Folk Ball 2019

31st Annual Folk Ball Festival

January 25th – 27th, 2019

Memorial Union

800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

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Past Folk Balls: 2017 2018

Featured Teachers:

Steve Kotansky and Susan Snyder-Kotansky


Friday, January 25th

7:30 - Midnight: International dance party in Great Hall

Music by Yid Vicious, Intemperance Collective, Izvor Orchestra

7:30 - 11 PM: Contra dance in Festival Room

Music by A Rare Privilege (Maria Terres fiddle, Amy McFarland piano)

Calling by Roger Diggle

Suggested donation $10

7:30 - 11 PM: Tanchaz in Old Madison Room

Led by Steve & Suzy Kotansky, Music by Szaszka

Saturday, January 26th

10 AM - Noon: Balkan Folk Dance in Great Hall with Featured Teachers Steve & Suzy Kotansky

10 AM - Noon: Lindy Hop in Tripp Commons with Ian Pozdol & Charity Johnson of Jumptown

Noon - 1 PM: Brown Bag Talk in Old Madison Room: “Back Roads of Balkan Music” with Michael Kuharski

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM: Dance of Transylvanian Roma in Great Hall with Featured Teachers Steve & Suzy Kotansky and lively music by Szaszka

1 PM - 3 PM: Irish Set Dancing in Festival Room with Theresa Murray

1 PM - 3 PM: Singing Workshop in Old Madison Room with Natalie Nowytski

3 PM - 5 PM: Balkan Folk Dance in Great Hall with Featured Teachers Steve & Suzy Kotansky

3 PM - 5 PM: Folk Ball 101 in Tripp Commons with Paul Collins of Ethnic Dance Chicago

7 PM - Midnight: Folk Ball Dance Party in Great Hall

Music by Szaszka, Orchestar Bez Ime, Sloboda, and Black Bear Combo

Sunday, January 27th

10:30 PM - 12:30 PM Workshop review in Old Madison Room

from Steve & Suzy

Folk Ball Buffet Dinner

5 PM - 7 PM in Inn Wisconsin Room

More details soon

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


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

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

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