Dance Camp International

One of the coolest things about international folk dancing is that it’s, well, international. Not only are the dances from all over the world, but the dancers themselves, both the instructors and the campers, are from all over.

The picture at left depicts people who came here from outside the US to dance this year. Countries represented are Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, China and Canada. In other years, we’ve had Taiwanese instructors teaching fabulous Taiwanese dances. One of our favorite instructors lives in Canada, is originally from Romania and teaches wonderful Roma dances. We’ve had Dutch instructors teaching Russian dance, a Japanese instructor teaching Macedonian and one year one of our workshop instructors taught some Indian (Punjabi) and African dances.

And I have to tell you, folk dance people are the nicest people in the world. I don’t know if the dancing attracts nice people or if all the endorphins make people feel so good they can’t help but be nice. They’re just so much fun to be around.

I also love the fact that folk dance pulls young people in and they often become lifelong folk dancers. It’s so much fun to see their energy on the dance floor, but it’s also very cool that they interact so easily with a wide range of ages. The young men ask older women to dance, the young women gladly step out on the floor with older men because they love dance so much and wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity.

Here’s a photo of my daughter-in-law enjoying a line dance with my baby granddaughter. This is my granddaughter’s first dance camp and I hope there will be many more. There’s a precedent she can follow. In the photo above, the young man in the red shirt has attended camp every year since before he was born 🙂 . He’s a fantastic dancer and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.

I think if everyone started folk dancing, we’d have much less trouble in the world. Dance allows us to learn about each other’s cultures, to interact with each other, to see “the other” as someone very much like ourselves. We should make dance, not war.

About karensandler

Lover of chocolate. A couple felines short of full-fledged Cat Lady. Author of the YA Tankborn Trilogy (TANKBORN, AWAKENING, and REBELLION), from Tu Books. Founding team member of We Need Diverse Books. Opinions expressed here are my own.
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5 Responses to Dance Camp International

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m having a blast following camp through your blog – thanks. Congrats on your granddaughter. Tony (my husband) said he enjoyed a great breakfast with you and others.

    You captured the beauty of International Folk Dance – the culture, the people, the happiness!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello from Montreal! We are missing you so much! I love what you say in this last article and Cristian and I agreeing with everything you mentionned. Wish and hope to see more kids (of all ages!) coming at Stockton Folk Camp and others. Wish to see more people dancing all together in joy and happiness! Mainewoods Camp where we have the pleasure to go too as this beautiful sentence: ‘International Understanding Through Dance’…
    Please keep you blog active about Stockton, I am reading you each day… Hello to all of you and happy dancing!
    HUGS, from Cristian and myself

  3. Robin Clark says:

    Brenton sure wishes he could be there with you! But, a job interview and his first anniversary with Lindsey take priority. 🙂

  4. Tracy Klaus says:

    I too am enjoying your blog. Sounds like you are having a great time.

  5. karensandler says:

    Thanks for your comments everybody. Sonia, we really miss having you and Cristian here. Hugs to you too!

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