Our ensemble began as a competitive clogging team in the 1980’s. While performing in Silver Dollar City in Brason Missouri the team received in invitation to attend festivals in Poland in 1996. Each year the IRME repertoire has grown to include dances and costumes of a broad spectrum of American Folklore. Each country we have visited  has a place in our hearts.  We believe in the wonderful opportunity to share and learn through folkloric presentation. To help promote the sharing of cultures we now help to host a folk festival in our own city, bringing 10-12 teams each year to stay with host families and share the music and dance of their own culture. Listed below are the festivals we have visited since 1996.


1996 Poland

Contact person: Jerzy Chmiel
Festivals:Week of Beskidy Culture, Zielona Gora

1998 Belgium and Hungary

Contact person: Szigetvari Jozsef – Hungary
Freddy Nauwynck – Belgium
Festivals: Kasteelfeessten Torhout, Belgium
Summerfest – Szazhalombatta, Hungary

2000 Brazil

Contact Person: Paulo Dutra
Festival: Passo Fundo Festival International

2002 Italy

Contact Person: Roberto Pei
Festival: Narni International Festival

2003 Mexico

Festival: Festival “Zacatecas, Mexico”

2004  Idaho International Dance and Music Festival

2005 Taiwan

Festival:  I-Ian International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival

2005 Calgary Stampede Parade    Calgary,Canada

2006 Bulgaria

Festivals: Festival Veliko Tarnovo, Folklore Festival Plovdiv

2008 Poland

Contact: Jerzy Chmiel President Polish Section CIOFF

Festivals: Lublin-Intertaional Folklore Meeting, Wlodawa-International Polesjan Summer With Folklore, International Podlaski Folklore Fair

2010 Spain/Portugal/Azores

Contact: CIOFF SPAIN , Cesario Pereira

Festivals: Gulpihares International Folklore Festival, Festival Azores, Festival Badajoz

2012 Turkey

Contact: CIOFF Turkey, Muammer ARSLAN, General Secretary

Festivals: Buyukcekmece/Istanbul Folklore Festival **Judges Choice Award, Silivri Yogurt and Folk Festival