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Folk dancers to celebrate Old Country heritage

Old Country Weekend is coming up and members of the Oklahoma City International Folk Dancers will come together for a weekend of culturally diverse dance, singing and music.
by Heather Warlick Modified: October 28, 2012 at 12:32 am •  Published: October 29, 2012

Members of the Oklahoma City International Folk Dancers will celebrate the culture of music and dance in European and Middle Eastern heritages at the 26th Old Country Weekend

About 75 people are expected to attend the event from Friday to Sunday, which will be at Crosspoint Camp in Kingston, near Lake Texoma.

Participants will stay in heated cabins, and the weekend will feature dance, singing and drumming workshops offered by various experts.

Balkan dancer and vocalist Maya Batinkova will lead Balkan and Romanian singing workshops.

Artist in residence and musician Melissa Young will hold drumming workshops, and geologist Noel Osborn will lead dances as well as a nature hike and fossil hunt.

A traditional folk band will provide music for the dance workshops.

“Really, you learn something different about a culture and a country from the dances and the music,” said Beverly Rapp, Publicity Coordinator for the organization.

She has been folk dancing since the early 1980s and a member of the group as long.

“You get an emotional, spiritual knowledge about a country that you can't get from just reading a travel log.”

It's the nuances of the dances, Rapp said, that convey some of this spiritual knowledge.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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If you go

Old Country Weekend

Tickets to the Old Country Weekend are $115 each for adults and from $40 to $80 for children, depending on age. Costs include lodging, meals and all dances and workshops. To register, go to, or call Alice Byrd at 427-1993.


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