Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.
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Bands, Musicians, and Singers
Boots and Shoes
- Anello & Davide, Ltd. London, England. The premier brand in dance boots and handcrafted shoes.
- Capezio Riverside Riverside, California. Jazz shoes, character shoes, flats, leotards, and tights.
- Shan Shoes Toronto, Ontario. Beautifully made Serbian opanke and other multicultural traditional dancing shoes.
- WorldTone Los Angeles, California. Lani Spear's premier destination for dance shoes.
Calendar and Events
Camps and Institutes
- American Dance & Music Week La Honda, California. Covering a wide range of family friendliness and coverage of dance and musical traditions.
- August Dance Camp Socorro, New Mexico. Offering world-class dance opportunities in the heart of beautiful New Mexico.
- Balkan Music & Dance Camp Mendocino, California. Celebrating the joy and diversity of Balkan dance and music.
- Beverly & Irwin Barr Folk Dance Camp California. Three days and two nights of folk dancing, arts and crafts, walks, and friendship.
- English Dance Week Aptos, California. Featuring an eclectic mix of dance, music, and singing workshops.
- Kolo Festival San Francisco, California. A two-day camp celebrating the Balkans and nearby countries.
- Lark Camp Mendocino, California. Music, song, and dance workshops in the Mendocino Woodlands.
- Mainwoods Camp Fryeburg, Maine. This camp offers ethnic festivities, wonderful people, friendly atmosphere, and incredible ethnic meals.
- Mendocino Woodlands Folklore Camp Mendocino, California. Spend a week in the Coastal Redwoods of the Northern California's Mendocino Woodlands.
- Mendocino Middle Eastern Music & Dance Camp Mendocino, California. Spend a week in the Coastal Redwoods of the Northern California's Mendocino Woodlands.
- New Mexico Folk Dance Camp Soccoro, New Mexico. August Folk Dance Camp has been offering world-class dance opportunities in the heart of beautiful New Mexico.
- Razzmatazz International Folk Music and Dance Camp Mendocino, California. Campers enjoy delectable meals and snacks and an atmosphere of joy, camaraderie, and celebration.
- Scandia Camp Mendocino Mendocino, California. Presents the opportunity to learn in depth about the folk music, dance, and cultural traditions of Scandinavia.
- Stockton Folk Dance Camp Stockton, California. Northern California's premier folk dance camp taking place every summer since 1948.
- Ti Ti Tábor Hungarian Dance Camp Gig Harbor, Washington. Offering a rich immersion experience into authentic Hungarian folk culture for adults and children alike.
- Academy of Highland Dance San Diego, California. Scottish Highland dancing with special emphasis on children 5 to 12 years old.
- Arpana Dance Company Irvine, California. A dance company that performs the dances of India, led by Ramya Harishankar.
- Balboa Park Dancers San Diego, California. Classes in ballroom and social dances.
- Bay Osos Folk Dancers Los Osos, California. An international folk dance group.
- Bon Temps Social Club Cajun and Zydeco Dancers San Diego, California. Teaching and enjoying Cajun and Zydeco dancing as done in Louisiana, Texas, and the world!
- Cabrillo International Folk Dancers San Diego, California. A recreational San Diego dance club with classes every week, and other activities such as parties.
- California Dance Co-Op Los Angeles, California. This site has contra and English dance listings.
- Church Mice Square Dance Club Garden Grove, California. This group is a very active and fun loving group.
- Claddah Dance Company Los Angeles, California. This group has added a touch of authentic Irish Culture to the lives of Southern California communities.
- Claremont Israeli Folk Dance Claremont, California. Folk dance brings out the essence of culture & community with tremendous joy and spirit.
- Conejo Valley Folk Dancers Thousand Oaks, California. A really fun group of folks who invite you to join them for international line and circle dancing no partners needed.
- Danza Floricanto/USA Los Angeles, California. The oldest existing professional Mexican folk dance troupe in Southern California.
- Ethnic Express International Folk Dancers, The Las Vegas, Nevada. This group does dances from all over the world, does request dancing, has dance events, and goes on special excursion.
- Folk Dance Center San Diego, California. A non-profit organization of amateur dancers with a common interest in folk dances from around the world.
- Friday Night L.I.F.E. Los Angeles, California. The studio is large, the sound is good, the floor feels great, and there is ample parking!
- International Folk Dance Club Laguna Woods, California. Friendly people, fun dances, good exercise, great music what more could you ask?
- Israeli Dancing with David Dassa Los Angeles, California. David leads some of the most successful, high energy sessions outside of the State of Israel.
- Israeli Dancing with Yoni Carr Vista, California. Yoni provides refreshments which are included with admission.
- Israeli Dancing with Natalie Stern Los Angeles, California. A teacher of Israeli folk dance in the Los Angeles area.
- Israeli Dancing San Diego San Diego, California. Dalya Dallal's Thursday evening Israeli dancing.
- Kayso Folk Dancers San Diego, California. International folk dances taught at all levels.
- Kypseli Greek Folk Dance Center Los Angeles, California. They say, "Come dance with us and learn dances from the villages and tavernas of Greece."
