The Oak Ridge International Folk Dancers meet throughout the year on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 10 PM at the Claxton Community Center near Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tennessee. Paul Taylor and other folk dancers in the group teach dances early in the evening starting at 7:30 PM; then we do request dancing until 10 PM. We have pot luck suppers and workshops on a regular basis. Call to verify schedule changes during holidays.
As we say here in East Tennessee "Y'all come!"
Visit us on FACEBOOK and see photos of us in action!
History: The group was started over fifty years ago when the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee was first developed during World War II. Our dancers come from Oak Ridge, Knoxville and nearby towns. We welcome visitors to the area, fanatics, beginners and every level in between.
We do dances from the following countries and more: Romania, Bulgaria, England, Scotland, France, Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Ukraine, China, Israel, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Russia, Mexico, Slovenia, Armenia, South Africa and Japan.
ORFD INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE DISPLAY
The Oak Ridge Folk Dancers have collected many interesting costumes and folk related items over their years of dancing - both in the USA and abroad.
They were on display at the Oak Ridge Library in January 2014.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
Our Workshop is April 25-27, 2014
Ed Austin will teach International Folk Dance at The Square Dance Center, 828 Tulip Ave. NWKnoxville, TN 37921.
Ed has been the artistic director of the Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University in Utah since 1985 and Associate Professor. His awards and honors are many including: France: Festival de Confolens, Arts & Tradition Populaire du Monde 50th Anniversary, 2007, USA, Winter Olympic Games, Opening Ceremonies 2002 -more about Ed at http://www.phantomranch.net/folkdanc/teachers/austin_e.htm
REGISTRATION FORM, MAP & FLYER -CLICK HERE
We are having our annual Maypole Dance at Claxton Community Center on Wednesday, May 7th, 7:00 p.m. (rain date May 14th) Everyone is welcome.
Bring the kids.
Save the Date for our Greek Dance Workshop
May 12th, Monday evening from 7:30-10 pm
featuring teacher Christian Papalostas at the Knoxville Greek Orthodox Church on Kingston Pike.
$12/person, students pay only $5.
Professor Papakostas will teach a workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina the weekend before coming to Knoxville and will travel to Nashville after our workshop to teach the International Dancers there. Hope you can join us for this very special evening with a scholar, master dance teacher and percussionist.
Mountain Playshop is September 12-14, 2014
Swannanoa, North Carolina
See 2013 photos of fun and friendship and more...
"Goodbye & Thanks for All the Dances" - memorial article honoring Bernard Kaiman who passed away in 2013.
Click here to read or download the article.