Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.
By Dick Oakes
THIS IS HISTORICAL INFORMATION ONLY
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The Intersection dance groups started in the second year of The Intersection. The first group was The Intersection World Dancers. They did dances from many different countries and were recruited from the dancers who came to The Intersection regularly to enjoy themselves.
As time went on, they eventually divided into two groups: the International Dancers and the Greek Dancers. Eventually, a third group was formed, the Adagio Dancers.
The groups perfomed, not only for special events at The Intersection, but also for special events all over Southern California. They gave programs to high schools and junior high schools. They performed on the stage at music halls and many other places where they were well received. The combined Intersection dance groups established names and reputations for themselves, giving a taste of dances from many places around the world to people who would never have had a chance to see what these dances looked like.
As much as possible, when the dancers performed, they tried to instill the character of the people who originally performed the dances. The costumes of the groups were authentic costumes which, as much as possible, were made by the people in the countries represented. There was an occasional piece that was duplicated by the dancers in the groups so that they had enough pieces for everyone. Much time was put into research to make sure the costumes and the details were correct and accurate for the dances being presented.