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Check out the history of our club, right from it's founding, on our Club History page!

Child and Adult 8-week Beginner Class - Autumn 2023

Our club offered beginner folkdance lessons thursday evenings prior to the regular Thursday Night meetings for 8 weeks, between Oct 19th and Dec 7th 2023.

We plan to hold more lessons like these in the future!

Free Multi-Cultural International Dancing Class

Presented by Adelaide Churchill Community Association and SIFC

October 12th 2023 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at St. Philip's School Gym at 1901 Haultain Ave

This was a FREE event!

Registeration was though the Adelaide Park Churchill Community Association website

We encouraged school age to seniors to learn these participation folkdances!

Taught and lead by the Saskatoon International Folkdance Club

Celebrating our Long-Time Members

We had a reunion party on March 9, 2023, at St Martin's United Church, to celebrate some of our long-time members of the club!

The honorees!
Donna : 40 years
Wendy : 36 years
Anna : 32 years
Dorothy : 32 years
Dolores : 29 years
Heather : 29 years
(absent) Lalita : 29 years

Check out the photo album for this reunion event by clicking here

Workshop With Yoshinari Murakami

Saskatoon International Folkdance Club was proud to ihost Yoshinari Murakami from Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan in his first seminar in North America

March 29-31, 2019 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Albert Community Centre Auditorium, 2nd Floor , 610 Clarence Avenue

As well as leading and playing music for a recreation folkdance group in Japan, he has lead seminars in Turkey and Japan. He has expertise in dances from Turkey, Armenia, Bulgaria, Japan and many more. Yossie is the director of a well respected performing group, Nihon Folk Dance Federation

Broadway Street Fair 2016

The Broadway Street Fair was on Saturday September 10th this year.

Click here to see photos of our group performing at the 2016 Broadway Street Fair

Folkfest 2016

We performed at Folkfest again this year. This year we were at the RBC Global Village at Prairieland. Folkfest ran from August 18th through August 20th.

Balkan and International FolkDance Workshop

We invited Roberto Bagnoli, from Italy, to present a workshop on Balkan and International Dance. This workshop was held April 15th through 17th 2016, at SIFC's usual dancing meeting place, the Albert Community Centre at 610 Clarence Avenue in Saskatoon in the Auditorium.

Roberto Bagnoli grew up in Rome, where he was first introduced to folk music and dance, eventually taking part in several performances and teaching dance classes. He subsequently studied various forms of folk dance in workshops throughout Europe, Israel, and North America under the guidance of renowned choreographers and teachers.

Roberto now lives in Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy, considered to have one of the most important dance communities in Italy. From 1995 to 2003, he performed as a dancer and choreographer with the Terra di Danza Dance Company and was involved in the production of Raggi di luna Italiana and Capriccio Italiano (Italian dances), GiroGiroMondo (dances from around the world), Keltic Emotion (Celtic dances), Mazal Tov (Israeli dances), and Ethnos (international folk dances). He is the founder of Folk Atelier Reggio Emilia (FARE), devoted to the development and conservation of folk dance heritage. In recent years, he has organized some of the most important annual folk dance events in Italy, such as, Balkanot Israeli and Balkan Dance Camp, Maratona di Danza folk dance marathon, and Camp Yofi Israeli Dance Camp in Lago di Garda. He has completed the training program in Folk Dance Teaching led by Jan Knoppers from the National Dance Academy of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Roberto teaches weekly classes in various cities in the North of Italy and conducts monthly sessions in Rome and Milan besides conducting workshops and seminars throughout Europe, the United States (notably the Stockton Folk Dance Camp), and Canada.

2015 Festival Of Trees

As usual we performed at the Festival Of Trees on Friday night - November 27th this year. Our performance was at 8:15pm, on the Entertainment Stage, Boomtown Station. Festival of Trees ran this year from Sunday November 22nd through Saturday November 28th at the Western Development Museum.

2015 Halloween Party

Our annual Halloween Party was on Thursday October 29th!

2015 Broadway Street Fair

We performed at the Broadway Street Fair again this year. The Fair was on Saturday September 12th between 10am and 5pm. We danced at the Sasktel Gypsy Dance Stage, located at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and 10th Street East between 2pm and 2:45pm.

Open House on Thursday September 10th 2015

7 - 9:30pm in Room 13 in Albert Community Centre at 610 Clarence Ave South in Saskatoon.

Thanks to everyone for making our Open House such a success. It was nice to see all the familiar faces back to visit and also nice to see a few new faces. Hope you all join us again!

View the photo album for this event

Day Of Play 2015

We performed between 1:30 and 2:30pm at Day Of Play in Bessborough Park on Sunday August 30. Day Of Play is a fun filled day for the whole family that raises funds for the Crisis Nursery in Saskatoon. To learn more about this great cause, visit the Day Of Play website.

