The Baton Rouge International Folk Dancers or BRIFD was created as a non-profit organization in January of 1989.  BRIFD was built on a foundation of 20 years of recreational folk dancing in Baton Rouge, which began under the leadership of Vonnie Brown and had existed under several names and at several locations over that time.  BRIFD exists for the following purposes: to introduce and promote folk dances from around the world to the Baton Rouge community; to encourage local awareness of international cultural heritages in the area of dance; to teach folk dances from around the world to interested persons; to perform and demonstrate to the community, dances from around the world including costumes, music, and authentic dance movements; and to offer recreational, educational and personal enjoyment to the people of the Baton Rouge community with regular occasions for participating in international folk dancing.

BRIFD has performed international folk dances at a variety of festivals and other events including the Baton Rouge Earth Day and Heritage Festival, Asphodel Plantation, Ponchatoula Octoberfests, and Louisiana State University's International Hospitality celebration.

Presently, the Baton Rouge International Folk Dancers meet on Friday nights at 7:30 PM, except on holidays and during July-August, at the Huey P. Long Fieldhouse   (click link for interactive map) on the corner of Fieldhouse and Cypress Drives (across from the Indian Mounds at the west end of Dalrymple Drive) on the campus of Louisiana State University.  The last Friday of the month is reserved for party night with special programs and potluck food and drink. 
 Beginners are welcome and no partner is needed! 

 For further information contact:

Jim and Idabelle Burke      (225) 766-0517
Bill LeBlanc                        (225) 337-9055
Dugan Sabins                    (225) 766-4060
Rey Del Castillo                 (225) 769-3315 

  Baton Rouge International Folk Dancers
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NO Dancing Fri Aug 16 due to multiple absences
NO dancing Sept 6 after the 2 weeks of ECD 8/23 & 30
Regular Fri Nite Dance resumes Sept 13th


English Country Dance Classes
July 5 & 12 and August 23 & 30

These classes are offered as part of Friday night International Folk Dance which meets 
throughout the school year. We will learn many figures of English Country Dance, 
paying attention to the basics: timing, relating to one’s partner, and moving with grace 
and style. 
Most English Country Dances are done in longways sets with a partner, but no need to 
bring a partner; we will simply partner up with each other. Gents’ and ladies’ roles can 
be danced by any gender. 

​All other Fridays in July and August will be our normal international dancing 
(in lieu of our normal summer break)

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