Programs of the Folk Arts Center of New England

Dance series

Friday night dances
FAC’s weekly Friday night dances offer international folk dance instruction as well as request dancing for all levels of experience. Live music and guest teachers are often featured.

Thursday night dances
FAC’s weekly Thursday international folk dances offer mostly request dancing and limited teaching for folk dancers with previous experience.

Monthly dance parties
FAC’s monthly Saturday or summer Friday dance parties offer international folk dancing for all levels, with all-request programs and live music by various bands.

Mostly Waltz for Boston
FAC presents monthly Sunday afternoon couple dancing (waltz, tango, polka, swing, schottis, hambo), with a teaching session followed by open dancing to live music.

Outdoor folk dances
FAC presents a FREE outdoor summer folk dancing series in Copley Square, Boston, plus occasional other FREE dances in Greater Boston locations such as Depot Square, Lexington; Robbins Farm Park, Arlington; and Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Dance and music camps

Cape Breton Music and Dance Weekend at Pinewoods
FAC’s early June weekend at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA features classes for all levels in Cape Breton fiddle, piano accompaniment, and square and step dancing, plus sessions, evening festivities, and various special events.

International Pinewoods
FAC’s late June extended-weekend and weekday sessions at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA feature international folk dance and music workshops and evening folk dance parties with music by The Pinewoods Band.

Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School
FAC’s week-long music camp in August on Thompson Island, Boston, MA offers classes in traditional Scottish music for all levels, plus mini-concerts, sessions, dancing, and parties. Visitors’ Day is held on Tuesday.

Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods
Co-sponsored by FAC and Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, this four-day session at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA offers American, English country, and international dancing, plus international music workshops, children’s classes, and parties.

Oktoberfest
FAC's Columbus Day weekend at Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT features international folk dance and music workshops and evening folk dance parties with music by The Pinewoods Band.

Annual events

Balkan Music Night
FAC’s feast of Balkan music presents more than a dozen bands in a six-hour Balkan dance party. This late-winter event also features sing-alongs and a “kefana” for acoustic music. The 32nd Balkan Music Night was held on March 18, 2017.

FAC Benefit
FAC’s annual fundraising event features food, entertainment, a silent auction, and folk dancing for all. Our 42nd anniversary Benefit Gala was held on March 25, 2017.

New Year’s Eve dance
FAC rings in the New Year with four hours of international folk dancing with music by The Pinewoods Band, plus festive decorations, plentiful refreshments, and a midnight toast.

Music programs

International Music Club
FAC’s International Music Club presents monthly Sunday afternoon workshops in international folk dance music for instrumentalists and singers of all levels. IMC members play and sing once a month for our Friday dances.

Cape Breton Music and Dance Weekend at Pinewoods
FAC's early June weekend at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA features classes in Cape Breton fiddle, piano, and dancing.

Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School
FAC’s week-long music camp in August on Thompson Island, Boston, MA offers classes in traditional Scottish music for all levels, plus mini-concerts, jam sessions, dancing, and parties. Visitors’ Day is held on Tuesday.

Special events

Visitors’ Day and Missed the Boat at Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School
Visitors enjoy a round-trip ferry ride, a world-class Scottish fiddle concert, dance and music sessions, and a cookout with cash bar on Thompson Island, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, with an option to stay overnight and through lunch on Wednesday.

Tour of Czech Republic with Jan Pumpr and Marcie Van Cleave
FAC and Dvorana Travel of Prague present a tour in Czech Republic, featuring the country’s culture, history, and scenic attractions, October 12–24, 2017.

Boston Waltz Weekend with Ari Levitt
FAC and Mostly Waltz for Boston present three workshops in waltz fusion with special guest teacher Ari Levitt, plus a guided dance practice deejayed by Ari and a Mostly Waltz dance party with live music. 10 am-11 pm on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at FUSN, West Newton, MA and 10 am–noon on Sunday, October 15 at Masonic Hall, Cambridge, MA. Optional group dinner and swing dancing, 6 pm–midnight on Friday, October 13 near Alewife Station, Cambridge, MA.

Additional events

FAC presents a variety of workshops, celebrations, themed Friday dances, and other special occasions throughout the year, in addition to our regular weekly, monthly, and annual events. Stay tuned for details!

School and community programs

FAC offers school-based folk dance and music programs and residencies that promote acceptance and appreciation of diverse cultures. These programs are designed to complement many aspects of a school’s curriculum and can be tailored to reflect the ethnic composition of local populations. FAC dance leaders are also involved in community outreach projects with adult education programs, senior citizens, Girl Scouts, Campfire Boys and Girls, and special needs groups. Contact FAC to set up a program with your school or group.