(from the NEFFA spring 2003 newsletter - I thought that the dancers
might be interested in this... also, don't forget about the New
England Folk Festival in Natick, MA ... April 23 - 25)
by Jo Crawford
The National Folk Organization, a US-based group of recreational folk
dance leaders, folk dance ensembles, and folk festival coordinators,
will be having their annual conference in Lowell MA, March 5, 6, and
7, 2004. Besides meetings and elections for members, the conference
will feature presentations and workshops with Glenn Bannerman, a
nationally recognized dance caller, teacher and leader. A former
Professor of Recreation and Outdoor education, Glenn teachers
Appalachian clogging and Big Circle Mountain dancing. For more on
Glenn, see www.bannermanfamily.com.
At last year's successful conference, it was decided to allocate some
of the profits to encourage our teen and college-aged members to
attend this upcoming conference. To that end, NFO is pleased to
announce that scholarship money is available to assist a limited
number of youth dancers. To apply, send an email with your name, age,
address, and school attending to NFO President Greg Lund at
. Or send by mail to: Greg Lund, 15221 N. CR 400 E,
Eaton, IN 47338. Please include a letter of recommendation from your
folk dance leader along with your application and let us know what
you've done in folk dance, and what you plan to do in the future.
Special youth events will be arranged if there is enough interest.
NFO is also a sponsor of Pourparler, an annual get-together of folk
dance educators. Part of this year's conference will be a "Pourparler
Sampler", a chance for educators to share tried and true dances and
network with others in the field. Other activities include a visit to
international folk dancing in Arlington Friday night, and the annual
Awards banquet on Saturday.
Registration forms will be available shortly. For those that want to
attend only parts of the conference, an a la carte price list will
also be available. Check the website, www.nfo-usa.org, for more
information. Or contact jo.crawford@...
, 978-692-6217, to be
sent information by mail.
The purpose of the NFO is to advance and preserve folk arts
representing national and local ethnic customs as they exist
throughout the United States; to promote and encourage the exchange
of folk dance and dance related folklore in the United States of
America and abroad, and to effectively network those who support