In the “Old World” everyone was welcomed to weekly village dances where you could forget your cares and kick-back, dance, laugh, and socialize regardless of your ability or experience. We cherish that open arms tradition. Beginners are personally guided and more expert dancers help us all learn new dances.
What is international folk dancing? Most of our dances are from Eastern Europe, plus many Ethnic dances from other countries.
Generally we link hands to form a long line and follow the steps of the person at the head of the line. If you don’t know the dance, stand near to someone who does and they will help you out. Simply try to go in the right direction and eventually you will catch on. It is good exercise for the brain and the body and you may be as energetic (or not) as you like.
Some of our members enjoy going to regional camps to bring back new dances. While we appreciate the fact that there is often a “more correct” way of doing a particular dance, we are cognizant of the fact that “the same” dance differed slightly from village to village and we are more focused on preserving the village spirit than on the exactitude of the dance. We are not a performance group.
Useful info: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. No special attire. No partner needed. Teenagers to great-grandparents are welcome.
We meet on Mondays at the Olivette Community Center 9723 Grandville Drive, Olivette, MO 63132