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15 May 2024

Katy Bishop, Editor

May Dance Parties

Thursday Night Folk Dancing

May 16 • Arlington, MA • 8pm

Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, we will not be having live music at this week's Thursday Night Folk Dancing. However, we will still be dancing! 

Sue Rose will be our programmer. She will lead a review of Tu Nopti, an upbeat dance from Roberto Bagnoli which the Pixton-Poirier band recently played live for us, and Shecharchoret, a classic and accessible Israeli couple dance.

Also, there will be cake this week! If you want to find out why there is cake... you will just have to come to the dance and share it with us. And be sure to bring your dance requests!


Masks are optional but welcome and highly recommended.

Our final dance of the season will be on June 6.

--Sue Rose

Monthly Dance Party

with Shining Moon

May 18 • Belmont, MA • 8pm

Join us on Saturday, May 18, for a dance party sponsored by Mladost Folk Ensemble! There's no cost to get in, so we encourage attendees to make a donation to support the group. All funds will go toward paying the costs that help us keep dancing! 

Music and programming will be by Shining Moon, and Taylor Yeracaris will be our MC for the evening. There will even be a special performance by Mladost at the break, plus a silent auction with prizes you don't want to miss! (Any baseball fans out there?)

Contributions to the food table are welcome. We will be featuring a special taco table run by our talented Mexican parents!

Come dance with us, in person or online, and support our growing youth community! The Zoom link can be accessed through our shop with the option to make a make a donation.

--Laura DeCesare

Cut a Rug

May 19 • online • 3:45pm

It’s almost time to set up your home dance space for the final Cut A Rug of the season!

Join Marcie Van Cleave on Zoom this Sunday, May 19, as she transports you around the world through dance, without the need to purchase a single plane ticket. What better way to round out the weekend than to come together "virtually" and cut a rug!

--Anna Alter


Special Events

May 8 - 16: FAC Benefit Auction (online) bidding closes May 16 at 8pm

Saturday, June 29:  Documentary Film: "My Borrowed Heritage"

and Dance Party (Belmont, MA and online) 

with Efie Derksen, Hans Derksen, and the Flying Squirrel Orchestra

Dance & Music Series

Thursday, May 16: Thursday Night Folk Dancing (Arlington, MA)

Saturday, May 18: Monthly Dance Party with Shining Moon (Belmont, MA and online)

Saturday, May 19: Cut a Rug with Marcie Van Cleave (online)

Thursday, May 23: Inspirational Women: the Researchers Who Worked with Cecil Sharp with Alex Cumming (online)

Thursday, May 30: The 1914 Lowell Tango Trial with Ruth Evans (online)

Friday, May 31: Friday Night Folk Dancing (Arlington, MA)

Sunday, June 2: Mostly Waltz with Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy (Concord, MA)

Camps and Tours

June 20 - 27: Pinewoods International Sessions (Plymouth, MA)

August 30 - September 3: Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods (Plymouth, MA)

October 17 - 31: Autumn in Bulgaria Cultural Tour with Iliana Bozhanova and Todor Yankov

This week's contributors:

Anna Alter: FAC Program Manager

Laura DeCesare: Mladost organizer

Lynne Janbergs: GASP Committee member, Updates proofreader

Marcie Van Cleave: FAC Executive Director

Nick Bishop: Tech troubleshooter, Updates proofreader

Sue Rose: Thursday Dance coordinator

The Folk Arts Center of New England is a nonprofit organization promoting participation in the traditional dance and music of many cultures. FAC sponsors community dances, annual camps, workshops, and other programs in the greater Boston area, elsewhere in New England, and online.

The Folk Arts Center thanks

the Massachusetts Cultural Council

for its generous support.