Tuesday Night Folk Dancing at the Empire Grange Hall


Happening at Tuesday Night Folk Dancing

February 27: More Review Night

Čerešničky – Moravia [František Bonuš*] – Easy, moderate, circle dance
Bailando Boogaloo – USA/New Jersey [Totoy Pinoy] – Intermediate, moderate, modern line dance
Raca Plava – Croatia/Međimurje [Nena Shokčič*] – Advanced, moderate, circle dance
Dhiváratikos, aka Syrtós Kefalliniás – Greece/Kefalonia [Traditional] – Easy, moderate, circle dance
Fado Português de Nós – Portugal [Nanni Kloke] – Easy, moderate, Sacred Circle dance
Jimmy Copacabana – USA [Beauchamp, Gagnon, & Weisburd] – Intermediate, moderate, modern line dance

Teaching Sometime Soon:
Revival: Drmeš iz Zdenčine – Croatia – Easy, lively, circle dance
Revival: Ciganski Orijent – Romani/Serbia [Zoran Vasilijević*] – Intermediate, lively, circle dance
Revival: Bela Rada – Serbia/Šumadija [Dick Crum*] – Easy, moderate, circle dance
New: Petrunino horo [Moreau/Rizov] – Bulgaria/Šopluk [Yves Moreau*] – Intermediate, lively, circle dance
New: Petrunino horo [Philip Koutev Ensemble] – Bulgaria/Šopluk – Intermediate, lively, circle dance
Revival: Ya Abud (Debka Abud) – Levantine Arab/Druze [Moshiko HaLevy] – Intermediate, lively, circle dance

Weather Watch
Possible snow with ice on Tuesday.
Expect late start (8:00 PM) or cancellation if ice is bad.
Check this space.

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3rd Annual
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Welcome to the site for information on International Folk Dancing in Fort Collins, Colorado

Recreational, World Dancing–No Partner, No Experience Required–Every Tuesday Night!

You can find information on recreational, world, international folk dancing happening in Fort Collins, Colorado right here. Every Tuesday night, the Tuesday Night Folk Dancers (TNFD) group meets in Fort Collins at the Empire Grange Hall for easy, friendly, community, social dancing from around the world. No experience nor partner required, but loads of fun for all ages and new friends guaranteed!

TNFD Playlist: 2024.02.20

♪ 28 dances; 1 hour and 31 minutes of dancing; 15 dancers→ Dances Reviewed: Trei păzeşte bătrânesc – Romania/Oltenia (Wally); Tokyo Polka [Richard Powers] – USA (David)→ Wish List: Ciganski Orijent – Romani/Serbia (Wally) Šetnja – Serbia: Orkestar Bez Ime – Šetnja – Nice…

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TNFD Playlist: 2024.02.13

♪ Fat Tuesday Night Mardi Gras, Carnaval, & VD Party♪ 26 dances; 2 hours of partying; 23 dancers→ Dances Reviewed: Carnaval de Lanz – Basque (Bill); ‘t Smidje – Belgium (David); Winds on the Tor – (Sacred Circle)/England (Mary Ellen); Jimmy Copacabana – USA…

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Roberto Bagnoli Folk Dance Workshop This April in Boulder

This year’s annual international folk dance workshop sponsored by the Boulder International Folk Dancers (BIFD) showcases traditional and modern Israeli dance and ethnic dances of the Balkans presented by Roberto Bagnoli on April 26-28, 2024. Roberto founded the association Folk Atelier Reggio Emilia (FARE),…

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Hi, I’m David, the de facto coordinator of TNFD, and I built this website as a teaching tool, reference, and contact point for international folk dancing in Fort Collins, Colorado and beyond. These resources will help you find international folk dance information, no matter where you are. I add new folk dance info pages as a dance comes up for teaching or review, or if the moment is just right. I made this site for myself and for you. You can bring up videos on your mobile, tablet, or desktop for dancing along with or learning and practicing with ease and without YouTube ads! The Folk Dance Info Pages, TNFD Dances Table, and TNFD Blog are the most active sections of this site.

The Resource Link Icons table to the right (or below) shows the icons this site uses to indicate links to dance information resources. Click on an icon to open the relevant page on this site, external site, YouTube or other video, PDF, or whatever the heck the resource is in a new tab.

