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 ,
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
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.
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.
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Where We Meet
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 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.