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Folk Dance Scene logo In 1965, Dick Oakes took over as editor of a newsletter published by Bill Rosenthal. The new "Folkdance Scene" (actually titled "What's New on the Folkdance Scene of the Folk Dance Federation - South") had sections on Teaching This Month, Current Events, 1965 California Folk Dance Camps, News (Special Events), and flyers for Westwood, Santa Monica Folk Dancers, Folk Dance Study Group, and Wednesday Nite Kolo Klass.

In March, Liesl Barnett had taken over as Editor of "Folkdance Scene" (still with the longer title).

By January of 1969, Paul Pritchard had become editor of "Folkdance Scene," a post he was to hold for 11 years. His emphasis was on the calendar, but also club's special events and flyers added to the content. Paul also included articles highlighting people who contributed much to folk dancing. Pictures were supplied by John Filcich and covers were done by Walt Metcalf.

By April of 1970, the word "Folkdance" had been split in two, to read "Folk Dance." In 1976, the July/August became a combined issue, leaving an 11-issue year. The next year, May/June also became a combined issue, thus cutting the year down to 10 issues.

In 1980, Mitch and Laurie Allen took over as editors and upgraded the appearance and format of the new Folk Dance Scene." It became more of a magazine rather than a newsletter. They continued the magazine until the October 1984 issue.

With the November 1984 issue of Scene, Marvin Smith and Teri Hoffman became co-editors, a job they continued 14 years until January 1999, the longest stretch of any of the editors up until then. They added photographs, did considerable research, and wrote may detailed articles on folk-dance related subjects.

The March 1999 issue saw a committee take over the job with Jay and Jill Michtom as coordinators. They also moved the July/August combined issue to December/January. With the February 2007 issue, Jay became the sole coordinator. The September 2014 issue ushered in the age of color to the magazine, bringing it into the 21st century. As of the current year, Jay is still coordinator of Folk Dance Scene, the longest term of any "editor."