Burnaby International Folk Dancers Club
Burnaby, BC, Canada
What is folk dancing?
International folk dancing is learning traditional dances
from cultures throughout the world. Folk dancing is a recreational activity and
is suitable for all ages and levels.
Do I need previous
You do not need any previous dance experience. Dances are
taught and reviewed. We teach a variety of dances at all levels.
Do I need a partner?
Many of the dances do not require a partner and for a dance
that does require a partner, we partner up with who is there. We mostly do line
and circle dances.
What kind of shoes do
I need to wear?
Wear comfortable shoes that you would wear when exercising.
Do I need a costume?
No. Wear comfortable clothing. We do have a costume
inventory for dancers that participate in performances.
Do I have to perform?
Performing is not required. In order to promote the club and
raise a little money, performances, whether at a festival, school or a care
facility, give us the opportunity to polish a few dances and to share our enjoyment
with others. We perform and teach in the
community. We encourage all dancers at any level to participate but it’s up to
each dancer whether to participate in an upcoming performance. We meet on a
different day to practice and it’s a good way to learn dances in a smaller
What should I bring?
Bring a water bottle would be a good idea.
How much does it
Please drop-in and try out folk dancing – your first time is
Fees pay for rental of the hall, insurance and incidental
$75 per person
September to December:
$35.00 per person
January to June: $45.00 per
Drop-in: $4.00 per person
Membership Dues: $5.00
When do you meet?
The group meets Tuesday evenings from September to early
June with a break at Christmas.
Where do you meet?
Our dance location is at Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells
Avenue, Burnaby, BC. The cross street is Government Road.
What should I expect
when I come on a Tuesday evening?
Each evening begins at 7:00 pm, with a few warm-up dances, then
we learn and review a few dances. During the last part of the evening, we try
the new dances again. Members’ requests
are played and danced, sometimes with a brief review. We have a brief break
half way through the evening.
Each season a few weeks of instruction by a guest folk dance
teacher will alternate with some weeks of teaching and review by experience
members of our own group.
We have a website (burnabyfolkdance.org) that lists what
events are coming, dance list of dances taught and requested with links to
dance notes and videos if available, contact information, etc.
How do I learn a new
A few dances will be taught most weeks. Make sure you ask
questions if you are not sure about anything. Sometimes the quickest way to
learn a dance is by imitating, with no verbal instructions. When an unfamiliar
dance is requested, choose someone who knows the dance well and dance behind
that person and when you think you can do the dance, join the line. Join the
end of the line farthest from the leader, in the middle of a two-leader line,
or anywhere in a circle. Wait for a slow part to join the middle of a line or a
Try to learn the names of the dances so you can request them
later. Jotting down dances’ names and a few notes in a small notebook will
remind you about the dances you want to repeat or check on the internet.
Who do I ask if I
need help with a dance?
Feel free to ask for help from anyone. It takes time and
practice to learn a new dance. When we teach a new dance, we repeat the
teaching for 2 to 3 more weeks.
What about the
At least three times a year we have parties where we dance
the members’ requests with a brief review when needed. All parties include snacks
and the wearing of any costumes or near-costumes we may have.
How is the club
We are a registered non-profit group which relies on the
skills and efforts of members to accomplish its necessary business. Ask for a
Constitution for more details. We have an annual general meeting in June and
officers are elected.
Any business or correspondence of interest to the group is
brought up during the brief break in dancing each Tuesday evening. A list of
members with phone numbers and e-mail addresses is produced annually.