Click here to see photos of our group performing at the 2015 Day Of Play

Hawaiian Workshop - 2015

We had a workshop on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai in March of 2015. Great Dancing. Great Friends. Great Location. Who could ask for more?

Festival Of Trees 2014

As we do every year we danced at the Festival Of Trees on the evening of Friday November 28th on the Entertainment Stage! We performed at BoomTown Station at 8pm.

Balkan and Beyond Dance Workshop with Lee Otterholt

We had Lee Otterholt back to teach us some more dances at the Balkan and Beyond Dance Workshop. This workshop was held September 26-28th 2014 at Dance Saskatchewan.

Click here to see the photo album for this event

Saskatchewan Marathon 2014

We danced as entertainment during the Saskatchewan Marathon again this year. The Marathon was held on Sunday May 25th. Hope you came out to see us dance and cheer on the runners!

Festival of Trees 2013

We performed again at The Festival Of Trees in our usual time slot of Friday at 8pm. That was Friday, November 29th on the Entertainment Stage at the Western Development Museum. We hope you made it out to see the trees and watch us dance!

Halloween Party 2013

Our Annual Halloween Party fell right on Halloween this year! Thursday, October 31st at Albert Community Centre.

Culture Days 2013

Some members of our club performed at Culture Days on Saturday September 28th at Dance Saskatchewan.

Broadway Street Fair 2013

We performed at the 30th Annual Broadway Street Fair on Saturday September 7th. It was very busy since the weather was so great!

Click here to see the photo album for this performance

A Day Of International Dance
with Donna, Heather and Dorothy

This workshop was held at March 16, 2013 at Albert Community Hall.

See photos from this event here.

Serbian Dance Weekend

Our friends, the Edmonton International Folkdancers, hosted a Serbian Dance workshop on April 12th to 14th, 2013 in Edmonton.

Visit their website www.edmontoninternationalfolkdancers.ca

2012 Festival of Trees

That time of year comes around so fast! And of course, we performed at Saskatoon City Hospital's Festival Of Trees on Friday November 30, 2012 at 8pm!

Broadway Street Fair 2012

We danced at the Broadway Street Fair again this year! We were on the Gypsy Dance Stage on September 8, 2012 between 2:15 and 2:40 pm. The Gypsy Dance Stage was located at the intersection of Broadway and 10th. Hope you came out to enjoy the day!

Lee Otterholt Dance Workshop

Date: March 2nd to 4th, 2012
Instructor: Lee Otterholt doing an international dance workshop
Location: Albert Community Centre, 610 Clarence Avenue, Saskatoon

Lee Otterholt, born in the US of Norwegian-American parents, has lived and worked most of his life in Norway as a professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. In Norway he founded and led the Center for International Folk Dance in Oslo, Norway. He was a professor of folkloristic dance at the Norwegian National College of Ballet and at the University College of Oslo. He was responsible for the establishment of 4 still-active folk dance clubs and 3 performing groups in Norway. He led these groups to festivals all over Europe. He also produced teaching materials (videos, books and CDs) on folk dance for use in the Norwegian school system.

For the last 10 years he has been active on the international scene, teaching various Balkan dances at international folk dance festivals in Europe, the USA, and East Asia. Lee also leads the international folk dance PERFORMING GROUP "SYRTAKI" (click on "SYRTAKI Folk Dance Ensemble" below) and the international folk dance band "ZIMZALA" based in Orange County, California. He has a professional education in choreography and was one of the choreographers of the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994.

Lee?s teaching emphasizes style: dancing well, not just ?getting the steps.? Whenever he can, he also tries to bring improvisation, self-expression and spontaneity back into the folk-dancing traditions where these elements are a central part of the tradition. And he never loses sight of the fact that we recreational folk dancers dance because it is fun, and because these dances mean something to us ? just as they were fun and meant something to the village dancers before us!

Broadway Street Fair 2011

We performed at the Broadway Street Fair again this year on Saturday September 10th. We were glad to see that the fair was very busy because of the nice weather!

Mosiac Festival in Regina

We performed at the Romanian pavilion at Mosiac again this year from Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 5th.

March 21st at Wildwood School

We performed at the Wildwood School on March 21st. Entertainment was between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.

International Women?s Day Event 2011

We danced at the Mendal Art Gallery, March 5th at 3pm, te celebrate International Women's Day. Thanks to all the dancers that came out to perform!

2009 Festival of Trees

It's that time of year again! And of course, we performed at Saskatoon City Hospital's Festival Of Trees on Friday November 27, 2009!

Check out pictures from this event here.

Armenia and International Folkdance Workshop

Presented By:

Tineke van Geel
from the Netherlands

This workshop was held in the dance studios of Dance Saskatchewan located at 205A Pacific Avenue in Saskatoon.

on October 9th, 10th and 11th 2009

A great time was had by all!

See photos from this event here.

Broadway Street Fair 2009

We danced at the Broadway Street Fair again this year on Saturday September 12 at 2:30pm till 3:15pm in front of Nino's.

