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NGI Recipient: Lauren Curtis

Session Attended: Folk Arts Center of New England - Folk Days (2015)

For years now, I have heard about how wonderful Pinewoods was. I was always interested, but it always seemed to be exclusive, like a club you could join only if you knew a guy. I knew very few people in the folk dance community and at that time, I didn’t even know what folk dance was. Because of that, Pinewoods seemed unapproachable. In reality, though, it is the opposite of that. Everyone is extremely welcoming and kind. At first, I was nervous about intruding into an already established paradigm that I had never been a part of before, but when I got there it seemed as if I had been there many times before.

I had only started folk dancing this past fall, when I joined Mladost Folk Ensemble. Since then, I have gotten a crash course in folk dancing and the community that surrounds it. Folk dancing is something I enjoy very much, which is why this NGI scholarship was such a good opportunity, and it also gave me the chance to try something that I never would have even thought of before, and to make new friends and to experience even more wonderful dancing than I would have been able to otherwise.

    The teachers at FAC FolkDays were very fun, informative, and easy to learn from. The dances were interesting, and all of this made the camp even more special. All in all, it was a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to go back! Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity.