World Dance, Zumba Fitness®, contra/barn dance, modern dance and much more!

“Promoting friendship, unity, and mental and physical fitness through music and dance.” –Dr. Janice Mendelson.

The International Folk Culture Center (IFCC) offers a variety of programs and activities--including international folk dancing, contra dancing, belly-dancing, square dancing, salsa, "culture kitchens" and more--that encourage friendship and understanding through participation and sharing in dance, cuisine, music and art.

Objectives of IFCC are to promote the preservation of dance heritage, create compassion among cultures, and avoid conflict between people. It is impossible to feel hatred or resentment while holding hands and dancing together.

Contact Information:
Lissa Bengtson
Phone: (210) 431-3922
Location: International Folk Culture Center, Main Office (IFCC 101)
Office Hours: Director's hours vary greatly--please call for an appointment

Mailing address:  IFCC at Our Lady of the Lake University
                       411 SW 24th St.
                       San Antonio, TX 78207

This photo shows couples dancing, but you don't need a partner to dance with us. 


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Greek Dance Workshop
May 16-17, 2014
Christos Papakostas
for details see


News & Events

World Dance of the People
FREE dance instruction in village and traditional dance from around the world.
Most Fridays  7 - 9 pm  (Sometimes we'll organize other dance excursions--for instance on April 4 there's a HOT contra dance in San Marcos, with famous musicians.  April 11 is the Cultural Focus Night (POLAND!), for which we request a donation for the food cost.  May 16 will be the GREEK dance workshop, etc. 

Zumba Fitness®   Your first class is free, then it's $20 for 10 classes or $30 for 20 classes
Classes do not expire!
Zumba Fitness®   Dress to sweat!
Monday & Wednesday 5:45 - 6:45 pm with Lissa (except for the last Wednesday of the month, when
Lissa must participate in Works In Progress--more info at
Tuesday & Thursday 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. with Mara McDonald!
Aqua Zumba
®      Tuesdays with Jenny Gonzales 6-7 p.m. 
Thursdays with Lissa 6-7 pm  Bring swimsuit, towel and dry clothes for afterwards, and water for "during."

Community Contra/Barn Dance 
Saturday April 12  7:30 p.m.  All dances are taught and no partners are necessary.
Fun Anglo-American dancing that you can learn in 15 minutes.  LIVE MUSIC. $6 per person

Bluebonnet Scottish Ball
April 5  Grand March 7 pm  Music by Catherine Miller and Bruce Rosen.  18 terrific dances!  Still time to sign up!  $30 per dancer, $5 for non-dancers.  Great after-party!  Call 210-431-3922 for more information.

Cultural Focus on:  POLAND! 
Friday, April 11, 2014 7-9 pm 
$8 donation requested.  Please RSVP at

Alianza Latinoamericana --Wednesdays in the Ballroom.  Many fun activities--call Patricia Lemppas at 210-385-3877 

Scottish Country Dancing: $2    3-6 p.m., Sundays  This group usually meets regardless of holidays.  contact Patricia Heard 210-695-9714

Alamo City Wranglers Square Dance Club --Thursdays in the ballroom 7 - 10 pm  Square dancing for GLBT & friends.  See their website

Modern Dance -- Tuesdays with Amber Ortega-Perez 7-9 pm.  Sunday nights 6:30-7:30 pm with Fabiola Torralba Call 210-431-3922 for more info.

Ballroom Dance & Hip Hop with Samantha Rodriguez  Mondays and Wednesdays in the Studio 8-10 pm.  Call 210-330-0395 for more info.

City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Dance Program -- classes for all ages in the Studio Mon-Thurs 4-7 pm.  See

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