We dance most Wednesday evenings from 7:30-10 at the Claxton Community Center.
Check with the Taylors to be sure we are dancing if you don't come regularly. Our schedule varies, especially in the summer.
Potluck Supper and Folk Dancing Wed., August 24th, 6:30 at Claxton Community Center - We’ll start our evening of dance with a potluck supper.
Watch us recently on Knoxville's local WBIR News.
UPCOMING LOCAL DANCE EVENTS TO CONSIDER
Israeli Folk Dance Workshop, August 30th, 6 to 10 pm
Ruthy Slann will teach Israeli dance at the 20th Annual Israeli Folk Dance Workshop to be held on Tuesday, August 30th from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center at 6800 Deane Hill Drive in Knoxville. For more information call Fay at 865 384 3872 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee for non-members is $13.
Combined Square Dancing and Folk Dancing at the Square Dance Center, September 3rd
We’ve been invited to teach the square dancers who meet on Saturday nights at the SDC a little about folk dancing; the square dancers will teach us a bit about square dancing also that evening. We’ll start at 7:30 p.m. at the Square Dance Center on Tulip Street in Knoxville. This is just a little ways off 17th Street. Hope all our dancers will turn out for this fun evening.
MOUNTAIN Playshop 2016
Registration News & Announcements
Registration forms, flyers and camp information can be found at www.mountainplayshop.org.
Dates are Friday Sept. 23 – Sunday Sept. 25, at the scenic YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.
Erik Bendix will be teaching dances from Albania and the Kosovo region, Greece and Macedonia. Erik co-founded Mountain Playshop over thirty years ago, and has taught, choreographed, directed and performed dances from across the globe both in the US and internationally. We are very fortunate to have him for what will be our 31st Playshop.
One-evening Bulgarian Folk Dance Workshop with Iliana Bozhanova teaching, October 12th
Iliana Bozhanova and her accordionist, Todor Yankov, will be traveling in the US this fall and will teach us on Wednesday evening, October 12th, at the Claxton Community Center. We’ll have a potluck supper at 6:30 and then Iliana will begin teaching.
Thursday, November 17th, Bulgarika, a Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble, will perform at the International House on UT’s Campus
The Oak Ridge Folk Dancers are helping to sponsor this event. Bulgarika is made up of well-known singer, Donka Koleva, and her band. There will be Bulgarian folk dancing this evening to the live music of this touring group.
Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu to teach ORFD Spring workshop, March 31st, April 1st and 2nd.
Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu will be teaching at our workshop will be held at the Square Dance Center in Knoxville. Stay tuned for details.
2016 Spring Workshop Weekend in April with Lee Otterholt - Some photos on this FACEBOOK page and more on this FACEBOOK page.
Lynne Attaway shared her aunt's extensive international folk dance costume collection with ORFD in September, 2015. Check it out here!
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.
2014 Maypole photos are on FACEBOOK. 2013 photos are below.
Longtime Oak Ridge International Folk Dancer, Charlie Klabunde, passed away February 7th. We will miss him.
Click here to see his obituary.
MAY 2016 WORKSHOP
Jeremy Child International Folk Dance workshop.
We had a potluck supper and fun evening with Contra leader Jeremy Child. See our photos on FACEBOOK.
2014 Workshop with Jeremy Child
The Flux (Diagonal reel, with contra corners)
Rozsa (Couple waltz, with the cuddle position)
The Weevil (7th Order progression, line of 4 facing line of 3)
Swedish Masquerade (March, Waltz, Polka for couples)
Spirit (Dirty Old Man dance)
Hanter Dro Klamm (from Brittany)
Carlotta’s Birthday (couple dance with swivels, box the gnat, and grand chain)