About American Folk Dance Ensemble

Taking the folk history of the United States around the world, American Folk Dance Ensemble creates a colorful tapestry of the rich cultural history of the USA. Each performance is a cultural expression, strongly associated with a specific group or people as a reflection of American custom and belief. Their fast-paced, superbly staged program includes Appalachian flat-footing, Southern waltzes, traditional clogging , square dancing, the western swing, and other performances.

The group is accompanied by the BYU Mountain Strings band. Compromised of seven talented instrumentalists, who perform with a variety of traditional folk instruments, American Folk Dance Ensemble not only brings the history of the U.S. to the stage through dance but also through weaving toe-taping music that explores the musical past of the U.S.

 

Festival History:

2018:

1. Hello!Schoten Folk Festival, Schoten, Belgium

2. International Folklore Festival ‘Eurofolk’, Zamość, Poland

 

2015

1.The International Folklore Festival, Karlovac, Croatia

2.‘Ciudad de Burgos’ International Festival, Burgos, Spain

3.Extremadura Festival, Badajoz, Spain

 

2011

1.Danube Carnival Festival, Budapest, Hungary

2. Zlatna Sopela Festival, Porec, Croatia

 

2008

1.Festival at the home of Sl’uk the Slovakian State Folk Ensemble, Bratisalava, Slovakia

 

2007

1. Rassegna Internazionale del Folklore, Castiglione del Lago, Italy

2. Festival Della Collina, Cori, Italy

3. Festival de Confolens, Confolens, France

 

2005

1. Pärnumaa Pirand, Parnu, Estonia

2. XV Gaedeamus Baltic Song and Dance Festival, Tartu, Estonia

3. Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

 

2004

1. Wereldfestival van Folklore, Schoten, Belgium

2. Festival de Martigues, Martigues, France

 

2001

1. Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

2. Charleroi Festival, Charleroi, Belgium

3. Billingham Internacional Folklore Festival, Billingham, England

 

1999

1.     Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

2. Folkmoot USA, Waynesville, North Carolina

 

1997

1. International Folklore Festival “Straznice”, Straznice, Czech Republic

2. Folklorny Festival Vychodna Vychodna, Slovak Republic

3. Podlaski Jarmark Folkloru Biala-Podlaska, Poland

4. Lublin Folklore Meeting  Lublin, Poland

5. Festival International “Polesian Summer with Folklore”Lutsk, Ukraine

6. International Poleskie Lato z FolkloremWlodawa, Poland

7. Festival de Confolens,  Confolens, France

 

1995

1. Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

 

1994

1. International Folk Festival “Sun and Stone”,  Nea Karvali, Greece

2. International Folk Festival “Tradition-Dance-Friendship”, Ioannina, Greece

3. International “Pierides Mousses” Folk Festival,  Katerini, Greece

4. Jerash Festival Jerash, Jordan

 

1993

1. Berlin Volksfest, Berlin, Germany

 

1992

1.  Jeux Santons Folk Festival,  Saintes, France

2. Folkmoot USA, Waynesville, North Carolina

 

1991
1. Festival International de Folklore de Chateau-Gombert, Marseille, France

2. La Farandole folklore Mondial, Nice, France

3.Festival International de Folclore de Gulpilhares, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

 

1990

1.  Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

 

1989

1. Bielsko-Biala Folk Festival, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

2. Billingham Folk Festival, Billingham, England

 

1987

1. Berlin Volksfest, Berlin, Germany

2. La Farandole folklore Mondial, Nice, France

3. Festival de Confolens, Confolens, France

 

1986

1.    2nd International Folklore Festival, Haifa, Israel

 

1984

1.     Wereldfestival van Folklore,  Schoten, Belgium

 

1982

1.  Festival Della Collina Cori, Italy

2. Festival de ConfolensConfolens, France

3. Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

 

1980

1.  Wereldfestival van Folklore, Schoten, Belgium

2. International Folklore Festival, Haifa, Israel

 

1979

1. 2nd European Youth and Student Festival, Primorsko, Japan

 

1978

1.     Festival Della Collina, Cori, Italy

2. La Farandole folklore Mondial, Nice, France

3. International Folklore Festival, Haifa, Israel

4. Billingham Internacional Folklore Festival, Billingham, England

 

1977

1. Festival de Confolens, Confolens, France

 

1976

1. International Folklore Festival, Haifa, Isreal

2. Billingham Internacional Folklore Festival, Billingham, England

 

1974

1. Billingham Internacional Folklore Festival, Billingham, England

 

1973

1. International Folklore Festival, Haifa, Israel

 

1972

1. La Farandole folklore Mondial, Nice, France

2. Festival de Confolens, Confolens, France