yellow highlight = Ontario event

Oct 13

OFDA Macedonian Dance Café and Potluck Supper, with guest teacher Vlasto Petkovski and his performance group Zdravec. Ralph Thornton Centre, Toronto, ON. Website:

Oct 13

Double Dance & AGM, Toronto Contra Dance with Donna Hunt (caller), Big Fun (music). Website:

Oct 19

Workshop with Anita Millman & Helga Hyde, Hamilton IFDC, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, West Hamilton, Website:

Oct 19-21

Master and Commander: A Weekend in Nelson’s Navy, Montgomery’s Inn, Fort York, Toronto Brigantine, Toronto, ON; lectures, dancing, music. Website:

Oct 20

50th Anniversary Ottawa International Folk Dancers, Ottawa Convention and Events Centre, Ottawa, ON; Yves Moreau (Bulgarian) and Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian). Contact: Lucette Lepage, Website: IFDO Calendar.

Oct 21

Hungarian National Dance Ensemble presents Spirit of Hungary – 1848, Lyric Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, Toronto, ON; Box Office: 416-250-3708. Website: Spirit of Hungary.

Oct 25-28

Machol Merkaz Israeli Folk Dance Weekend, Chicago, IL area; with Dror Davidi, Yaron Malihi, Eran Bitton. Contact: Website: Machol Merkaz 2018.

October 26-28

International Folk Dance Weekend, Poconos Mountains, PA; with Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion (Romanian) and Joe Graziosi (Greek). Website:

Oct 26

Halloween party, Hamilton IFDC, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1140 King St W, West Hamilton. Website:

Oct 27

Halloween Dance Toronto Contra Dance with CDSS callers, Lake Effect (music). Website:


Nov 2-4

Autumn Leaves with Lee Otterholt, Nashville IFD; Website; Autumn Leaves Weekend.

Nov 3-4

Columbia International Folk Dancers 50th Anniversary Weekend. (Columbia, MD, USA) Weekend will include Saturday night Dinner and Dance Party at Kahler Hall with Live Music provided by Ajde. Reservations need to be in by mid October.
For information as our plans develop, contact: Judith Weintraub

Nov 10

Balkan Bash, Saanich IFD, James Bay Athletic Association Hall, Victoria, BC. Contact: Doreen at 205-595-6980

Nov 10

Saturday Night Dance Toronto Contra Dance with Judy Greenhill (caller), Rick Avery and Jenny Melvin (music). Website:

Nov 10-11

Folkdance Workshop with Roberto Bagnoli, at Les Eclusiers de Lachine, Lachine, Quebec; registration includes Sunday performance by Les Eclusiers de Lachine. Contact: Jocelyne Vaillancourt at 514 323-7166, email:  

Additional information: Dansesinternationales2018/home-en.

Nov 22-25

Texas Camp, Texas International Folk Dancers, Bruceville, TX – Teachers Lee Otterholt (Balkan), Michael Seider and Anna Sapozhnikova (Cajun and Zydeco). Website: Texas Camp.

Nov 23

Macedonian Party with Vlado Petkovski, Hamilton IFDC, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1140 King St W, West Hamilton. Website:

NOV 23-24

2018 Kolo Festival, San Francisco, CA; with Gergana Panova (Bulgarian), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), John Morovich & John Filcich (Kolos), Maria Bebelekova (singing). Website: Kolo Festival.

Nov 24

OFDA Hungarian Dance Café and Potluck Supper with guests Peter Horvath and Czango musicians. Ralph Thornton Centre, Toronto, ON. Website:

Nov 24

Saturday Night Dance Toronto Contra Dance with Martha Cooper (caller), Evelyn Stam and friends (music). Website:

Nov 24-25

Toronto Swedish Folkdancers and Singers, Harbourfront Christmas Fair, York Quay, Toronto, ON. Website: Harbourfront Centre.


