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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.

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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.

Calendar of Upcoming Folk Dance Events (Local & Statewide)

Mar 9  

Special Bulgarian Teaching with live Gaida player. 
 Maria from Bulgarian Rose will be joining us with a guest musician.

Mar 9-11  

Set for Spring.  3 days of English Country Dancing in San Antonio with Joseph Pimental and Goldcrest.  More information and registration.   Dorm rooms availabile.   

Mar 15-18  

60th annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.  FOUR DAYS (note Thursday start) of folk dancing with two "concerts" and teaching by Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian),  Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian), and Campbell Miller (Social).  Also Nelda's 100th birthday.    More information and registration   Dorm rooms availabile..  (Note - there is also dancing during the week)

Mar 30 

Party:  Spring Break.  
 Smell the daffodils, sea salt and cocoa butter, and show your spring fever with bright clothes, fresh food and bright spirits. Bikini’s anyone?? Towels? Trowels?


English Country Dances every first and third Thursday.
Contra Dances every second and fourth Saturday.

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:file:///F:/iPod_Control/Music/F03/WIJT.mp3

Romanian Costumes

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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