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Illowa Community Folk Dance is a group of persons who get together for the enjoyment of traditional social dance.  We are part of a living tradition - the folk process continues as we get together, young and old, musicians and dancers.  On these pages we'll post the current calendar of community dances, any special events we're involved with, the history of Illowa Folk Dance, information about the bands who play for our dances, the performing and teaching spin-offs to the main group.
All are welcome to participate in our events.  We teach as we go.  Hope to see you at a dance sometime soon.

Illowa Community Dance Series: 2010-2011


Contras, Squares & Circles


Mostly First Fridays


September through June


7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


Singing Bird Nature Center, Black Hawk State Historic Site


15th St. Off of Black Hawk Rd., Rock Island, IL




 September 10, 2010 – Lost in the Weeds 


October 1, 2010 – The Barley House Band


November 5, 2010 – Goosetown Stringband


December 3, 2010 - Lost in the Weeds


January 7, 2011 - 12th Night Festivities – British & American Dances -Fiddlers of the Apocalypse  


February 4, 2011 –  Lost in the Weeds


March 4, 2011 – Cornish/Welsh Barn Dance – “Band Ynys Craig Twmpath Dawns”


April1 1, 2011 Just 4 Fun


May 6, 2011 – Festival of May with May Pole Dance - British & American Dances - “Lost in the Weeds”


June 3, 2011 - “Lost in the Weeds”


The schedule of bands and personnel is tentative and subject to change. Live music for every dance:


We do American Social Folk dancing mixed thoroughly with its Celtic-British roots - contras and squares and circle dances in the tradition of a community dance in a barn, grange hall, social hall or someone’s home where all gathered for good music, to dance and to enjoy each other’s company.



All dances taught: no partners necessary (the dances are usually danced in couples, but we change partners frequently); children welcome with adult participation; come once, come often.



Cost: Donation to cover costs for Bands, hall and publicity