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HIFD is a recreational group that dances a wide variety of ethnic
folk dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe,
Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. Come dance with us!

Request Dancing
Fridays 7:30 - 10:00 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church,
5200 Fannin St. Visitors welcome, no partner needed. Admission is $5 (age 25 and under free). Park on the street or in the lot behind the church.

NOTE: Occasionally we must relocate for a Friday session, so best to check first if you are not regularly in touch.

Introductory Dancing
Mondays 7:30 - 10:00 pm

Oddfellows Hall, 115 E 14th St.
Beginning and intermediate level dances taught. Newcomers welcome, no partner needed. Admission is $4 donation.

Oddfellows Hall is a two-story brick building; entry is on right side of the building, dancing is on the second floor (may not be handicap accessible). Park on 14th St, Heights or Harvard.

NEW:   HIFD Code of Conduct

Calendar of Upcoming Folk Dance Events (Local & Statewide)

Dec 20

ECD holiday ball at St. Andrews, with live music, food, and festive attire.

Dec 31

New Year's Eve

8-12 at First UU.    
HIFD will bring turkey and attendees are requested to bring sides and desserts such as salads or veggie casseroles - and to dress up.


English Country Dances every first and third Thursday -  moving to First UU for 2019.
Contra Dances every FIRST AND THIRD Saturday - this is a change starting January 5th.   Location change as well, to the West U commmunity center corner of Rice and Auden.

Contact HIFD: houstonfolkdance@yahoo.com
or write to Houston International Folk Dancers, P.O. Box 542322, Houston, TX 77254
Phone 713-723-6332

Related Items of Interest

Some interesting videos

 - List of YouTube videos

Special dances

 - Dance Notes

Other recreational dance groups:

Austin area contra dances

Austin International Folk Dancers (AIFD)

Hellenic Professional Society of Texas

Houston Area Traditional Dance Society
- Contra Dances every second and fourth Saturday
- English Country Dances on first and third Thursdays

Houston Swing Dance Society

San Antonio Folk Dancers

Scottish Country Dancing

Texas International Folk Dancers (TIFD)

Links for ethnic dance resources:

Romanian Costumes

Dance notes and links to videos

Featured HIFD Videos

Dance Potpourri

Vintage  American dance

Dance Workshop  Bulgarian

News Story featuring HIFD Monday Night dancing which aired on Houston Public Radio 88.7 FM

About HIFD

Founded in 1947, HIFD is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of ethnic dance from around the world. Primarily a recreational group that meets twice weekly, HIFD also stages folk dance performances for events and festivals throughout the calendar year. 

HIFD membership is open to all, and currently numbers about seventy-five, including a pool of approximately 20 dancers who are active in public performances. The group’s repertoire includes more than 300 dances from 39 countries, with emphasis on those of Europe, the Middle East, and Mediterranean areas. While some performances present a mixture of dances and costumes from various countries, others focus on a single ethnic theme.

Local folk dance teachers well-versed in many ethnic traditions provide teaching at the occasional HIFD folk dance workshops, in which participants can request what they would like to have taught or reviewed. In addition, our statewide counterpart, Texas International Folk Dancers, sponsors a four-day workshop each year during the Thanksgiving holidays, and the weekend-long San Antonio Folk Dance Festival in March at Spring Break. These give HIFD members even more exposure to internationally known folklorists, teachers and musicians. 

HIFD welcomes the opportunity to bring song, dance and music from other cultures to interested parties, and hopes that by so doing, we help preserve the uniqueness of the individual cultures as well as promote peace among all ethnicities.

Houston International Folk Dancers is affiliated
with Texas International Folk Dancers
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