Folk Ball 2017

29th Annual Folk Ball Festival

January 27th – 29th, 2017

Union South

1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715

Note unusual location: Union South

Feature Teacher:

Yves Moreau

Simplified Schedule

See below for detailed schedule.


  • International Dance Party @ Varsity Hall III — 7:30 pm – midnight
  • Contra Dance @ The Crossing — 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Hungarian Tanchaz @ Northwoods Room — 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


  • 10:00 – Noon — Workshops
    • Bulgarian & Balkan Dance w. Yves Moreau @ Varsity Hall III
    • English Country Dance w. Joanna Thompson & Jean Yandow @ Northwoods
  • Noon – 1 pm — Brown Bag Lunch Talk w. Henry Sapoznik
  • 1 pm – 3 pm — Workshops
    • Israeli Dance w. Nina Lusterman @ Varsity Hall III
    • Clogging w. Sarah Zajicek @ Northwoods
    • Singing Workshop w. Natalie Nowytski @ Industry Room
  • 3 pm - 5pm — Workshops
    • Bulgarian & Balkan Dance w. Yves Moreau @ Varsity Hall III
    • Folk Ball 101 w. Dan Garvin @ Northwoods
  • 10 am – 5 pm — Video Lounge @ Traditions
    • 10 am and 1 pm — Brasslands
    • Noon and 3 pm — Kings of the World
  • 5 pm – 6:30 pm — Buffet @ Industry Room (reservation required)
  • 7 pm – Midnight — Folk Ball Dance Party @ Varsity Hall II & III


Friday, January 27


7:30pm - Midnight

Varsity Hall III

Bands in order of appearance:


Caller Carol Ormand

Music by A RARE PRIVILEGE (Maria Terres & Amy McFarland)

Instruction 7:30-8:00pm, Dance 8:00-11:00pm

LOCATION: The Crossing (1127 Univ.Ave)

Enter downstairs hall via shielded door off lot at rear of building.

Please bring Dancing Shoes — help keep a clean floor.


7:30 - 8:00pm Mezosegi dance review with Paula White & Dan Talmo

8:00 - 10:00pm Open dancing

Northwoods Room [3rd floor]

Music by SZASZKA

Saturday, January 28


10:00 – Noon

Varsity Hall III [2nd floor]

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE with Joanna Thompson

10:00am – Noon

Northwoods Room [3rd floor]

Live Music from Michael Briggs (keyboard) & Carol Ormand (fiddle)

BROWN BAG LUNCH TALK with Henry Sapoznik

Noon – 1:00pm

Industry Room [3rd floor]

Join Henry Sapoznik, Founding Director of the UW Madison Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, for an audio tour of some of the Institute's vast collection of over 10,000 Yiddish 78s made between 1900 and 1955. Of special interest will be the recent acquisition of the extremely rare Lambert cylinders which feature the earliest known recordings of the fledgling Yiddish theater from c.1901.

SINGING WORKSHOP with Natalie Nowytski

1:00 – 3:00pm

Industry Room [3rd floor]

ISRAELI DANCE with Nina Lusterman

1:00 – 3:00pm

Varsity Hall III [2nd floor]

CLOGGING WORKSHOP with Sarah Zajicek

1:00 – 3:00pm

Northwoods Room [3rd floor]


3:00 – 5:00pm

Varsity Hall III [2nd floor]

FOLK BALL 101 with Dan Garvin

3:00 – 5:00pm

Northwoods Room [3rd floor]


Traditions Room [2nd floor]

  • 10:00am Brasslands
  • 12 noon Kings of the World
  • 1:00pm Brasslands
  • 3:00pm Kings of the World


Documentary by Meerkat Media Collective (84 Minutes, English and Serbian with English Subtitles)

A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the first Americans ever to compete at Guča. Brasslands offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.

Kings of the World

Documentary by Natalia Tsarkova (52 Minutes, French with English Subtitles)

Kings of the World is an intimate musical portrait of a reclusive Gypsy community in the South of France, which has produced world-famous musicians, yet remains largely unknown to the outside world. The film tells the story of three families, linked through ties of blood and music: the Reyes (famous as the Gipsy Kings), the Balliardo (descendants of Manitas de Plata), and their cousins the Regis (reclusive adepts of flamenco puro). While following the intertwining stories of its subjects, the film turns to the common threads that tie together this entire community: the nostalgia of the caravans, the obsession with old-fashioned values, the disappearance of family ties, the seeming indifference to fame and fortune, and the ever-present musical transmission which starts right after birth.

BUFFET DINNER (reservation req'd: 608-241-3655 /

5:00 – 6:30pm

Industry Room [3rd floor]


7:00pm – Midnight


Bands in order of appearance:

  • Veseliyka — traditional Bulgarian village music
  • Orkestar Bez Ime — flagship IFD band of the Twin Cities
  • Sloboda — Brewtown's veteran full-spectrum ethnic sound

Sunday, January 29

REVIEW 10:30am – 1:00pm

Yves Moreau & Nina Lusterman

Review of Saturday Balkan & Israeli workshop dances

Northwoods Room [3rd floor]

Parking Suggestions

  • UW Lot 17 ramp a block west of Union South on Engineering Dr off N Randall Ave
  • UW Lot 20 ramp north of Union South on right side of (westbound) Univ Ave
  • UW parking map

The Money

Folk Ball is funded solely by your GENEROUS DONATIONS. Come and go as you please, but do bring CASH, bring your CHECKBOOK, bring your FRIENDS! Make a single full-weekend contribution at Info Table in Varsity Hall (checks to "Madison Folk Dance Club") or donate at each event you attend, but DO YOUR PART to keep Folk Ball an open, free-flowing celebration. THANKS!

SUGGESTED DONATIONS: Workshop $15, Party $30, Weekend $100


Michael 608-241-3655 /

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

Co-sponsored by Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

Welcomed by WORT 89.9FM Community-Sponsored Radio