Dancers The Friendly FolkDancers

Dancing the World Together
                        Last Updated 5/23/2007

The Friendly FolkDancers is a group of folk-dancing Quakers who minister through dance. During a typical year, the Friendly FolkDancers organize one or two major tours (about 10 days long) and one or two mini-tours (usually three-day weekends). They have toured all over the U.S. and in several foreign countries.

This is a unique form of ministry that is hard to explain in words.

Waltz With Me God


Waltz with me God

Or maybe let's cha-cha


So many dance lonesome

I'm so happy I've gotcha


to whirl me and twirl me

Or maybe just stroll


When I yield to your leading

My life becomes whole


Swing with me God

You could toss in a shottish


I can dance alone fine

But with you I'm part God-ish


A-dipping and weaving

In free flowing time


My just- fine dance talents

Become motion sublime


2005 Mark Judkins Helpsmeet


Life cannot be red-penciled or retyped.
The Menu does not include
Spell Check, Strikeover or Delete.
You can’t even scribble in margins.

Life’s not a diary
but a dance:
If you stumble,
the music flows on
with you, or without.

So, recover the beat,
dance your mistake,
play it off with a flourish:

Make it seem to be
the step you meant
all along.

2001 Nancy Esther James
Frequently Asked Questions

Friendly FolkDancer Purpose

Sample FFD Program


Coming Tours - Florida and Rwanda

Recent Tours - Australia, Arizona & More

Complete List of Past Tours


Evaluation From Ireland Yearly Meeting - 2004

Photo of Ireland Tour Group - dressed in Balkan

Photo of Australian Tour – dressed for Hindu/Muslim


Some Writings


Quakers Make a Song and Dance (in Australia)

Dancing With God - Guidance or G U I Dance?
The "Peace Movement" - FFD in New Zealand in 2000
New Zealand tour reflections from Bonnie Parsons

Some Past Tours

South Central USA, January 1 - 14, 2001
Kenya Tour, May 8 - 22, 1996

News Letters

   Friendly FolkDancers 2002 News Letter

   Friendly FolkDancers 2001 News Letter

   Friendly FolkDancers 1997 News Letter
   Friendly FolkDancers 1996 News Letter
   Friendly FolkDancers 1995 News Letter


If you are interesting in more details, in having a tour visit your meeting, or in joining a tour group as a dancer, please contact the Friendly FolkDancers at  Literature and videos are available.

Links to Other Dance Sites:

The Eau Claire International Folk Dancers

Links to Other Quaker Sites:

The Eau Claire (Wisconsin) Friends Meeting
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Friends General Conference (FGC)

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