Past Conferences of Italian Folk Art Federation of America

Previous conferences of the Italian Folk Art Federation of America have been held in the following locations. For photographs of past conferences, please visit our photo gallery .

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  • 2015:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Dances taught:  Tarantella di Fantasia, Tarantella di Girgenti, Tarantella Bim Bom Ba
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir; Italian Village Life through Folk Songs; Making Traditional Bombonieri Abruzzesi; Il Malocchio: Healing and Italian Superstitions; the Italian National Anthem; Make the Most of your IFAFA Membership: Resources and IFAFA Website
  • 2013:   Boston, Massachusetts
    Dances taught:  Polca di Lucignano, San Rocco, I Setti Passi, La Furlana Bergamasca
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir; Venetian Mask Making: History and Craft Session; History of Monte Cassino; Italian Folk Tales; Italian Card Games
  • 2011:   Hartford, Connecticut
    Dances taught:  Passamezzo (Italian Renaissance dance), Sbrando, Tarantella Siciliana Sciacca Tamburello, Knoedeldrahner, Wattentaler Masolka
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir; Cooking Demo; Food & the Unification of Italy; Italian Design; Making Rosary Beads; Italian Migrations in Hartford; Musical Tour of Italy
  • 2009:   Las Vegas, Nevada
    Dances taught:  Gigo from Valle d'Aosta, Dances from le Quattro Province, Saltarello Teramano, Dances from Valle del Savena, Ballo in Dodici, Dancing to Live Music
    Workshops:  Italian Dance Music; Zampogna & Organetto Demonstration; Comparing Watts Towers to Gigli di Nola; Tambourine Workshop; Italian Drinking Songs; Jaw Harp Workshop; Musical Instrument Demonstration; Ballads & Music from le Quattro Province; Music & Songs from Valle del Savena
    Videos:  Watts Towers Tour; Palio in Arona; Mountains of Cheese, Rivers of Wine; Zoè, Singing Group from Salento, Puglia; Melchiade Benni, Fiddler from Valle del Savena; Carnevale di Ponte Caffaro; Le Sargaillon de Torguor, Dance Group from Valle d'Aosta
  • 2008:   Sacramento, California
    Dances taught:  La Catania, Ballo Abruzzese, Tarantella Calabrese
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir; Carretta Siciliana; Italian Fun and Games; Costumes of the Siena Palio; Antique Lace; Panel of Authors of Books about Italians in California; The Italy-China Connection; How to Start a Dance Group
  • 2007:   Dallas, Texas
    Dances taught:  Ciccirinella, Tarantella Napoletana, Furlana Ziguzaine
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir; Italian Bobbin Lace; Exploration of the Italian Ballad; Italian Mosaics; Accordion Demonstration; Cheese-Making; Home Wine-Making; Giotto Frescoes of Saint Frances of Assisi
  • 2006:   Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Dances taught:  Tango Italiano, Mazurca Piemontese, Tarantella Matriccula
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Italian Language, Bomboniere, Palm-Weaving, Italian Liqueurs, Infused Olive Oils, Arte Italiana: The Renaissance, Italian Film: Pane e Tulipani, Italian Games: (Bocce, Tombola, and Scopa)
  • 2005:   Des Moines, Iowa
    Dances taught:  Saltarello Abruzzese, Trescone all'Allegria, Tarantella Siciliana
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Christmas in Italy, St. Joseph Altar, Recruiting Skills, Palm-Weaving, Genealogy, Children's Day Camp, We Celebrate, Hands-On Cookie-Making, Befana Doll
  • 2004:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Dances taught:  Tarantella di Carmellina, Pizzica dances of Salento, Valzer Siciliano
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Regional Folk Music, Italian Costumes, Limoncello, Decorative Breads, Film: Pizzicata, Italian Card Games
  • 2003:   Canton, Ohio
    Dances taught:  Laccio d'Amore, Quadriglia Commandata, Mazurca Baronessa di Carini, Mazurca di Vicenzina, Vitti 'na Crozza
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Palm-Weaving, St. Joseph Altar, Conversational Italian, Sistine Chapel, Rosary-Making
  • 2002:   San Francisco, California
    Dances taught:  Codiglione, Ballo del Fioraio, Tarantella Per Cinque, Laccio d'Amore, Tarantella Palermitana, Giga Occitana
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Genealogy, Building Group Membership, Piatti di Buon Ricordo/Keepsake Plates, Recording an Oral History, Una Storia Segreta, They Brought Them with Them (Folklore, Food, and Traditions)
  • 2000:   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Dances taught:  Ballo Sardo, Passu Torrau, Codiglione, Ballo dei Carrettieri (Sicilian Whip Dance), Tarantella Siciliana, Countrodanso, Giga, Tresso, Saltarella Amatriciana
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, St. Joseph Cookies, Video: Lucca, Italian Ornaments, Palm-Weaving, Musica Italiana, Bobbin Lace-Making, Italian Candy
  • 1999:   Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Dances taught:  Sciotis di Lucignano, Tarantella Tasso, Tarantella Fantasia, Quadriglia di Aviano
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, IFAFA Website, Italian Language, Historian, Children's Dance Forum, Palm-Weaving, Headpieces and Costumes, Il Ceppo, Italian Cooking Demonstration
  • 1997:   Buffalo, New York
    Dances taught:  Tarantella Napoletana Peppina, Moresca, Tarantella Montemaranese, Tammorriata
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Bobbin Lace-Making, Authentic Italian Cooking, Italian Women in History, Regional Songs, Tambourine Instruction, Stereotypes in the Media, Percussion (Hand-Drum) Instruction, Songs of the Alps, Treasuring our Past - Facing our Future, Teaching Italian
