Dance Information Site Link List
Here are some links to sites that might be of interested to dancers,
particularly Balkan, Israeli, Scottish & Morris folk dancers. As always
with external links, these may change so if you spot any that are no longer
valid, please contact me (with their new
URLs if known).
Balkan, East European, Israeli, International & Circle Folk Dancing
Major Annual Events/Workshops/Classes in the UK & the Netherlands
- Zomerfestival in Zevenhuizen,
in the Netherlands. A festival of intensive classes in Balkan dancing
from top Dutch Balkan teachers, in the Netherlands. A festival of
intensive classes in Balkan dancing from top Dutch Balkan dance
teachers/collectors/choreographers plus evening Balkan dance partying
etc.. It is the successor (& in similar format to) the Balkan
Festival which ran for many years in Zetten. A great way to get dances
at the same time from several of the teachers who individual teach
- Machol Europa in the UK.
Europe's main Israeli dance course holiday. Classes from major popular
Israeli choreographers & teachers plus evening dancing, extra
classes, lectures, evening dancing, all-night dance marathon etc..
Visitors from many countries. Organised by the Israeli Folk Dance
Institute. (Unfortunately the site is currently an awkward Flash-only
- Doe Dans in the Netherlands.
International folk dancing festival with classes, evening dancing,
performances, etc.. Half of it is Balkan etc. & the other half
varies between years. Only a couple of days long but about 2000
attendees, a party atmosphere and a huge amount going on. (In
- Eastbourne International Folk
Festival in the UK. Typically breaks into two parallel festivals
(although one can switch freely if one wants), one on Balkan, Israeli,
East European, Breton etc. dancing, the other on Playford, English
Country & Contra etc. dancing. Classes, evening costume dances,
- Cathy Meunier's Balkan Folk Dance events
including the 'Rivieradance' residential courses in Torquay.
- SIFD Website. Includes
a diary of events in, near or bookable from the UK. ('SIFD' is the UK's
Society for International Folk Dance.)
- Vitrifolk. Text notes for
over 1000 Balkan & international dances (in a mixture of French,
English & Dutch). Also nearly 4000 costume and location reference
photographs, over 700 tune basics as MIDI, nearly 900 tunes as sheet
music and much else. By Pierre Parent of the Vitrifolk dance group from
Oakes' Folk Dance Notes. Detailed text notes for about 300 Balkan
& other international dances.
- Bob Shapiro's Site.
Detailed text notes for about 200 Balkan, Israeli & other
- Folk Dance Federation of
California. Notes for over 200 dances scanned from its monthly
magazine's archives. Also listing of Californian dance groups.
Carnie's Folkdance Notes. PDF text & own shorthand notation
summaries for about 200 international dances.
Circles Touchstone Farm. 500 Circle dances in handwritten Circle
Dance notation (plus 500 more for sale). They also sell music
recordings for all of them. It is a pity that most of the notes are
very low detail.
Bettis's Dance Steps. Text notes for about 100 Circle, Israeli,
Balkan etc. dances.
- Tom Deering's
Dance Notes. Detailed text (plain, HTML & Wordperfect formats)
notes for about 40 Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Romanian dances.
- Israeli Dances dot
com. Search through thousands of Israeli dances by name or
choreographer for name, choreographer, year & album information.
Some also have music or video clips and many have notes in Shorthand
Dance Notation Code.
Aneer's Dancesteps. Circle Dance notation notes for circle
- Davidic Dance. Text notes
for religious Circle-style Israeli dances from a Jewish-cultured
Christian religious group.
- Elsche Korf. Text notes
& PDF sheet music for traditional Dutch dances.
Greek Dances. Some popular Greek dances as text with ballroom-style
foot step diagrams.
- Duramecho's Balkan etc. dance
notes. This site. Balkan, East European, Israeli, Circle etc..
Detailed text descriptions.
- Dunav. An Israeli Balkan dance
group with a large & growing collection of Balkan dance video clips
and music recordings for download.
Posen's Israeli Dance Videos. Tutorial video recordings of Israeli
dances from teaching sessions. (Unfortunately currently with most
videos suspended due to its web hosting provider having cold feet about
copyright issues. Hopefully it will eventually be back.)
- Roma Notation (on
Theodor Vasilescu's site). A notation optimised for fast yet fairly
detailed notation of Balkan type (particularly Romanian) style of
dancing. It can be written quickly for the basics (steps, timing &
directions) then optionally fleshed out with styling & other
details. For years I knew of no instructions for this on the WWW, only
paper booklets from various sources, but now the original inventor,
Vasilescu, himself has put his instructions on the WWW.