Day In The Park At Greystone School Park

We performed at the honorarium & free lunch at 1pm in Greystone School Park on September 12th 2009.

Mosaic 2009 in Regina

Some of our members travelled to Regina to participate in the Mosiac Festival. The Festival took place from June 4th to June 6th 2009.

Click here to see photos from this event

Friday November 28th, 2008 8pm

We danced at Saskatoon City Hospital's Festival Of Trees again this year. The Festival was held in the Western Development Museum from November 23rd to November 29th.

See the Photos from this event in our Photo Gallery!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 2pm

We performed at Caleb Manor on Sunday, October 26th at 2pm. Caleb Manor is located at 1622 Acadia Drive (the entry is behind Emmanuel Baptist Church).

Workshop with Donna and Dorothy

Donna and Dorothy gave an International Folkdance Workshop on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at the At Ecole Canadiene ? Francaise de Saskatoon on Albert Avenue in Saskatoon.

Saturday's Schedule:
8:30 am Registration and warm up
9 a.m. to 11:30 - teaching session
11:30 to 1p.m. - lunch break
1 p.m. to 4:00 - teaching session
5:30 p.m. - supper at local restaurant
8 p.m to 10 p.m. - review for video and party

Valentine's Day 2008 at Market Mall

This Valentine's Day we performed at the Market Mall on Preston Avenue from 6pm to 6:30pm.

View our photo gallery of the event here.

2007 Saskatoon City Hospital Festival Of Trees

Saturday December 1st, 2007 at 12:30pm

We performed at the Festival Of Trees again this year. The Festival ran from Sunday November 25th through Saturday December 1st at Prairieland Park.

Romanian FolkDance Workshop

The Edmonton International Folk Dancers hosted a Romanian Workshop with Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion, October 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2007.

Broadway Street Fair 2007

We performed at the Broadway Street Fair again this year (on saturday September 8th), and though we saw a bit of rain, we had a good performance in front of Nino's Restaurant and nothing could dampen our spirits!

Scandinavian Folkdance Workshop

The Norwegian Language School put on a folkdance workshop in May.

Date: Friday evening, May 25, 2007 and all day Saturday, May 26th, 2007TD>
Location: The Lower Hall of the Grosvenor Park United Church in Saskatoon
Instructors: Ms. Arden Neustaedter from Calgary, AB has extensive experience in teaching Scandinavian folkdancing to children, teens and adults. She is a regular instructor at Trollhaugen camp each summer. She has been teaching songs, dance and stories to youth in Calgary and is involved in weekly folkdancing there.

Ms. Heidi Anderson originally from Red Deer, AB has grown up folkdancing in the Scandinavian way! Along with her brother Josh, they have been involved in teaching at various levels in Alberta as well as Trollhaugen camp.

The workshop was open to all ages.

Camrose Recreational Folk Dance Club?s 2007 SPRING FLING

The Camrose Folk Dance Club held their Spring Fling this year on May 5th (in addition to their regular dance night on May 4th). Folkdancers from serveral clubs including the Saskatoon International Folkdance Club attended.

International Folkdance Workshop with Edwidge Munn

March 9th - 11th, 2007

Edwidge Munn has been folk dancing for more than 25 years. She has been trained in a variety of dance styles, including classical ballet and character dancing. She has performed with several folk dance groups, and her repertoire of dances cover such areas as Eastern Europe, the Balkans, IsraŽl, Armenia and Scandinavia. She has been sharing her passion for dance with people of all ages at folk dance seminars and workshops that she has been invited to give in Montrťal, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Tulsa (Oklahoma). She is one of the leaders of the International Folk Dancers of Ottawa, where she has been teaching for many years.

We were proud to invite Edwidge Munn to share her dances and enthusiasm with us!

The Dances she planned to teach us were:
Narodno Horo from Bulgaria
?ira from Bulgaria
Narino from Turkey
Lično Stojne from Macedonia
Tropoţica De La Bălţi from Romania
Gju?evska R‚čenica from Bulgaria
Papouri from Armenia
Čekurjankino Horo from Bulgaria
Ca La Breaza from Romania
«epikli from Turkey
Mindrele from Romania
Kamenopolsko from Bulgaria
Criss Cross Contra from New England
Divlevo from Macedonia
Gulli from Turkey
Tineke's Reel from Netherlands

On Saturday Evening we gathered for a dinner and dance party. The supper was held at E.E. Burritos, which is located at the intersection of 22nd Street and Avenue P south.

We have photos from our workshop included in our Photo Gallery!

Tuesday February 20, 2007 5pm

We performed at Market Mall supporting the Save The Children Fund.

2006 Saskatoon City Hospital Festival Of Trees

Friday December 1st, 2006 at 7:30pm

We performed at the Festival Of Trees again this year. The Festival was held from Saturday November 25th through Saturday December 2nd at Prairieland Park.

Check out the history of our club, right from it's founding, on our Club History page!

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