Folk Ball Festival live and in person

with special guest band

Blato Zlato !

January 27-28, 2023

Memorial Union

800 Langdon St 53715

FRIDAY DANCE PARTY (January 27) 7:30-Midnight in Great Hall

7:30 YID VICIOUS [klez & int’l/Madison]

9:00 BLATO ZLATO [Bulgarian/New Orleans]

10:30 SLOBODA [Balkan/Milwaukee]


10:00-noon DANCE WORKSHOP Great Hall

Mimi Goldberg & Dan Talmo

Noon-1:00 BYO BROWN BAG TALK Old Madison Rm

“Blato Zlato - The Water Flows”

Band members share their journey

1:00-3:00 TANCHAZ in Tripp Commons

Music by Szaszka

Teaching Circles led by Dan Talmo & Paula White

Our Friday Táncház moves to Saturday. Not a workshop, but

teaching circles welcome all to enjoy the Tanchaz experience!

1:00-3:00 DANCE WORKSHOP Great Hall

Dan Garvin & Paul Collins

1:15-3:00 BULGARIAN SINGING Old Madison Rm

Lou Carrig of Blato Zlato

3:00-5:00 DANCE WORKSHOP Great Hall

Paul Wagner & Michael Kuharski

FOLK BALL BUFFET DINNER “Na Trapeza!” with music by Intemperance Collective & ethnic torch songs by Anna Purnell

5:00-7:00 Sat. in [room to be determined]

Reservation: $15 per person

THE LEGENDARY FOLK BALL DANCE PARTY 7:00-Midnight Saturday, Jan.28 Great Hall ballroom

7:00 SZASZKAS [Transylvanian/Twin Cities]

7:50 BLATO ZLATO [Bulgarian/New Orleans]

9:00 ORKESTAR BEZ IME [Int’l/Twin Cities]

10:40 IZVOR ORCHESTRA [Int’l/Milwaukee]


Folk Ball is funded solely by your GENEROUS DONATIONS. Come & go freely, but bring CASH,CHECK,or CREDIT CARD & give as you can! Make one full-weekend donation at Info Table in Great Hall (checks to "Madison Folk Dance Club") or donate at each event you attend, but help keep this an open celebration for everyone. THANKS!

SUGGESTED DONATIONS: Workshop $15 Party $30 Weekend $125


(1) VACCINATION required of all participants & observers.

On arrival, go to Festival Info Table in Great Hall & sign in. (Be prepared to prove vax status.)

(2) MASK should be worn at Festival events

EXCEPT if you have a NEGATIVE same-day COVID-19 TEST (Sign form for TEST at Festival Info Table.)

THANK YOU for respecting fellow dancers & for coming to dance in Peculiar Times!


SUNDAY BONUS – Folk Ball After-Party

Sleep late, then help Yid Vicious Klezmer Ensemble celebrate its 27th anniversary with a Kleztacular

6:30-8:30 at Harmony Bar (2201 Atwood Ave)

$10 adult (kids free) & free Yid CD to every reveler!

Space for dance & the music to fuel it.


FFI: Michael 608-469-2543/

LIKE IT! "Madison Folk Ball" fb page

Sound Wizardry by Lonya Nenashev of Red Square Audio!

Presented by Wis. Folk Arts Assoc. & Madison Folk Dance Club

Co-sponsored by Dept. of German, Nordic, & Slavic

Generous support from Nancy Yugo Memorial Fund

Promotional support: WORT 89.9FM Community-Sponsored Radio