Children’s Folk Dance Festival





Tickets are $5 each for adults, $3 each for children: purchase in advance with a credit card.

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.



Saturday April, 27th 2019
Event Start: 2pm
Student arrival: 1:15pm


Lawrence Central High School 
7300 E 56th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226

Important Dates

  • Registration opens: January 19
  • Teacher Workshop (optional): February 18
  • School Registration deadline: March 27
  • Scholarship Deadline: March 27
  • Student T-shirt and snack packs order deadline: March 27

Registration Fee

$30 per school. There is no other registration fee, but an optional T-shirt and snack pack is available for $8/student. Teachers may request scholarships to cover the school registration fee, student T-shirt and snack packs, or both (see ‘Scholarships’ below). 

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.

Teacher Workshop

Join us on Monday, February 18th (Presidents’ Day) from 9-11 am at Winding Ridge Elementary for a teacher workshop with Marie Lawlor. Marie will lead all attendees through the 13 international dances for the upcoming festival and share tips for processing them as well. If you’re planning to attend, please email Damon Clevenger at


To apply for a scholarship, complete the online 2019 Folk Dance Scholarship form by March 27th.


For any questions or concerns, contact Folk Dance Festival Chair Damon Clevenger at





This event is supported by: 

and the City of Indianapolis