22nd Annual


   Come celebrate traditional and ethnic dance and music at the most diverse and extensive dance event in the Delaware Valley. From Friday night through Sunday evening the Heritage Dance Festival bustles with dances, workshops, performances, and related activities. Choose from contras and squares, international folk, swing, English country, waltzing, Cajun, Latin, and much much more.

   Over 1700 people attended last year's festival, which featured more than 100 events for all ages and levels of experience. This year's festival promises to be even more fabulous.

   Heritage loves music and musicians. There are open band sessions for contra, English country, and international folk dances as well as jams, music workshops, and sing-alongs. Beginners and virtuosos alike are welcome!

   On Sunday afternoon, Heritage on Stage presents exhilarating performances by ethnic, traditional, and contemporary dance troupes.

   The festival includes a merchandise and crafts bazaar, tempting ethnic and American foods, and a Silent Auction fundraiser.

   Heritage is an all-volunteer festival. Performers, teachers, leaders, and organizers all generously donate their time and talent. Throughout the weekend hundreds of people contribute in dozens of different ways to create a fantastic festival.

This not-to-be missed event is sponsored by the Heritage Dance Association.

To New Dancers
  There is no better place to learn participatory dancing. The festival offers beginner's workshops in a sweeping range of dance styles and dance parties to exercise your new skills. Come alone or with a partner or better yet, bring a group of friends! Once you've been bitten by the dance bug, you'll find that the Philadelphia region abounds with places to dance seven nights a week.

To Dance Addicts
  Indulge your passion with continuous contra, English country, swing, and international dancing throughout the weekend. The festival offers dances and workshops at the intermediate and advanced levels to satisfy your desire for extraordinary dancing and dynamic musicians and callers to please your ears and set your feet in motion.

To All Who Attend

  • abandon yourself to your favorite dance
  • be bold: learn a new one
  • jam with enthusiasm
  • lift your voice in a joyful noise
  • marvel at the grace and verve and talent of the Heritage On Stage performers
  • revel in spirited music
  • shop for shoes to dance in, the skirt that twirls just so, the must-have music, the ethnic craft to add to your collection
  • bid on a find
  • feast on international and American food
  • find an old friend, meet a new one
  • tap your toes, snap your fingers, clap your hands, stomp, twirl, swing, sashay, dip - even whoop if you must
  • come, dance away day into night


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