This past Saturday marked the 32nd Annual Phoenix Folk Dance Festival. You missed it? Tsk. Too bad. Make sure you come next year. It will be announced on the ARHtistic License Facebook page (another reason to “like” it). Or better yet, follow the Phoenix International Folk Dancers Facebook page, too.
In the mean time, I’ll give you a small taste of what you missed.
I didn’t take my good camera; after sitting out last year because of my pending hip replacement, this year I planned to dance all afternoon (12 noon to 4:30), and I didn’t want to have to babysit my expensive camera. So the photographs I took aren’t all that good; the shutter speed on my Sony Cyber-shot is so slow it didn’t take the picture I’d framed, and it didn’t freeze the action, so they turned out all blurry.
We danced folk dances from many countries: Serbia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Albania, Kurdistan, Romania, Israel, Albania, Russia, Turkey, Colombia, United States, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Greece, Bolivia, Macedonia, Scotland, Maldova, Armenia, Finland, and Japan were all represented, as were the Roma people.
Two exhibition groups performed. The Tucson International Folk Dancers danced Ukrainian dances.
The Asli Karatas Dancers were two youth groups. The youngest dancers performed Turkish dances:
And the older dancers demonstrated the Charleston and some Rockabilly moves:
And I captured the general participants doing an Israeli dance, Erev Ba.
The festival passed surprisingly quickly. We had guests from all over Arizona. We saw some old friends we haven’t seen in a while. We had a lot of fun, and we hope you will join us next year. Or if you’re ever in the Phoenix area, come dance with us most Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Irish Cultural Center. Bring your dancing shoes.
Wayne Magninie took this panoramic video of most of the attendees. If you look very carefully, you might even find me!