  • 1995:   Rockford, Illinois
    Dances taught:  Trescone Toscano, Polca di Agrigento, Mazurca Piemontese, Contradanza Siciliana
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Palm-Weaving, Folklore and our Heritage, Italian Traditional Song, St. Joseph Altar, How to Write and Publish a Newsletter, Italian Conversation, Traditional Festivals of Italy
  • 1993:   Dallas, Texas
    Dances taught:  Ribbon Dance of Tagliacozzo, Ballo Sardo, Tarantella Pizzica, Il Merletto, Ballo Sardo, Ballo di San Calo, Children's Dances: (Stajare and Tintine Tintone)
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Fund-Raising, Festa dei Gigli, Accordion Demonstration, Preserving Family Photos, La Befana Skit for Kids, History and Culture of Italy's Regions, Italian Pronunciation, Bobbin Lace, Bomboniere
  • 1992:   Columbus, Ohio
    Dances taught:   Tarantella, Catina, Mazurca, Peasant Dance
  • 1991:  Regional Mini-Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Dances taught:  La Staja, Sword Dance, La Moresca, Seicento
  • 1990:   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Dances taught:  Conca Abruzzese, Children's Dances (Stajiletto, Tintine Tintone, Bal del Truc), Tarantella Siciliana, Saltarella di Frosinone, Polca dei Cavalieri, La Piccinina, Abballate, Condiglione, Zoccolitanz
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Ancient Art of Tablet Weaving, Performance Style, Getting Grants, Simultaneous Singing and Dancing, Catherine de' Medici and Folk Dancing, Costume Slide Presentation, Palm-Weaving, Proper Singing Techniques
  • 1989:   Utica, New York
    Dances taught:  Ballo Sardo, Furlana, Quadriglie, Zoccolitanz, Wattentaler Masolka, Knoedeldrahner, Abballati
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Italian Festivals in Italy, Italian Customs and Traditions in the U.S., Public Relations, Bobbin Lace-Making, Defining Authenticity
  • 1988:   Des Moines, Iowa
    Dances taught:  Tarantella di Donda, Ballo Sardo, Ballo del Candeliero, Ballo della Seggiola, Tarantella Allegro, Bal del Truc, Tarantella Tipica Calabrese, Tarantella Siciliana, Tarantella Barese
    Workshops:  IFAFA Choir, Quanti: Traditional Calabrian Cookie, Costumes, Palio of Siena,
  • 1987:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Dances taught:  Tarantella Tipica Calabrese, La Veneziana, Tarantella Barese, Tarantella Caprese/Carmelina, Bal del Truc, Tarantella Turistica, Fischiettando
    Workshops:  Songs: The Best of Italy, Bobbin Lace-Making, Folk Instruments, Heraldry & Coats of Arms, Wine-Making, Embroidery, Folklore of Southern Italy, Differences in Folk Song Styles between Northern and Southern Italy
  • 1986:   Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    Dances taught:  La Torototelle, Il Ciclamin, Children's Dances, Tarantella Allegra, Saltarello di Romagna, La Veneziana, Mazurca/Valzer Siciliano
    Workshops:  Sicilian Marionettes, What Is and What Isn't a Folk Costume, Dances of the Italian-Speaking Swiss, Panel: Performance Authenticity, Songs of the Italian Immigrants, Intarsio (Inlaid Wood Art), Games (Bocce and Borella)
  • 1985:   Monroeville (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania
    Dances taught:  Graziella Mazurca, Tarantella Tipica Calabrese, Ballo del Qua Qua, Polca dei Cavalieri, Codiglione, Men's Sword Dance, Ballo della Vendemmia, Tarantella Tasso
    Workshops:  Italian Sing-Along, Bobbin Lace Instruction, Folk Songs and Dances for Children, Christmas Music from Sicily, Staging and Presentation of Folklore, Costume Slide Presentation
  • 1984:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Dances taught:
      Ballo Sardo, Quadriglia di Aviano, Ballo delle Conche, Harvest Dance
    Workshops:  Sicilian Songs, Sheet Music Collection of Italian Folk Music, Recruiting, Managing Folk Groups, Italian Folk Costumes, Italian Cooking
  • 1983:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Dances taught:  Italian March, Quadriglia Commandata, Dances learned during IFAFA-led tour of Italy in Spring of 1983
    Workshops:  Songs learned on Italy Tour, Revival of Folk Interest in Italy
  • 1982:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
    Dances taught
    : La Raspa, Italian Mazurca, La Moresca
    Workshops:  Choreometrics, Italian Folk Songs, Gli Sbandieratori (Flag-Throwers), St. Rocco Festival, Italian Festas and Festivals, Christmas Carols of Italy
  • 1981:   New Brunswick, New Jersey
    Dances taught:
      Ballo Sardo, La Furlana, Quadriglia di Aviano, Tarantella Sant'Alfio, Saltarello Abruzzese, Tarantella Tasso, La Ballarella (Tarantella Ciociara)
    Workshops: 
    Exercise and Movement, Traditional Folk Instruments, Songs from the Abruzzo, Art of Italian Cooking
  • 1980:   Baltimore, Maryland
    Dances taught:
      Basic Folk Steps, Quadrilgia di Aviano, Quadriglia Italiana, Tarantella Napoletana
    Workshops:  Body Movement for Dance, Proper Breathing Technique and Voice Projection for Singing, Costume Slide Presentation, Italian Folk Tales, Authenticity, Traditional Italian Instruments
  • 1979:   New Brunswick, New Jersey
    Dances taught:
      Sword Dance of Ischia, Quadriglia, Tarantella
    Workshops:  Documenting Village Folklore, Public Relations, Warm-Up Exercises for Singing, Value of Authenticity in Folk Art
  • 1978:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

 

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