My dance information pages are aggregations of information I find on the web at dance info sites (primarily Andrew Carnie’s Folk Dance Musings, Dick Oakes’ FDFoC,S Dance Notes, and Don Buskirk’s Folkdance Footnotes) along with random websites, Wikipedia, Google translates of non-English websites, and my very own priceless wit, packaged with embedded folk dance videos, or links to them, from YouTube, Vimeo, etc, and music recordings suitable for dancing, or sometimes just for listening. I craft each page as an aid for myself when I am learning a dance and throw in some witty observations and learning tips of my very own. I am interested in the music as much, or more, than the dances, so you might find some bias there.

I hope your journey through the world of international folk dance presented on this website is fulfilling and helpful. If not, please drop me a line and let me know how it could be better. In any case, feel free just to write to say, “Hey!”

David Poulson
Tuesday Night Folk Dancing Coordinator, Music Librarian, Tech Guy, & Dance Programmer

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Dance Notes Website
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New & Updated Dance Pages on This Site

Carnaval de Lanz – Basque [Traditional] – A lively spinning dance for Carnaval with a sordid background
Petrunino horo [Moreau/Rizov] – Bulgaria/Šopluk [Yves Moreau*] – A simple version of a very popular Bulgarian song and prolific village dance
Petrunino horo [Philip Koutev Ensemble] – Bulgaria/Šopluk – A very popular, current, simple choreography
Raca Plava po Dravi – Croatia/Međimurje – A love song about a duck, but not really…and some history.
Ali Paşa – Turkey – A folk dancer’s folkdance of controversy, and a great story behind the song, Ali Paşa Ağıdı (Ali Pasha Lament).
De Secerat – It’s not the dance, it’s the music! The Twins of Maramureșean Folklore crafted the neo-traditional music used for this Romanian-style dance.

👣 Ciganski Orijent – Romani/Serbia [Zoran Vasilijević*] 👣 Čerešničky – Moravia [František Bonuš*] 👣 Carnavalito – Bolivia [Traditional] 👣 Bailando Boogaloo – USA/New Jersey [Totoy Pinoy] 👣 Ya Abud (Debka Abud) – Levantine Arab/Druze [Moshiko HaLevy] 👣 Pata Pata [IFD line dance] – South Africa/USA 👣 Winds on the Tor – (Sacred Circle)/England 👣 Dunavsko horo – Bulgaria/Severnyashka 👣 Bela Rada – Serbia/Šumadija 👣 Ajde Lepa Maro – Serbia/Šumadija 👣 Šopka (Shopka) – Macedonia/Šopluk 👣 Čoček/Sa from Bujanovac – Romani/Serbia 👣 Čoček/Sa Gjijile (Xhixhile) – Romani/Albania 👣 Ooska Gookas – Armenia 👣 Trei Păzeşte Bătrânesc – Romania/Oltenia 👣

Fort Collins Tuesday Night Folk Dancing (TNFD)

Recreational, World, International Folk Dancing in Fort Collins, Colorado every Tuesday night. No experience, no partner required. Old and new dances from cultures of the world far and near shared in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly people. There is no set teaching schedule, but we regularly introduce new dances and review/relearn/remember old dances as different members share their knowledge with the group. If you are new to International Folk Dancing, we will tailor the night’s program to your abilities for the first hour to make your journey through your feet to cultural continents of the world as memorable and unintimidating as it should be!

Event:Open Social Dance
Type:Recreational World, International Folk Dancing
When:Every Tuesday, 7:30-9:40 PM. The hall is occupied until 7:30 PM, so dancing starts around 7:40 PM, after setup, shoe changing, and people show up.
Who:Everyone. All ages. No experience, partner, nor registration required
Cost:$3 donation
Where:Empire Grange Hall
How:• Wear comfortable, casual clothing.
• For summer especially: wear cool clothing, as there is no A/C in the building. Shorts are acceptable/recommended.
• Bring a water bottle for hydration (there is a non-refrigerated drinking fountain).
• Optional, but recommended:
     ▫ Bring a pair of clean shoes with non-marking, non-gripping, soles, sturdy enough for hopping and turning on a wooden floor.
CoViD:No current restrictions, but please do not attend if you are feeling sick or showing symptoms of any communicable illness.
Contact:David Poulson

