Virtual Dance Room
(Dance Instructor/Leader, Virtual Dance Room Team)
Leslie Scott, of Columbus, Ohio, has been folk dancing ever since she first got hooked in a college gym class. Living and dancing in various places around the Midwest in the 1970s and ’80s, she built up a large repertoire of dances and began teaching in her local international folk dance groups.
Since 1989 she has been a core member of the Columbus Folk Dancers (CFD) and does as many other kinds of dancing as she can fit into her schedule, including contra, Scandinavian, and vintage. She teaches regularly at CFD and has taught at Tri-City (Dayton-Columbus-Cincinnati) workshops in Ohio, the SNOPA winter folk dance weekend in Minneapolis, and the Door County Folk Festival.
Over the years Leslie has learned dances at numerous folk dance workshops and camps, and has also augmented her knowledge of one of her favorite folk cultures by going on several folk dance trips to Bulgaria, most recently in 2008. Besides dancing, she plays international folk dance music (on kaval, accordion, and recorder) with two Columbus bands, Hajde (Bulgarian/Macedonian) and Mixed Bag (eclectic), and regularly plays recorder for the Columbus English Country Dancers - or did, before COVID.
Since April 2020 she has been leading weekly virtual CFD sessions on Zoom.