Children’s Folk Dance Festival



The Children’s International Folk Dance Festival showcases thousands of children from across Indiana in grades three through eight performing international folk dances. Since 1971, these students have learned the dances from music, P.E., and/or grade-level teachers throughout the academic year in preparation for the festival. The dances come from the Kentucky Dance Institute, a summer dance festival showcasing international dances.

This year’s festival takes place in two locations, on two separate dates.


Saturday, May 6, 2017
2:00pm – 4:30pm (Student arrival: 1:45)
Ben Davis High School (MSD Wayne)
1200 North Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214

Fort Wayne
Saturday, April 22, 2017
2:00pm – 4:30pm
IPFW Fieldhouse
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805


Participant Information

Registered schools have a one-time registration fee, which covers training materials and hosting costs. Students participate for free unless the individual teacher/school charges a fee (shirts, club fee, etc). Families and festival attendees purchase a $5 adult/$3 student ticket on site the day of the festival.

Teachers who register and participate in the festival receive the following:

  • Access to festival teaching training videos
  • Audio recordings of the festival music
  • Festival teaching training packet with dance instructions
  • A sample “Festival Parent Packet” to update and send for your students

Additional commemorative festival items, such as Festival T-shirts and plaques, may be available for purchase the day of the festival.


For any questions or concerns, contact Folk Dance Festival Chair Mike McBride at


Folk Scholarship form 2017



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