Folk Ball Festival live and in person

 January 26-27, 2024

Memorial Union

800 Langdon St  53715

Featuring Steve Kotansky

Pre-Register Here


FRIDAY DANCE PARTY  (January 26) 7:30-Midnight in Great Hall 

7:30   YID VICIOUS  Klezmer & International -- Madison

9:00   SLOBODA     Balkan -- Milwaukee

10:30 INTEMPERANCE COLLECTIVE International -- Madison


10:00am-12:00n DANCE WORKSHOP, Great Hall 

Steve Kotansky

12:00n-1:00pm BROWN BAG TALK, Old Madison Room

           Gloria Hays - "Trad Musicians in Ireland Today"

 1:00-3:00pm IRISH SET DANCE WORKSHOP, Great Hall

Theresa Murray & Capitol Ceili Band

 1:00-3:00pm TANCHAZ, Festival Room 

Music by Szaszka; Cameo by Steve Kotansky;

Teaching Circles led by Dan Talmo & Paula White.

Not a workshop, but teaching circles welcome all to enjoy the Tanchaz experience!

 1:15-3:00pm EASTERN EUROPEAN SINGING, Old Madison Room 

Natalie Nowytski

3:00-5:00pm DANCE WORKSHOP, Great Hall

Steve Kotansky

3:00-5:00pm DANCE WORKSHOP, Festival Room

      Michael Kuharski & Friends

"Folk Ball 101" - Dance Hacks for Those Parties 

FOLK BALL BUFFET DINNER (January 27) 5:00-7:00  

“Na Trapeza!”, Tripp Commons

Music by Hoot ‘n Annie String Band! 

See below for Reservations & Menu

$15 per person—TICKETS REQUIRED!


THE LEGENDARY FOLK BALL DANCE PARTY (January 27) 7:00-Midnight  in Great Hall 

SZASZKA  Transylvanian -- Twin Cities

BLACK BEAR COMBO Balkan Brass -- Chicago

IZVOR ORCHESTRA Balkan/International -- Milwaukee

ORKESTAR BEZ IME   Balkan/International -- Twin Cities

SUNDAY REVIEW (January 28)

10:30am-12:00n Festival Room - Steve Kotansky

We have two options for the Folk Ball Dinner, a nice social occasion & so convenient on a busy winter day.


Grilled Chicken Breast in Wooded Mushroom Sauce

Roasted baby red potatoes

Seasonal vegetables

Dinner rolls

Salad - Greens, tomato, red onion, carrot, cucumbers, balsamic

Apple pie, caramel, whipped cream

Coffee service & Milk carafes


Cheese Ravioli in Tomato vodka sauce

Seasonal vegetables

Dinner rolls

Salad- Greens, tomato, red onion, carrot, cucumbers, balsamic

Apple pie, caramel, whipped cream

Coffee service & Milk carafes

Reserve Dinner Tickets with Michael / 608-469-2543  or with festival Pre-Registration (top of page).

Payment of $15 per person may be made at festival Info Table  in Great Hall when picking up reserved Dinner Tickets.

The meal serves at 5:00 in Tripp Commons (2nd Floor East)  with music by Hoot’n Annie String Band!


Folk Ball is funded solely by your GENEROUS DONATIONS!

Please DONATE when you REGISTER at the festival's INFO TABLE in Great Hall - CASH, CHECK (to "Madison Folk Dance Club"), or CREDIT CARD. You can also donate at each event you attend (cash/check). Give as you are able -  keep this an open celebration for all! 

WE SUGGEST:  Workshop $15    Party $30 Weekend $125



    If you have symptoms of respiratory illness, DO NOT COME. 

    If you have likely been exposed in the last 3-5 days, DO NOT COME.

    Consider testing beforehand (especially if coming from a distance).

    We  recommend a recent booster.


   On arrival, go to Festival Info Table in Great Hall & REGISTER (affirm vax/test status, provide contact info,  get Name Tag )

(3)   MASKING is encouraged but is your decision.


THANK YOU for making in-person dancing possible!

Sound Wizardry by Lonya Nenashev of Red Square Audio!


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

Sponsored by Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

Generous support from Nancy Yugo Memorial Fund

Media sponsor: WORT 89.9FM  Listener-Powered Radio