Kids just naturally want to dance! Camp Folkmoot!

Kids just naturally want to dance! Camp Folkmoot!

Kids just naturally want to dance and at Folkmoot 2018 they will be able to do exactly that – with the performers – at Camp Folkmoot!

The one-day, all-immersive dance camp will be part of the Folkmoot 2018 Festival and is set for July 20!

Folkmoot 2018 opens July 19 and runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailland and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians. 

Ticket packages and tickets for individual performances are available here.

Dancers of all abilities ages 10 – 17 years who are inspired by dance and live music can learn international folk dance moves with the Folkmoot cultural ambassadors from around the world and visiting Waynesville to perform at the 2018 Festival.

The campers will learn basic concepts and movements, gain an appreciation of the similarities and differences between cultures and hear the timeless, captivating stories behind the dances of each international group.

The day includes “make-and-take” cultural crafts and culminates in a short performance with the groups and community participants.

Families and youth groups are encouraged to register. Snacks, lunch, and drinks will be provided. Discounts are available to groups of four or more if registered together. Tickets for this event are $30 per camper and will include lunch, snacks and supplies.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Burson, 828-452-2997.

The schedule: Camp Folkmoot – “Hands Around the World”

 Friday, July 20, 2018 – Folkmoot Friendship Center at Sam Love Queen Auditorium

 8:30 am – 9:00 am – Check In Folkmoot Auditorium

 9:00 am – Welcome & Introductions

 9:15 am – Hands Around the World Icebreaker Activity

 9:45 am – International Folkmoot Dance Lessons Begin

 11:00 am -12:30 pm Lunch in the Folkmoot Cafeteria

 12:00 pm Hands Around the World-Craft + Appalachian Traditional Square Dance Lesson with the Honorable Joe Sam Queen

 1:00 pm – Group Pictures & Final Practice for Group Performance

 1:30 pm – Final Group Performances

 2:00pm – Closing Circassian Circle

Parents and community are invited to attend the Final Group Performance at 1:30pm.

Folkmoot, a word meaning “meeting of the people,” provides communities all over Western North Carolina the opportunity to build a deeper sense of connection, mutual respect and shared purpose by experiencing other cultures.  Dancers from nine nations around the globe will perform at 35th edition of Folkmoot Festival, July 19-29 in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Click for information on visiting countries.

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Camp Folkmoot, “Hands Around the Globe”

“Hands Around the Globe” is a new Folkmoot event – a day camp – scheduled for July 21st at the Folkmoot Friendship Center.  The camp goal is for students (early elementary – high school) to discover traditions from other countries through participation in dance, music and shared learning.  Camp participants will work with international performance troupes attending Folkmoot Festival and the interaction is designed not only to teach dance, but to offer opportunities for learning about cultural awareness and global respect.

“We hope to create everlasting friendships,” said camp coordinator Caroline Brown Williamson, who is also the current STEM-E student engagement coordinator with Western Region Education Service Alliance (WRESA) and Grad Coach for Jackson County public schools.  Her own attendance at the Hazelwood School (now the Folkmoot Friendship Center), coupled with her professional years in education and long personal history and engagement with Folkmoot that began with her mother and has been passed on to her own children, makes Brown Williamson the perfect person to help launch Camp Folkmoot.  “Caroline has been on board since we first began talking about a festival camp and she also understands more than most our hopes to get the community more involved with Folkmoot, as a festival and a place with meaningful programs,” added Angie Schwab, executive director of Folkmoot.

Camp Folkmoot – Hands Around the  Globe– will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $40.00 per person.  Lunch, snacks, drinks, a make-and-take craft and the dance collaboration, culminating in a performance, is included in the price.  Discounts are offered for four or more.  It is recommended that students 5th grade or younger be accompanied by an adults and groups include an adult leader.  Contact for more information. To register, or 828-452-2997.

It is hoped that the day camp can expand into longer residential camps, offered both during Folkmoot Festival as well as other times of year. Get Tickets!

Schedule: Camp Folkmoot – “Hands Around the World”
Friday, July 21, 2017 – Folkmoot Friendship Center at Sam Love Queen Auditorium

8:30 am – 9:00 am – Check In Folkmoot Auditorium

9:00 am Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am Hands Around the World Icebreaker Activity

10:00 am International Folkmoot Dance Lessons Begin

11:30 am -12:30 pm Lunch in the Folkmoot Cafeteria

12:30 pm Hands Around the World-Craft + Appalachian Traditional Square Dance Lesson with the Honorable Joe Sam Queen

1:45 pm Group Pictures & Final Practice for Group Performance

2:15 pm Final Group Performances (Parents and community invited)

3:00 pm Closing Circassian Circle

Go to and get your tickets to experience the wonder of international culture through music and dance!