We honor Al Ruesink, our long-time folkdance leader and teacher, who died August 17, 2014. His obituary is in the Herald-Times . Al was a model leader and teacher in our folkdance community and he brought us much joy for many, many years. He programmed, taught, and scheduled folk dancing every Friday night for decades, with the help and support of his wife, Kathy. Not only did he do this, but he worked with the dancers to organize community performances and demonstrations to share world folk dance and culture, most recently in Bloomington with the Boys and Girls Club this year!
Above is a 2001 picture of Al leading folkdance in the Alumni Hall for the Intensive Freshman Seminar (IFS) and one with him dancing. Honoring him and remembering him, the folk dancers will continue this tradition and share world dance with the campus and community. IU Folkdancers provided a dance night for IFS every August for the last 15 years. The photo above left is the 2014 special dance for IFS in the Frangipani Room. Students learned folkdances from around the world and other popular dances from guest dance instructors!
I.U. Folkdancers will meet Friday, September 12, 2014 in Ballantine Hall, Room 003, 6:00 p.m. Note the early time! Dancing is cancelled Friday, September 19, because of the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.
We usually meet every week on the Indiana University campus for free folkdance instruction and request dancing. We dance every Friday 7 or 7:30-9:30pm in the Indiana Memorial Union, but location can vary and we are trying an earlier start time. Dances are taught the first hour and request dancing with some instruction the second hour. No experience needed, and no partner is needed. All are welcome and there is no charge!
We dance to recorded music especially from Europe and the Middle East, with some dances from the Americas, Asia and Africa. We usually teach a mix of easy, intermediate and difficult dances. We sometimes include a Balkan singing session.
Folkdancing is fun! If you like world music and like to dance, try folkdancing! You will learn basic steps of line and couple dancing used in many other types of dance. Newcomers of any age are welcome! Dress is casual.
Watch for location changes. Sometimes we dance in Sycamore Hall Room 103 (SY 103) or Ballantine Hall, Room 003, when the Union has no room. Campus map/directions available at http://www.iub.edu/~iubmap/. Watch for occasional cancellations for special events like the Lotus Festival or dance workshops.
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The IU International Folkdancers performance group performs for IU and for the community at large; the photos above are from a Bloomington Third Street Park performance. Please contact Leah Savion, lsavion [at] indiana.edu for more information.
Last updated: September 10, 2014