Frequently Asked Questions
How much does
The recommended donation for admission is only $4 per person; special events might be
slightly higher. Dances usually start at 7:30 PM and end at 10:30
What do I wear?
You might look terrific in a cocktail dress with pearls and stiletto
heels, but you'd probably feel out of place if you wore that outfit to our
dances, (especially if you are a guy.) The dress code at Narodni is
wear comfortable clothes and shoes that will not leave marks on the
floor. Preferably, bring shoes to dance in and change out of your
street shoes before dancing.
Do I need a
In the course of an evening, about one third of the dances are couple
dances, and some of those are mixers and set dances where you change
partners and dance with other couples in a group. The other
two-thirds of the dances are circle, line and individual dances that do
not require partners.
Are you an optimist or a
pessimist? The glass is a) two-thirds full or b) one-third
full. If you have a partner, by all means, bring them. If you
don't, don't worry about it. Come and see if you like it. If
you do, tell your friends.
Do you do
We do not do square dancing, although we have nothing against it. If
you are interested in square dancing, you should be able to find a fun
square dance group that meets regularly.
We have tapes of over six hundred
different dance tunes from around the world. Some are American,
Latino, African, and Asian, but the majority are traditional European
dances. Many of them are centuries old (the dances, not the tapes.)
can I expect on my first night at Narodni?
You can expect to feel like a klutz. Unless you are a professional
dancer or someone who has studied dance for years, you are not going to
be able to step into every dance and do it flawlessly. All of us, no
matter how graceful (or disgraceful) we may appear now, went through this
when we started.
Expect a non-alcoholic, non-smoking
environment with supportive people who are more interested in helping you
learn, than in laughing at your mistakes. Expect a room where you
can talk quietly to the person next to you without having to shout over
the music to be heard. Expect to hear some music that might seem
familiar, and a lot of music you have probably never heard before.
I ever become a better dancer?
Everyone who has the perseverance to come back will improve. We all
learn at different rates, but there are things you can do to shorten the
learning curve. Dancing more frequently is one of the best ways to
There are several international
folkdance groups in Southern California, and there is a lot of overlap in
the repertoires of the different groups. Within a twenty-five mile
radius of the City of Bellflower, you can find an international folkdance
group meeting on every night of the week.
is "international" about international folk dancing?
Most cultures have some dances that are done socially at weddings and
other gatherings. These dances are part of the respective culture's
or ethnic group's folk or traditional dance heritage. Many groups
like the Greek and Armenian Churches and some Jewish Community Centers
promote their own ethnic traditions with dance groups and classes that
teach the traditional dances of their own cultures.
International folkdance groups provide
forums where individuals can learn dances from many cultures that might not be their own. The internationality (or multiculturalism)
is limited only by the interests of the groups and the abilities of the
is the difference between folk and classical dance?
Many cultures have both folk and classical dance traditions. Ballet
is an example of classical dance in western culture. Persian court
dances, Indian temple dances, and Cambodian classical dances are a few
examples from Asia.
Classical dances are performed by
professional or highly trained dancers who have studied their form
(usually) for many years. Folk dances on the other hand are based on
traditions where the people who did the dance were not
"professional" dancers. In their native settings, most
folkdances were learned by youngsters watching their elders dance at
social gatherings and learning by doing. Mexican folklorico dance is
an example of a folk dance.
does international folk dancing?
International folk dancing is enjoyed by
people who like to learn about other cultures. People who like to
exercise both their minds and their bodies can enjoy international folk
What are some tips about folk dance etiquette?