Other Villages

You will find groups like ours doing 'international' folk dancing in most any major city in the U.S., often at universities. REAL hotbeds exist in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City. The states of California, Texas and Florida are worthy of special mention. Scandinavia and Australia are terrific.  The Eastern European Folklife Center (EEFC -www.eefc.org), puts on two week long summer camps filled with daily lessons on dancing, singing, and playing folk instruments, followed by nightly dance parties, followed by all night club music and dancing.  They also maintain an email list that is a wonderful resource for finding music, lyrics, and dance venues if traveling to other cities.

Regional Folk Dancing

Baton Rouge International Folk Dancers dance on Friday nights on the LSU campus, at the Huey Long Fieldhouse.  7:30 pm on Fridays that are not holidays, with a summer break in July and August. http://brifd.homestead.com/index.html

Pensacola dances twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, 6:30 to 9 pm.  If you're going there, check with Georgeanna (850-492-3956) to verify that they'll be dancing that weekend. They have a calendar on the web  and meet at East Pensacola Heights Center, 3208 E. Gonzalez, Pensacola.

There is dancing in Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.  Texas Groups contact info.  In addition, there is an annual workshop over the Thanksgiving Day weekend; Texas Camp is about a 9 hours drive from New Orleans; between Austin and Waco, just south of Waco.
More info and registration at: http://tifd.org/texas-camp/ 

There are too many single focus groups (Irish, Israeli, Cajun, Zydeco, Square, Contra, etc.) to list and keep track of.  Try the web search engines with your particular dance interest and location.

International Folk Dancing around the world

The National Folk Organization has a pretty good list, see NFO-where2dance.

Among the printed directories, I recommend The Folk Dance Phone Book and Group Directory by Ron Houston. The cost is $14. If you travel much, you will love it. Most groups keep a copy on hand. It has been published yearly since 1993 by the 
 
Society of Folk Dance Historians
2100 Rio Grande Street
Austin, Texas 78705

SOFDH@ymail.com