Selected regional events

This calendar lists concerts, dance performances, festivals, dance parties, workshops, and other events that are of special interest to the FAC community. See Folk Dancing in New England for lists of the regularly scheduled social dance series of recreational folk dance groups in the New England states. See This month at FAC for the full schedule of FAC-sponsored dance and music programs. You may email the FAC web editor about calendar listings. If you do not have a website or other link for your event, please include your information in a pdf or jpeg.

Friday, October 5–Monday, October 8, 2018

FAC’s Oktoberfest International Dance and Music Weekend in Fairlee, VT features Tineke and Maurits van Geel teaching Eastern European and Asian folk dance, and the Pinewoods Band, directed by Tom Pixton, playing international music for the evening dance parties.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hungarian and Transylvanian Concert and Dance (Táncház), 7:30 pm
Music by Beth Bahia Cohen (violin), Mimi Rabson (three-string viola), and Michael Harrist (bass)
First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton (FUSN)
1326 Washington Street, West Newton, MA
Admission charged
FAC and Forgás Hungarian Dance Group present a concert, 7:30 pm, with a dance performance by Dénes Takácsy, followed at 8:45 pm by a táncház with teaching circles.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Campton Contra Dance, 7–9 pm, and open jam, 9–10 pm
Dole Mill, 1249 Route 175, Campton, NH
Admission FREE
The Campton Contra Dance features caller Byron Ricker and musicians Amelia Mason, Glen Loper, and Bethany Waickman. Bring your instruments for the jam, and a snack or beverage to share. Contact: Jessye Bartlett

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Libana in Concert: Music and Dance from the Women of the World, 8 pm
First Parish of Watertown Church, 35 Church Street, Watertown, MA
Admission charged
Tremedal Concerts presents renowned ensemble Libana celebrating the creativity, vision, and spirit of the world’s women through the perfromance of contemporary and traditional music, dance, and story from around the globe. Concert proceeds fund scholarships for students in Nueva Esperanza, Watertown’s Sister City in El Salvador.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Memorial Dance for Cal Howard, 2–5 pm and open jam, 5–6 pm
Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA
Admission FREE
FAC, Country Dance Society Boston Centre, Boston Branch Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston area contra dancers, and the family and close friends present a dance party and music jam in memory of dancer and musician Cal Howard.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

FAC’s Halloween folk dance party features international dancing for all with music by the All Girl Band, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

MIT International Folk Dance Party, 8–11 pm
Sala de Puerto Rico, Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Admission FREE
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Folk Dance Club presents an international folk dance party with music by the Cambridge Folk Orchestra. This is likely to be the final MIT international folk dance.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Ninth Annual DART: Dancing America Rapper Tournament competition, dinner, and party, 10 am–11 pm
Four pubs in Boston: Hennessy’s, Paddy O’s, Upstairs at Paddy O’s, and Ned Devine’s, Union Street, Boston, MA
(three teams perform at each pub every 50 minutes)
Twelve rapper teams from near and far compete to celebrate the talent, innovation, and traditions of rapper sword dancing. The public is welcome to cheer them on! Following the competition are evening festivities (by preregistration) at the Somerville Armory.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Balkan dance party with the Harris Brothers Balkan Band, 7:30–10pm
Edwards UCC Church Parish Hall, 39 Edwards Street (off Elm Street), Saxonville, Framingham, MA
Admission charged (your first night is free)
Framingham Folk Dancers celebrate the post-election season with a dance party featuring the Harris Brothers Balkan Band from Connecticut: Laine Harris, horns; Drew Harris, reeds; Helen Marx, drums; Ben Thomas, tuba; and Brian Slattery, trombone.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Balkans and Beyond dance workshop with Lee Otterholt, 3–5:30 pm
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
Donations requested
Amherst International Folk Dancing presents a Balkan dance workshop by Lee Otterholt, followed by a potluck supper and folk dance party with music by Panharmonium. Enter by the door at the top of the ramp on the right side. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Scottish Ceilidh, 6:30–10:30 pm
Irish Social Club of Boston, 119 Park Street, West Roxbury, MA
Tickets online and at the door
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch and Highland Dance Boston present a family-friendly event with performances by the Boston Scottish Country Dancers and Highland Dance Boston, interspersed with easy-to-learn ceilidh dances for all. Music is provided by The Celtic Beats and The New Hampshire Pipes and Drums, both organized by piper Campbell Webster.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Balkan Dance Extravaganza!, 7–11 pm
First Unitarian Society in Newton (FUSN), 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, MA
Admission charged
Boston’s Bulgarian women’s chorus and band, Divi Zheni, directed by Tatiana Sarbinska, presents a Balkan dance party featuring music by Divi Zheni, Zornitsa, Balkan Fields, and the Pixton and Shragai Band, plus a dance performance by Mladost Folk Ensemble.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A Nostalgic Evening in Memory of Yankele Levy z"l, 8–11 pm
Curry Student Center Ballroom, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Admission charged; NU students with ID free
Hakesher and Northeastern University Hillel present a dance party of your favorite classics led by Israeli choreographer Eyal Ozeri in memory of prolific choreographer Yankele Levy.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Israeli Folk Dance Workshop with Eyal Ozeri, 3–8 pm
Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead, MA
Admission charged
Hakesher presents basic/intermediate and advanced Israeli folk dance workshops led by well-known Israeli choreographer Eyal Ozeri, plus open dancing sessions.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Night Contra Dance, 7–10 pm
Smith School, Ballfield Road, Lincoln, MA
Admission charged
Lincoln First Parish presents its annual Thanksgiving Night Contra Dance featuring caller Rich Sbardella and musicians Amy and Jonathan Larkin. All ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, contact Kati, 781-259-0692.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Fortieth Annual Thanksgiving Contra Dance, 8 pm
Grace Vision United Methodist Church (St. John’s), 80 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA
Donations suggested
The annual Thanksgiving Contra Dance presents traditional and contemporary squares, contras, and waltzes with caller and musician Cammy Kaynor and musicians John Hicks, Al MacIntire, and Lia, Nickolas, and Eli Kaynor and friends. Families are welcome and all dances are taught.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

FAC’s monthly international dance party on Thanksgiving weekend features music by Tom Pixton and Friends, 8–11 pm at Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dance workshop with Ahmet Lüleci, 7:30–10pm
Edwards UCC Church Parish Hall, 39 Edwards Street (off Elm Street), Saxonville, Framingham, MA
Admission charged
Framingham Folk Dancers present a dance workshop with renowned Turkish dance teacher Ahmet Lüleci.