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Chicago SummerDance in Place on YouTube

An at-home version of this Chicago summertime tradition is on YouTube. Presented by DCASE with the Chicago Park District, the reimagined series was filmed in Millennium Park and at Chicago Park district locations, featuring skyline views and iconic imagery.

Following the traditional SummerDance model, each program starts with a 30-minute dance lesson, followed by 60 minutes of music performed by local artists. Dance and music styles are Line Dance (copyright issues have blocked this video in Canada), Cumbia, Swing, Bollywood & Bhangra, Salsa, and House.

All programs can be viewed on the Chicago DCASE site here.

By |2020-08-08T10:43:30-07:00August 8th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, International, Workshop|0 Comments

Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver “Virtual” Dance – August 12

On Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 pm PT, Scandinavian Dancer of Vancouver will hold a Zoom session.  Anyone interested in peeking in or participating is very welcome.  Just click on this link Virtual Scandinavian Dance and we’ll send the Zoom URL and all the information you need.

Given that we are unable to meet in person, we have been gathering via Zoom to get some exercise to beautiful traditional Scandinavian music, and some “different” music we have been throwing in just for fun.  In each virtual session, we teach a dance that can be done without a partner.  Then during the open dancing part of the evening, we play some couple dance music so people can dance inside their “bubble” or just listen.

The tentative plan for the evening is as follows:

  1. 7:30 – 8:00 pm Pacific Time – Join In and Social Time
  2. 8:00 – 8:20 pm – Dance Teaching – BOOT SCOOTIN’ BOOGIE
  3. 8:20 – 8:50 pm – Recorded Music – dance along in your living room or just listen
  4. 8:50 – 9:10 pm – “Coffee Break” and Announcements
  5. 9:10 – 9:40 pm – Recorded Music and Last Waltz

More info: Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver […]

By |2020-08-07T12:09:00-07:00August 7th, 2020|Dance, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

“East Coast” Virtual Camp August 14 – 16, 2020

Happy Saturday, everyone!
After a really fun “West Coast” weekend, we’ve decided to do it again–with an East Coast twist. Join us for our second Virtual Camp on August 14-16, 2020. Our website will update with faculty and performers as they’re added, and you can register here. Read on for additional details!
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In 1977, the EEFC offered the first of many wonderful getaway Balkan Music & Dance Workshops. In 2020, we’re excited to roll with the punches and debut our online edition, which you can enjoy from the comfort of home.
Thanks to high-speed internet, we continue to welcome new friends and old to our community of musicians, singers, dancers, and those who love them. Beginners and advanced practitioners will continue to “rub shoulders” while benefiting from the expertise of our extraordinary teaching staff and enjoying bliss-inducing live-music performances. We can’t provide the traditional rustic redwoods setting nor a superb glamping experience in the Catskills, but this Virtual Camp weekend retains our signature style—an immersive learning experience that opens hearts and minds to the beauty of Balkan music, dance, and culture.
The Platform
We’re using 
By |2020-08-06T14:08:01-07:00August 6th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Information, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Online Israeli dance workshop this Saturday, August 8!

If we’ve learned anything at all during this pandemic
It’s that our finding fun should be anything but academic!
We have options galore to dance around the world
Such opportunities help our flags come unfurled.
 
Are you stuck in a rut?  Now try other things!
Social distancing allows us to stretch our dance wings!
Try this and try that – there’s nothing to lose
We can go anywhere virtually, do anything we choose!
 
I strongly suggest that you join us on Saturday
When an Israeli dance workshop will be underway.
Aaron Alpert’s the leader and he’s ready to rock
Don’t hesitate, everyone to this workshop should flock!
 
Links of importance for August 8
  • The log-in link can be found here on the Folk Arts Center’s website.
  • Donations to support this workshop and the Folk Arts Center of New England can be made by clicking here.
Looking ahead – August 15 and 22
  • August 15: Richard Powers, regaling us with a history of the evolution of swing dance, highlighting in particular the Big Apple dance club in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • August 22: Gergana Panova, joining us for the first time online as she presents Bulgarian dances with charm and enthusiasm!
Take my […]
By |2020-08-06T13:59:52-07:00August 6th, 2020|Dance, Israeli, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Kypseli Virtual Greek dance workshop with Joseph Graziosi Sat August 8

Pasted GraphicKypseli Greek Dance Center is hosting a virtual Greek dance workshop with Joseph Graziosi via Zoom on Saturday, August 8 from his home on Cape Cod, MA.

He plans on demonstrating leader variations and improvisations for Kritikos Syrtos and Levendikos/Pusteno and more.

See www.kypseli.org for details.

1:00 pm PDT
3:00 pm CDT
4:00 pm EDT
23:00 in Greece

Join the workshop:
https://zoom.us/j/99879798930

Donations welcome via
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Email
for alternate ways to donate.
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By |2020-08-06T13:36:25-07:00August 4th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Online Balkan Fest with Roberto on Zoom

We have two events coming up this week that we would love to see you at!

