Friday, May 2, 2014

Not meeting Fri May 2, 2014

Because we'll be having our annual Stone Soup Party Saturday May 3, we will not be meeting to dance in Downers Grove on Friday May 2, we'll be home making soup.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

2014 Stone Soup Party: Saturday May 3 1pm-6pm

Argonne International Folk Dance
Stone Soup Party  
Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014 
Time: 1:00pm-6:00pm, potluck meal around 3:00pm 
Place: St. Paul's UCC Fellowship Hall 
Requested Donation: $3 + Potluck dish to share 

In order to spend more time dancing and less time cooking during the party, the soups will be made ahead.  If you'd like to volunteer to bring a soup, let us know (or just show up with soup, the more the merrier!)  You can let us know in person at Friday night dancing, or by e-mail, or by posting a comment on this post, or on the event:

I've been trying to figure out how to put the RSVP widget here, but I can't quite get it to work.
For flyers to print, click on image below.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Argonne IFD now on

Susan kindly volunteered to get us set up on
Check it out, and please join the meetup group if you're so inclined:

Not meeting Fri May 30: June Camp 2014

We will not be meeting for dancing in Downers Grove on Friday, May 30.

Many of us will be going to June Camp that weekend:
International Folk Dance Camp in the Midwest
Beloit College, Beloit, WI
May 29 - June 1, 2014
Featuring Steve Kotansky
Dances of the Southern Balkans and couple dances from central Europe and the Balkans
Also featuring Live music parties with members of the Pinewoods Band

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Save the Date: Sat, May 3, 2014: Stone Soup

We've reserved the Fellowship Hall for our annual Stone Soup Party for Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Further details to come in a later post.

It was great to have such a good turnout for our Fri, March 7 get-together with Ethnic Dance Chicago, including dancers from more than just the two groups.  Seemed like that was almost the first Friday that it didn't snow so far this year, luckily.

In case you've been trying to remember the dances that were taught that night:

Paul taught "A Trip to Town-O" -- here's a link to a video of some 5th graders doing the dance, to remind you of the pattern:

He also taught Damat Halay -- here's a link for instructions + various videos of that:

Here's a video of Moonlight Swing:
 -- almost the same as what we do, except right at the end after the jazz box, where we do grapevines, the guy in the video does something slightly different

And here's Promoroaca: -- if your memory is better than mine, you may realize that I goofed on the first part, and did 4 measures each direction, but it should be 8 measures all in the same direction, as in the video.

Sorry that I couldn't find any videos for "Cajun Express" that Susan taught.

In addition to google-ing for the name of a folk dance to find instructions or videos, there are a number sites that have a lot of them already compiled and indexed, here are a few:

Besides the aforementioned Stone Soup, here are a few other upcoming events of potential interest around the area:
Fri-Sun Mar 28-30: Balkanske Igri Spring Festival, International House, UofC
Wed Apr 23 7:30pm: Oak Park Folkdancers Annual Potluck, 515 Franklin, River Forest, IL
Thu-Sun May 29-Jun 1: June Camp w/Steve Kotansky, Beloit College:

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fri, Mar 7: Special dance night, we're having company!

Folk dancers from  Ethnic Dance Chicago are planning to join us for Friday night dancing on March 7, so  we're going to make it a special evening -- we'll start early (7:30pm), end late (11pm), and bring snacks to share.  Hope you can join us!  Click on image below for flyer.

UofC Folk Festival Feb 14-16, 2014

54th Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival
Feb 14-16, 2014

Concerts and workshops, usually including some dancing

The University of Chicago Folklore Society
1212 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637