What we're about

Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC) is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational community of people who enjoy the dances, music, cuisines and cultures of many countries and ethnic groups from around the world. As our motto states, we regard "Dancing As A Second Language". Ethnic Folk Dance a great social mixer and aerobic workout. Using the media of ethnic dance and ethnic music, we provide participants with powerful, memorable and enriching experiences and connections that reach far beyond the scope of many other social dance forms and contribute to the creativity, cultural awareness, social and cultural, physical, and personal and professional development of the community.

This group is for lovers of ethnic dance and ethnic music.

This group is for lovers of folk dance and folk music.

Upcoming events (5)

Let's Meetup Online in the EDC/DCFF Virtual Dance Room (VDR) - Fridays

Chicago Latvian Association

Join Us Fridays in the EDC/DCFF Virtual Dance Room (VDR) for Wonderful Evening of Ethnic Folk Dancing!

Fridays: 7:30pm until 10:30pm CDT – Online
• Zoom Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/8478468139
• Register for a Zoom Meeting password (required): http://www.ethnicdance.net/virtualdanceroom/meetupregistration/

About the online dance schedule
• 7:30 - 8:00 early warmups, discussion, Q&A
• 8:00 – 8:30 – Segment 1 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #1
• 8:30 - 8:45 – Guest Host #1 – Teaching and Review
• 8:45 – 9:05 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #2
• 9:05 – 9:20 – Guest Host #2 – Teaching and Review
• 9:20 – 10:00 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #3
• 10:00 – 10:10 – Last Dance(s)
• 10:10 – until – After-Dance Discussion

About Guest Hosts
• Each Guest Host has a set for a quick teach of one dance and to lead us
in a couple of others
• We'll rotate Guest Hosts, selecting 2 at a time
• We'll announce a Guest Host schedule as we move forward

Guest Host Team
o Patti Cohen (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
o Sarah Falkoff (St Louis, MO)
o Leigh Holden (Denver, CO Metro)
o Catherine Rudin (Wayne, NE)
o Theresa Utschig (Milwaukee, WI)
o Paul Collins (Skokie, IL) (me)

About the Dance Program
o We recognize the diversity of our audience is way beyond our usual local/regional boundaries, so we'll try to play fun dances that many of our participants already know. .
o The teaching and review sessions provide opportunities for us to share a broad spectrum of dances across a diverse group of participants, reaching beyond the limits of our local repertoires.

About Post-Dance Discussions
• We'll continue to hold post-dance discussions for those who'd like to
socialize afterwards
• This has been almost like going out for coffee, dessert, snacks,
drinks, etc. after dancing...
• On occasion, we’ll schedule brief discussions with themes like:
o Collecting/Making Folk Costumes (Marvin Moehle, St Louis Area)
o Sharing/presenting recipes for delicious ethnic foods (anyone)
o Sharing stories about participants' dance lives/histories (anyone)
o Who knows what else...

We’re looking forward to when we’re able to resume dancing In person…
Other Ethnic Dance Chicago News

• The sale of the Latvian Center to new owners is scheduled to
conclude in April:
o I've met with the new owners recently who expressed a
strong desire to have the dance groups continue dancing at 4146 N
Elston (formerly The Chicago Latvian Center)
o Their current plans include:
* Renaming the building to the "Color Corner"
* Converting the First Floor Ballroom to an artist studio and office
* Moving all dance activities move to the Second Floor Ballroom
* Fred Romero's Argentine Tango Group continues Last Friday
Milongas when dancing resumes
* This means that EDC will again have Last Friday issues when
activities resume
* I've looked at several nearby locations for last Friday dancing and
will be making decisions/announcements as soon as that is feasible

About the COVID-19 pandemic:
o http://www.ethnicdance.net/pandemic-information/

Supporting the Virtual Dance Room
o Make A Donation to Support the Virtual Dance Room
o While there is no charge to participate, please consider making a donation to support production of the Virtual Dance Room.
o This will help us survive this period of social distancing when all of our events have been postponed.
o You may donate using a PayPal account or a major credit/debit card:
http://www.ethnicdance.net/virtualdanceroomdonation/
o Thanks for your participation and support!

