LET'S DANCE! MAGAZINE
PUBLISHED BY THE FOLK DANCE FEDERATION

Let's Dance! magazine has been published by the Folk Dance Federation of California since 1944. While is it currently edited by Loui Tucker, there have been almost two dozen editors in the 70+ years it has been published.

In the early years it appeared 12 times a year. In 1958 the editor reduced it to 10 times a year. For a brief time in 1981-1982 there were only 8 issues per year. The magazine has changed a lot over the years -- content, format, paper stock, from black-and-white to color -- but it has survived. For example, there was once a great deal of interest in folk dance costumes and recipes for international food. Those interests have faded, so articles in Let's Dance! on those subjects are rare.

The Archives Committee is in the process of digitizing the over 750 issues. We started with issues where there were several copies and one could be sacrificed, sliced apart, and scanned. As you can imagine, this takes time. We started with a few from each decade so viewers could see some of the changes mentioned above.

Below are the 650 or so we have scanned as of November 2016. The collection below is complete through 2006. A big thank you to Federation Past-President Craig Blackstone and Federation member Laura Douglass who allowed us to scan several hundred issues in their collections.

Addendum February 2017: Thank you to the Estate of Marcel Vinokur that donated the first 10 issues of Let's Dance! magazine, then called The Federation Folk Dancer. More information about the name-change here. These issues appear to be photocopies on white paper of the originals; we know the originals were printed on goldenrod paper. Marcel had complete sets of many folkdance-related publications as well as syllabi, books, and dance descriptions.

Enjoy the ones we've scanned so far. The covers alone are worth your time! Two special items are (1) the "Let's Don't" mini-magazine that was published in June of 1947 and (2) a 63-page Yearbook published in September-October of 1949. Keep in mind these issues were published before computers or databases, without the internet or email, and everything was typed on a typewriter.

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We have already organized and digitized the dance descriptions that appeared in each issue (except for a few). They can be found here.

In addition, we organized and digitized the interviews and articles about local and nationally known teachers, choreographers, researchers and dance leaders. Those articles can be found here.

1944 January
1944 February
1944 March
1944 April
1944 May
1944 June
1944 July
1944 August
1944 September

Although the publication existed for 9 months prior to October of 1944, it took the name "Let's Dance" that month as Vol. 1, No. 10. More information about the name change here In those first years, the name was just "Let's Dance."

1944 October
1944 November-December

1945 January
1945 February
1945 March
1945 April
1945 May
1945 June
1945 July
1945 August
1945 September
1945 October
1945 November
1945 December

1946 January
1946 February
1946 March
1946 April
1946 May
1946 June
1946 July
1946 August
1946 September
1946 October
1946 November
1946 December

1947 January
1947 February
1947 March
1947 April

1947 May
1947 June
1947 June Let's Don't!
1947 July
1947 August
1947 September
1947 October
1947 November
1947 December

1948 January
1948 February
1948 March

1948 April
1948 May
1948 June
1948 July
1948 August
1948 September
1948 October
1948 November
1948 December

1949 January
1949 February
1949 March
1949 April

1949 May
1949 June
1949 July
1949 August
1949 Sept-Oct YEAR BOOK
1949 November
1949 December

The exclamation mark at the end (Let's Dance!) made a brief appearance from January 1950 to May 1953.

1950 January
1950 February
1950 March
1950 April
1950 May
1950 June
1950 July
1950 August

1950 September
1950 October
1950 November
1950 December

1951 January
1951 February
1951 March
1951 April
1951 May
1951 June
1951 July
1951 August
1951 September
1951 October
1951 November
1951 December

1952 January
1952 February
1952 March
1952 April
1952 May
1952 June
1952 July
1952 August
1952 September
1952 October
1952 November
1952 December

1953 January
1953 February
1953 March
1953 April

Note: In May of 1953, Let's Dance! lost its exclamation mark again and became Let's Dance. The exclamation mark re-appeared in 2004.

