Revisiting Last Year’s FDF

This montage by Your FDF showcases dances, guest speakers, and behind-the-scenes fun from the entire weekend of FDF 2016. Before FDF 2017 happens this month, let’s take a look back at some highlights from last year’s festival.

FDF Judges | George Nickols

FDF Judges | George Nickols

A Web of Culture’s FDF Judges blog series continues with George Nickols, who has been a judge at FDF since 1986 and is a long-standing member of the FDF Board of Trustees. He has been involved in Greek dance for over 50 years.

Breaking Barriers Through Dance

Pulikali is an Indian dance performed every year in Kerala as part of the Hindu harvest festival Onam. While it is traditionally a male dance, a group of women made history this year by joining 500 men in the dance, something that has not been done for 200 years.

FDF Judges | Renee Cleary

FDF Judges | Renee Cleary

A Web of Culture is beginning an FDF Judges blog series, profiling the judges that have contributed significantly to FDF, folk dance, and the Greek community. This month the spotlight is on Renee Cleary.

Folk Dance Brings Hope to Fukushima Evacuees

Folk Dance Brings Hope to Fukushima Evacuees

The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 killed 154 people and forced residents of the Ukedo district in Namie, Fukushima to evacuate. Shortly after the disaster, Shigeko Sasaki reached out to young dancers who had evacuated. They formed a folk arts preservation group and began practicing a traditional rice planting dance. Since then, the young evacuees have been bringing hope to the area by performing authentic folk dances.