This page is an historical archive, and therefore is out of date and will not be updated. Please visit our homepage at http://mit.edu/fdc for current information about the MIT Folk Dance Club.

* MIT Folk Dance Club *

Sunday: International Folk *Two or three Tuesdays per month: Contra Dance *Wednesday: Israeli

Updated October 2, 2012


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** About The Club

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 Folk Dancing meets every week from 8:00 to 11:00 pm, almost always on the 2nd floor of the Student Center:

Sunday Dates (8-11 pm) Building/Floor Room Notes
September 2, 2012 Kresge Auditorium basement Kresge Rehearsal Room A
September 9, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico Beginner's Night
September 16, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall Beginner's Night
September 23 - October 7, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
October 14, 2012 Student Center 4th Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
October 21 - November 4, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall Live music 10/21 by Rakiya, 10/28 by Skorosmrtnica!
November 11, 2012 Student Center 4th Floor Room 491 Live music by the Cambridge Folk Orchestra!
November 18, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico Live music by Rakiya!
November 25 & December 2, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall Live music 12/2 by Rakiya!
December 9 & 16, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico Live music 12/9 by the Pinewoods Band, 12/16 by the Cambridge Folk Orchestra!
December 23 & 30, 2012 No dancing. Happy holidays!
January 6, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
January 13 - February 3, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall Live music Jan. 27 by Skorosmrtnica, Feb. 3 by Rakiya!
February 10 - March 3, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
March 10 & 17, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall Live music Mar. 10 by the Cambridge Folk Orchestra!
March 24 - April 7, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico Live music by Rakiya April 7th!
April 14, 2013 Student Center 4th floor Room 407
April 21, 2013 No dancing. See you at NEFFA!
April 28 - May 5, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall Live music by Rakiya April 28th!
May 12, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico Oldies Night with Tom Roby and the Cambridge Folk Orchestra!
May 19, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
May 26 - June 9, 2013 No dancing at MIT.
June 16, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico Live music by Rakiya!
June 23, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall
June 30, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
July 7 - August 11, 2013 Student Center 4th Floor Room 407
August 18 - September 1, 2013 No dancing.

To see what dances we've done from July 2002 - October 2011, see the playlist archive. See our web archive for old versions of our web pages.


Wednesday night Israeli Dancing usually meets on the 4th or 2nd floor of the Student Center, from 8:00 to 11:30 pm.

Wednesday Dates (8-11:30 pm) Building/Floor Room Notes
October 3, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico Beginner's Class 7:30 - 9 pm, followed by a regular session
October 10, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall Beginner's Class 7:30 - 9 pm, followed by a regular session
October 17 - 31, 2012 Student Center 4th Floor Room 491
November 7 & 14, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall
November 21, 2012 No dancing.
November 28 & December 5, 2012 Student Center 4th Floor Room 491
December 12, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico 80s Night!
December 19, 2012 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall
December 26, 2012 Student Center 4th Floor Room 491
January 2, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall
January 9 - February 6, 2013 Student Center 4th Floor Room 491
February 13 & 20, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall Beginner's Classes 7:30 to 9 pm, followed by regular sessions.
February 27, 2013 Student Center 4th Floor Room 491
March 6, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
March 13 & 20, 2013 Student Center 4th Floor Room 491
March 27 & April 3, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
April 10, 2013 No dancing at MIT. Dancing is available at Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St, Brookline.
April 17 & 24, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
May 1, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall
May 8, 2013 Student Center 4th Floor Room 491
May 15, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall
May 22, 2013 Student Center 4th Floor Room 407
May 29 - June 5, 2013 No dancing at MIT. Dancing is available at Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St, Brookline.
June 12, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
June 19, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Lobdell Dining Hall
June 26, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
July 3 - 17, 2013 Student Center 4th Floor Room 407
July 24, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico
July 31, 2013 Student Center 4th Floor Room 407
August 7, 2013 Student Center 2nd Floor Sala de Puerto Rico Oldies Night!
August 14 - 28, 2013 No dancing at MIT. Dancing is available at Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St, Brookline.


Check the Israeli email announcement archive to confirm information about each week's location and teaching schedule, and special events. Light kosher snacks and drinks will be provided each week.
Israeli dancing is co-sponsored by MIT Hillel and the MISTI MIT-Israel Program.
Israeli photo gallery
For more information about Israeli dancing, email   mitisraeli [at] gmail.com .

In addition to our folk and contra dance PE classes, some semesters there is also an all-Israeli folk dance class run by David Karger. Register with the PE Department. For more information, email karger [at] mit.edu .


International Folk and Israeli Dancing each start with Early Teaching at 8:00 pm, followed by teaching and requests until 11:00 pm. Beginners are always welcome. Admission is free for MIT and Wellesley students; a $1 donation is suggested from others.

