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This is a list of on-going, local folk music, dance and singing activities. If you enjoyed participating in Albuquerque Folk Festival workshops or demonstrations, you can use this list to find lots more. If you know of changes that need to be made to this list, please email with the information.


--Irish Ceili (Kay-lee) Dancers
Norita Callahan 298-2708 Meetings: Wednesdays 7:30PM At: Edelweiss German American Club 4821 Menaul NE Cost: $2.00 per session Note: For beginners.

--Scandinavian Dance
Craig Olson 345-0689 Meetings: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays At: Lloyd Shaw Dance Studio 5506 Coal SE Cost: flexible Note: Beginners welcome.

--Balkan Dance
Beth Cohen 243-6276 Meetings: Irregular meetings/events plus two regular annual dance parties to live music by Goddess of Arno: Halloween Balkan Bash & Spring Balkan Bash, simple line dances taught from 7:15-8 by Patsy Gregory, party is from 8-10PM. Cost: $5.00 - kids free.

--Klezmer/Yiddish/East European dance
Beth Cohen 243-6276 web: Meetings: Regular season from SEP-DEC and JAN-MAY with Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band (listed under "Instruments") - taught by Rikud Yiddish dance troupe members. Off season meetings at Rikud member's homes.. Cost: free.

--Contra Dance (FolkMADS)
Donna Bauer 345-8041 Meetings: 1st & 3rd Saturdays 7:30-10:30PM , Lessons at 7:00 At: Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE (Buena Vista, south of Coal). 2nd & 4th Saturdays 7:30-10:30PM , Lessons at 7:00, in Santa Fe At: Oddfellows Hall on Cerillos Rd. Cost: $8.00 (non-members) $6.00 (members) Note: Lessons taught at every dance. Dances are called. Non-smoking, non-drinking. Partners not required.
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--Scottish Country Dance-Los Alamos
Nancy Ullman 1-505-662-7573 Meetings: Monday nights 7:30-10:00PM At: Fuller Lodge Cost: $2 per session Note: Beginners welcome.

--Irish Traditional Step Dancing
Beverly Coleman 866-5867 Meetings: Saturdays 9:30-12 noon, At: Lloyd Shaw Dance Studio 5506 Coal SE Cost: $30/mo. Note: Beginners can start any time.

--International Folk Dance
Bob & Charlene Baker 898-3206 Meetings: Call for dates/times/locations Cost: $2.00 per meeting Note: Teaching for newcomers at each meeting, beginners and families welcome.

--Albuquerque International Folk Dance
Bruce Eckhardt 292-8778 or Gary Diggs 293-5343 Meetings: during school year, Saturdays 8:00PM At: Lloyd Shaw Dance Studio 5506 Coal SE Cost: $2.00 per session Note: Beginner teaching every session at 7:00-8:00 PM.

--Enchantment Royal Scottish Country Dancers of Albuquerque, NM
Ken Armstrong 294-0024 Meetings: Fridays 7:30PM At: 1600 5th St. NW Cost: $5 per session Note: Beginners welcome. for further information, see their website at 

--Scottish Highland Dancing
Jacquie DeNee-LeDoux 299-8063 Meetings: Schedule varies. At: Fishback Dance Studio 4529 Eubank NE Cost: Fees charged. Note: Competitive goals. Beginners welcome.

Contact: Gary Diggs 293-5343 Meetings: Monday nights 7:00 intermediate tango; 7:45 beginnering tango; 8:30-10:15 open dancing. No preregistration or partner necessary. At: Lloyd Shaw, 5506 Coal SE Cost: $4 for entire evening.

--Tango Club of Albuquerque (Argentine Tango)
Contact: Meetings: Tuesday Night Milonga, 7:30-10:30pm. $3 members; $5 guests. Free to first-time attendees, Saturday Afternoon Practica, 2:30-4:30pm. $2 everyone. Free to first-time attendees. At: Lloyd Shaw Dance Studio 5506 Coal SE Note: Beginners welcome.

--Country, Swing, Etc, Dance
Contact: Gary & Susan Kellogg 299-3737 or Meetings: CW classes taught once a semester on Thursdays at Hayes Middle School via UNM Continuing Education; classes also offered in a variety of dances at Cowboys Night Club every Wednesday. Both are Directors of the Albuquerque Swing & Country Dance Club with 700+ members which meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Please call for meeting dates/times/locations/cost, or if you would like to be added to Susan's "Local Dance E-Newsletter" which includes information on all forms of dance.

--Middle Eastern Dance
Amaya 260-1186 Call for meeting dates/times/locations.

-- Hawaiian Hula 
Cindi Heffner 792-8518. Call for class dates/times/locations.

