Folk Ball is held every January/February at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.
For regular dancing, see the Madison Folk Dance Unlimited site.
27th Annual Folk Ball Festival
January 23–25, 2015
Featuring Lee Otterholt
28th Annual Folk Ball Festival
January 29–31, 2016
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-- master-teacher of recreational dances from "Balkans & Beyond"
-- Madison favorite and veteran of Folk Balls 2005 and 2008
-- introduced Cobankat, Krivatvorena, Svatba, Paraliakos,
Bracno Oro, dozens of other IFD staples
We sincerely regret that Carol's much-anticipated
sessions on dance, song, & music of Balkan Roma will not be part of
this year's festival after all, due to an unexpected health issue.
We wish Carol rapid recovery (get well card at Info Table) and she
assures us of her firm resolve to join us for the 2016 festival.Tibor Horvath
-- with 30 years of dance & teaching experience, this former member
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE -- Saturday (Jan.24)-- Memorial Union
10:00-noon Balkan Folkdance - Lee Otterholt - Great Hall
Mezosegi Csardas - Tibor Horvath - Tripp Commons
Tibor will present this csardas cycle, one of the jewels of
Hungarian couple dances from Transylvania, in a manner accessible
to beginners and experienced dancers alike.
Noon-1:00 Brown Bag Lunch - Slide Show & Sound Samples - Old Madison Room
"Kosovo Village Life & Wedding Customs" photographed by Nancy Yugo
in Prizren region circa 1985, featuring Roma wedding musicians
on zurna and tupan. Narrated by Michael Kuharski.
1:00-3:00 "Folk Ball 101" - Lee Otterholt - Great Hall
Basic dances & survival skills for those live-music parties!
Legenyes - Tibor Horvath - Festival Room [ground floor-far west]
Solo men's dance from Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania --
everyone (men and women) welcome!
East Coast Swing - Steve and Terrie Howe - Tripp Commons
Basics and some moves to get you on the dance floor
Singing Workshop - Natalie Nowytski [TBC] - Old Madison Room
A familiar dance-song and others new to us all.
Percussion & World Music - Robert Schoville - Inn Wisconsin Room
The role of "clave" in popular musics and the rhythm "Samba
Reggae" from carnaval in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
3:00-5:00 Balkan Folkdance - Lee Otterholt - Great Hall
Mezosegi Csardas - Tibor Horvath - Tripp Commons [live music by Szaszka!]
Continue your Mezosegi experience with more work on the basics
and new figures with music by Szaszka! (The two Mezosegi workshops are
not sequential, come to either or both.)
Presented by Wisconsin Folk Arts Assoc. & Madison Folk Dance Club
Sponsored by Department of Slavic Languages & Literature
Welcomed by WORT 89.9FM Community-Sponsored Radio.
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Deep-fried Balkan brass band Black Bear Combo adds special spice
to Folk Ball's late night lineup -- these bears boogie!
& Hungarian dance workshop , both with music by Szaszka.
Lee Otterholt offers "Folk Ball 101" workshop session for newer
dancers - basic dances & survival skills for live-music parties.
Steve & Terrie Howe introduce you to East Coast Swing basics. East
the role of "clave" in popular musics and the rhythm "Samba
Reggae" from carnaval in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
Radio Preview of festival music on community radio WORT 89.9's
GLOBAL REVOLUTIONS world music show -- .
Co-host Dan Talmo and guest Michael Kuharski from Folk Ball.
-- INT'L DANCE PARTY in Great Hall
YID VICIOUS -- Virtuous Klezmer Crew (Yiddish via Madison)
VESELIYKA -- traditional Bulgarian folk orchestra (Madison)
SLOBODA -- Milwaukee's Full-Spectrum Ethnic Sound
INTEMPERANCE COLLECTIVE -- Madison's IFD commune
-- Hungarian TANCHAZ in Class of 24 Reception Room
led by Tibor Horvath, music by SZASZKA
-- CONTRA Dance
CONTRA LOCATION: Play Circle Theater at the west end of the
Please bring clean DANCING SHOES for the Contra --
there can be no street shoes on the dance floor.
It's winter & we must respect host venues. Thank You!
Great Hall of the Union --
REPTILE PALACE ORCHESTRA -- High-Octane Eclectic Ethnic
SZASZKA -- Hungarian/Transylvanian string band
ORKESTAR BEZ IME -- Flagship IFD band of the Twin Cities
BLACK BEAR COMBO -- sassy brass from the Balkans via Chicago
DO ZORE -- The Milwaukee Sound from a New Generation
SATURDAY VENDORS including Inti Fair Trade
- review of Lee Otterholt workshop dances
in Great Hall
Inn Wisconsin Room of the Union
$20 per person
Reservation required: 608-241-3655 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Company & a Great Convenience on a busy day!
Come and go as you please, but do bring CASH, bring your CHECKBOOK,
bring your FRIENDS! Make a single full-weekend contribution at Info
Table in Great Hall (checks to "Madison Folk Dance Club") or donate at
the events you attend, but DO YOUR PART to keep Folk Ball an open,
free-flowing celebration. THANKS!