- L.I.F.E. Balkan Dancers Los Angeles, California. Sherry Cochran has taught Balkan and international dancing at coffeehouses, camps, and workshops around the southwest.
- Moreton Bay Fig Morris Dancers San Diego, California. Morris dancing, including festival and ritual English dances.
- Narodni International Folk Dancers Bellflower, California. International folk dancing for all beginners and experienced dancers singles and couples are welcome.
- Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op Pasadena, California. International folk dancing is great exercise and a wonderful way to make friends.
- Phoenix International Folk Dancers Phoenix, Arizona. An international recreational folk dance group.
- Reels and Squares, Traditional Old Time Dances San Diego, California. All dances taught and prompted.
- San Diego Folk Dancers San Diego, California. Intermediate and advanced levels of international folk dances are taught.
- San Diego International Folk Dance Club San Diego, California. All levels of intrnational folk dances taught.
- Scandinavian Dancers of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties Santa Barbara, California. Beginning and experienced dancers, singles and couples, all are welcome.
- Social Daunce Irregulars Pasadena, California. This group presents Victorian balls in Pasadena, CA.
- Valley Area English Regency Dancing Pasadena, California. This group learns longways set dances, waltzes, and some finishing dances.
- Veselo Selo Folk Dancers Anaheim, California. This group does dances from the Balkans and other countries.
- Vintage Israeli Dancing Sherman Oaks, California. We attempt to get to all requested Israeli dances as long as they were choreographed before 2001.
- West Valley Folk Dancers Canoga Park, California. We love to dance, we love the mental challenge, we love the physical benefits and the camaraderie.
- Westwood Co-op Folk Dancers West Los Angeles, California. Their dance evening is open to folk dancers of all levels of experience and beginners are especially encouraged to attend, no partners needed.
- A Mind Less Ordinary Cèilidh Dances More than 25 English Cèlidh dances described here.
- American Indian Dance Notes Julia Buttree describes many American Indian dances.
- Bali Folk
Lots of international dances and songs.
- Barn Dance Repertoire
Barn Dance has notes for 125 English dances.
- BetBasoo's Assyrian Folk Dances
Peter Pnuel BetBasoo has 30 Assyrian dances noted.
- Bettis' Dance Notes
Andy Bettis has some 60 international dance descriptions in HTML format.
- Carnie's Folkdance Musings
Andrew Carnie has at least 50 international dance descriptions in PDF format.
- Contra Dance List
Cambridge has some 225 contra dances, all notated.
- Copper Knob Stepsheets
George has more than 68,000 stepsheets of line dances on this site.
- Deering's Folk Dance Notes
Tom Deering has nearly 40 balkan dances here.
- Dunav's Dance Notes
Dunav has nearly 25 international dance notes here click on the footprints.
- Estienne's Country Dance Book
Greg Lindahl has some 25 English dances described.
- Evansville IFD Dance Notes
Nearly 400 international dance notes in PDF format.
- Folk Dance Federation of California, Inc. (North) Dance Descriptions The Federation, North has many international folk dance notes available.
- Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc. Dance Descriptions The Federation, South has many international folk dance notes available.
- Folk Dance Footnotes Gabriola, British Columbia. Don Buskirk's site that has folk dance notes and music.
- Folk Dance Instructions Facebook has links to many international dance instructions.
- Folk Dances Choreographed by Jim Gold Jim has nearly 120 dances online with videos.
There are 28 Scandinavian dances notated here, plus an Explanation of Dance Holds and a Glossary of Terms.
- Freewheeler's Contra Dancing
Freewheelers describe the Hambo, Polka, and Schottische.
- Grand Chain Cèilidh Dances
About 20 English Cèilidh dances notes are listed here.
- Grand Chain Scottish Dances
About 20 Scottish dances notes are listed here.
- Hirsh's International Teaching Notes
Carol Hirsh has described over 140 international dances.
- Imber's Israeli Folk Dancing
Martin Imber has about 300 israeli dances described here.
- Internet Archive English Dances
Nearly 20 English dances described here.
- Irish and Scottish Dance Descriptions
Scott MacHaffy has notated a dozen Scottish dances.
- Lloyd Shaw's Cue Sheets
The organization has international, contra, round dance notes.
- McMonagle's Zwiefacher Patterns
Patrick McMonagle has a complete list of Bavarian Zwiefacher dance patterns.
- Miami Valley FD Dance Notes
Miami Falley Folk Dancers' list of international dance notes.
- Northern Junket Folk Dances
International folk dance notes as appearing in Northern Junket.
- Palmer's Pocket Playford
More than 50 English country dances by William Palmer from the Playfore Ball programmes.
- Pluck and Squeeze Welsh Dances
There are 10 dances here from Wales.
- Sacred Circle Dance
About 490 international folk dance descriptions.
- Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary Dances
Scottish dance "cribs" and instructions for some 5,000 Scottish country dances.
- Shapiro's Folk Dance Notes
Bob Shapiro has links to nearly 1,500 international dance notes.
- Sharp's Folk Dance Notes
Cecil Sharp has more than 30 Morris and Sword dances described.
