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Bands, Musicians, and Singers
- Tom Bozigian Middle Eastern Orchestra La Mirada, California. Tom Bozigian leads a folklore orchestra which has produced numerous recordings.
- Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble Fresno, California. John has been playing Armenian and Middle East folk music for over 35 years.
- Chubritza International Folk Band Arcata, California. Balkan and international folk music played on traditional instruments
- Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble Oakland, California. This group is dedicated to developing new audiences for music rooted in Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian women's vocal traditions.
- Nevenka East European Folk Ensemble North Hollywood, California. Ian Price, 818-216-4459, directs this group presenting folk dance music and songs from Bulgaria and Macedonia.
- Veselba Los Angeles, California. This band is in the groove with international music and singing.
- Zhena Folk Chorus San Pedro, California. This group proudly presents a unique array of lovingly crafted presentations for your special events.
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
- FolkWorks Folk Dance Calendar Southern California places to go.
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- California Traditional Music Society Encino, California.
- San Antonio Folk Dance Festival San Antonio, California.
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. Sharing this extraordinary experience of friends who are passionate about celebrating the joy and diversity of Balkan dance and music.
- Camp Hess Kramer Malibu, 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.
- 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.
- 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 Instructions Facebook has links to many international dance instructions.
- folkdancing.com 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.
- Oakes' Dance Notes Dick Oakes has more than 230 international dance notes in HTML format.
- 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!
- Folk Dance Music & Videos More than 3,000 folk dance tunes listed by alphabet or by country are downloadable.
- Richard Geisler's International Tunebooks Mendocino, California. Arrangements of folk, traditional, popular, and even classical music for recorders and other instruments.
- 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. Featuring the talents of its 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.
- DJPower (for Windows) Optional video beat mixing interface with 52 video transitions and a host of other features for DJs. Program only. Does not support diacritics (Free).
- Folkdance Jukebox (Proprietary) This is a laptop computer from Dick Killian with a software program that allows you to program all of your folkdance music. Does not support diacritics. Comes with the music for more than 800 folk dances, as well as over 1,000 dance descriptions, costume information, and an online manual. Check with Dick Killian for current pricing.
- MITPlayer (for Windows) This software by Neil Rosen was originally written for the MIT Folk Dance Club. Program only. Does not support diacritics (Free).
- SqView Player (for Windows) Developed for Square Dance Callers, this program allows the user to change Tempo, Pitch, Speed, and Volume and has a clock! Does not support diacritics (Free).
- Winamp Modern Folk Dance Skin (for Windows) The Winamp Modern Folk Dance Skin has been modified from the standard Winamp Modern Skin to make it easier to use. Requires one plugin, and some configuration to achieve the optimum configuration. Does not support diacritics (Free).
- 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.