And Now To Start.
This is the blog for the International Folk Dance Video List. The video list page is the collection of my folk dance videos in a visual folk dance video list at: .
This web site represents my ongoing project of video recording folk dances and posting the dances to the web.The videos are listed on the site in two formats.: On the top of the alphabetical pages is a video player that is an alphabetical list of the international folk dances available on royisdancing my YouTube page.

Below the video player is an alphabetical list of the dances I have collected. Clicking on the dance name will bring up a video of the dance. If I have found a dance note source on the Internet for the dance then link to the dance description is also listed. Each dance is listed only once even though I may have multiple videos of a dance in the collection. Check the Video Players for the all of the videos.
The videos on the list are there for all folk dancers to use. If you need more than a simple link that you can steal from the video players address, then email me Roy.
Some of the videos can also be found on You Tube .

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Video for International Folk Dance

This is the first commercial for International Folk Dancing. It has gone through some changes. Loui Tucker and I have been collaborating on it. This is version 9. Watch it and please give me some input. The only real change is the web site listed at the end. This is the new web site for the Ithernational Folk Dance Video List,

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sacramento Internation Folk Dance and Arts Council

The Sacramento International Folk Dance and Arts Council (SIFDAC) puts on five major events during the year. For SIFDAC the new year starts in August.

These events have been the main source of videos on the SIFDAC channel. Another source of videos has been the SIFDAC Outreach Program. This is a category I created on the web site for when SIFDAC members do events for the general public.


Friday, May 9, 2008

Why I Dance

Why do I Folk Dance.

The photo at the top of the page says it all. I dance for the pure joy of it. When I first began it might of been for the satisfaction of getting that complicated step pattern right or looking good on the dance floor. Now I dance for the joy. That is why I now find the simple social ethnic dances ( Pravo, Cocek, Sryto, U'sest) to be more fun than the overly choreographed stage dances that some of the hotshot dancers like. I prefer live music to an amateur band to recorded music.

Sometimes it everything comes together and it is just wonderful.

Luckily, this happens for me almost every week in my Monday dance class the Roy Butler Dance School. The ladies, I teach in this class, also dance for the joy of it. A trait they learned from Jan their original teacher, from whom I took over the class when she had to move.

Even though I said I like the simple dances, the screen capture at the top of the page comes from a performance of Rustemul at a Miorita Romanian party.

The last time I went to a general folk dance party and we entered the moment was when the Village Folk Orkestra played in Garden Valley.

Here is hoping you find the joy of folk dancing.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

The video project

Where did the International Folk Dance Video list come from.
The project has a number of sources that led me to start it.

Loui's article suggest that someone start collecting video to put together a commercial for folk dance a hobby that I love and enjoy.

I also wanted to add video links to the taught dance list on our Social Dances of the World page. I found that the dances in videos available on the web at the time I started which were mostly from Europe had major cultural differences from the way they were done in Northern California.

Every year, I coordinate the Sacramento International Folk Dance and Arts Council (SIFDAC) dancing at the California State Fair. As part of the registration the fair asks for video of past performances. The first time they asked for this I had to get video from one of the Tance El Dorado (Local teen dance group) parents. That year 2006 I got my friend David to shoot the performance with my little cam corder. It did a good job with the video but the over load sound over whelmed the little microphone. The by the next year I had bought my JVC 20 gig hard drive video camera. The video it shoots is warmer and the sound is much better 2007.

I first posted my video to Google Video, but I eventually found Brightcove which supports higher resulution video and allows you to produce specialty video players.

The video on the dance list site is there for anyone to use to support folk dancing contact me if you need help on how to use it. Roy