The Ann Arbor Folkdancers are non-profit, education-oriented, and dedicated to the enjoyment of international folk dancing and to the appreciation of other cultures through their dance.

On special occasions, we dance to the live music of The Ethnic Connection or Veselba.

At other times, we dance to recorded music drawn from the extensive collections of group members.


Upcoming dates


Also on this page: our recent dance repertoire; links to information on European folk dance, folk music, and folklore; where to find recordings and folk dance accessories; and links to other folk dance organizations

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Above: The Ethnic Connection, November 19, 2005, image by Iris Gruhl

Above and left: images by Daniela Natcheva of our dance with Veselba January 21, 2012; used with permission
 


Fall kickoff picnic, September 11, 2011.
Images by Iris Gruhl, used with permission.
Rides from the UM campus to Gretchen's can be arranged; contact I. Gruhl (below)

Location unless otherwise specified: The Barn at Gretchen's House, 2625 Traver Blvd., Ann Arbor Directions

Admission charge (to cover expenses):
  • Band: $10 - $15 regular, $5 - $8 students (note change)
  • Recorded music: $5 regular, $3 students
  • Any time: fruit or vegetable snacks and soft drinks are welcome. No nut products are allowed in the facility. Thanks!

Schedule varies; see individual listings above.

No partner, no experience needed! All welcome! Come and enjoy!

More photos by Iris Gruhl of our fall kickoff picnic, September 11, 2011, are available on Flickr.

Dances done recently

Dance lists have been discontinued as of 2015. For older lists, check here.

Tips for new dancers

Album of images from previous versions of this web page

More information on European folk dance, folk music, and folklore

Sources of international folk music and folk dance accessories

Other organizations


The Ann Arbor Folk Dancers is a recreational group and does not permit videotaping at its regular international folk dance evenings, either those with records or those with live music.
Shawn Donaldson

We mourn Shawn Donaldson

Click for bio (PDF).

An obituary can be found here.

A memorial for Shawn was held on Sunday, 20 November, 2011, at: Polonia Restaurant, 2nd floor, 2934 Yemans St., Hamtramck, MI 48212.


The Ann Arbor Folkdancers are grateful to the Department of Physics and Astronomy of The University of Toledo for permission to host this site at this location.

Embroidery motifs from Sárköz taken from Anne Szalavary, Hungarian Folk Designs for Embroiderers and Craftsmen (New York: Dover, 1980)

For more information about the Ann Arbor Folkdancers, contact: Pat Micks, 734-709-8748
To suggest changes and updates to this site, please contact: Nancy Morrison
Page last updated: September 30, 2016