Visit EDC Online:
Website: http://www.ethnicdance.net

YouTube Dance Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNQyTLfHlPg&list=PLk-qWaMYlSI9na9WtI6SsB9NuXZuEZg1I/

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ethnicdance/

Facebook Discussion Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ethnicdance/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru/

Meetup Group: https://www.meetup.com/ethnicdance/

Contact: Paul Collins - [masked] - (847)[masked]

Let's Meetup Online in the EDC/DCFF Virtual Dance Room (VDR) - Fridays

Chicago Latvian Association

Join Us Fridays in the EDC/DCFF Virtual Dance Room (VDR) for Wonderful Evening of Ethnic Folk Dancing!

Fridays: 7:30pm until 10:30pm CDT – Online
• Zoom Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/8478468139
• Register for a Zoom Meeting password (required): http://www.ethnicdance.net/virtualdanceroom/meetupregistration/

About the online dance schedule
• 7:30 - 8:00 early warmups, discussion, Q&A
• 8:00 – 8:30 – Segment 1 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #1
• 8:30 - 8:45 – Guest Host #1 – Teaching and Review
• 8:45 – 9:05 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #2
• 9:05 – 9:20 – Guest Host #2 – Teaching and Review
• 9:20 – 10:00 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #3
• 10:00 – 10:10 – Last Dance(s)
• 10:10 – until – After-Dance Discussion

About Guest Hosts
• Each Guest Host has a set for a quick teach of one dance and to lead us
in a couple of others
• We'll rotate Guest Hosts, selecting 2 at a time
• We'll announce a Guest Host schedule as we move forward

Guest Host Team
o Patti Cohen (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
o Sarah Falkoff (St Louis, MO)
o Leigh Holden (Denver, CO Metro)
o Catherine Rudin (Wayne, NE)
o Theresa Utschig (Milwaukee, WI)
o Paul Collins (Skokie, IL) (me)

About the Dance Program
o We recognize the diversity of our audience is way beyond our usual local/regional boundaries, so we'll try to play fun dances that many of our participants already know. .
o The teaching and review sessions provide opportunities for us to share a broad spectrum of dances across a diverse group of participants, reaching beyond the limits of our local repertoires.

About Post-Dance Discussions
• We'll continue to hold post-dance discussions for those who'd like to
socialize afterwards
• This has been almost like going out for coffee, dessert, snacks,
drinks, etc. after dancing...
• On occasion, we’ll schedule brief discussions with themes like:
o Collecting/Making Folk Costumes (Marvin Moehle, St Louis Area)
o Sharing/presenting recipes for delicious ethnic foods (anyone)
o Sharing stories about participants' dance lives/histories (anyone)
o Who knows what else...

We’re looking forward to when we’re able to resume dancing In person…
Other Ethnic Dance Chicago News

• The sale of the Latvian Center to new owners is scheduled to
conclude in April:
o I've met with the new owners recently who expressed a
strong desire to have the dance groups continue dancing at 4146 N
Elston (formerly The Chicago Latvian Center)
o Their current plans include:
* Renaming the building to the "Color Corner"
* Converting the First Floor Ballroom to an artist studio and office
* Moving all dance activities move to the Second Floor Ballroom
* Fred Romero's Argentine Tango Group continues Last Friday
Milongas when dancing resumes
* This means that EDC will again have Last Friday issues when
activities resume
* I've looked at several nearby locations for last Friday dancing and
will be making decisions/announcements as soon as that is feasible

About the COVID-19 pandemic:
o http://www.ethnicdance.net/pandemic-information/

Supporting the Virtual Dance Room
o Make A Donation to Support the Virtual Dance Room
o While there is no charge to participate, please consider making a donation to support production of the Virtual Dance Room.
o This will help us survive this period of social distancing when all of our events have been postponed.
o You may donate using a PayPal account or a major credit/debit card:
http://www.ethnicdance.net/virtualdanceroomdonation/
o Thanks for your participation and support!