- Thrir Venstri Foetr English Country Dances
More than 60 English Country Dances are notated here.
- Webfeet Dance Instructions
Many English Cèlidh dance links are here.
- White Eagle Dance Notes
The White Eagle Dance Academy has 10 Polish dance notes here.
- Animated Folk Dance GIFs
Naohisa Hamada [MARUCHO] created dozens of absolutely amazing animated folk dancers, one of which (replicated 10 times) is shown above!
- AMAN Folk Ensemble Alumni Society Los Angeles, California. A website for the latest news and information about AMAN alumni.
- East European Folklife Center Berkeley, California. Promotes, celebrate, and educate the public about traditional and traditionally based music, dance, and cultures of the Balkans.
- Folk Dance Federation of California, Inc. Northern California federation of folk dance groups with much more information!
International Dance Association of San Diego County San Diego, California. A non-profit organization that covers the dance groups of San Diego.
- National Folk Organization Orem, Utah. Promotes and encourages the exchange of folk dance and dance related folklore in the U.S. and abroad.
- Northwest Folk Dancers Inc. Woodinville, Washington. A non-profit "umbrella" organization that promotes folk dancing and ethnic events.
- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society San Gabriel Valley, California. Sponsors classes in Scottish Country Dancing at locations throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
- Santa Barbara Country Dance Society Santa Barbara, California. Did we mention how FUN it is? Some of us get sore cheeks from smiling so hard!
- Society of Folk Dance Historians Austin, Texas. The only collection maintained on a daily basis by and for folk dance historians.
- South Coast Folk Society Coos Bay, Oregon. An association of various folk dance groups.
- Square & Folk Dance Federation of Washington Washington State. An organization that promotes Square and Folk Dancing in Washington state as a means of recreation.
- Ballet Folklorico Viva Panama Panamanian Long Beach, California. The cultural ambassadors of Panama in California.
Claddagh Dance Company Irish Ventura, California. Adding a touch of authentic Irish culture to the lives of Southern California communities.
Gulistan Dance Theater Mid-Eastern Los Angeles, California. A highly-trained and versatile dance ensemble attired in dazzling authentic and original costumes.
- Gypsy Folk Ensemble Los Angeles, California. An ethnic dance company formed to preserve, perform, and teach traditional folk dances from various countries around the world.
- Gulistan Dance Theater Los Angeles, California. This group has appeared on stages throughout California, across the U.S., in Europe, and in Uzbekistan.
- International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance Gardena, California. Setting the standards in Dance Orientale (belly dance).
- Kayamanan Ng Lahi Los Angeles, California. The Philippines rich cultural diversity is celebrated with resounding rhythms of drums, metal gongs, and rondalla instruments.
- Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company Los Angeles, California. The company serves the greater community of Los Angeles as it preserves the art of Korean traditional dance and music.
- Krakusy Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, Inc. Los Angeles, California. Dancing its way into the hearts of American and European audiences alike, this group is an ambassador of Polish culture.
- Performing Folk Dancers of Balboa Park San Diego, California. Dedicated to the promotion and preservation of international folk dancing.
- Pride of Erin Céili Dancers San Diego, California. A non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Irish culture.
Spindulys Lithuanian Folk-Dance Ensemble Lithuanian Los Angeles, California.
- Syrtaki Folk Dance Ensemble Laguna Woods, California. Lee Otterholt's performing group from Laguna Beach, CA.
- San Diego Vintage Dancers San Diego, California. Vintage dancing.
- UCSB Middle East Ensemble Santa Barbara, California. An official "Ethnomusicology Performance Ensemble" in the University of California, Santa Barbara, Music Department.
- Westchester Lariats, The Westchester, California. This performing group's repertoire includes folk dances from around the world as well as American traditional, vintage, and social dances.
- Westwind International Folk Ensemble San Francisco, California. Dedicated to the preservation of folk cultures through their traditions of dance, music, song and custom.
- Balkan Bazaar Greensboro, North Carolina. A wonderful attic of folk treasures to be discovered.
- Balkan Media Mannheim, Germany. Lots of Croatian music.
- BalkanFolk Sofia, Bulgaria. An online shop for folklore music, Bulgarian traditional instruments and costumes, souvenirs, books, and more.
- Ernst Licht Oley, Pennsylvania. A leading traditional German clothing company which offers full range of costumes inspired by the regional cultures of Germany.
- Festival Records Los Angeles, California. John Filcich has specialized in music of many lands, educational, and folk dance records.
- International Folk Rhythms, Ltd. Northbrook, Illinois. Music from around the world, ethnic dance videos, books, imported danceear, and more.
- Lark in the Morning Mendocino, California. Instruments, books, DVDS, informative articles, and more.
- Bourque-Moreau Associeés Folklore Productions Bossard, Québec. Offers a variety of services and products that include workshops, educational programs, books, recordings, and videos.
- Romanian Folk Costumes Bucuresti, Romania. Romanian blouses and costumes of Romania.
- Smithsonian Folkways Washington, DC. All recordings on the Smithsonian Folkways, Folkways, and other labels are available for sale.