ELCOME to the International Folk Dance Association of University City, or IFDA. Incorporated in 1964, the IFDA has been serving the greater St. Louis area for nearly 50 years as a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching and enjoyment of folk dances and to the sharing of knowledge and appreciation of folk cultures from around the world. The IFDA and its activities are open to anyone interested in international folk dancing or folklore.
Regular Folk Dance Activities
International Folk Dancing
Scandinavian and International Couple Dancing
Workshops: The IFDA sponsors at least two weekend workshops each year, usually one in the winter or spring and the other in the fall, featuring guest teachers from around the country and around the world. We try to have one workshop emphasizing line or circle dancing and one emphasizing couple dancing. Other special workshops may be held as opportunities arise. Some workshops include singing or instrumental techniques as as well as dancing. Meals featuring cuisine appropriate to the workshop are usually prepared. See Schedule of Coming Events for coming workshops, and our Past IFDA Workshops & Concerts page for what we have had in recent years.
Concerts and Dance Parties: The IFDA has been fortunate to be able to sponsor concerts and dance parties featuring ethnic and other international folk bands. Again see our Schedule of Coming Events page, and our Past IFDA Workshops & Concerts page for concerts and dance parties that we have had in recent years.
Oldies Night: On Oldies Night, special consideration is given to requests for dances which have not been done regularly in recent years.
Live Music: Dance music is normally from recordings, but on some occasions dancers are able to enjoy the spontaneity of live music. Live bands or other performing guests are sometimes featured at workshops, parties, or other special occasions. The St. Louis Spelmannslag, an informal Scandinavian fiddle group, often plays at Scandinavian couple dancing and sometimes at Saturday night dancing. Time can also usually be arranged on a request basis at Saturday night dancing for other IFDA members wishing to play dance music.
Performances and Participatory Events: The IFDA is a recreational dance group that enjoys doing dances from Europe and the Middle East. We are proud to share our enjoyment of these rich dance traditions, and would be happy to teach dances ranging from simple walking patterns to more energetic dances. We can also add a lively dance party to give an international flavor to your social event. Costumed performances can be arranged, accompanied by commentary on the corresponding traditions. We can provide any combination of these formats. Fees are negotiable. See below for contacts.
Feature articles on our special events can often be found in FolkFire newsletter.
Contacts for More Information
Diana Blanchard, home
Scandinavian and International Couple Dancing:
Nancy or Rex Couture, home
Want to be on our Mailing List?
Rex Couture, home
Performances and Participatory Events:
Nancy Couture, phone
Our Logo: The design at the top of this and other IFDA pages is the official logo of the International Folk Dance Association of University City, © 1984-1996, and should not be used elsewhere except when referring to this organization or linking to this web site. The logo was designed by Judy Stein in 1984 and revised by Roger Hill in 1996.
This page (home page): http://www.stlouisfolkdance.org
Written by Roger Hill (E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), revised 2013 Nov 24