1953 May
1953 June
1953 July
1953 August
1953 September
1953 October
1953 November
1953 December

1954 January
1954 February
1954 March
1954 April
1954 May
1954 June
1954 July
1954 August
1954 September
1954 October
1954 November
1954 December

1955 January
1955 February
1955 March
1955 April
1955 May
1955 June
1955 July
1955 August
1955 September
1955 October
1955 November
1955 December

1956 January
1956 February

1956 March
1956 April
1956 May
1956 June
1956 July
There was no August
issue in 1956 because
the editor changed. The size of the magazine also changed from 8.5"x11" to 5.5"x8.5" which it remained until it returned to the 8.5"x11" format in July-August 1989 issue.
1956 September
1956 October
1956 November
1956 December

1957 January
1957 February
1957 March
1957 April
1957 May
1957 June
1957 July
1957 August
1957 September
1957 October
1957 November
1957 December

 

1958 January
1958 February
1958 March
1958 April
1958 May
1958 June-July
1958 August-September
1958 October
1958 November
1958 December

1959 January
1959 February
1959 March
1959 April
1959 May
1959 June-July
1959 August-September
1959 October
1959 November
1959 December

1960 January
1960 February
1960 March
1960 April
1960 May
1960 June-July

1960 August-September
1960 October
1960 November
1960 December

1961 January
1961 February
1961 March
1961 April
1961 May
1961 June-July
1961 August-September
1961 October
1961 November
1961 December

1962 January
1962 February
1962 March
1962 April
1962 May
1962 June-July
1962 August-September
1962 October
1962 November

1962 December

1963 January
1963 February
1963 March
1963 April
1963 May
1963 June-July
1963 August-September
1963 October
1963 November
1963 December

1964 January
1964 February
1964 March
1964 April
1964 May
1964 June-July
1964 August-September
1964 October
1964 November
1964 December

1965 January
1965 February
1965 March
1965 April
1965 May
1965 June-July
1965 August-September
1965 October
1965 November
1965 December

1966 January
1966 February
1966 March
1966 April
1966 May
1966 June-July
1966 August-September
1966 October
1966 November
1966 December

1967 January
1967 February
1967 March
1967 April
1967 May
1967 June-July
1967 August-September
1967 October
1967 November
1967 December

1968 January
1968 February
1968 March
1968 April
1968 May
1968 June-July
1968 August-September
1968 October
1968 November
1968 December

1969 January
1969 February
1969 March
1969 April
1969 May
1969 June-July
1969 August-September
1969 October
1969 November
1969 December

1970 January
1970 February
1970 March
1970 April
1970 May
1970 June-July
1970 August-September
1970 October
1970 November

1971 January
1971 February
1971 March
1971 April
1971 May
1971 June-July
1971 August-September
1971 October
1971 November
1971 December

1972 January
1972 February
1972 March
1972 April
1972 May
1972 June-July
1972 August-September
1972 October
1972 November
1972 December

1973 January
1973 February
1973 March
1973 April
1973 May
1973 June-July
1973 August-September
1973 October
1973 November
1973 December

1974 January
1974 February

1974 March
1974 April
1974 May-June
1974 July-August
1974 September
1974 October
1974 November
1974 December

1975 January
1975 February
1975 March
1975 April
1975 May-June
1975 July-August
1975 September
1975 October
1975 November
1975 December

1976 January
1976 February
1976 March
1976 April
1976 May-June
1976 September
1976 July-August
1976 October
1976 November
1976 December


 

1977 January
1977 February
1977 March
1977 April
1977 May-June
1977 July-August
1977 September
1977 October
1977 November
1977 December

1978 January
1978 February
1978 March
1978 April
1978 May-June
1978 July-August
1978 September
1978 October
1978 November
1978 December

1979 January
1979 February
1979 March
1979 April
1979 May-June
1979 July-August
1979 September
1979 October
1979 November
1979 December

1980 January
1980 February
1980 March
1980 April
1980 May-June
1980 July-August
1980 September

1980 October
1980 November
1980 December

1981 January
1981 February
1981 March
1981 April
1981 May-June

1981 July-August
1981 Sept-Oct
1981 November-December

1982 January-February
1982 March-April
1982 May-June
1982 July-August
1982 September
1982 October
1982 November
1982 December

