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
"Goodbye & Thanks for All the Dances" - memorial article honoring Bernard Kaiman who passed away in 2013.
Click here to read or download the article.
Summer schedule may vary. Check with the Taylors before coming to dance to be sure we are dancing.
Mountain Playshop in Swananoa, North Carolina,
September 12th - 14th
Romanian folk dance instructors Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu will teach this weekend workshop in Black Mountain, NC. The Playshop registrars will accept only 100 people. Early registration opens July 6th.
See 2013 Playshop photos of fun & friendship ...
Autumn Leaves -The Nashville International Folk Dance group has invited Yves Moreau for their annual workshop in Bulgarian dance Nov. 7th-9th.
Donka Koleva - We will sponsor an evening with the Ms. Koleva of Bulgaria, her husband and a small band on Thursday, November 13th. Save the date. More information will be available soon.
Some of us danced at Destination Imagination 5/22 at UT. There were over 4,000 students from 32 countries attending this 4-day creativity competition. We danced Black Forest (Taiwan), Katonti (Israel), and Cimpoi (Romania) with flashing lights and big screen video.
We had a fun evening Greek Dance Workshop on May 12th
featuring teacher Christian Papakostas at the Knoxville Greek Orthodox Church. Professor Papakostas taught lots of lively dances and gave a percussion demonstration.
Our 2014 annual Maypole Dance was on Wednesday, May 7th. Photos are photos are on our Facebook page.
Our April 25-27, 2014 Workshop was a great success. Ed Austin, artistic director of the Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University in Utah, taught a variety of dances including Serbian Gypsy, Romanian Gypsy, Israeli contemporary & traditional, Scottlish, English and Contra.
See our slide show.