is meant to be a fun activity, not for performance, and therefore perfection is not expected.
Singles are welcome. Many of the dances do not require a partner, and for a dance that does require a partner, we partner up with who is there. Being a woman dancing the man’s part just adds to the mental challenge!