Arts Feature: Tapestry Folkdance Center

Looking to learn some new moves, try a new form of exercise, pick up a new hobby, or explore cultural dance traditions? Tapestry Folkdance Center in the Longfellow neighborhood can contribute to all three. Tapestry offers a variety of dances including swing, contra, Bollywood, Romani, and more. It is a non-profit dance center dedicated to folk dances.

According to the Tapestry Dance Center, their story revolves around “​starting in 1983, born out of dance groups like Saltari Dance Emporium. In its early years, Tapestry Folkdance Center had a somewhat “nomadic” history, moving from a high school (the former Marshall “U” High) to a long-term stay at Sabathani Community Center on 38th Street in South Minneapolis. In 1999, Tapestry Folkdance Center acquired its building.” Nestled on Minnehaha Ave, Tapestry has been embedded in the area and has been providing fun lessons to the community for decades.

There are plenty of ways to dive in and get started and lots of options for which kind of dance you’re interested in or what your schedule is like. They have weekly dance classes from morning to night such as Joyfully Dancing, Adult Modern Dance, Zumba with Sadie, and more. They also have 55+ and couples classes.


Additionally, they also host concerts of all kinds throughout the year featuring a variety of musicians. Some of these artists include Amaryllis, Compass Rose, and Contratopia.

If you’re interested in supporting the center outside of dance participation, there are donation and volunteer opportunities as well.

Between all of the fun options for every demographic, concerts, volunteering, and other sorts of fun activities, Tapestry Folk Dance Center truly has something for everyone creative in the community.

Tapestry Folkdance Center

Address: 3748 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406


Phone: (612) 722-2914


Hours: 11am to 8pm, Monday – Friday