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MVFD History


The Miami Valley Folk Dancers was formed from a City of Dayton sponsored folk dance class that started in 1952. It has been a wonderful, fun ride ever since. Here is a historical view of the club.


Events Leading up to the formation of the Miami Valley Folk Dancers
(Compiled from articles by Grace Wolff, Ken Steed, notes from Lou Hyll's interviews with Michael Solomon, Miami Valley Dance Council Archives)

Date   Event
1903   Michael Solomon born in Beirut, Lebanon
1929   Michael Solomon becomes journalist and clerical worker for City of Dayton Recreation Department
?   Michael Solomon becomes Director of Special Activities for City of Dayton Recreation Department
    Michael Solomon becomes interested in recreational activities including dancing in the late WWII years as a result of programs at the YMCA
late 40’s   Michael Solomon attends many local square dance halls
1947   Michael Solomon introduced to international folk dancing by new neighbors (Miriam Robinson) from CA
1947   Michael Solomon discovers Lloyd Shaw’s Cowboy Dances book on trip to New Mexico
1947   Dayton Folk Dance Club Formed
1950 Feb Michael Solomon teaches first city sponsored dance class for group leaders
1950 Apr Michael Solomon teaches first city sponsored square dance class
1950 late Dayton Square Dance Club formed from city sponsored square dance class
1952   Michael Solomon teaches first city sponsored round dance class
1952   Dayton Round Dance Club formed from city sponsored class

Miami Valley Folk Dancers - Historical Timeline
(Compiled from MVFD Secretary Notes, articles by Grace Wolff, Ken Steed, notes from Lou Hyll's interviews with Michael Solomon, Miami Valley Dance Council Archives)

Date   Event Instructor
1952   Miami Valley Folk Dance Club Formed from city sponsored class  
    First leader was Michael Solomon  
    Danced at
?Winter at Burkhardt Center
?Summer at M.S. Pavilion
 
    Membership fee $1.00/month, non-members .50/session  
    Original Schedule: ???
Thursday: 7-9 program, 9-9:30 teaching,
9:30 - 10 program, 10-11 requests
2nd Sunday: 2:30 - 7 teaching with ethnic theme
 
    Charter Members:
Grace Wolff,
?John & Adele Nellis
?Kaye Merrill
?Ken & Jewel Steed
?Frank & Madge Hart
 
