If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably caught on that I love to folk dance. When I attended Duquesne University in the early 1970s, music majors enrolled in two semesters of eurythmics as their P.E. requirement. Simply stated, eurythmics is movement to music. Our professor, Brunhilde Dorsch, included a heavy international folk dance component in the course. Her annual Christmas parties for the music majors were legendary–they also involved lots of folk dancing.
About 10 years ago, I took Orff-Schulwerk Level I training in connection with my job as an elementary general music teacher. Again, the movement portion of the course included folk dancing, and it reminded me how much I’d loved dancing as a student. So after the course ended, I googled folk dancing in Phoenix and found Phoenix International Folk Dancers.
Every year, PIFD puts on a Folk Dance Festival. Members and friends of the group join together to perform more than 40 dances from around the world, and exhibition troupes amaze the audience with their skill.
Here are some highlights from this year’s festival, held March 5, 2016.
These were some “warm-up” dances requested before the official start of the festival:(Disclaimer: I apologize for the lack of quality of these video clips; I’m just learning how to use the video feature on my camera, and I’m not very good.)
A group of Bulgarian dancers wowed us with their precision and style.
The Tucson Folk Dance Club delighted us with dances from Germany. A wedding dance:
And a woodcutter’s dance, complete with schuhplatten:
Sorry I don’t have more pictures–I was dancing most of the time.