Winona International Dancers

(International folk dancing every Monday evening since 1980)

  1. The group meets for dance sessions Monday evening, 7:30 pm, each week at the Valencia Arts Center (see map here or below) on the St. Teresa campus of Saint Mary's University, Winona, MN. 
  2. Sessions are open to the public--no previous dance training is required. 
  3. The annual membership fee is $10 if you wish to join the group but membership is not required..
  4. Non-members are asked to contribute $3 at each session.  Members contribute $2.  (The fees are used to help pay the cost of renting the dance facilities.)
  5. In order to keep the dance floor clean and in good condition, all participants are asked not to wear their street shoes on the dance floor.  Just bring a pair of shoes for dancing with you.
  6. Every second Monday of the month is the designated party night when the birthdays for that month will be celebrated with food and drink as well as dance.
  7. Come dance traditional dances from countries all around the world.  For more information contact Barb DuFresne, bnbdufresne"at",  or Sue O'Brien, sueob1"at"

Directions to the Valencia Arts Center




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Folk Dancing and Workshops

Bluff Country Gathering,  mid May, Lanesboro, MN

Door County Folk Festival, July, Sister Bay & Ephraim, WI  

Fairwater International Folk Dance Workshop, October, Fairwater, WI

Folk Ball Festival, late January, Madison, WI   

Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI

Fox Valley International Folk Dance Workshop April, near Appleton, WI

June Camp   June Camp 2008 photos & video clips   at Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Lanesboro Barn Dance, summer in Lanesboro, MN

Snopa! International Folkdance Weekend , in February, near Minneapolis, MN

Spring Festival, March, International House, Chicago, IL

Tapestry Folkdance Center   Fall International workshop, in September, Minneapolis, MN




Dance Calendars

Milwaukee Folk Dance Community Web Site Mark Gaines list of the latest schedules and information for Milwaukee Folk Dance and music activities.

Ethnic Dance Chicago Calendar  

The Winona International Dancers' Calendar 


Dance Links and More 

Bangarra Dance Theatre  Videos 

Blue Moon Ballroom "will host ballroom dancing every night for teens and adults in a smoke-free & alcohol-free environment. Dance lessons are available the first 30 minutes of each night."

Dancilla "a database full of 30,000 dances, more than 1000 videos, 800 MIDIs, 1000 dance-instructions, articles, pictures and much more"

DataFox Greek Song Page! "The most famous Greek dances and their interesting rhythms are discussed..."

Dave's Peace Page 

Eau Claire International Folk Dancers 

Evansville International Folk Dancers some music and lots of dance notes

Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC)   

Folk Dancers of Fox Valley  

Folk Tune Finder  Find Folk and Traditional Tunes from Across the Web

Folk with Dunav, the sharing place for Balkan music & dance

Great River Folk Festival  

Holiday Folk Fair International Milwaukee, WI

International Accordion Festival October, San Antonio, TX

International Folk Dance Video Exchange 

Kickapoo Valley Acoustic Music Association  Outdoor Bluegrass Music Festival

Madison Folkdance Unlimited  

Maps to ballroom dancing locations in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin for a safer world for all of us

Rembetika and Greek Popular Music by Matt Barrett

River City Ballroom Dancers 

Ron Reimer Photography  

The Muppets doing a Greek dance

Watch this video when the holidays come again   

Youtube Video Links of some Popular Folk Dances at IFDO   


Dance Bands

balkanarama check out the links on their web site

Balkan Cabaret    

Bob Bovee & Gail Heil  

Cajun Strangers, The  "Cajun Music from Madison, WI"

Duck for the Oyster 

Finn Hall Band 


Nick Bratkovich "He still performs with the original members of the Šumadija Orchestra, now known as the Kumovi Orchestra of Los Angeles, California, and he also enjoys performing solo for international folk dancers in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Texas."

Orkestar Bez Ime 

Orkestar Sloboda 

Reptile Palace Orchestra

Yid Vicious    

Locations of Interest

Theatre Du Mississippi

Acoustic Café


About the Winona International Dancers:

Winona International Dancers is a non-profit organization.  Officers for 2010 are:

President: Sue O'Brien
Vice President: Nan Horton
Secretary: Laurie Watson
Treasurer: Barb Nagel
Historian: Carol Brewton and Betty Cook
Artistic Director: Barb DuFresne
Costume Coordinator: Harmony Bork

The Winona International Dancers are available for public performance.  Contact Barb DuFresne, bnbdufresne"at", for scheduling.