    What was the relationship between MVFD and Dayton Folk Dancers?  
1953 Oct First Workshop - International sponsored by the City not the club Vyts Beliajus
1954   Grace Wolff becomes leader of club  
1954 Mar International Workshop sponsored by the City not the club Jane Farwell
1955 Feb Miami Valley Dance Council is formed with MVFD as charter member  
1955 Mar Scottish & Irish Workshop John Williams,
Maire McGranahan
1955 Oct International Workshop Jane Farwell
1956 Jan Scottish Workshop Lillian Ross
1956 Apr Balkan Workshop Dick Crum
1957 Jan Earliest edition of Rules and Regulations?  
1957 Mar German Workshop The Dunsings
1957 Oct Last Night I Dreamed We Were In Dayton, International Workshop David Rosenberg, Nancy Kane
1957-1961   Open Dayton Art Institute winter Sunday Music Series each year  
1958 Feb Scottish Workshop Bruce McClure
1958 Oct Balkan Workshop Dick Crum
1959 Jan Scottish Workshop Bobby Watson
1959 Apr English Workshop Phil Merrill
1959 Dec International Workshop Jane Farwell
1960 Mar International Workshop Mary Ann Herman
1960 Dec Ye Old Contra Workshop Ralph Page
1961 Nov Scottish
Bill Wolff negotiates saving of M.S. Pavilion from demolition
Mary Branigan
1962 Mar Balkan Workshop Dick Crum
1963 Feb German Workshop The Dunsings
1963 Fall First Tri-City Workshop held in Cincinnati  
1963 Nov International Workshop
M.S. Pavilion renovated and winterized
Jerry Joris Lindsay
1964 Jan International Workshop Jane Farwell
1964 Fall Tri-City Workshop hosted by Dayton (MVFD) for first time  
1964 Nov Michael Solomon Pavilion dedicated  
1964 Nov Contra Workshop
Club moves to M.S. Pavilion for whole year, permanently
Ralph Page
1965 Mar Scottish Workshop
with music by Stan Hamilton & the Clansmen
Iain MacFarland
1965 Nov Polish Workshop Jan Sejda
1966 Feb International Workshop Jane Farwell
1966   Present Duquesne University Tamburitzans concert; Mary Wolff, daughter of Grace Wolff, was a member  
1966 Nov Balkan Workshop Dick Crum
1967 Feb Scandinavian Workshop Gordon Tracie
1967   Present Duquesne University Tamburitzans concert; Mary Wolff, daughter of Grace Wolff, was a member  
1967   Grace Wolff resigns as leader of club to devote more time to her career as a nurse  
1967   Host Tri-City  
1968   Thursday evening programs now led by a different member each week.  
1968 Oct English, Danish Workshop M.G. "Kars" Karsner
1970 Apr International Workshop Mary Ann Herman
1970 Oct German Workshop Paul & Gretel Dunsing
1971   Host Tri-City  
1971 Oct International Workshop Vyts Beliajus
1972 Mar Scottish Workshop "Nora" Kindness
1972   Balkan Workshop David Henry
1973 Jan Method of Operations Guidelines updated  
1973 Nov Israeli Workshop Ya’akov Eden
early 70’s   Thursday Beginners Class from 7-8 started  
1974 Spr Host Tri-City  
1975 Feb International Workshop Mae Fraley
1975 May English Workshop Sibyl Clark
1975 Nov International Workshop M. G. Karsner
1976 Feb Colonial Dance Workshop James Morrison
1976 Nov Balkan Workshop George Tomov
1977   Rules and Regulations updated from ????  
1977 Spr Host Tri-City  
1977 May International Workshop Jane Farwell
1977 Fall Hungarian Workshop Andor Czompo
1978 Apr Greek Workshop David Henry
1978 Nov Scottish Workshop C. Stewart Smith
1979 Apr Israeli Workshop Ya’akov Eden
1979 Nov International Workshop Mary Ann Herman
1980 Mar French-Canadian Workshop Yves Moreau
1980 Spr Host Tri-City  
1980   International Workshop Toni Francis
1981   Rules and Regulations updated from 1977  
1981   Dance Listings computerized for the first time  
1981 Mar Balkan Workshop Dennis Boxell
1981 Aug Member Leslie Kay Hyll receives scholarship to Kentucky Dance Institute (one week camp)  
1981 Nov International Workshop Bea Montross
1982   Changed format of Thursday evenings from requests after 10 pm to requests throughout the evening  
1982   Macedonian Mini-Workshop Pece Atanasovski
1982 Apr Italian Workshop Mae Fraley
1982 Sept Armenian Workshop Tom Bozigian
1983   Host Tri-City at Camp Kern  
1983 Apr English Country Dance Workshop John Owen,
Allison Thompson

1983 Sept Romanian Workshop James M. Roncevic
1984   Program Committee members become responsible for closing Pavilion each Thursday  
1984   Party to honor Michael Solomon  
1984 May Bavarian-Austrian Workshop Morry & Nancy Gelman
1984   Club decides to only do 1 weekend workshop a year instead of 2.  
1985 Jan Bill and Grace Wolff named
1985 MVFD Honor Roll Couple and
1985 Miami Valley Dance Council
Honor Roll Couple
 
