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Every Friday evening since 1997, a group of folk dance enthusiasts has been meeting at the Greenbelt Community Center’s dance studio and dancing folk dances from the Balkans, Scandinavia, and many other countries. The dance party starts at 8:30 p.m. with half an hour to 45 minutes of instructions at the beginning of the session. Then it is request dancing until 10:45 p.m. The first Friday of the month is live music night, and these photos are from a live music French dance party on November 30.
The dance instructor tonight is Lynn Baumeister (right) from Takoma Park. She will be teaching bourrees from central France and French versions of mazurka, schottische, and other dances.
Each year a tree lighting ceremony in front of the Community Center kicks off the Festival of Lights, Greenbelt’s celebration of the holiday season. The Greenbelt Concert Band performs and Santa arrives on Greenbelt Fire Department’s antique pumper.
Chris Cherry of the Greenbelt Recreation Department is tonight’s master of ceremonies.
Every Friday night since April 1996, a group of dancers have gathered at the Greenbelt Youth Center’s multipurpose room for an international folk dancing class led by Roland Forbes. Lessons are taught from 8 to 9 p.m. and then from 9 to 10 p.m. dancers can request their favorite dances. These photos are from an open house on September 14.
The instructor Roland Forbes writes down dance names and their countries of origin on the white board:
HORA DE LA MUNTE…ROM
These dances are from Israel, Macedonia, and Romania.