Folk Ball 2018

30th Annual Folk Ball Festival

January 19th – 21st, 2018

Memorial Union

800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

Back at our usual location!

Past Folk Balls: 2017

Post-Festival Follow Up

Israeli Workshop

Links to videos of the dances we learned are as follow:

Debka Dor - chor. Moshiko Halevy, 1986



Rakdu/Rokdim Yechefim - chor. Shmulik Gov-Ari, 1993

teach & dance:

Debka Medabeket - chor. Shmulik Gov-Ari, 1989

teach & dance:


Friday, January 19th


7:30 PM to Midnight

Memorial Union Great Hall

  • Yid Vicious
  • Veseliyka
  • Reptile Palace Orchestra


7:30 PM to 10 PM

Class of '24 Reception Room (next to Great Hall)

  • Szaszka, Hungarian Táncház Band


7:30 PM to 11 PM

Red Gym - On Wisconsin Room

  • Music by “A Rare Privilege” (Amy McFarland, piano & Maria Terres, fiddle)
  • Calling by Roger Diggle

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Memorial Union

10am – Noon Great Hall — Romanian Folkdance — Sonia & Cristian

10am – Noon Tripp Commons — Clogging — Sara Zajicek

Noon – 1pm Old Madison Room — Brown Bag Lunch with Colleen Bertsch

1 – 3pm Great Hall — Celtic Sampler — Heidi Hakseth, Todd McCall, Nancy McClements, Chuck Snowdon, Joanna Thompson

1 – 3pm Tripp Commons — Intermediate/Advanced Balkan — Dan Talmo

1 – 3pm Old Madison Room — Eastern European Singing — Natalie Nowytski

3 – 5pm Great Hall — Romanian Folkdance — Sonia & Cristian

3 – 5pm Tripp Commons — Israeli Folkdance — Melissa Marver

Folk Ball

Memorial Union Great Hall

7:00 PM to 'round Midnight

  • Intemperance Collective
  • Black Bear Combo (half set)
  • Orchestar Bez Ime
  • Sloboda
  • Black Bear Combo (half set)

Sunday, Jan. 21

10am – 12:30pm Old Madison Room — Review

Folk Ball Buffet Dinner

Serving at 5:00 Saturday in the State Room (4th Floor East)

$20 per person

Reserve with Michael 608-469-2543 / or at festival Info Table in Great Hall


Spinach, strawberry, shaved red onion, sesame poppy seed dressing

Vegetables, dips, spreads, pita bread

Chicken tikka masala, Sake salmon, Jerk tofu

Basmati rice, Stir-fried vegetables

Includes dinner rolls and coffee station

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

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