1985 Feb Russian Mini-Workshop Alexandru David
1985 Mar Michael Solomon dies  
1985 Jul Turkish/Azerbaizhani Mini-Workshop Ercument Kilic
1985 Sept Contra Mini-Workshop Jerry Helt
1985 Nov Bulgarian Workshop Yves Moreau
1985   Club buys first variable speed tape player  
1986 Mar Host Tri-City  
1986 Apr North German Mini-Workshop Wilfried Knorr
1986 May Romanian Mini-Workshop Nicholas Hilferink
1986 Aug Turkish Mini-Workshop Ercument Kilic
1986 Oct Welcome Back Day for old members  
1986 Nov Israeli Workshop Ya’akov Eden
1987 Nov 35th Anniversary International Workshop Jane Farwell, Dick Crum
1988 Jan Frank and Madge Hart named
1988 MVFD Honor Roll Couple
 
1988   Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Israel  
1988 Nov English Country Dance Workshop
live music by Ten-Strike
Genny Shimer
1989 Jan Sam and Ann Ballinger named
1989 MVFD Honor Roll Couple
 
1989 Mar Irish Mini-Workshop Ann Richens
1989 Apr Host Tri-City  
1989 Apr Soviet Spring dance co-sponsored by Crosscurrents International Institute  
1989 Oct 20th Anniversary of Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival and MVFD performing at it  
1989 Nov Hungarian Workshop Andor Czompo
1990 Jan Adele and John (posthumously) Nellis named
1990 MFVD Honor Roll Couple
 
1990 Jan Scandinavian Mini-Workshop Roo Lester
1990   Rules & Regulations updated from 1981  
1990 Jul Greek Workshop John S. Pappas of CA
1990   Slovenian Mini-Workshop
co-sponsored by Yugoslav Club
Keith Atteck
1990   Club Mailing list computerized for the first time  
1991   Rules & Regulations and Method of Operations updated from 1981  
1991 Jan Charles and Zora Krainz named 1991 MVFD Honor Roll Couple  
1991 May 80th Birthday Party for Grace Wolff
including performance by Zivio!
Bob Howell
1991 Nov Scottish Workshop Vickie Goodloe
1992   Method of Operations updated from 1990  
1992 Jan Ann and Sam Ballinger named
1992 MVFD Honor Roll Couple and
1992 Miami Valley Dance Council
Honor Roll Couple
 
1992 Feb Mini-Workshop and Community Dance
co-sponsored by Kettering Division of Parks, Dayton’s Community Dance Partners, Wright State University Artist Series
Aman Folk Ensemble
(Barry Glass)
1992 Feb Bulgarian Workshop Petur Iliev
1992 Spr Host Tri-City  
1992 Oct Croatian Mini-Workshop
co-sponsored by Yugoslav Club
Keith Atteck
1992 Nov 40th Anniversary Balkan Workshop
including Costume Fashion Show
Dick Crum
1993 Jan Jewel and Kenneth (posthumously) Steed named
1993 MVFD Honor Roll Couple
 
1993 Feb African Mini-Workshop
co-sponsored by Cityfolk
Muntu African Dance Theatre of Chicago
1993 May Beginner Classes with Rhythm-in-Shoes
co-sponsored by Cityfolk
Sharon Leahy
1993 Nov Polish Workshop Ada Dziewanowska
1994 Jan John and Carole Pappas named
1994 MVFD Honor Roll Couple
 
1994 Feb World Champion Irish Step-Dancer visits and performs John Timm
1994 Mar International Mini-Workshop
co-sponsored by Dayton’s Community Dance Partners, Wright State University Artist Series
Aman Folk Ensemble
(Istvan Szabo,
Rosina Didyk)
1994 Nov Romanian Workshop Nicholas Hilferink
1995 Jan Adele Nellis named
1995 MVFD Honor Roll Dancer
 
1995 Mar Romanian & Russian Mini-Workshop Mihai David
1995 Apr Host 32nd Tri-City  
1995 Sept French Music & Dance Workshop,
co-sponsored by Cityfolk, Le Club Francais, Dayton Dance Partners
Ad Vielle Que Pourra
Marilyn Smith Wathen
Benoit Bourque
1996 Jan Charles Castellano named
1996 MVFD Honor Roll Dancer
 
