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Mars Longden (1943-2014)
2014.11.05 04:34:52

Mars Longden, Sanna's partner in life, dance, song and FolkStyle Productions, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on October 4th. 

More than 300 people crowded Evanston's Lake Street Church for a Celebration of Mars on October 25th.  Various aspects of his life were honored: Members of the North Shore Choral Society sang several songs, one of his golf friends spoke, as did many others, and there was an hour of community folk dancing, and a lot of wonderful food provided by the dancers, the singers, the exercise class, and others of Mars and Sanna's communities.



The Chicago Sun-Times wrote a lovely article with photos - "Sun-Times Mars Longden Folk Dancer Financial Planner."



Though we will never be able to replace Mars, FolkStyle's doors remain open.  We will continue to fill orders and announce Sanna's upcoming appearances.  A Closet Cleaner Sale will be announced soon.  Please check back for details.




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The Pourparler, Gathering of Dance Educators
2014.09.17 03:08:19

Our 18th annual (where have the years flown?) Pourparler will be held at Folklore Village, a wonderful folkways center in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, from Thursday evening, Nov. 13, through Sunday lunch, Nov. 16.  This is the gathering of those who teach folk/ethnic/world/traditional/creative/other dance and singing games in schools and community events.  It's a welcoming weekend of sharing, dancing, singing, and often howling with laughter.  See www.NFO-USA.org for more information and the registration form, or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO?!
2014.08.06 02:14:33

We're having surprisingly pleasant weather this summer here in Chicagoland;maybe whoever plans the global weather decided we deserve this after the winter we all slogged through.  But, although summer doesn't officially end until the autumnal equinox on September 21, it feels as though the end is in sight: School starts here on August 25, which means my teacher friends will be back in the school building in two weeks.  Arrggh!

     My dancing summer was wonderful, starting with the IFD community's regional June Camp at Beloit (Wisc.) College, featuring the great teaching of Steve Kotansky. Then I spent another excellent week at the Silver Burdett/Pearson Summer Music Institute in Boone, N.C., at Appalachian State University. It's like a family reunion, back with my colleagues and seeing music teacher pals.  We had fun showing them the delights of the new Interactive Music Program up on the big screen.  What made it even better is that Mars came, his first time in 15 years.

    A week later, we were at my spiritual home, Folklore Village in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, leading international dance sessions during the Midsommer Festival. It was another family reunion with longtime friends, plus the pleasure of meeting and dancing to the Scandinavian music of two beautiful young string players from Stockholm, Ellinor and Leonor.

     Then, in July, there was the Door County Folk Festival, up in Wisconsin's air-conditioned peninsula, with many excellent workshops taught by local IFD teachers, and guest teacher, Yves Moreau from Quebec.  Watching Yves instruct patterned dances is a whole master class. It was our pleasure to spend quality time with him and his dear wife, France.  Also, two of our favorite musicians, the Ladies of the Lake, Maria Terres and Amy McFarland, were there to play for contras and squares, taught by one of the country's best callers, Sue Hulsether.  Great weekend, thanks, Paul!

  Then I got to teach some dances at a summer choral camp run by Danny Wallenberg and Gary Geiger, two outstanding directors of local children's choruses. The kids were aged 7 to 12, which could be a programming challenge, but they loved the music games I led, like "Ee Yay Yay" and, of course, everyone's favorite, "Sasha."     My last summer gig is, as usual, for the Ravinia Educational Foundation workshops, "Reach, Teach, and Play," for a lucky group of K-5 Chicago Public School teachers.  I always look forward to introducing enjoyable and useful world dances and music games to each new bunch every summer, and especially to reuniting with the same group of talented teaching artists.

    All of the above events (June Camp, ASU Summer Institute, Folklore Village Midsommer Fest, Door County Folk Festival, Choral Camp, Ravinia workshops) happen every summer: Do join me at one or some.  And don't forget the Pourparler, Nov. 13-16, back again at Folklore Village.  Please contact me about any of these!  


 




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