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* MIT Folk Dance Club *

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Please send comments and suggestions to scott(at)mit(dot)edu .

** Special Events

MIT Folk Dance Club Special Events

  • Sunday, July 19, 1998
    Dancing from 7:30 to 11 PM

  • Swing Workshop For the month of August
  • Stay tuned for more details

  • Israeli Dance Marathon 1998

  • This Decmber 24th, starting at 6 pm, we'll dance for 12 hours in Walker gym. Come- it'll be a lot of fun! for more details, click here

    ** Quick Index

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    * About The Club
    * Schedule of Weekly Dances with Tables
    * Schedule of Weekly Dances without Tables
    * Schedule of Sunday Night International Programming and Teaching
    * Scheduled Israeli Folk Dance Programmers
    * IAP Special Events
    *Club Mailing List
    *Special Events
    *Vinovana, Our Performing Group
    yellow ballHow to Find a Room We're Scheduled in
    *Links to related dance sites


    The MIT Folk Dance Club sponsors three nights of dancing each week throughout the year, all of which are open to the MIT community and the general public.

    Sunday night International Dancing and Wednesday night Israeli Dancing usually meet either in Sala de Puerto Rico or in the Lobby of Building 13 (Check the schedule), from 7:00 to 11:00PM. Both nights start with Early Teaching at 7PM, followed by teaching and requests from 7:30-11PM. Beginners are always welcome.

    The Club also sponsors Vinovana, our very own performing group, which is always interested in getting new members and performing opportunities.

    All Club Meetings are open to the general public, we're especially interested in hearing from MIT students!

    We also have an information line at (617) 253-FOLK (253-3655). We're considered to be one of the best places for International Dance in the entire country: Come and check us out!

    ** IAP Special Events

    The MITFDC gives gives classes and workshops as part of IAP each January. These are sample classes from recent years.

    * International Folk Dance. Earn Phys-Ed credits by dancing! Marilyn Richards will teach you the skills to get you going in the Folk Dancing scene. Experience and appreciate the diverse cultures of faraway lands through their dances.
    * A workshop on Choreographic Topology. This is a sequence of playful exercises (combining elements of circle-dancing and mathematics) that will enable you to develop a tactile, kinetic sense of the ways in which knots can be deformed into other knots that seem to be very different.

    In addition to tackling basic topological issues ("What deformations are possible?"), we will also study choreographic issues ("What deformations can be executed smoothly?").

    Contact person: Jim Propp (propp(at)math(dot)mit(dot)edu; 253-6544)

    ** Club Mailing List

    We maintain a mailing list which is used to send out various club announcements and to publicize events that might be of interest to folkdancing fans. You are welcome to use the list to send folk dance related messages or questions to other members of the club. If you would like to be added to / removed from the list, please send your email address to fdc-request(at)mit(dot)edu. You can also add yourself to the list using the mailmaint program on athena.

    two mailing lists are maintained by the club:

    * fdc(at)mit(dot)edu (all club members and folkdancers)
    * fdc-admin(at)mit(dot)edu (the club administrators)

    You can also check the MITFDC Info Line (253-FOLK) for announcements.

    ** Special Events

    * Annual Israeli Dance MarathonThe Christmas Eve Israeli Dance Marathon takes place every year on or about Christmas Eve. We start at 6pm and dance until 6am in Walker Gym on the MIT Campus. People come from all over the continent (and even from Amsterdam!) to dance at MIT! We'll start with simpler dances and move progressively to harder dances as the night goes on, so be sure to come earlier rather than later...even beginners will have fun if you show up at six!
    * Beginners' Nights Beginners' nights are for people who haven't done much dancing before and want to learn some and for more experienced dancers who want to practice the basics. In other words, they are for everyone. You need no prior experience and you don't need a partner. All Beginners' Nights are in the Sala de Puerto Rico in the Student Center at 7PM. These nights are usually scheduled in June and September.
    This year, Israeli Folkdancing is having it's beginner's nights on September 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 7-8:30 pm
    * The Boston Israeli Folk Dance Festival takes place each year in March, in Kresge Auditorium on the MIT campus, next to the student center. The show includes dance ensembles from all over the United States and Canada. Tickets are $12, $10 if ordered before March 1. Call MIT Hillel at (617) 253-2982 for more information and to order tickets.

    ** Vinovana

    To be constructed...

    ** Where We Meet

    A Map Of The Campus

    These are the locations where we usually meet (see map above):

    1. The Student Center (Building W20). It is located at 84 Mass. Ave., directly across the main entrance to MIT. Sala de Puerto Rico is located on the second floor. Rooms W20-407, W20-491, and our club office W20-437 are all located on the fourth floor.
    2. Lobby 13. Can be accessed from either Vassar St. or The Infinite Corridor. (just turn north at Lobby 10.)
    3. Room 16-310. This room is very close to the soda machines near the big auditorium 26-100 (where LSC movies are shown.) Just take the stairs or the elevator to the 3rd floor.
    4. Morss Hall and Walker Gym Morss Hall is the big hall on the first floor of the Walker Memorial (Bldg. 50), normally used as a dining hall. The gym is on the top floor
    Lobdell Dining Hall

    ** Club Meeting

    Club meeting usually take place in our club office (W20-437), located at the fourth floor of the Stratton Student Center.

    ** Links to other dance pages

    * The Folk Arts Center of New England home page, with their calendar and other Boston area Folk Dancing.
    * Kesher Lamachol , the premier site for israeli folkdancing
    * Ken Avner's Israeli Folkdance page
    * Folk Dancing at Harvard Sunday nights
    * Larry Denenberg's Beginner's Catechism page
    *, which includes a test to see if you are a true folk dance addict and a session-finder, in case you're thinking of moving and want to see if there's dancing there first
    * edancing, another good site for israeli folkdancing, from philadelphia

    Last Modified: December 18, 1998 by Jill Pelavin, jrpelavn(at)mit(dot)edu . Comments on this home page and other subjects are welcome.

    Webpage maintained by Scott Ehrlich, scott[at]mit[edot]edu