Tidewater Traditional Dance

Contra Dance, International Folk Dance and British Isles Dance come together to support the community's dancers.


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Virginia Beach International Folk Dance Club

Every Friday Night 7:30 PM

        September through May

     Fee: $3 for TCDC Members; $4 for non-members    

Come solo, with friends, or with a partner! 
Many of the dances are fun group dances and
are taught throughout the night by various members and experienced dancers.

Shoes must be soft sole and clean (athletic shoes are fine), or you can dance in socks. The floor is a comfortable, cushioned workout mat.

For More Information Call Ben at 757 380-6979


Aikido of Norfolk
701 Baker Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Directions: From I-64;
Northampton exit
right onto Wesleyan Drive
right onto Baker Road
the Studio is on the right
(after the 7-11 on the left; continue about 500 feet). 
The Studio is a quonset hut shape & the sign is not lit -keep your eyes open!
Click here for a MAP link

What is International Folk Dance?

International Folk Dance celebrates dances from all over the world. Folk dance means just that - dances that people have made up and danced for many years, sometimes for hundreds of years, making them traditional dances for their areas. The club has learned them through workshops with expert teachers and dance them each week enjoying their unique styles. Dance styles range from slow and relaxing to fast and energetic, from simple to expert levels. Primarily dances are done in a line or in a circle of dancers holding hands; however, many dances are couple dances, done either in a circle of couples or in sets.


             Upcoming Events



"Makemie Woods" at Eastover Retreat Center

 International Folkdance Weekend 

April 7-8, 2018


 VBIFDC has for many years held a dance weekend at Makemie Woods unfortunately Makemie Woods has now closed it's doors. We searched far and wide for a new location that would meet our needs. We have found an excellent replacement! Eastover Retreat Center located just over the James River from Jamestown which has a Great Room for dancing (and for Suze's store and for visiting on the couch and over stuffed chairs.) Motel-like rooms for overnight guests which give us a much more comfortable situation. There is a full kitchen with an oven, microwave and refrigerator.


Eastover Retreat Center

601 Eastover Drive, Spring Grove, VA 23881 

Eastover Retreat Telephone: 757-294-3636 for general information.


Reserve and pay online with a credit card NOW!  

Click Here to Sing Up and Pay Online!

Please reserve and make payment two weeks prior (March 24th) to hold your reservation.

OR - Make checks payable to: VBIFDC and mail to 111 Park Avenue, Newport News, VA:

Saturday: 3-6 PM - Teaching; 6-7 PM - Potluck Dinner; 7PM–wee hours- Request Dancing

Sunday: Potluck Breakfast 8-10 AM; 10 AM – 12 Noon

Cost: Room and workshop, both days: $40 adults, $20 children (ages 3-18).  Family Room $110.

Saturday only: $10 each for the afternoon workshop or evening party, or $20 for both.


Practical Details

Ø  When: Arrive around 3:00 pm Saturday to start dancing. Dinner is around 6:30 pm. Dancing continues until we drop. Sunday we clean up and depart around noon.

Ø  Meals: All meals are potluck.  (There is a kitchen!)  Please bring a dish to share for Saturday night’s dinner, and something for breakfast on Sunday.  Please bring snacks and drinks too.  There is one main refrigerator, a microwave oven, and a stove.  Crock pots are always helpful.  Please label your dishes and utensils.

Ø  Dress: Casual dress is good for all teaching sessions.  You may want to bring something a little dressier for the evening’s party (still casual though).  Bring shoes for dancing, extra socks, and shoes for walks on the large retreat grounds.  Bug repellent may come in handy if you would like to hike in the surrounding area.

Ø  Other Things to Bring: In addition to the food and dress described above, you will need personal items for an overnight stay. Our new location has "motel" rooms so bedding supplies are NOT necessary!!

Ø  For info on the event or paying call: Jill @ 757-927-2979


How to find Eastover Retreat Center

601 Eastover Drive, Spring Grove, VA 23881

 From "The WIlliamsburg Area" take Hwy I-64 to Hwy. 199 toward Jamestown; turn south onto Jamestown Road toward Jamestown.  Take the Ferry across the James River; once off the ferry go 3.2 miles on VA-31.  Turn right onto Rocky Bottom Rd., (Rt. 620).  Go 1.1 miles then continue straight at stop sign onto Rt. 626 and drive 0.9 miles.  Turn right onto Southwark Rd. (Rt. 618) and drive 2.0 miles, turn left onto Swann's Pt. Rd. (Rt. 610)  and drive 2.7 miles.  Turn right onto Eastover Drive.  See more instructions below.

 From Southside VA Beach or Norfolk: Using the Midtown Tunnel (US-58) stay in the right lane to get onto Hwy 164. Merge onto Hwy 17 Bridge Rd.  Drive about 9 miles; then take a left at a signal onto Hwy 258 South, Brewer's Neck Road.  After 3.3 miles, turn right at Benn's Church to continue on  258 South; drive for about 24 miles.  (After Smithfield, this road becomes Hwy 10).  At a traffic light in Surry you will see a Citgo Station on the left;  at that intersection go straight, on Lebanon Rd. (Rt. 626) for another 2.7 miles.  Turn right onto Southwark Rd (Rt. 618); drive for 2.0 miles; then turn left onto VA-610 drive 2.7 miles to Eastover Drive; Turn right into Eastover. See further instructions below.  

 From Richmond or further North: From I-64 take I-295 toward US-60/Rocky Mt NC: drive about 12.8 miles. Take exit 15-A to merge onto VA-10 East toward Hopewell; drive about 26.2 miles.  Turn left onto Route 646 towards Spring Grove (the "Parth Market" is at the corner of Rt. 646 and  Rt. 10). In 0.2 miles bear right onto Swann's Pt. Rd. (Rt. 610); Stay on 610 for 4.8 miles; turn left into Eastover. See instructions below.

 Once at Eastover Retreat: The road winds through the woods about 1/4 mile, then there will be a split in the road; take a right and go towards the Office.  Turn right at the "Office" sign, drive past the Office and follow the road until it turns left. You will see an opening and some buildings, our building is to the left and it looks like an old style "Travel Lodge" motel.  Come in the main room for your room assignment. (See attached maps of the local area and Eastover Retreat Center.)