Visit EDC Online:
Website: http://www.ethnicdance.net

YouTube Dance Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNQyTLfHlPg&list=PLk-qWaMYlSI9na9WtI6SsB9NuXZuEZg1I/

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ethnicdance/

Facebook Discussion Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ethnicdance/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru/

Meetup Group: https://www.meetup.com/ethnicdance/

Contact: Paul Collins - [masked] - (847)[masked]

Let's Meetup Online in the EDC/DCFF Virtual Dance Room (VDR) - Fridays

Chicago Latvian Association

Join Us Fridays in the EDC/DCFF Virtual Dance Room (VDR) for Wonderful Evening of Ethnic Folk Dancing!

Fridays: 7:30pm until 10:30pm CDT – Online
• Zoom Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/8478468139
• Register for a Zoom Meeting password (required): http://www.ethnicdance.net/virtualdanceroom/meetupregistration/

About the online dance schedule
• 7:30 - 8:00 early warmups, discussion, Q&A
• 8:00 – 8:30 – Segment 1 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #1
• 8:30 - 8:45 – Guest Host #1 – Teaching and Review
• 8:45 – 9:05 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #2
• 9:05 – 9:20 – Guest Host #2 – Teaching and Review
• 9:20 – 10:00 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #3
• 10:00 – 10:10 – Last Dance(s)
• 10:10 – until – After-Dance Discussion

About Guest Hosts
• Each Guest Host has a set for a quick teach of one dance and to lead us
in a couple of others
• We'll rotate Guest Hosts, selecting 2 at a time
• We'll announce a Guest Host schedule as we move forward

Guest Host Team
o Patti Cohen (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
o Sarah Falkoff (St Louis, MO)
o Leigh Holden (Denver, CO Metro)
o Catherine Rudin (Wayne, NE)
o Theresa Utschig (Milwaukee, WI)
o Paul Collins (Skokie, IL) (me)

About the Dance Program
o We recognize the diversity of our audience is way beyond our usual local/regional boundaries, so we'll try to play fun dances that many of our participants already know. .
o The teaching and review sessions provide opportunities for us to share a broad spectrum of dances across a diverse group of participants, reaching beyond the limits of our local repertoires.

About Post-Dance Discussions
• We'll continue to hold post-dance discussions for those who'd like to
socialize afterwards
• This has been almost like going out for coffee, dessert, snacks,
drinks, etc. after dancing...
• On occasion, we’ll schedule brief discussions with themes like:
o Collecting/Making Folk Costumes (Marvin Moehle, St Louis Area)
o Sharing/presenting recipes for delicious ethnic foods (anyone)
o Sharing stories about participants' dance lives/histories (anyone)
o Who knows what else...

We’re looking forward to when we’re able to resume dancing In person…
Other Ethnic Dance Chicago News

• The sale of the Latvian Center to new owners is scheduled to
conclude in April:
o I've met with the new owners recently who expressed a
strong desire to have the dance groups continue dancing at 4146 N
Elston (formerly The Chicago Latvian Center)
o Their current plans include:
* Renaming the building to the "Color Corner"
* Converting the First Floor Ballroom to an artist studio and office
* Moving all dance activities move to the Second Floor Ballroom
* Fred Romero's Argentine Tango Group continues Last Friday
Milongas when dancing resumes
* This means that EDC will again have Last Friday issues when
activities resume
* I've looked at several nearby locations for last Friday dancing and
will be making decisions/announcements as soon as that is feasible

About the COVID-19 pandemic:
o http://www.ethnicdance.net/pandemic-information/

Supporting the Virtual Dance Room
o Make A Donation to Support the Virtual Dance Room
o While there is no charge to participate, please consider making a donation to support production of the Virtual Dance Room.
o This will help us survive this period of social distancing when all of our events have been postponed.
o You may donate using a PayPal account or a major credit/debit card:
http://www.ethnicdance.net/virtualdanceroomdonation/
o Thanks for your participation and support!

