What we're about

IFDC is a recreational folk dance club that is open to the public at large, as well as to the University of Toronto community.

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We teach dances in an informal and relaxed setting. No partners are necessary. Beginners are always welcome. Most of the dances are traditional circle, line and couple dances from Europe and the Middle East, although we include some dances from other regions. Our instructors are all volunteers who have a life-long passion for folk dance, and a desire to share what we know. We meet most Friday nights at The University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor St West, Gym 122. Visit our web page for building entry information:

http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc/

We are also on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut

& Twitter @tofolkdance (https://twitter.com/tofolkdance)

Our classes operate on a drop-in basis of $8 per class.

Annual membership also available in lieu of drop-in fee.
From time to time, a multi-class pass will be made available.
All fees are used to offset the costs of running the group (eg., room rental fees, sound equipment etc.).

Curious about what the dances are like? Here are a few videos:

Lerikos, a Greek dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQQr7bi9Tus)

Bavno Oro, a Macedonian dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti4oJVXj4yU)

Lo Ahavti Dai, Israeli Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNlN8r57aPE)

Salty Dog Rag, North American Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es8DeyLqdaM)

Ciuleandra, a Romanian dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJTSPvcUI7I)

If you visit our Discussions (http://www.meetup.com/Recreational-Folk-Dance/messages/boards/) section, you can read and view more about international folk dancing at IFDC.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact me, Helen, via Meetup.

Upcoming events (5+)

Beginner and Intermediate Level Folk Dancing

University of Toronto Schools

CA$8.00

Welcome to Friday night folk dancing! Beginners are always encouraged to join us any Friday night. Come on in and you'll be dancing within minutes! You don't need to bring a dance partner and you don't need previous dance experience. We begin each week with teaching simple dances. Later in the evening we review them and also teach a few more complex dances. In addition, we play requests--whichever dances the group members wish to do, we will play. Plan to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes such as running shoes or dance shoes such as jazz runners. If you arrive after 9:30 pm, the building doors will be locked but we have a cell number posted on the main door on Bloor and if you call the number we'll come to let you in. In addition we have a doorbell set up at the rear of the building for those who are parked in the back. Go to the set of doors closest to Spadina Ave. There is a switch that turns on a light to notify us of people waiting at the back door. It may take a few minutes to respond so please be patient. Photos and videos are often taken at our classes. Please do not wear perfumes or scented products to our classes. Our regular drop in fee for an evening of dancing is $8. From time to time, we have multi-class passes available, which allow reduced fees. Annual membership also available in lieu of drop-in fee. Want to know more? Feel free to contact me (HelenW) through this Meetup page or contact other instructors via email, phone,Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut ) or the web ( http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc ): Judy[masked] Walter [masked] http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc/ https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut

Beginner Folk Dance Party Night, Pot Luck Refreshments

University of Toronto Schools

CA$5.00

Welcome to Friday night folk dancing! This will be a special night concentrating on beginner level dances. At the end of March, we plan to deactivate our Meetup subscription, but our group will continue to dance on Friday nights. We want to invite current Meetup members to join us tonight for this special evening with a reduced dropin fee of $5 instead of the usual $8. Plan to come at 8 pm to take full advantage of the dance instruction portion of the party. Bring along refreshments to share with the group, finger foods only as we do not have access to a kitchen and will not have cutlery/dishes available. If you want to keep in touch with IFDC, we do have a website and an e-mail distribution list http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc/ . We also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut that can keep you informed of our activities. Plan to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes such as running shoes or dance shoes such as jazz runners. If you arrive after 9:30 pm, the building doors will be locked but we have a cell number posted on the main door on Bloor and if you call the number we'll come to let you in. In addition we have a doorbell set up at the rear of the building for those who are parked in the back. Go to the set of doors closest to Spadina Ave. There is a switch that turns on a light to notify us of people waiting at the back door. It may take a few minutes to respond so please be patient. Photos and videos are often taken at our classes. Please do not wear perfumes or scented products to our classes. Our regular drop in fee for an evening of dancing is $8. From time to time, we have multi-class passes available, which allow reduced fees. Annual membership also available in lieu of drop-in fee. Want to know more? Feel free to contact me (HelenW) through this Meetup page or contact other instructors via email, phone,Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut ) or the web ( http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc ): Judy[masked] Walter [masked] http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc/ https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut

Beginner and Intermediate Level Folk Dancing

University of Toronto Schools

CA$8.00

Welcome to Friday night folk dancing! Beginners are always encouraged to join us any Friday night. Come on in and you'll be dancing within minutes! You don't need to bring a dance partner and you don't need previous dance experience. We begin each week with teaching simple dances. Later in the evening we review them and also teach a few more complex dances. In addition, we play requests--whichever dances the group members wish to do, we will play. Plan to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes such as running shoes or dance shoes such as jazz runners. If you arrive after 9:30 pm, the building doors will be locked but we have a cell number posted on the main door on Bloor and if you call the number we'll come to let you in. In addition we have a doorbell set up at the rear of the building for those who are parked in the back. Go to the set of doors closest to Spadina Ave. There is a switch that turns on a light to notify us of people waiting at the back door. It may take a few minutes to respond so please be patient. Photos and videos are often taken at our classes. Please do not wear perfumes or scented products to our classes. Our regular drop in fee for an evening of dancing is $8. From time to time, we have multi-class passes available, which allow reduced fees. Annual membership also available in lieu of drop-in fee. Want to know more? Feel free to contact me (HelenW) through this Meetup page or contact other instructors via email, phone,Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut ) or the web ( http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc ): Judy[masked] Walter [masked] http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc/ https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut

Beginner and Intermediate Level Folk Dancing

University of Toronto Schools

CA$8.00

Welcome to Friday night folk dancing! Beginners are always encouraged to join us any Friday night. Come on in and you'll be dancing within minutes! You don't need to bring a dance partner and you don't need previous dance experience. We begin each week with teaching simple dances. Later in the evening we review them and also teach a few more complex dances. In addition, we play requests--whichever dances the group members wish to do, we will play. Plan to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes such as running shoes or dance shoes such as jazz runners. If you arrive after 9:30 pm, the building doors will be locked but we have a cell number posted on the main door on Bloor and if you call the number we'll come to let you in. In addition we have a doorbell set up at the rear of the building for those who are parked in the back. Go to the set of doors closest to Spadina Ave. There is a switch that turns on a light to notify us of people waiting at the back door. It may take a few minutes to respond so please be patient. Photos and videos are often taken at our classes. Please do not wear perfumes or scented products to our classes. Our regular drop in fee for an evening of dancing is $8. From time to time, we have multi-class passes available, which allow reduced fees. Annual membership also available in lieu of drop-in fee. Want to know more? Feel free to contact me (HelenW) through this Meetup page or contact other instructors via email, phone,Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut ) or the web ( http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc ): Judy[masked] Walter [masked] http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc/ https://www.facebook.com/ifdcut

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Beginner and Intermediate Level Folk Dancing

University of Toronto Schools

CA$8.00

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