Italian Folk Art Federation of America
Past Conferences

Previous conferences of the Italian Folk Art Federation of America have been held in the following locations. For photographs of past conferences, please visit our photo gallery.

2015: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dances taught: Tarantella di Fantasia, Tarantella di Girgenti, Tarantella Bim Bom Ba
Workshops: IFAFA Choir; Italian Village Life through Folk Songs; Making Traditional Bombonieri Abruzzesi; Il Malocchio: Healing and Italian Superstitions; the Italian National Anthem; Make the Most of your IFAFA Membership: Resources and IFAFA Website

2013: Boston, Massachusetts

Dances taught: Polca di Lucignano, San Rocco, I Setti Passi, La Furlana Bergamasca
Workshops: IFAFA Choir; Venetian Mask Making: History and Craft Session; History of Monte Cassino; Italian Folk Tales; Italian Card Games

2011: Hartford, Connecticut

Dances taught: Passamezzo (Italian Renaissance dance), Sbrando, Tarantella Siciliana Sciacca Tamburello, Knoedeldrahner, Wattentaler Masolka
Workshops: IFAFA Choir; Cooking Demo; Food & the Unification of Italy; Italian Design; Making Rosary Beads; Italian Migrations in Hartford; Musical Tour of Italy

 

2009: Las Vegas, Nevada

Dances taught: Gigo from Valle d’Aosta, Dances from le Quattro Province, Saltarello Teramano, Dances from Valle del Savena, Ballo in Dodici, Dancing to Live Music
Workshops: Italian Dance Music; Zampogna & Organetto Demonstration; Comparing Watts Towers to Gigli di Nola; Tambourine Workshop; Italian Drinking Songs; Jaw Harp Workshop; Musical Instrument Demonstration; Ballads & Music from le Quattro Province; Music & Songs from Valle del Savena
Videos: Watts Towers Tour; Palio in Arona; Mountains of Cheese, Rivers of Wine; Zoè, Singing Group from Salento, Puglia; Melchiade Benni, Fiddler from Valle del Savena; Carnevale di Ponte Caffaro; Le Sargaillon de Torguor, Dance Group from Valle d’Aosta

2008: Sacramento, California

Dances taught: La Catania, Ballo Abruzzese, Tarantella Calabrese
Workshops: IFAFA Choir; Carretta Siciliana; Italian Fun and Games; Costumes of the Siena Palio; Antique Lace; Panel of Authors of Books about Italians in California; The Italy-China Connection; How to Start a Dance Group

2007: Dallas, Texas

Dances taught: Ciccirinella, Tarantella Napoletana, Furlana Ziguzaine
Workshops: IFAFA Choir; Italian Bobbin Lace; Exploration of the Italian Ballad; Italian Mosaics; Accordion Demonstration; Cheese-Making; Home Wine-Making; Giotto Frescoes of Saint Frances of Assisi

2006: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dances taught: Tango Italiano, Mazurca Piemontese, Tarantella Matriccula
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Italian Language, Bomboniere, Palm-Weaving, Italian Liqueurs, Infused Olive Oils, Arte Italiana: The Renaissance, Italian Film: Pane e Tulipani, Italian Games: (Bocce, Tombola, and Scopa)

2005: Des Moines, Iowa

Dances taught: Saltarello Abruzzese, Trescone all’Allegria, Tarantella Siciliana
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Christmas in Italy, St. Joseph Altar, Recruiting Skills, Palm-Weaving, Genealogy, Children’s Day Camp, We Celebrate, Hands-On Cookie-Making, Befana Doll

2004: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dances taught: Tarantella di Carmellina, Pizzica dances of Salento, Valzer Siciliano
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Regional Folk Music, Italian Costumes, Limoncello, Decorative Breads, Film: Pizzicata, Italian Card Games

2003: Canton, Ohio

Dances taught: Laccio d’Amore, Quadriglia Commandata, Mazurca Baronessa di Carini, Mazurca di Vicenzina, Vitti ‘na Crozza
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Palm-Weaving, St. Joseph Altar, Conversational Italian, Sistine Chapel, Rosary-Making

2002: San Francisco, California

Dances taught: Codiglione, Ballo del Fioraio, Tarantella Per Cinque, Laccio d’Amore, Tarantella Palermitana, Giga Occitana
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Genealogy, Building Group Membership, Piatti di Buon Ricordo/Keepsake Plates, Recording an Oral History, Una Storia Segreta, They Brought Them with Them (Folklore, Food, and Traditions)

2000: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dances taught: Ballo Sardo, Passu Torrau, Codiglione, Ballo dei Carrettieri (Sicilian Whip Dance), Tarantella Siciliana, Countrodanso, Giga, Tresso, Saltarella Amatriciana
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, St. Joseph Cookies, Video: Lucca, Italian Ornaments, Palm-Weaving, Musica Italiana, Bobbin Lace-Making, Italian Candy

1999: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dances taught: Sciotis di Lucignano, Tarantella Tasso, Tarantella Fantasia, Quadriglia di Aviano
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, IFAFA Website, Italian Language, Historian, Children’s Dance Forum, Palm-Weaving, Headpieces and Costumes, Il Ceppo, Italian Cooking Demonstration

1997: Buffalo, New York

Dances taught: Tarantella Napoletana Peppina, Moresca, Tarantella Montemaranese, Tammorriata
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Bobbin Lace-Making, Authentic Italian Cooking, Italian Women in History, Regional Songs, Tambourine Instruction, Stereotypes in the Media, Percussion (Hand-Drum) Instruction, Songs of the Alps, Treasuring our Past – Facing our Future, Teaching Italian

