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.