Folk Dance Scene
By Dick Oakes
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In 1965, Dick Oakes took over as editor of a newsletter published by Bill Rosenthal to kick-start a new newsletter. The new "Folkdance Scene" (actually titled "What's New on the Folkdance Scene of the Folk Dance Federation - South") had sections on Teaching This Month, Current Events, 1965 California Folk Dance Camps, News (Special Events), and flyers for Westwood, Santa Monica Folk Dancers, Folk Dance Study Group, and Wednesday Nite Kolo Klass.
Later that year, Liesl Barnett joined Dick as a co-editor of "Folkdance Scene" (still with the longer title).
In 1967, Paul Pritchard replaced Liesl as co-editor with Dick, a post Paul was to soon to hold by himself for 15 years. Emphasis was on the calendar, but also clubs' special events and flyers added to the content. Paul also included articles highlighting people who contributed much to folk dancing. Pictures were supplied by John Filcich and covers were done by Walt Metcalf.
By April of 1970, the word "Folkdance" was been split in two, to read "Folk Dance." In 1976, the July/August became a combined issue, leaving an 11-issue year. The next year, May/June also became a combined issue, thus cutting the year down to 10 issues. Paul continued editing Scene through the July/August, 1982 issue.
In September, 1982, Mitch and Laurie Allen took over as editors and upgraded the appearance and format of the new Folk Dance Scene." It became more of a magazine rather than a newsletter. They continued the magazine until the October, 1984 issue.
With the November, 1984 issue of Scene, Marvin Smith and Teri Hoffman became co-editors, a job they continued 14 years until January, 1999. They added photographs, did considerable research, and wrote many detailed articles on folk-dance related subjects.
The February, 1999 issue saw a committee take over the editorial undertaking with Jay and Jill Michtom as coordinators. They also moved the July/August combined issue to December/January. With the February, 2007 issue, Jay became the sole coordinator. The September, 2014 issue ushered in the age of color to the magazine, bringing it into the 21st century. As of the current year, Jay is still coordinator of Folk Dance Scene, the longest term of any editor.