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New Mexico Folk Music & Dance Society • FolkMADS  

 
The New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society - FolkMADS - is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and teaching traditional music and dance. FolkMADS sponsors Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos contra dances, Megabands, concerts, camps, and other special events.


FolkMADS sponsors Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos contra dances, concerts, camps, and other special events. "Contra" dances include contras, squares, mixers, and couple dances.

Unless noted on the calendar, admission to dances is $8 for members, $9 for nonmembers. Students with ID receive half price admission and children up to 12 years of age are free. You don't need to come with a partner. Free instruction for beginners half an hour before the dance starts. Dances are smoke-free and alcohol-free. Children and teens are encouraged to participate if supervised by an adult.

FolKMADS Bylaws (PDF)

Click here for a brief history of FolkMADS and a list of past board members.

 

In keeping with our mission, FolkMADS offers small grants and scholarship to our members, to help defray the costs of attending workshops, camps, and other training for musicians, dancers, and callers. We are especially dedicated to helping encourage and develop youth participation in FolkMADS events, and offer this outreach program to members of all ages.

Click here for funding policies and application information.

Some grants funded in the past may be viewed here.