There has been International Dancing in Corvallis for many years. In the 60’s the group started to call themselves the Hoolyehs. The Hoolyehs sponsor three types of folk dance activities: regular Sunday night dances, an annual reunion dance in the spring, and occasional dances with visiting live bands.
The Hoolyehs meet the first and third Sundays of every month from September through June at the First Congregational Church from 7 pm to 9 pm. Early in the evening some simple dances are taught. The rest of the evening is open to a wide variety of dances – couple dances, line and circle dances from around the world.
Cost: $4 non CFS members, $3 CFS members and $2 for children
Where: FCC Gatton Hall (First Congregational Church)
4515 West Hills Road, Corvallis, Oregon
Corvallis Balkan band ŽIVELI
played for Hoolyeh Folk Dance, Sunday Nov 12, 2017
Živeli is a Corvallis-based Balkan folk dance band who have played for Hoolyeh dances several times now to enthusiastic response. They have played for folk dances in Salem and Eugene also. Their repertoire includes dances from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, and Roma traditions. The musicians are:
Julie Firman – violin and vocals
Jeff Muhr – guitar
Bill Pfender – clarinet
Diane Rainsford – percussion and vocals
Leigh Ann Starcevich – tambura and vocals
Brian Wood – guitar, tambura and bass
They will play for the Hoolyeh Sunday dance on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Gatton Hall, First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis.
International Folkdancing in Albany
We are a recreational international folk dance (IFD) group that meets in Albany Oregon on Tuesday nights from 7:15-9:15 pm at a dance studio near West Albany High School.
Each week has request dancing and usually some teaching or reviewing mixed in.
New dancers are welcome and encouraged! We mainly do non-couple dances, so partners are not required.
Where: Holcomb Dance Studio. Joyce and Gordon Holcomb host Albany Oregon Folk Dance, and have done so since 2011. Joyce is the main teacher in our group, while Gordon programs and runs the music.
Annual Reunion Folkdance Party
Every spring, usually the last weekend in April, the Hoolyehs hold a big party at the Mary’s River Grange in Philomath. We dance from 7 pm til midnight. The cost is about $10 with all proceeds going to the McCauley/Rice scholarship fund that helps send a folkdancer to a summer camp to learn new dances and return home to teach us what they learned.