Children's Folk Dance Festival

This event is cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please check back for 2021 dates and dealines.

Registration is closed

Folk Dance Festival Teacher Registration
Folk Dance Festival Student Registration
Folk Dance Festival Tickets

Tickets are $5 each for adults, $3 each for children: purchase in advance TBD.

The Children’s International Folk Dance Festival showcases thousands of children from across Indiana in grades three through eight performing international folk dances. Since 1971, these students have learned the dances from music, P.E., and/or grade-level teachers throughout the academic year in preparation for the festival. The dances come from the Kentucky Dance Institute, a summer dance festival showcasing international dances.



Cancelled for 2020


Lawrence Central High School

Important Dates

  • Registration opens: 
  • School Registration deadline: 
  • Scholarship Deadline: 
  • Student T-shirt and snack packs order deadline: 

Registration Fee

$30 per school. There is no other registration fee, but an optional T-shirt and snack pack is available for $10/student. Teachers may request scholarships to cover the school registration fee, student T-shirt and snack packs, or both (see ‘Scholarships’ below). 

Participant Information

Registered schools have a one-time registration fee, which covers training materials and hosting costs. Students participate for free unless the individual teacher/school charges a fee (shirts, club fee, etc). Families and festival attendees purchase a $5 adult/$3 student ticket on site the day of the festival.

Teachers who register and participate in the festival receive the following:

  • Access to festival teaching training videos
  • Audio recordings of the festival music
  • Festival teaching training packet with dance instructions
  • A sample “Festival Parent Packet” to update and send for your students

Additional commemorative festival items, such as Festival T-shirts and plaques, may be available for purchase the day of the festival.




For any questions or concerns, contact Folk Dance Festival Chair Damon Clevenger at [email protected].





This event is supported by: 

and the City of Indianapolis