Entries by Kayla Hobbs

Say, “hello,” at Folkmoot 2016 in many languages

Say, “hello,” at Folkmoot 2016 in many languages. 你好   Hola   Moi   Bonjour & Salut   こんにちは    Cześć (Tch-esh-ch)     & Hey y’all!   Folkmoot has 9 international groups coming to the festival this year and even though many of the performers speak English, it is not the primary language for most of them. Be sure […]

Dance the night away at The Orange Peel!

As an exciting new event just for Folkmoot 2016 – an international dance party with all the visiting groups! Dance the night away at The Orange Peel! Led by talented DJ Oso Rey, the dance party is set for July 30 at 9:00pm. Online tickets are here. Oso has loved music all his life and […]

Uganda childrens choir at Folkmoot 2016!

As a late addition, festival goers will be dazzled by a Uganda childrens choir at Folkmoot 2016! The choir and dance troupe is the creation of Imani Milele, a non-profit organization founded by Rev. Moses Ssemanda Mbuga, The mission of Imani Milele is to rescue, develop, and educate many of the orphaned and vulnerable children […]

Dancers from Japan for Folkmoot 2016

Our celebration of dance and culture will feature dancers from Japan for Folkmoot 2016. Japanese culture is known for unique clothing, string and wind instruments, and charming festivals. Bringing these traditions to the Folkmoot festival is Hibiki Rengo-Kai, which means, translated to English, “resound union.” The group includes seven musicians, three dancers, and two singers […]

Folkmoot 2016: viva la France!

We just might hear the exhortations during Folkmoot 2016: viva la France! Viva la danse folklorique! One of the best known (and best loved) folk dance troupes in the world, Lo Gerbo Baudo, will be a featured performer in this year’s festival and with them come the deepest roots of international folk dance festival history. […]

Folkmoot 2016: Mexican dance from Texas

A “South of the Border” flavor will add familiar spice to Folkmoot 2016: Mexican dance from Texas! The Ballet Folklorico South Texas College is sure to be a big hit with festival goers. The group was formed in spring of 2012 by the Center for Mexican American Studies at STC with the mission to promote […]

Folkmoot 2016: Vatra de Dor of Romania!

Folkmoot 2016: Vatra de Dor of Romania! Vatra de Dor of the School of Arts of Cluj will be showing off this Romanian pride through folk dance and song at this year’s Folkmoot festival.  The group was founded in November of 2012 with a passion to promote Romanian traditions through the arts. The talented group […]

Folkmoot 2016: Polish song and dance ensemble!

Folkmoot 2016: Polish song and dance ensemble! The Song and Dance Ensemble of Warsaw University of Technology is the talented group that will be representing Poland at Folkmoot 2016. The group was formed in 1951 and continuously for 65 years – through serious societal turmoil and political upheaval – has been showing off the folk […]

Dancing Folkmoot 2016 will be Peru Multicolor

Dancing Folkmoot 2016 will be Peru Multicolor from Lima, the capital city of the Republic of Peru. Peru Multicolor was founded in February 1999, hoping to revive and promote the culture of Peru through traditional dance and music on both a national and international level. The ensemble will bring 20 musicians and dancers with styles […]

From Ghana the Nkrabea Dance Ensemble

From Ghana the Nkrabea Dance Ensemble will entertain and delight at Folkmoot 2016!  Emanuel Yawson Tengey founded Nkrabea in 1995. The group is affiliated with the Centre For National Culture and a member of the Ghana Dance Association. Making up the ensemble are 25 talented members with a passion for culture and dance, ranging in […]

A talented group coming from Finland

This year Folkmoot has a talented group coming from Finland.    KimuranttiKirjavat will be one of the featured dance troupes at Folkmoot 2016, which begins July 21! Kimurantti, which means tricky, and Kirjavat, which means colorful, were originally two separate dance groups part of the Youth Association Rajan Nuoret. The groups merged together to form […]

Folkmoot 2016: from the DR – M & K Dance Studio

Arriving for Folkmoot 2016: from the DR – M & K Dance Studio! The Merengue could be called the national dance of the Dominican Republic. The dance has influences from Cuba, Africa, and Spain and has been popular in the Dominican Republic since the 1800s. Originally guitars accompanied the dance but now accordions and African […]