The Performing Folk Dancers (PFD) of Balboa Park was organized in 1991 as an appendix to the International Dance Association in Balboa Park, specifically dedicated to preservation and presentation of international folk dances. In the intervening 27 years, the Performing Folk Dancers of Balboa Park have performed countless times at ethnic programs, multi-cultural fairs, private parties and weddings, community celebrations, and other events where an international flavor is desired.
Also operating under the name of the “Gemuetlichkeit Alpine Dancers”, the troupe is a regular participant at the German-American Society Oktoberfest in El Cajon and elsewhere at similar festivals throughout the southern California area. Outside the San Diego area, the PFD has performed in Burbank, Orange County, Big Bear, and several venues in Riverside County. The troupe performs dances and suites of dances from many different countries and ethnic areas around the world – especially from Europe, but also from North America, Latin America, Asia, and Australia.
The group participates regularly during the warmer months at the Sunday afternoon Lawn Programs sponsored by the House of Pacific Relations in Balboa Park. Each year the PFD receives requests to assist the various affiliated cottages in their annual programs – usually about 8 to 10 such programs annually. The PFD performed many years for the Wild Animal Park (now San Diego Zoo Safari Park) Festival of Lights, as well as Balboa Park’s December Nights. ****
Italian Show 10/01/05
Polish Lowicz Costumes 05/04/08
Other frequent performance venues include the annual San Diego Sicilian Festival, Pacific Beach Polish Festival, Encinitas and La Mesa Oktoberfests, Museum of Man Tower after Hours programs, Hilltop Recreation Center (Penasquitos), North County Sons of Italy Festival, and the San Diego City College multi-cultural fair. A number of years ago, the PFD performed in connection with the Romanov Jewels exhibit in Balboa Park (Russian dances), the America’s Cup (French dances), various local sister-city events (Vladivostok – Russian dances), and a local Chinese New Year celebration (Philippine and Portuguese dances). Currently, the PFD is regularly performing several times a year for the Customs and Immigration Service Naturalization Hearings at Golden Hall. In the spirit of civic cooperation, the PFD frequently performs as service to schools, churches, retirement homes, and community and charitable organizations.