--Japanese Dance
Matsuko Edelman 292-7061 Call for meeting dates/times/locations.

--Okinawan Dance
Yaeko Gurule 332-3294 Call for meeting dates/times/locations.

--Duke City Singles Square Dance
Wanda Faulkner, 268-0490 Meetings: Fridays, 7:00 PM instruction, 7:30PM dance At: Albuquerque Square Dance Center 4909 Hawkins Cost: $4.50 Note: Beginners welcome.

--Flamenco Dance
Eva Encinias-Sandoval 242-7600 Call for meeting dates/times/locations.

--Irish Step Dancing - Traditional/Competitive: Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance
Contact: Beth Meier 379-3759 or Classes: Saturday and Sunday atCost Dependent on level. Note: Choreography by Michael Patrick Gallagher lead with Riverdance 8 years, Irish teachers - Chris McGrory & Michael Patrick Gallagher, Classes for ages 4 years - Adult, Open Enrollment Year Round.


Storytellers of New Mexico (STNM) supports and encourages the preservation of the history, knowledge and art of storytelling. Storytellers of New Mexico (STNM) preserves and perpetuates stories, tall tales, legends, lore, yarns, music and poetry. STNM also provides an opportunity for the storyteller and storytelling enthusiast to meet and enhance the art of storytelling through workshops, regular story "swaps", and collaboration with others in presenting storytelling festivals and other events. Be Part of the Story Membership: $15 per year regular $5 per year student and retirees

Contacts: Johanna Hongell-Darsee; (505) 294-4567 Margaret Edmundson: (505) 247-9267,  Address:P.O. Box 25112 Albuquerque, NM 87125 


--Frabjous Day Choir Community
Singing for everyone; all voices welcome. African songs, world music, spirituals, rounds. Learn by ear in 4 part harmony. No experience required. Contact: Arana Kalwaic, 505-343-1160,,

--Shape Note Singing/Sacred Harp
For the joy of singing and the friendships that go with it.  Contact: Lisa Callirhoe or Harlan VanCamp 867-6539 Meetings: 2nd & 4th Sundays 2:00-5:00PM At: Harwood Art Center (7th and Mountain) Cost: $3.00, no charge for visitors. Note:

--New Mexico Gaelic Singers
Dedicated to the study, preservation, and enjoyment of Scots Gaelic music and song and related vocal styles, including Broad Scot and Irish. New members are always welcome. Currently limited by experience/interest to Scots Gaelic and Broad Scots songs, but Irish, and Welsh Gaelic welcome. Contact: Nancy at 323-9681 or email  Meet: 1st and 3rd Sundays each month. Usually from 4:00 - 6:00. Alternating places.

--Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus Quartet Membership is open to women singers of all ages. Sample audition process. We sing an original American musical artform, four-part acapella harmony, barbershop style.Rehearsals: Every Monday 7:00p - 10:00p Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School Rd NE.  Contact: Sue Bowdoin, 292-1303, More information at or 323-7960

---Gospel Choir
Everyone is welcome.  Contact: Glenda Jones 823-9378 Meetings: Tuesdays at 7:30 At: God's House Church, choir room Cost: Free Notes:

--Sweet Adeline's Barbershop Singing
Women's singing group.  Contact: Denise King 294-3958 or Pat Sellers 298-6903 . Women's singing group.

--Japanese Shigin Club (Shigin is Japanese poetry sung a cappella)
Michiko Masuda Pierce 831-9573 Call for meeting dates/times/locations.

--Albuquerque Boys Choir
Ed Torrez 881-2843. For boys 11-17. Call for dates/times/locations.

--Albuquerque Girls Choir
Linda Angel-Rice 296-8252. Three girls choirs for ages 6-8, 9-13, 14-18. Call for dates/times/locations.


--Apple Mountain Strings & Things (all instruments welcome)
Bob Wilden (president) 505.299.7836. C-505.250.7604. W-505.866.0715 (email: 1st & 3rd Saturdays 5:00-6:30PM At: Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church 8600 Academy NE Cost: Annual membership dues, visitors free. Note:   Beginners welcome. All acoustic instruments, including both mountain & hammer dulcimer are welcome. Bimonthly club meetings provide a safe, casual environment in which beginning players can enjoy making music with others and hone their skills, and where players at all skill levels can enjoy well-loved folk tunes with new friends.

--Harp Kids
Jeanne Page 237-2048 Meetings: Fall & Spring sessions, practice Saturdays 8:00-9:00AM, public performances, for children 8-18 Note: Must have own harp, and basic knowledge of instrument. Sponsoring 1st National Youth Harp Conference, June 21-24, 2001, Albuquerque.