Dec 8

Saturday Night Dance Toronto Contra Dance with David Smukler (caller), Mango Chaud Point (music). Website:

Dec 22-24

Machol Miami, North Miami Beach; Israeli folk dance workshop with Elad Shtamer. Website: Machol Miami.

Dec 27

Christmas Dance – Take Back the Light – Techno-Contra Toronto Contra Dance with Chuck Abell (caller), Chuck Abell Techno Music (music). Website:

DEC 28-JAN 1

Winter Dance Week, Brasstown, NC; Contras, squares, English dancing, percussive dance, waltz, singing, jam sessions, a gala New Year’s Eve Dance and more. Website: Winter Dance Week.

Dec 31

OFDA New Year’s Eve Party; TBA.



Jan 3-6

Balkanot – Balkan and Israeli Dance Camp, at Castelletto di Brenzone (Verona), Italy; with Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Roberto Bagnoli (International/Israeli). Website: Balkanot Dance Camp.

Jan 25

35th Anniversary Party, Hamilton IFDC, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1140 King St W, West Hamilton. Website:


Feb 6-11

Rivieradance 2019, Torquay, Devon, UK; Yves Moreau (Bulgarian), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), France Bourque-Moreau (International Folk dance). Email: Cathy Meunier at, Website:

Feb 8-11

Winter Weekend – Orlando, FL; Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish), Evren Soytopcu Kiyak (Turkish), Vlado Petkovski (Macedonian). Contact: Florida Folk Dance Council,, website:

Feb 15-17

Dance Flurry 2019, Saratoga Springs, NY. Website: Flurry 2019.


Mar 22

Workshop with Adam Kossowski, Hamilton IFDC, St Paul’s Anglican Church, 1140 King St W, West Hamilton. Website:


May 3-5

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, Peretz Centre, Vancouver, BC; Lee Otterholt (International), Jaap Leegwater & Mea Nordenfelt (Bulgarian). Website:

May 10-12

BeLev Achad 2019, Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society, Vancouver, BC; in conjunction with JCCGV Children’s ‘Festival Ha’rikud’. Website:

May 10-12

IFDC Revival 2019, ; Hopewell Junction, NY.; with Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Israel Yakovee (Yemenite) and Moshe Eskayo (Israeli)


May 17-20

Ontario Folk Dance Camp, Waterloo, ON; teachers tba. Website: Ontario Folk Dance Camp.


Tours and Cruises


September 10-23

Dance & Cultural Tour to Albania and Kosovo led by Steve & Susan Kotansky and Kujtim & Pjereta Ismaili. For details, visit

September 15-23

Wine tasting tour of Bulgaria, Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo, led by George Vishegonov. Contact:

October 12-24

Spain, led by Jim Gold and Lee Friedman. Contact:

December 5-14

Winter Markets in Europe Tour, Contact: Website:


April 4-16

Hungary Folk Tour led by Steve and Susan Kotansky. Website: Hungary Folk Tour

April 5-15, 15-17

Argentina, led by Jim Gold, April 15-17 to Chile.

Buenos Aires, Salta, San Antonia de los Cobres, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Mendoza. 

Contact:, website: Jim Gold Tours

May 7-19, 19-21

Albania and Kosovo (Tirana, Durres, Vlora, Kruja, 
Saranda, Berat, Shkodra, Gjirokastra) led by Lee Otterholt. Contact:, website: Jim Gold Tours

May 14-26

Macedonia & Northern Greece with Ira Weisburd (US), Goran Alacki (Macedonia) and Mitko Petrov (Bulgaria), starting in Skopje, MK. Depostit due SAP. Contact: Ira Weisburd at, or  Facebook Macedonia & Northern Greece tour.

June 1-15

The Adriatic, Slovenia and Venice led by Folk Dance on the Water. Details tba. Email:

June 2 – 14

Macedonian Folk Tour led by Vlasto Petkovski. Contact Vlasto: