Door County Folk Festival
Catherine Rudin
Wayne, NE (Omaha Area)

(Planner, Dance Instructor/Leader, Discussion Leader, Virtual Dance Room Team)

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Catherine Rudin began folk dancing in California in 1967, but her real dance roots are in Madison, Wisconsin, where she danced through junior high, high school, and college and still returns when she can. She has been associated with international, Scandinavian, Balkan, and/or contra groups in all the many places she has lived, and for the last 30 years has been a core member of the Omaha International Folk Dancers.

She taught Folk and Recreational Dance (in addition to her actual academic field, linguistics) for many years at Wayne State College in Nebraska, and has taught at SNOPA, Appleton, and the annual Omaha Pink Party workshop, among other venues including workshops for music educators and for children. Catherine has both family and linguistic research ties to the Balkans, especially Bulgaria. Balkan music and dance are her roots … but she loves and participates in other traditions as well, from swing dance to mariachi violin.