Recently Taught, Reviewed, or Revived at TNFD:

Carnaval de Lanz – Basque [Traditional] – Easy, lively, circle dance for Carnaval
Carnavalito – Bolivia [Traditional] – Easy, lively, circle dance for Carnaval
Winds on the Tor – (Sacred Circle)/England [Glastonbury Circle Dance] – Easy, gentle, circle dance
Čerešničky – Moravia [František Bonuš*] – Easy, moderat,e circle dance
Bailando Boogaloo – USA/New Jersey [Totoy Pinoy] – Easy, moderate, modern line dance
Raca Plava – Croatia/Međimurje [Nena Shokčič*] – Intermediate, moderate, circle dance
Ajde Lepa Maro – Serbia/Šumadija [Ricky Holden*] – Easy, moderate, circle dance
Dunavsko horo – Bulgaria/Severnyashka [Traditional] – Easy, lively, circle dance
Šopka (Shopka) – Macedonia/Šopluk [Saško Anastasov*] – Intermediate, lively, circle dance
Tokyo Polka – USA [Richard Powers] – Easy, moderate, modern line dance
Trei Păzeşte Bătrânesc – Romania [Sunni Bloland*] – Advanced-Intermediate, lively, circle dance
Ooska Gookas – Armenia [Rickey Holden*] – Easy, gentle, circle dance
Čerešna – Macedonia – Easy, gentle, circle dance
Sitno Mališevsko Horo – Bulgaria/Pirin [Yves Moreau*] – Easy, moderate, circle dance
Omorfoula/Ličenoto & Armensko/Aloniotikos – Greek Macedonia [Traditional] – Easy, lively, circle dance
Ikariótikos – Greece/Ikaria [Traditional] – Intermediate, lively, circle dance
Dhiváratikos, aka Syrtós Kefalliniás – Greece/Kefalonia [Traditional] – Easy, moderate, circle dance
Fado Português de Nós – Portugal [Nanni Kloke] – Easy, moderate, Sacred Circle dance
Nabrala Je – Croatia [Željko Jergan*] – Easy, lively, circle dance
Jimmy Copacabana – USA [Beauchamp, Gagnon, & Weisburd] – Easy, moderate, modern line dance

Get the full list of Recently-Taught Dances HERE (tick the Recently Taught Dances checkbox)

What is international/world folk dancing?

Well, the “folk” of folk dancing would be you and the people of your community. Back in the days before Netflix—and, if you can imagine, before the days of electric light and recorded music—people did not go somewhere “to be entertained;” people created their own entertainment. When people gathered socially to celebrate weddings, births, harvests, or just to “party” on a day of rest, some would play music and others moved their bodies and feet to the rhythms and melodies. Patterns developed, and in each village, people would know the steps that went with that particular music. The dances were simple, and everyone could and did join in. These early cultures did not use their native-language equivalent of the term, “folk dance.” They just called it, “dance.” As music developed with sounds and styles distinct to the local geographic region and peoples, dances followed suit and became an important part of the culture. Just as music from different areas and cultures sounds distinct, folk dances have steps, movements, and patterns that are distinct to a culture and geographic area.

Today, International Folk Dancing describes a movement started in earnest in the 20th century where people participate in or perform dances from all cultures of the world, regardless of the ethnicity of the dancers or the geography of the venue. Hobbyists enjoy International Folk Dancing as a recreational activity with the benefits of physical fitness, social interaction, and exposure to the music and culture of other peoples. Artists perfect the dances and perform them for enjoyment and to expose the public to the traditions of cultures they likely have never seen before. In modern times, choreographers create new dances “in the style of” the traditional cultures, and the repertoires of International Folk Dance groups have expanded well beyond the memory capacities of the dancers. Relearning the old dances is just as exciting as learning the latest one.

Want even more definitions and history? Read up on Britannica.

Come join us every Tuesday night for a world tour from Canada to Kurdistan, the Balkans to Bolivia, Johannesburg to Japan, and Europe to USA!