1996 July International and Dutch Mini-Workshop Wim Bekooy
1996 Sum Leslie Hyll creates the first World Wide Web Page for MVFD.  
1996 Oct International Mini-Workshop Sandy Starkman
1996 Oct Bicentennial Ball to celebrate the Bicentennial of Dayton Lou Hyll
Iolian Consort (band)
1996 Nov Israeli Folk Dance Workshop Sheila Sharpe
1997 Jan Louis & Nancy Hyll named
1997 MVFD Honor Roll Dancers
 
1997 Jan After 44 years, the club raises its dues and guest fees for the first time, in response to rising Pavilion rental costs and losses on 1996 events. New rates: membership - $2.00/month; guests - $1.00 each visit  
1997 Jan Method of Operations and Rules and Regulations updated from 1981  
1997 July Ethnic Sunday hours change to 2:15 - 6:00 pm (dinner at 5:00 pm) to avoid paying additional rent fees on those days  
1997 Nov 45th Anniversary International Workshop Wim Bekooy
1998 Jan Club raises dues and guest fees again. New rates: membership - $2.50/month; guests - $1.50 each visit  
1998 Jan Dot Santi named 1998 MVFD Honor Roll Dancer  
1998 Mar Host 35th Tri-City
Tri-City clubs decide that Dayton will host future Tri-Cities and the emphasis will be on dancing instead of teaching.
 
1998 Oct Member Eddie Cordray becomes Chair of the Michael Solomon Support Committee  
1999 Jan Carolyn Stovall named
1999 MVFD Honor Roll Dancer
 
1999 Apr Host 36th Tri-City Folk Dance Festival Mixed Bag (band)
1999 Jul Dancing with live music! Dona Hyll,
Marnie Squire,
Mary ?
1999 Aug Rebirth of the Folk Dance Picnic, Delco Park  
1999 Oct German and Swiss Dance Workshop
Honoring Sam and Ann Ballinger
Karin Gottier
2000 Jan Leslie Hyll and Eddie Cordray named
2000 MVFD Honor Roll Dancers
 
2000 Mar Host 37th Tri-City Folk Dance Festival Mixed Bag (band)
2000 Aug Folk Dance Picnic, Possum Creek MetroPark  
2000 Nov Macedonian Folk Dance Workshop Larry Weiner, Hajde
2001 Jan Joanne Dombrowski named
2001 MVFD Honor Roll Dancer
 
2001 Mar 38th Tri-City Folk Dance Festival - groups decided to continue holding Tri-City in Dayton Mixed Bag
2001 Apr French-Canadian Mini Workhshop & Dance, co-sponsored by Cityfolk Benoit Bourque, Matapat
2001 May MVFD has its own dance hall at the 2001 Buckeye Dance Convention at the Dayton Convention Center, sponsored by the Miami Valley Dance Council  
2001 Jun College Graduation Party for Ed Cordray Vatra Ziva
2001 Jul Grace Wolff throws herself a 90th Birthday Party - Grace was the first lead of MVFD  
2001 Aug Folk Dance Picnic, Delco Park  
2001 Sep Israeli Folk Dance Workshop Ya'akov Eden
2001 Oct MVFD Co-sponsors Cityfolk Dance Parties at Pavilion prior to Cifyfolk becoming a member of the Miami Valley Dance Council  
2002 Jan Winter Tea Dance (Scottish) co-sponsored with the Flying Ghillies Maxwell Tuse
2002 Jan Carole and John Pappas named
named 2002 MVFD Honor Roll Dancers
 
2002 Mar In Scandinavian tradition, Harry Khamis throws himself a 50th Birthday Party  
2002 Jun Greek Mini-Workshop Joe Graziosi
2002 Jul College Graduation Party for Patty Gehring  
2002 Aug Folk Dance Picnic, Delco Park  
2002 Nov 39th Tri-City Folk Dance Festival - Kicks off MVFD's 50th year of dancing! Cincinnati Folk Dancers and Columbus Folk Dancers are also turning 50! Nicolass Hilferink, Mixed Bag

 

Dates unknown:

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Page last updated 02/01/2009. This page maintained by Leslie Hyll.