Haverford Folk Club
A group where students carry on the popular traditions of folk dance and song, which have provided fun activities and drawn communities closer throughout history. We welcome and encourage all who want to participate, and our goal is just to come together and enjoy dancing and singing!
We hold weekly dances (complete with easy introduction lessons for newcomers), including at the very least Contras, Squares, Circle Dances, and Waltzes, and also folk sings every so often, based generally around the songbook Rise Up Singing -- bring your instruments! We will also lead groups to folk dances in the area from time to time, such as the community English Country Dance in Narberth and the community Contra dance in Glenside.
Meetings are on Monday nights from 7:00-9:00 PM, and once you're on our email list you'll receive a note every week about what we'll be doing. Absolutely no experience necessary! Folk dance gets better the more people you have to dance with, so bring your friends!
If you're not interested in dancing, but are interested in playing in a dance band, get in touch!
What is Folk Dance? Every country in the world has a folk dance of some kind. All folk means is that ordinary people invented it and like to do it! American folk dance evolved out of British and Irish social country dances (read: any dance you've ever seen in anything by Jane Austen) that have been danced for hundreds and hundreds of years. Today the most common forms are called Contra dance and Square dance.
Why should I learn to Folk Dance? First of all, it's tons of fun, great exercise, and a great way to meet people. Almost anywhere you go in this country you can find a dance. Also, just imagine, you can learn to dance like Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Or Catherine and Heathcliff if you prefer the Brontës. Or George Washington. Whomever you prefer.
Is Folk Dance difficult to learn? No! If you can walk, you can dance. Nothing except waltz needs any special steps. What's more, in Contra and in many Squares, you learn each dance before you dance it, and there's a Caller there who prompts every figure as you dance! Also, you will not be 'behind' if you miss some meetings. Beginners with no experience can come to any meeting -- bring your friends!