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.
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NEW! NEW! NEW!
Starting July 7th join us for 6 weeks of
English Country Dance!
Dear Dancing Friends,
A nice handful of folks are ready to learn some English Country Dances this summer.
We will meet on six Friday nights: July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 and 11. We will begin at 7:30pm and end by 9:30pm. There is no cost involved.
We will meet in the ballroom at Huey Long Field House. The large ballroom has a wooden floor (a dancer’s dream!) The Field House is on Field House Dr. across from the Indian Mounds on the LSU campus. The cross street at the corner is Dalrymple. (Note: this is the location for the weekly meetings of the Baton Rouge International Folk Dancers who meet from September through June.
Parking is available in the circular drive in front of the Field House or on the street.
As you may know, these dances are done in longways sets with patterns similar to Contra Dance. Unlike Contra, each dance is done to a particular tune. For music, we will be using a CD which comes with the book 21 Basic English Country Dances. The list of the 21 dances is as follows:
I think we will enjoy working these dances out together and have some fun doing so! If you would like to join us (and have not already indicated your intent to come), please let me know.
Following the end of the special Summer English Country Dance event on August 11, there will be no dancing on August 18 and 25 and September 1st. Baton Rouge International Folk Dancing will resume on Friday, September 8th so plan on being there to reignite folk dancing for the rest of the 2017 year!