University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Carol and Forrest Johnson


Carol Johnson and Forrest Johnson began folk dancing over 20 years ago after taking some disco and ballroom dance classes at the YWCA. By the late 1980s they had become the leaders of the International Institute Folk Dancers, and when the Institute moved to a building that had no dance space in the early 1990s, they led the group to an independent status: the Tuesday Night Folk Dancers meeting at Hart Park. Forrest and Carol have been committee members and cochairmen of Regional June Camp, an annual weekend folk dance camp. They have also worked as teachers and staff assistants at the Door County Folk Festival for more than 12 years. In 2001, a U.S. Flag flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., was awarded to Forrest and Carol at the request of Senator Herb Kohl "... in honor of their work in promoting the ethnic foundations of America through International Folk Dancing." In 2002 a proclamation was presented to them by the Mayor of Wauwatosa for "... dedicated preservation and promotion of... international folk dance and music in our community."