Laguna Folk Dance Festival 2023

March 3 – 5, 2023

Passports and Individual Events are available for purchase at the door. (Cash, Check, Zelle, or PayPal accepted) See you soon!!

The Laguna Folk Dance Festival

Southern California’s Premier Folk Dance Festival!

Dance workshops with master teachers, parties with live music, sing-alongs to live music, the famous Sunday Dance Concert, catered food… what’s not to like?

The Laguna Folk Dance Festival will be held:

March 3 – 5, 2023

Clubhouse 2 in Laguna Woods
24112 Moulton Parkway
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

If you ave any QUESTIONS about the Festival, please contact Greg Solloway at or by calling 972 467 1406.

Covid policy:

 At this time we have no restrictions.  People can decide their level of risk and wear a mask or not and/or take other measures as they deem appropriate to their particular situation. Please do not attend the Festival if you are feeling unwell. If you are feeling unwell, stay home and contact us for a refund. “

Hotel Info: Ayres Hotel within walking distance of festival. Phone (949) 588-0131 and ask for “Laguna Woods” discount. Available with the local operator only. (Do not use 800#)

For other options, including assistance regarding roommates, additional hotels or in-home hosts, please contact Shana at

Check out the hotel.

Our Teachers



Bill Cope

Balkan instrumental music jams and singalongs



Melanie Lawson Kareem

Ukulele playing and jamming

Svitlana Selska


Laguna Folk Dance Festival, March 3-5, 2023

Time Activity
7:15 PM Doors open for registration.
7:15 – 7:55 PM Dancing to live music by Tzidia.
7:55 PM Lee welcomes all to LFDF 2023 and introduces Asya Gorska and Svitlana Selska.
8 – 8:30 PM Asya and Svitlana teach Ukrainian dances.
8:30 PM Snacks.
8:40 – 9:40 PM Dancing to live music by Tzidia.
9:45 PM Lee introduces Sonia and Cristian.
9:50 – 10:20 PM Sonia and Cristian teach Romanian dances (ALL NEW DANCES NEVER TAUGHT ELSEWHERE!)
10:30 – 11:30 PM Dancing to live music by Zimzala

Must be out of gate at 12 midnight.

Time Activity
9 AM Doors open.
9:15 – 9:30 AM Warmups.
9:30 – 10:40 AM Sonia and Cristian teach.
10:50 – 12 PM Asya and Svitlana teach and Bill Cope leads instrumental music jam in side room.
12 Noon Lunch.
12:30 – 1:00 PM “Balkan favorites” sing-along led by Bill Cope.
1:00 – 1:10 PM Group Photo.
1:10 – 2:30 PM Asya and Svitlana teach.
2:40 – 4:00 PM Sonia and Cristian teach.
4:10 – 4:30 PM Asya and Svitlana REVIEW.
4:40 – 5:00 PM Sonia and Cristian REVIEW.
Time Activity
5:15 – 6 PM Happy Hour, Dancing in main hall, Balkan instrumental music jam in one side room, Ukulele playing with Melanie Lawson in second side room.
6 – 7:00 PM Dinner.
7 – 7:30 PM “Balkan Favorites” sing-along led by Bill Cope
7:30 PM 1st set: Sans Frontieres plays for dancing
8:20 PM Teacher dances – 2 each
8:40 PM 2nd set: Sans Frontieres plays for dancing
9:20 PM Silent Kolo led by Anthony Ivanovich
9:30 PM Ice Cream social (plus recorded music).
9:40 PM Teacher dances – 2 each.
10:00 PM 3rd set: Veselba plays for dancing
10:50 PM Mom Bar (Candle Dance) led and sung by Lee Otterholt.
11-11:30 Live music: Veselba plays for dancing

Must be out of gate at 12 midnight.


Time Activity
9:30 AM Doors open.
9:45 – 10 AM Warmups.
10 – 10:50 AM Sonia and Cristian review session.
11 – 11:50 AM Asya and Svitlana review session.
12:00 Noon Lunch.
12:30 – 1:00 PM Pop Sing-Along with Bill Cope.
1 – 2 PM Concert:
Dance performances by 3 ethnic dance groups, teacher recognition, music performances by Bill Cope (Balkan music) and Melanie Lawson (Ukulele group) and presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award.
2:15 – 4:00 PM Dancing to live music by Interfolk.
4:00 – 4:30 PM Dancing to recorded music.

Our Location

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24112 Moulton Pkwy
Laguna Woods CA 92637 USA

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