1995: Rockford, Illinois

Dances taught: Trescone Toscano, Polca di Agrigento, Mazurca Piemontese, Contradanza Siciliana
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Palm-Weaving, Folklore and our Heritage, Italian Traditional Song, St. Joseph Altar, How to Write and Publish a Newsletter, Italian Conversation, Traditional Festivals of Italy

1993: Dallas, Texas

Dances taught: Ribbon Dance of Tagliacozzo, Ballo Sardo, Tarantella Pizzica, Il Merletto, Ballo Sardo, Ballo di San Calo, Children’s Dances: (Stajare and Tintine Tintone)
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Fund-Raising, Festa dei Gigli, Accordion Demonstration, Preserving Family Photos, La Befana Skit for Kids, History and Culture of Italy’s Regions, Italian Pronunciation, Bobbin Lace, Bomboniere

1992: Columbus, Ohio

Dances taught: Tarantella, Catina, Mazurca, Peasant Dance

1991: Regional Mini-Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dances taught: La Staja, Sword Dance, La Moresca, Seicento

1990: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dances taught: Conca Abruzzese, Children’s Dances (Stajiletto, Tintine Tintone, Bal del Truc), Tarantella Siciliana, Saltarella di Frosinone, Polca dei Cavalieri, La Piccinina, Abballate, Condiglione, Zoccolitanz
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Ancient Art of Tablet Weaving, Performance Style, Getting Grants, Simultaneous Singing and Dancing, Catherine de’ Medici and Folk Dancing, Costume Slide Presentation, Palm-Weaving, Proper Singing Techniques

1989: Utica, New York

Dances taught: Ballo Sardo, Furlana, Quadriglie, Zoccolitanz, Wattentaler Masolka, Knoedeldrahner, Abballati
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Italian Festivals in Italy, Italian Customs and Traditions in the U.S., Public Relations, Bobbin Lace-Making, Defining Authenticity

1988: Des Moines, Iowa

Dances taught: Tarantella di Donda, Ballo Sardo, Ballo del Candeliero, Ballo della Seggiola, Tarantella Allegro, Bal del Truc, Tarantella Tipica Calabrese, Tarantella Siciliana, Tarantella Barese
Workshops: IFAFA Choir, Quanti: Traditional Calabrian Cookie, Costumes, Palio of Siena,

1987: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dances taught: Tarantella Tipica Calabrese, La Veneziana, Tarantella Barese, Tarantella Caprese/Carmelina, Bal del Truc, Tarantella Turistica, Fischiettando
Workshops: Songs: The Best of Italy, Bobbin Lace-Making, Folk Instruments, Heraldry & Coats of Arms, Wine-Making, Embroidery, Folklore of Southern Italy, Differences in Folk Song Styles between Northern and Southern Italy

1986: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Dances taught: La Torototelle, Il Ciclamin, Children’s Dances, Tarantella Allegra, Saltarello di Romagna, La Veneziana, Mazurca/Valzer Siciliano
Workshops: Sicilian Marionettes, What Is and What Isn’t a Folk Costume, Dances of the Italian-Speaking Swiss, Panel: Performance Authenticity, Songs of the Italian Immigrants, Intarsio (Inlaid Wood Art), Games (Bocce and Borella)

1985: Monroeville (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania

Dances taught: Graziella Mazurca, Tarantella Tipica Calabrese, Ballo del Qua Qua, Polca dei Cavalieri, Codiglione, Men’s Sword Dance, Ballo della Vendemmia, Tarantella Tasso
Workshops: Italian Sing-Along, Bobbin Lace Instruction, Folk Songs and Dances for Children, Christmas Music from Sicily, Staging and Presentation of Folklore, Costume Slide Presentation

1984: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dances taught: Ballo Sardo, Quadriglia di Aviano, Ballo delle Conche, Harvest Dance
Workshops: Sicilian Songs, Sheet Music Collection of Italian Folk Music, Recruiting, Managing Folk Groups, Italian Folk Costumes, Italian Cooking

1983: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dances taught: Italian March, Quadriglia Commandata, Dances learned during IFAFA-led tour of Italy in Spring of 1983
Workshops: Songs learned on Italy Tour, Revival of Folk Interest in Italy

 

1982: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dances taught : La Raspa, Italian Mazurca, La Moresca
Workshops: Choreometrics, Italian Folk Songs, Gli Sbandieratori (Flag-Throwers), St. Rocco Festival, Italian Festas and Festivals, Christmas Carols of Italy

1981: New Brunswick, New Jersey

Dances taught: Ballo Sardo, La Furlana, Quadriglia di Aviano, Tarantella Sant’Alfio, Saltarello Abruzzese, Tarantella Tasso, La Ballarella (Tarantella Ciociara)
Workshops: Exercise and Movement, Traditional Folk Instruments, Songs from the Abruzzo, Art of Italian Cooking

1980: Baltimore, Maryland

Dances taught: Basic Folk Steps, Quadrilgia di Aviano, Quadriglia Italiana, Tarantella Napoletana
Workshops: Body Movement for Dance, Proper Breathing Technique and Voice Projection for Singing, Costume Slide Presentation, Italian Folk Tales, Authenticity, Traditional Italian Instruments

1979: New Brunswick, New Jersey

Dances taught: Sword Dance of Ischia, Quadriglia, Tarantella
Workshops: Documenting Village Folklore, Public Relations, Warm-Up Exercises for Singing, Value of Authenticity in Folk Art

1978: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania