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Oglebay Institute Folk Dance Camps

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Information: A Folk Dance camp (1951-1998).

The Oglebay Institute Folk Dance Camp, held at Camp Russell in beautiful Oglebay Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, brought together the finest in folk and square dancing, nationality meals, good fellowship, and fun in both Spring and Fall. In the camp programs both the beginner and advanced dancers would find new and interesting dances.

Oglebay Institute Folk Dance Camp's Mission and Goals were:

  1. For social and recreational interaction with fellow dancers for a healthier-happier world.
  2. To discover and understand that dance with music is "The Universal Language."
  3. For dancers, folk dance teacher, and leadership development.
  4. To Educate that dancing is the best social-fun activity for a healthier-happier world.

They believed in the inherit social values and health benefits of music and dance; therefore, Folk Dancing should:

  1. Maintain accessibility to the general population.
  2. Be passed on from person to person and generation to generation.
  3. Include of all nationalities and ethnicities.
  4. Include all dances that are older then fifty years.

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