1,800 dancers raise roof at Lithuanian North American Folk Dance Festival

Abruselis. A dance about washing, drying and folding linen towels
Foto: Sokiu Svente 2016

Nearly 1,800 dancers hit the floor to celebrate the 15th North American Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival in Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena this weekend.

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Dance troupes came from all over the United States, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles but also closer, like the Baltimore suburbs.

The crowd cheered as 1,800 dancers streamed onto the arena floor.

Waltzed and polkaing, the thousands of dancers wiled away Sunday afternoon in the traditional way their grandparents and great grandparents would have danced in Lithuania.

"You're keeping the culture going," Rytis Grybauskas, a dance instructor at the Baltimore Lithuanian Hall told the Baltimore Sun.

The festival featured 45 troupes from 29 cities. The oldest dancer was aged 77; the youngest, aged seven.

The North American Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival has been held every four years since 1957.

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