International Folk Dance in Harvard Square
We invite you to join the The Folk Arts Center of New England for International Folk Dances in Harvard Square. These fun and participatory dances take place on Forbes Plaza in front of Au Bon Pain at the Holyoke Center and are free and open to the public.
Friday, August 12, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
International dancing with leaders Andy Taylor-Blenis and Janet Yeracaris and music by the Cambridge Folk Orchestra.
Friday, August 19, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
International dancing with leaders Andy Taylor-Blenis and Janet Yeracaris
Friday, September 2, 7:30 – 9:30pm
International dancing with leader Andy Taylor-Blenis and music by Goatzilla
The Folk Arts Center’s free outdoor summer folk dances offer basic instruction and dancing for all, sometimes accompanied by live music. It is not necessary to have previous dance experience or to attend with a partner. The dance series is made possible by support from the Harvard Square Business Association and by financial support from a private donor and from FAC.
Folk dances are the traditional social dances of ethnic groups, from all over the world. Social dances are participatory dances done at weddings, parties, and other gatherings. Recreational international folk dancing is based on social dances, adapted to 2–5 minute formats to provide a sampling of a wide variety of cultures. Some of the dances that we do use simple village steps and rhythms; some are choreographed in the style of a particular culture. Tempos range from slow and meditative to vigorously aerobic.
FAC’s repertoire includes dances from the USA, Canada, Mexico, and South America; from the British Isles, Scandinavia, and Western, Central and Eastern Europe; from the Balkan, Baltic and Mediterranean regions; and from the Middle East, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Japan and the Philippines.
The Folk Arts Center of New England is an incorporated nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to promote interest and participation in the traditional dance, music, and related folk arts of many cultures, and to support other groups and individuals with the same mission.
The Folk Arts Center’s 500-plus members are people of all ages and backgrounds, singles, couples, and families. FAC members and friends provide invaluable volunteer services and financial support that keep the organization going. FAC has been a recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the City of Boston, the Melrose Cultural Council, and other funding agencies. For more information, please visit their webpage http://www.facone.org/index.htm For the final word on cancellation of Dancing in the Square because of inclement weather or other unforeseen events, call the FolkFone at 781-438-4389 a couple of hours before the dance should begin, or check the home page on the website.