Visit EDC Online:
Website: http://www.ethnicdance.net

YouTube Dance Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNQyTLfHlPg&list=PLk-qWaMYlSI9na9WtI6SsB9NuXZuEZg1I/

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ethnicdance/

Facebook Discussion Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ethnicdance/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru/

Meetup Group: https://www.meetup.com/ethnicdance/

Contact: Paul Collins - [masked] - (847)[masked]

Let's Meetup Online in the EDC/DCFF Virtual Dance Room (VDR) - Fridays

Chicago Latvian Association

Join Us Fridays in the EDC/DCFF Virtual Dance Room (VDR) for Wonderful Evening of Ethnic Folk Dancing!

Fridays: 7:30pm until 10:30pm CDT – Online
• Zoom Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/8478468139
• Register for a Zoom Meeting password (required): http://www.ethnicdance.net/virtualdanceroom/meetupregistration/

About the online dance schedule
• 7:30 - 8:00 early warmups, discussion, Q&A
• 8:00 – 8:30 – Segment 1 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #1
• 8:30 - 8:45 – Guest Host #1 – Teaching and Review
• 8:45 – 9:05 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #2
• 9:05 – 9:20 – Guest Host #2 – Teaching and Review
• 9:20 – 10:00 – Programmed & Request Dancing Set #3
• 10:00 – 10:10 – Last Dance(s)
• 10:10 – until – After-Dance Discussion

About Guest Hosts
• Each Guest Host has a set for a quick teach of one dance and to lead us
in a couple of others
• We'll rotate Guest Hosts, selecting 2 at a time
• We'll announce a Guest Host schedule as we move forward

Guest Host Team
o Patti Cohen (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
o Sarah Falkoff (St Louis, MO)
o Leigh Holden (Denver, CO Metro)
o Catherine Rudin (Wayne, NE)
o Theresa Utschig (Milwaukee, WI)
o Paul Collins (Skokie, IL) (me)

About the Dance Program
o We recognize the diversity of our audience is way beyond our usual local/regional boundaries, so we'll try to play fun dances that many of our participants already know. .
o The teaching and review sessions provide opportunities for us to share a broad spectrum of dances across a diverse group of participants, reaching beyond the limits of our local repertoires.

About Post-Dance Discussions
• We'll continue to hold post-dance discussions for those who'd like to
socialize afterwards
• This has been almost like going out for coffee, dessert, snacks,
drinks, etc. after dancing...
• On occasion, we’ll schedule brief discussions with themes like:
o Collecting/Making Folk Costumes (Marvin Moehle, St Louis Area)
o Sharing/presenting recipes for delicious ethnic foods (anyone)
o Sharing stories about participants' dance lives/histories (anyone)
o Who knows what else...

We’re looking forward to when we’re able to resume dancing In person…
Other Ethnic Dance Chicago News

• The sale of the Latvian Center to new owners is scheduled to
conclude in April:
o I've met with the new owners recently who expressed a
strong desire to have the dance groups continue dancing at 4146 N
Elston (formerly The Chicago Latvian Center)
o Their current plans include:
* Renaming the building to the "Color Corner"
* Converting the First Floor Ballroom to an artist studio and office
* Moving all dance activities move to the Second Floor Ballroom
* Fred Romero's Argentine Tango Group continues Last Friday
Milongas when dancing resumes
* This means that EDC will again have Last Friday issues when
activities resume
* I've looked at several nearby locations for last Friday dancing and
will be making decisions/announcements as soon as that is feasible

About the COVID-19 pandemic:
o http://www.ethnicdance.net/pandemic-information/

Supporting the Virtual Dance Room
o Make A Donation to Support the Virtual Dance Room
o While there is no charge to participate, please consider making a donation to support production of the Virtual Dance Room.
o This will help us survive this period of social distancing when all of our events have been postponed.
o You may donate using a PayPal account or a major credit/debit card:
http://www.ethnicdance.net/virtualdanceroomdonation/
o Thanks for your participation and support!

Visit EDC Online:
Website: http://www.ethnicdance.net

YouTube Dance Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNQyTLfHlPg&list=PLk-qWaMYlSI9na9WtI6SsB9NuXZuEZg1I/

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ethnicdance/

Facebook Discussion Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ethnicdance/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru/

Meetup Group: https://www.meetup.com/ethnicdance/

Contact: Paul Collins - [masked] - (847)[masked]

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