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Northwest Folk Dancers Incorporated

We are Northwest Folk Dancers Incorporated (NFDI), the "Where to Folk Dance" organization for the Pacific Northwest.

Special Events

NFDI's festival to celebrate our 60th anniversary was held March 19 & 20, 2016, at the Russian Community Center in Seattle. What a great festival! From the superlative teaching of Lee Otterholt (international) and Marty Koenig (Balkan), to the dance concert with Radost and Kisbetyárok and the folk dance ball, with Folk Voice Band, Allspice, and Orkestar RTW, it was a wonderful event. In addition to our fabulous teachers, performers, and bands, we had items for sale from John Filcich (Festival Records), both instructors, and Dennis Roth (who donated his proceeds to NFDI, as did Susan Wickett-Ford, who brought some costumes to sell). The fun didn't stop there, though, as Sunday included another workshop from Lee, a cultural hour on Bulgarian dancing with Marty, and a review session to wrap it all up. Thanks to all of you who came; we had excellent attendance, and there were many comments about what a wonderful festival it was.

Our fund raiser dance on April 9 to benefit NW Folklife was a big success! We raised $2065 for Folklife. Many thanks to the bands--Allspice, Julie King and Olga Hauptman (with calling by Gordie Swartzman), and Folk Voice Band. Thanks, too, to the Cedar Valley Grange, which donated the use of the hall; Sno-King International Folkdancers, who donated their usual dance night; Skandia, who allowed us to borrow their sound system; and Patrick McMonaglem, who donated his time and expertise to run the sound. It was so much fun!

Our Newsletter
Articles in the May issue include "International Dancing at NW Folklife Festival," "Valya Balkanska & Petar Yanev in Seattle," "Gold Card Members," "What It Takes to Make Music," "NFDI Fundraiser–Thanks for Coming!," "40 Years of Friendship & Folklore," and "Digital Music: From YouTube to Your Computer," among others. Join us today!

In the April issue: "Na Megdana Returns!," "Syttende Mai," "Festival Recap," "Digital Music Introduction," "Radost Folk Ensemble Celebrates 40th Anniversary," and more! Don't miss out; become a member!

About us
Northwest Folk Dancers Incorporated (NFDI) is a non-profit "umbrella" organization that promotes folk dancing and ethnic events. NFDI sponsors folk dance festivals and other folk events, provides dance descriptions and practice tapes at a nominal charge for NFDI members, and seeks new ways to promote all forms of ethnic dance.

NFDI publishes a monthly magazine, THE NORTHWEST FOLKDANCER, containing articles and advertisements of interest to the folk dance community. One of the most popular features of THE NORTHWEST FOLKDANCER magazine is the listings of regular dances and classes and a separate comprehensive calendar of special events. The magazine also contains club news, ethnic recipes, dance descriptions, CD reviews, and other information helpful for dancers, teachers of folk dance, and anyone interested in the food, dances, costumes, and history of other cultures.

NFDI also provides scholarships for adults who want to attend folk dance camps and who agree to teach the dances to other NFDI clubs, and youth scholarships for students (high school and college age) who want to participate in a dance camp but need assistance to do so.

NFDI was incorporated in January of 1956.

NFDI celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 1 and 2, 2006, with a folk dance festival in Seattle! The festival featured Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion from Montreal teaching Romanian dances, Thea Huijgen teaching international folk dances, and the internationally acclaimed Mary Sherhart teaching Balkan singing. Check out our Photos page to get glimpses of the event.

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