Northwest Folklife has been going strong for 44 years, and it is dance community powered.
We send MANY THANKS to all of the folk dance communities that recently came together in support of Northwest Folklife. It was exciting to see four ‘Nights for Folklife’ events on the calendar in March.
Northwest folk dance communities have long been involved in the Festival’s roots as a participatory multi-cultural experience. I recently met Judy, a veteran folk dancer, who explained, “my husband and I caught the folk dance bug at Folklife, and we travelled the world as a result.” Since the days of glamour and leg room in jet travel, the Folklife Festival has been the place folks can discover and practice all kinds of international folk dance hailing from the Balkans, English Countryside, France, Greece, Hungary, Scotland, and Turkey, and throughout the world. Sounds like the Northwest Folklife Festival did its part to stimulate Pacific Northwesterners’ curiosity about diverse cultures and world travel.
Thank You to the folk dancers who donated, to the event coordinators and to all who made in-kind donations. Here is but a partial list:
Kathy “I dance; therefore, I am.” Bruni
Cedar Valley Grange
Folk Voice Band
Lake City Contra Marathon
Lake City Contra/Old Time Country Dance
Northwest Folk Dancers, Inc.
Portland Roadhouse Dance
Seattle English Country Dance
Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers
Skandia Folk Dance Society
Sno-King International Folk Dancers