Sept 24-26, 2021: International Folk Dance Weekend
Teaching the Best of the Pandemic
Sept 24 - 26, 2021

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Convention Center

84 Blue Ridge Circle
Black Mountain, NC 28711-9722

Learn, dance, socialize, and relax in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.


Mountain Playshop is a regional dance weekend that attracts dancers from throughout North Carolina and nearby states to socialize, dance, relax, and - you never know - to maybe learn a dance or two.  This year we are happy to be side-by-side again! Learn new and revived dance treasures gleaned through a year of virtual immersion in the repertoire of our IFD hosts from around the nation and world. Four dance sessions will be led by regional leaders who will teach a few of their picks of ‘the best of the Pandemic year’ and lead a curated playlist and requests.  All NC safety guidelines will be followed - see our current health policies here.

For over 30 years, Mountain Playshop has provided both a forum for dancers to learn new material from regional and professional teachers while also offering a beautiful destination for dancers to simply get together with friends for the weekend - partying, dancing, sharing meals, reviewing dances, and just relaxing in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains. This year is no different.



Andi Kapplin  Israeli

Andi Kapplin leads the Israeli group in Tampa and has been the teacher of the Grapeviners in Sarasota since 2005.  She has spent part of the past 18 years in Vancouver, BC where she is involved in the folk-dance community and is often a guest teacher.

Randy Best  Bulgarian

Randy Best has been international folk dancing for over 50 years.  He has performed with the International Folk Dance Associations Performing Troupe (St. Louis), the Grinnell College Folk Dancers, and Mandala (Boston).  He has also lived and danced in Washington DC, New York City, and Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

Mary Goodman  Asian

Mary Goodman was introduced to folk dancing at the age of 5 and fell in love. She danced regularly in Chapel Hill and is one of the founding members of the Raleigh IFD. Moving to the DC area, she danced with the Columbia MD and Wheaton/Greenbelt dance groups. She now lives in Asheville and is an active member of the Asheville IFD.

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Paul Taylor  Armenian & Ira Weisburd

Paul Taylor has been doing international folk dancing for 46 years and has been the dance leader for the Oak Ridge Folk Dancers for over 35 years.  Paul enjoys gardening, hiking, and traveling and lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Dance Requests

Playshop 2021 will feature request dancing throughout all teaching sessions and parties.  Submit your requests here!

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