Dance Notation (on Andy Bettis's site). Sometimes called 'Nose
Notation' because of the appearance of the V-shape symbols showing
facing directions. Very simple & commonly used (in many personal
variants) for Circle Dances. Not detailed enough for learning or
archival reference from but quick & easy to read & write for
A complex form of notation but capable of great detail.
Dance Notation Code (on Israeli Dances dot com site). A quick,
typeable & highly compressed but low-detail and very complex
character based notation for Israeli folk dances.
Links & Search Engines
animated GIF folkdances. Loads of cute animated images of small
cartoon characters in traditional costume demonstrating particular folk
dances from numerous countries.
- Balkan &
West Asian Folkdances MP3 Library. Over 100 free complete music
tracks to download. I amazed at how the collector managed to arrange
with their performers for them to be free.
- Rikud mailing list.
Mailing list (and WWW based archive) for Israeli dance information. The
event announcements are typically USA dominated but there sometimes
useful information & discussion (buried in lots of chat) also
posted to it.
- Eliznik. The site of Nick
Green & Elizabeth Melish, avid British collectors & teachers of
Romanian dances folk dances. It has costume reference photographs and
articles about dance styles, history and regional distributions.
- Bognor Regis Dance Ensemble.
An international folk dance group run by a friend of mine. Despite the
URL, not to be confused with the Interfolk music publishers connected
with the Doe Dans festival.
- Israeli Dancing dot
info. Listing of Israeli Folk Dance groups, classes & events
- Balkanfolk. Sells dance
costumes, holidays, instruments & recordings. NB. Costumes are
hardly ever needed and making them oneself is more fun, unique &
ensures a fit but this site does demonstrate what unexpectedly
specialized retailers exist on the WWW.
- Luton Circle Dance
Teams Directory. List of virtually all currently existent Morris
sides - useful if you have to pick an unused name for a new side! With
links to contact information and websites where available. A Wiki.
- Mainly Morris
Dancing. Lots of links to sides & information.
- Rich Holmes. Lots of Morris
links & information.
Of Online Morris Dancers. A directory of Morris dancers rather than
- Morrisdancing dot
org. Links to the web sites of the various Morris associations.
Finder. Search for Morris sides in the UK by geographic location.
Unfortunately it does not seem to be being updated for a few years.
- Shave The Donkey. An on-line
Morris news site! Has not been updated for years though.
Scottish Country Dancing
English Country Dancing
Folk Dance Music Scores
- The abc Page. Main site for the
abc music score format. Links to archive sites, players, viewers, specs,
- The Web-wide
abc Index. Links to over 20000 tunes in abc format!
Robinson's Tunebook. Lots of Balkan, Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian,
English & French tunes in abc format.
Israeli & Balkan tunes in abc format.
- An ABC
Library of Morris Tunes. Morris dance music in abc format.
- Living Circle Dance. Brian
Steere's site with the phonetic words & guitar chords to about 100
popular Balkan, Israeli etc. songs & some sheet music.
- The Big Round Band. The
band of the The Round, Cambridge University's English country dance club,
with English folk music in abc format with PDF renderings in multiple
- Gog Magog.
Molly dance tunes in abc & PDF.
Groups I am or have been connected with
- Balkanplus. Monthly Balkan
etc. dancing in London. On 2nd Saturday of most months at Cecil Sharp House
but see the website for latest timetable. Different guest leader each month
and sometimes the Dunav or Vulpros live bands. Also organizes weekend
workshops with dance teachers from overseas. (I'm its treasurer.)
- Youlgrave Dance Weekends.
The Youlgrave (a.k.a. Youlgreave) May & August bank holiday
weekend dance holidays. A mixture of Circle Dance, Balkan dance &
whatever else people bring in very friendly & fun atmosphere situated
in beautiful UK Peak District scenery. (I have attended & taught at it
a few times.)
- Lagabag. Cotswold Morris.
Mixed. Near Ipswich. More relaxed than Westrefelda. (I was in it for
several years & maintained its website.)
- Westrefelda. Cotswold Morris.
Mixed. Near Ipswich. More perfectionist than Lagabag. (I was briefly in it
at its founding when it was short of dancers.)
- Dance East. One of the UK's 9
national dance councils. It used to include recreational folk dance (but is
concentrating on ballet/modern for training children into dance careers
whilst its new centre is being built; hopefully it will diversify again
once the building work is over). (It happens to be based in the town where
I live and have been to some of its classes & shows.)
- Cambridge University
Strathspey & Reel Club. Scottish Country Dancing in Cambridge. In
two sections, very lively ceilidh type dancing where beginners could join
in to learn and dance & a performance section for the advanced. (It is
where I first started folk dancing (in the beginners section) and
discovered that I liked it. Unfortunately it was my final year at
university so I did not stay long.)
- Luton Circle Dancing . Circle
Dance. (Run by friend of mine.)