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Tapestry Folkdance Center creates opportunities for participation in the joys of dance and music from around the world.

Creating opportunities for particpating in the joys of dance and music from around the world.

Creating opportunities for particpating in the joys of dance and music from around the world.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Upcoming Events

  • City Lights Ballet
    July 30, 2014 (5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
    (Tapestry Rental Partners)
  • Bollywood Dance
    July 31, 2014 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
    (FUNdamentals of Dance)

    Bollywood Dance is at Tapestry! Join us every Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm for these exciting classes. Bollywood dancing is a stylized freestyle dance form based on moves used in the Indian/Bollywood films. This dance is very energetic yet simple and is...

  • International Folkdance Summer Sampler with Erin Walsh
    August 01, 2014 (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
    (Beginning Intl Folkdance)
    If you enjoy the dancing on Tuesday nights at the “Nine Nights of Music”, join us for an 8-week beginner class where we will teach you a sampler of dances from countries ranging from the Middle East to Europe and from Asia to the Americas. 
  • Int'l Folk Dance
    August 01, 2014 (7:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
    (Intl Folkdance)
    Fridays, 7:30-9pm in Tapestry's large dance space 
    Admission cost (at the door): $8 / $6 members/ $5 students (w/ student ID)
    FREE admission to kids ages 13 & under (must be supervised by an adult)
    International Folk Dance: Discover heritage and...
  • Request Dancing (Int'l)
    August 01, 2014 (9:00 pm - 11:30 pm)
    (Intl Folkdance)

    Request Dancing: After Int'l & Beg. Int'l Folk Dance sessions, join us at 9pm for Request Dancing at no extra cost and practice your new skills along side other dancers!
    Fridays, 9-11:30pm
    Admission is $8 / $6 members/ $5 students (w/ student ID)

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New "Summer Sampler" Beginning International Dance PDF Print E-mail
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International Folkdance Summer Sampler


Fridays: July 11 – August 29, 6:30-7:30pm

Tapestry Folkdance Center

3748 Minnehaha Ave South, Minneapolis

Large Dance Studio

Cost: $5

Dance to live music:

Thursday September 18, 7:30pm

Black Dog Café, St. Paul


One: It's Fun! Two: It's Easy!!

Experience the magic of International Folkdance. Enjoy the camaraderie, spirit, and richness of dancing to folk music from around the world.

If you enjoy the dancing on Tuesday nights at the "Nine Nights of Music", join us for an 8-week beginner class where we will teach a sampler of fun and easy dances from countries ranging from the Middle East to Europe and from Asia to the Americas. At the end of the eight sessions, students will have the opportunity to use what we learned dancing to the live music of the award winning band Orkestar Bez Ime at the Black Dog Café in St. Paul.

Four teachers will share the teaching responsibilities in a fun and welcoming environment: Caren Grantz-Keljik, Terry McGibbon, Erin Walsh, and Gina Bonsignore. Most of the dances are performed in a line and do not require partners.

No previous dance experience is necessary and newcomers are free to come to any or all of the classes. 

For questions about the class, please contact Carole Wilson through the Tapestry office here

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It's music. It's dance. It's outdoors. It's free. What is it? "9 Nights," of course, Tapestry's annual collaboration with the Minnesota Historical Society for Tuesday night fun throughout July and August. Come for a half-hour of dance instruction suited to the evening's music. Then stay for more dancing, or just to listen to the music! Pack a picnic or buy food/beer/wine. If it rains, the party moves indoors. Location: The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, between the State Capitol and the Cathedral.

More info on the 9 Nights page on the Minnesota Historical Society's website here.

And on Tapestry's 9 Nights page here.

The fun starts July 1 with French/European dancing and music featuring Café Accordion Orchestra with

dance instructor Nicole Piechowski.

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Date: Every 1st Sunday

Time: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Lesson: 6:00-7:00pm

Dance: 7:00-9:30pm

Cost: $10 general, $8 Tapestry members, $7 Students

(Lesson included in price above)

Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. Come join the fun!


Come down to Tapestry and learn a different Ballroom style each month. Each 1st Sunday will focus on one variety of Ballroom or Latin style including the foxtrot, cha- cha, salsa, waltz, American tango, west coast swing, east coast swing and the rumba. After the lesson there will be a dance to practice your new skills and to try other Ballroom styles.

Join us for the next dance party and lesson on July 6 featuring Argentine Tengo with teachers Eliecer and Rebecca Ramirez

About the Instructors:

Ballroom will feature Argentine Tango with Eliecer and Rebecca Ramirez who are the owners of the Costa Rica Ballroom Dance Studios in Hopkins. They love teaching, competing, performing and social dancing very much. Their passion for dancing started when they were kids. One of the most important goals to them its to help the dance community grow in a positive atmosphere. Dancing can be the one thing the can change your life.

Call of the Loon 2014 Video PDF Print E-mail
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Check out the fun and energy of Tapestry Folkdance Center's annual Call of the Loon Contra Dance Weekend as captured by the camera work of Alexander Zoltai of www.alexzoltai.blogspot.com! 

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Every Thursday: Bollywood
Every Friday: International
Every Saturday: Contra
Every Sunday: English Country
Once monthly: Scandinavian, Waltz, Ballroom Party and Line Dance Party

-Beginners Welcome


-Family Friendly

-No Partner Necessary!

-Newcomers are always welcome. Come to a dance once, come now and then -- or give in to addiction for one of our fabulous dance forms and come every week!

Winter Weather Policies:

Tapestry will rarely cancel a dance due to weather. If we do however, we will change the phone message on our answering machine and try to update the website as soon as possible. If there is no word otherwise, the dance is on! 

Dance Videos:

Curious about what our dance forms are like? Check out our Dance Videos page and see what they are all about before you attend.

Tapestry Print Calendar PDF 

If you would like to print out the Tapestry paper calendar, please click the pdf link below: 

July 2014 Calendar PDF

New Website for Tapestry Coming Soon! PDF Print E-mail
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We have partnered with local web designer Bob Schmitt of Laughing Waters Studio to help Martha Megarry, our Marketing and Technical Assistant, make a new site for Tapestry that will better meet your needs as dancers. Bob is a website designer, artist and a Longfellow resident who has helped many local Longfellow businesses with their website and logos. The biggest reason for this decision is we have heard from many dancers that they want to view the site easily on their phones. They also want more information on our calendar and want the site to look more attractive to new dancers. We are making a new site to meet these needs. Look for it later this summer!

Family Dance Returns PDF Print E-mail
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Tapestry Folk Dance Center is bringing back the Family Folk Dance in a new and improved form.  

A caller will teach dances from the British Isles and America including group circle and longways dances and play-party (singing) games. 

All ages welcome!  The focus will be on simple and easy-to-learn dances that everyone can enjoy. Live music every month.  Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities.

Join us!

June 14, 2014 Family Folk Dance 

Band: Jim Parker and Tim Reese

Caller: David Kirchner

Dates: Every 2nd Saturday starting June 14

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Price: $10 per family ($5 if attending individually)

2nd Sunday Scandinavian Dance PDF Print E-mail
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Join the fun! Scandinavian dances include the Schottis, Snoa, Hambo, Vals, Polka, Mazurka, Röros Pols, Springar, and more.

Location: Tapestry

Date: 2nd Sunday of every Month 
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Beginning Lesson: 6:00 to 6:30pm
Advanced Lesson: 7:30 to 8:00pm
Cost: $5 

Scandinavian Dance Information

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