International Folk Culture Center at OLLU

International Folk Culture Center at OLLU




 411 SW 24th St., San Antonio, TX 78207

The International Folk Culture Center (IFCC) offers a variety of programs and activities–including international folk dancing, contra dancing, line dancing, square dancing, "cultural focus nights" (which may include culinary explorations!), Zumba Fitness classes and more, that encourage friendship and understanding through participation and sharing in dance, cuisine, music, and art.

Objectives of IFCC are to promote the perservation of dance heritage, create comparison among cultures, and avoid conflict between people. It is impossible to feel hatred or resentment while holding hands and dancing together. 

The International Folk Culture Center (IFCC), Inc. was created in 1995 to promote friendship, unity, and mental and physical fitness through music and dance. For several years it was its own entity as a 501c3, and was housed but not supported by the University. Now, thanks to a generous donation by Dr. Janice Mendelson, the IFCC has become part of the University, with a goal to achieve Dr. Mendelson’s dream: "My mission is to understand each other". As part of Dr. Mendelson’s gift agreement, the University, Student Life Division, took the IFCC under its wing of responsibility.

One of the IFCC’s goals is to partner with other organizations interested in music and dance, such as the San Antonio Folk Dance Community, San Antonio Dance Umberlla, and the City of San Antonio’s Park and Recreation Dept’s Cultural Arts Division. Other divisions of Our Lady of the Lake University, such as the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dept of Student Leadership & Development, will receive the IFCC’s support in multicultural ventures. IFCC intends to host workshops and festivals for students of all ages in order to enrich their lives by providing cultural activities in which the they can participate.