--Nahalat Shalom Community Klezband 
Contact: Beth Cohen, Klezband director C/o Congregation Nahalat Shalom 3606 Rio Grande NW Abq, NM 87196 (505) 343-8227  Sessions: September/October through December and February through April/May at Congregation Nahalat Shalom. There are also monthly klezmer music and dance events there. Open to musicians of all ages, levels and denominations - must know basics of instrument!  $60 fee for the whole klezband session (approx. 7-9 "classes" and 7-9 "performances", includes sheet music and worktape). Full and/or part scholarships are available. Dancing is free and will be led by "Rikud" members this year

--New Mexico Dulcimer Association 
Contact: visit Description: The New Mexico Dulcimer Association produces the annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival focusing on mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer instruction and jamming, with additional folk instrument workshops, and concerts open to the general public. The festival features nationally acclaimed instructors and performers. The Dulcimer Association may provide other dulcimer activities during the year as well, and the website provides links to many dulcimer resources.

--High Desert Pipes & Drums (1999 World Champions)
Bill Horn 896-1304 Meetings: Thursdays 6PM At: Menaul School Cost: Dues structure. Note: Performance and competitions. Dance, too. Beginners welcome.


--Weekly Jam
Every Sunday 1:30-5:00PM At: Grant Middle School 1111 Easterday Dr. NE Cost: Free Note: Beginners welcome. Open Jam. Acoustic only. Most folk instruments.

--Monthly Jam
George Butterfield 298-3080 Meetings: 1st Sundays except December & July 2:00-5:00PM At: Covenant Presbyterian Church 9315 Candelaria NE Note: Beginners welcome. Acoustic.

--Celtic Session
John Conoboy, 897-3530 Meetings: Tuesdays 7-9 PM At: Cafe Riveria, 3400 Constitution NE (near Carlisle), Albuquerque. Everyone welcome. Cost: Free

--Folk Song Circle
Laurie McPherson, 898-6978, email: Meetings:  1st Friday of every month, 8:00 PM to midnight, 114 Coronado Road, Corrales, 87048. Traditional Music, Blues, Ballads, Laments, Work Songs, British, Celtic, American, International, Hymns, Drinking Songs, Rounds, Sea Shanties, Musicals, Parodies, Children's Songs, Contemporary, and More! Cost: participants are asked to bring enthusiasm, songbooks, instruments, beverages/snacks, kids, and friends. otherwise it's free.


American Sewing Guild, Albuquerque Chapter, meets the second Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria Rd. NE. The American Sewing Guild (ASG) is an organization for people who believe sewing is a creative and rewarding activity. At the heart of each chapter are Neighborhood Groups that meet on a monthly basis for hands on sewing and to share new techniques. Dues are $40.00 initially and $35.00 as a renewal fee. Visit the National web site at and the Chapter web site at Call Melissa Sonnen 505-281-1518 ( for more information.

Dropped Stitch Knitters Guild meets at Village Wools, at 10 am the 1st Monday of the month and the 3rd Monday at 6 pm. The Guild offers a local membership and also encourages members to also join The Knitting Guild Association.. There is a primary interest in hand knitting with some members doing machine knitting. Local dues are $15. Contact Barbara, 299-8904.

Enchanted Lacemakers' Guild meets 7 pm, the first Friday of the month, in members' homes for programs, workshops, discussions, and sharing studies about lace including bobbin lace, needlelace, tatting, knitted lace, crocheted lace and various forms of embroidered laces. This group sponsors several workshops in lacemaking. For more information contact Alice, 296-1373.

New Mexico Bead Society meets the fourth Monday, 6:30 pm, Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Moon & Academy NE) ten times a year. The Guild was organized in the early 1980's for the purpose of studying beads and their applications. The educational programs are open to the public. Dues are $28. Please write to NMBS, P.O. Box 36824, Albuquerque, NM 87176-6824 or see our website:

New Mexico Crochet Guild meets the third Saturday, 1:30 - 4 pm. For more information and meeting locations, contact: Joan 505-856-1516 ( ) in Albuquerque, or Allison 505-471-0642 ( ) in Santa Fe or check our website,

New Mexico Quilters' Assoc. (NMQA) meets the fourth Monday most months, alternating day and evening meetings, at the UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Organized in 1974, NMQA has over 600 members. Special interest study groups, Show and Tell, major speakers and workshops, and a large lending library are regular events. NMQA creates a Balloon Quilt each year as a fundraiser at the Balloon Fiesta and has a membership show the last weekend at the State Fair. Members create quilts for community service and teach children and senior citizens. Dues are $25 yearly. Membership info: 254-7702 or write: NMQA, P.O. Box 20562, Albuquerque, NM 87154-0562. Or look at NMQA web site at