1983 January
1983 February
1983 March
1983 April
1983 May-June
1983 July-August
1983 September
1983 October
1983 November
1983 December

1984 January
1984 February
1984 March
1984 April
1984 May-June
1984 July-August
1984 September
1984 October
1984 November
1984 December

1985 January
1985 February
1985 March

1985 April
1985 May-June
1985 July-August
1985 September
1985 October
1985 November
1985 December

1986 January
1986 February
1986 March
1986 April
1986 May-June
1986 July-August
1986 September
1986 October
1986 November
1986 December

1987 January
1987 February
1987 March
1987 April
1987 May-June
1987 July-August
1987 September
1987 October
1987 November
1987 December

1988 January
1988 February
1988 March
1988 April
1988 May-June
1988 July-August
1988 September
1988 October
1988 November
1988 December

1989 January
1989 February
1989 March
1989 April
1989 May-June
1989 July-August
1989 September
1989 October
1989 November
1989 December

1990 January
1990 February

1990 March
1990 April
1990 May-June
1990 July-August
1990 September
1990 October
1990 November
1990 December

1991 January
1991 February

1991 March
1991 April
1991 May-June
1991 July-August
1991 October
1991 November
1991 December

1992 January
1992 February
1992 March
1992 April
1992 May-June
1992 July-August
1992 September
1992 October
1992 November
1992 December

1993 January
1993 February
1993 March
1993 April
1993 May-June
1993 July-August
1993 September
1993 October
1993 November
1993 December

1994 January
1994 February

1994 March
1994 April
1994 July-August
1994 September

1994 October
1994 November
1994 December

1995 January
1995 February
1995 March
1995 April
1995 May-June
1995 July-August
1995 September
1995 October
1995 December

1996 January
1996 February
1996 March
1996 April
1996 May-June
1996 July-August
1996 September
1996 October
1996 November
1996 December

1997 January
1997 February
1997 March
1997 April
1997 May-June
1997 July-August
1997 September
1997 October
1997 November
1997 December

1998 January
1998 February
1998 March
1998 April
1998 May-June
1998 July-August
1998 September
1998 October
1998 November
1998 December

1999 January
1999 February
1999 March

1999 April
1999 May-June
1999 July-August
1999 September
1999 October
1999 November
1999 December

2000 January
2000 February
2000 March
2000 April
2000 May-June
2000 July-August
2000 September
2000 October

2000 November
2000 December

2001 January
2001 February
2001 March
2001 April
2001 May-June
2001 July-August
2001 September
2001 October
2001 November
2001 December

2002 January
2002 February
2002 March
2002 April
2002 May-June
2002 July-August
2002 September
2002 October
2002 November
2002 December

2003 January
2003 February
2003 March
2003 April
2003 May-June
2003 July-August
2003 September
2003 October
2003 November
2003 December

Let's Dance became Let's Dance! (with an exclamation mark) in February 2004 when Gary Anderson took over as editor. See May 1953.

2004 January
2004 February
2004 March
2004 April
2004 May-June
2004 July-August
2004 September
2004 October
2004 November
2004 December

2005 January
2005 February
2005 March
2005 April
2005 May-June
2005 July-August
2005 September
2005 October
2005 November
2005 December

2006 January
2006 February
2006 March
2006 April
2006 May-June
2006 July-August
2006 September
2006 October
2006 November
2006 December

The collection is complete to here. We are now in the process of scanning the issues from 2007 forward.

2007 January
2007 February
2007 March
2007 April
2007 May-June
2007 July-August
2007 September
2007 October
2007 November
2007 December

2008 January
2008 February
2008 March
2008 April

2008 May-June
2008 July-August
2008 September
2008 October
2008 November
2008 December

2009 January
2009 February
2009 March
2009 April
2009 May-June
2009 July-August
2009 September
2009 October
2009 November
2009 December

2010 January
2010 February
2010 March
2010 April
2010 May-June
2010 July-August
2010 September
2010 October
2010 November
2010 December

2011 January
2011 February
2011 March
2011 April
2011 May-June
2011 July-August
2011 September
2011 October
2011 November
2011 December