Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome! Come in and make yourself at home. This
page will assist in answering your questions about our club. If you
have further questions ask one of the executive members.
Thank you for coming to Israeli/Calgary Folkdance
Fridays. If you have any further questions feel free to ask anyone. If
they can't help you they will find someone who can (executive members
are available for comments and suggestions).
- What is recreational Folk Dancing?
- It is, as the name suggests, an opportunity to learn and dance,
in a social setting, dances from all over the world. It is a social
event -- an opportunity to meet new friends and socialize at the same
time as dancing to great music!
- Do I need experience?
- No - we teach dances during most classes. The group comprises
and experienced dancers.
- How can I learn?
- It is a social club that meets and offers classes from September
to May each year. Classes are taught by volunteers most of whom have
danced for many years. The evenings are organized as follows:
|Folkdance Fridays(Friday Night)
- 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm : Warm-up & Instruction
- 8:15 pm - 8:30 pm : Announcements/Break
- 8:30 pm -10:00 pm: Requests
- 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm : Warm-up & Instruction
- 7:30 pm - 7:40 pm : Announcements/Break
- 7:40 pm - 8:45 pm : Requests
We also occasionally organize special events such as
workshops, theme nights, and after parties.
- Do I need any special equipment?
- Just you and your feet - and a desire to have fun! Soft soled
makes it easier to dance and non-street shoes keep our wood dance floor
clean and free of black marks.
- Do I need a partner?
- No - most of the dances do not require partners; they are done
in lines and circles. We do some couples dances that require a partner
but there are many of us that come alone and we just mix 'n match.
- Do I have to learn and dance every dance?
- You need only learn the dances you want... and you only have to
dance when you feel like it. We do ask however, that if you don't know
a dance, watch or try to pick it up from behind the line or circle.
- How do I know which dance is being done?
- The class and review material is outlined on the whiteboard..
The Request Program is presented on the right side of the whiteboard.
Dances marked with a "C" are partner dances. A triangle indicates more
difficulty while a '*' is used to indicate dances that are simple...
everyone is encouraged to join in these!
- How do I request a dance?
- There is a sheet for you to place your request each week. The
programmer will attempt to include your request in the program.
- Can I dance dances that I don't know or ones that look hard?
- You are encouraged to participate fully in all the classes.
During the program later in the evening you are encouraged to join in
dances that you know, dances that you have been taught in the classes,
and any of the simple dances marked as such on the whiteboard. You are
welcome to try other dances by standing behind line or circle - behind
someone who knows the dance so you can follow the footwork.
- How can I join a line or circle?
- Many of the dances are done in lines or circles. These dances
need a partner. The dances (generally) move in a counter-clockwise
(to the right). It is considered polite to join on the left end of a
line or somewhere in the middle. Lines and circles almost always have
a leader who is an experienced dancer and who knows the dance well. The
leader is responsible for calling changes in figures. If you need to
watch someone the leader is usually the best bet.
- Can I bring my children?
- Children are welcome! We ask that parents be responsible for
making sure that their children are not disruptive. For everyone's
safety, children that are not participating in the dancing must stay
out of the way of the dancers.
HOPA! YASOU! and CHEERIO!