On two or three Tuesdays per month, the Contra Dance for All meets in various locations from 8:00 to 10:30 pm (check the schedule for dates and locations). Live music every time! Beginners are always welcome and are encouraged to come early.

Club officers:
President Mitcho Erlewine mitcho [at] mit [dot] edu, fdc-president [at] mit [dot] edu
Treasurer Gretchen Kern gkern [at] mit [dot] edu, fdc-treasurer [at] mit [dot] edu
Secretary Ira Winder jiw [at] mit [dot] edu

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

We're considered to be one of the best places for International Folk Dance in the entire country. Come and check us out!


** IAP Special Events

The MITFDC gives classes and workshops as part of IAP each January.
See our IAP offerings for January, 2012.


** Club Email Lists

We maintain electronic mailing lists used to announce dances and other events of interest. These lists are for announcements only and have very low volume.

If you have any questions, please contact the Folk Dance Club officers at fdc-request[at]mit[dot]edu.


** Special Events

*Annual Israeli Dance Marathon
The Christmas Eve Israeli Dance Marathon takes place every year on or about Christmas Eve.

We start at 6 pm and dance until 4 am. It is usually held in Walker Gym (3rd floor of the Walker Memorial building, 142 Memorial Drive at Ames St). Check back to confirm the location and details of the December 2013 marathon.

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!

* Beginner's 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. Beginner's Nights for all 3 nights of dancing occur in September and January each year.

*The Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston takes place each year in March, in Kresge Auditorium on the MIT campus. The next festival will be on Sunday March 10, 2013. The show includes performances by dance ensembles from far and near. Visit http://www.bostonfestival.org for more information and to order tickets.


** Where We Meet

These are the locations where we usually meet. Click on a location to see it on a campus map.

1. The Stratton Student Center (Building W20). It is located at 84 Mass. Ave., directly across the street from the main entrance to MIT. La Sala de Puerto Rico and Lobdell Dining Hall are located on the second floor. Rooms W20-407, W20-491, and our club office W20-423 are located on the fourth floor.
2. Lobby 13. Can be accessed from either Vassar St. or the Infinite Corridor (go in the main MIT entrance at 77 Mass Ave and turn north at Lobby 10).
3. Kresge Auditorium. Kresge is the triangular dome with a turquoise roof, set back on a plaza at 48 Massachusetts Avenue (across the street from the main MIT entrance). Rehearsal Rooms A and B are located in the basement.
See a Google map and get driving directions

See a schedule for the #1 bus which runs along Mass Ave.

Parking

Free parking is available in the lot behind the Bank of America ATM at Mass Ave and Vassar Street (though it sometimes fills up on weeknights), or on the street.
No parking permit is required at this lot after 5 pm or on weekends. Metered street parking is free after 6 pm.

New option as of October 2012:
If the above free parking is full, paid parking is available in the West Garage on Vassar Street. $5 flat rate nights and weekends, credit and debit only.

Update: As of 11/30/11, the N10 Lot on Albany Street is no longer available for people without MIT parking permits.
As of 11/10/10, the West Annex Lot on Vassar Street is not reliably available.

** Club Meetings

Organizational club meetings usually take place once a year in early May.

Contact the club officers at fdc-request[at]mit[dot]edu to find out about future meetings.


** Links to other folk dance resources

International Folk, Contra Dancing, and Other kinds:
*The Folk Arts Center of New England home page, including their calendar Folk Dancing 'Round Boston.
* New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) runs a folk festival each April in Mansfield, MA, as well as a contra dance each Thursday night at the Scout House in Concord, MA. (This dance was formerly located at the VFW in west Cambridge, and hopes to move back there now that the city has rebuilt it as a youth/community center.
* Country Dance Society, Boston Centre (Contra and English Country dancing.)
* contradancelinks.com, a comprehensive page of links to other Contra Dances around the world.
*Larry Denenberg's Beginner's Catechism page
*The Cambridge Folk Orchestra plays at various folk dances in the Boston area, and occasionally plays at MIT at our Sunday night international folk dances.
*The MIT Folk Dance Club Songbook, a compilation of lyrics of the songs in our record collection.
*Arthur Saltzman has posted FDC photos and movies from the 1960s.
*Our own Neil Rosen has written a Folk Dance mp3 Player which can be used along with a database of dances.
*The Tuesday Night Revival is an advanced Balkan dance group that used to dance at MIT, and now holds dances about once a month in Arlington on a Friday or Saturday.
* Balkan Music Night is a concert and dance party which occurs each year in March, in Concord, MA.
*The Dance Gypsy is a calendar of contra and other folk dances throughout the U.S., focusing on New England.

Israeli Folk Dancing:
* Israeli Folk Dance in Boston, including Sunday night Israeli Dancing at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill (formerly located at Harvard Hillel), and Monday night dancing at Congregation Kehillath Israeli in Brookline.
* israelidance.com, 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.


Comments on this home page and other subjects are welcome.
Send mail to fdc-request[at]mit[dot]edu .

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