First, on Wednesday, August 5th, I’ll be at Laguna International Dancers meeting, running the party from 6-8 pm Pacific Time (Playlist for the evening is here):

or visit
Then, we’re gonna have a Balkan Online Party on Sunday, August 9th starting at 7pm CEST (1pm EST and 10am PDT), using the Zoom platform.
Join the next Zoom Meeting to see others taking part and chat
Meeting ID: 312 594 1469
The Party is free. Please spread the word. Share it with your folk dance friends.
Looking forward to staying in touch and seeing everybody
Roberto
Hi, how are you? Hope this email finds you healthy and safe.
I’d like to share with you some information about my virtual parties.
During these difficult times of self-isolation, I’ve put together a calendar of virtual events that will keep our Folk Dance Community connected to both the music and the dances we all love and allow us to find new ways to share and be together while still apart.
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By |2020-08-03T10:25:27-07:00August 3rd, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Global Folk Dance Party – August 15, 3pm – 6pm Pacific Time

Hi friends,

Our next Global Folk Dance Party is in less than 3 weeks.

We love having people from around the world come together in a global party. In addition to our regular Dance Leaders, we’ll be joined by three guest Dance Leaders.

  • Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
  • Times: 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Pacific Time Zone, check google to see what time it is where you live
  • Where: Online using Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/600066908

A few things:

Thank you for the ideas, requests and feedback to […]

By |2020-07-29T14:30:24-07:00July 29th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Lee Otterholt Dances from the Balkans Saturday July 25

Lee Otterholt

Dances from the Balkans

Online via Zoom!

Saturday, July 25, 2020
2:00-4:00pm EDT

The link to join this workshop will be posted here by July 24.

Lee Otterholt is a master teacher of International Folk Dance, teaching at workshops, festivals and seminars all over the USA and Canada. He is a leader of folk dance tours all over the world and leads and performs with the International Folk Dance ensemble SYRTAKI. He is also the lead singer in the International Folk Dance Band Sans Frontieres and the BalkanBeat band Zimzala.

Visit What you need to join to set up your computer or device to participate. This page will also present tips on how to maximize your technological viewing experience.

We are requesting a $10 donation for attending the workshop but any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting the Folk Arts Center of New England!

By |2020-07-21T13:24:34-07:00July 21st, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

NuLine Dance Workshop with Ira Weisburd Tuesday mornings

Come enjoy a one hour line dance workshop with Ira Weisburd featuring some of his most popular dances done around the world.

Every Tuesday morning at 10:30am EDT (that’s 7:30am PT)

Facebook “Live”: https://www.facebook.com/dancewithira

Contact person: Ira Weisburd ( )

Free Workshop. Donations can be sent to: www.paypal.me/dancewithira (20% of the proceeds are donated to the LDF Line Dance Foundation to assist the many instructors who have lost their classes due to COVID-19)

By |2020-07-25T10:28:58-07:00July 20th, 2020|Dance, Line dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Mainewoods 2020 E-vent Sunday Sept 6

Celebrating 25 Years of International Understanding Through Dance
Labor Day Sunday, September 6
Welcome to Mainewoods! 2020 is our 25th anniversary, so we will celebrate safely online this year. Hopefully next summer we will celebrate again in person!
Our one-day E-vent will start with a preview of our 2021 Featured Guests leading a dance Workshop from 3:00-5:00pm MFT (Maine Folkdance Time).
At 8:00pm we’ll start our 25/25 Dance Party and celebrate our 25 years with a program of 25 favorite dances taught at Mainewoods by 25 of our Featured Guests. The 25/25 dance party will be followed by a Binge Dance Party of late-night favorites!
Special guests and glimpses into life at camp will be included during the festivities.
All will be offered free of charge. More details will be coming in August. Stay tuned, and we hope to see you there!
By |2020-07-17T23:04:57-07:00July 17th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Virtual Kentucky Dance Institute July 19 to 24

VIRTUAL KDI 2020

Nothing can stop KDI!  This year we are holding a virtual Kentucky Dance Institute.  For 67 years KDI has brought folk dance, fun and family to thousands of people around the world.  Our mission hasn’t changed, just the delivery.  We are honored to have Ed Austin, Ahmet Lüleci, Joe Graziosi and Harry Khamis teach for us this year.

Each day, camp will be filled with folk dancing, social time, some long running KDI traditions and games.  Everything is free, please join us and celebrate our love of dance, community and family.  There is no need to register, but you can register here to help us gauge attendance.  Or you can subscribe to our mailing list below to get updates about camp and the other fun activities that we all enjoy.  (We promise not to spam you with lots of emails)

All you […]

By |2020-07-13T10:43:41-07:00July 13th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Virtual Online Bulgarian Folk Dance Class with Mitko Update

Come Join Dimitar Petrov on Fridays

Facebook group DANCE FRIENDS
5 pm Bulgarian time
3 pm London
4 pm Holland, Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Italy
10 pm Taiwan
11 pm Japan
10 am Florida and New York
7 am California
Please, share and invite your friends to join the group!
STAY HOME, BE HEALTHY AND ENJOY DANCING!

This is his weekly Friday Bulgarian & Beyond Folk Dance Classes.

Find them at Dance Friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1561373747415579/

By |2020-07-10T10:19:47-07:00July 10th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Stockton Folk Dance Camp July 11-18 Virtual Camp

July 2020
July 11-July 18
73rd Year Virtual Camp and Teachers/Musicians Fundraiser
DO YOU HAVE YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS?
There will be frequent raffle drawings during our week-long Virtual Camp. Don’t have your raffle tickets yet? Better get over to our website folkdancecamp.org, and look at the three Stockton Packages. Raffle tickets will only be available until July 10, and the free pre-Camp ukulele lessons on Zoom end on July 10 as well.TEACHER RESOURCES
If you have looked at the schedule, you know that Stockton’s Virtual Camp will include cooking classes with Aaron Alpert, Ahmet Luleci, and Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu. If you want the recipes and perhaps want to purchase the ingredients before the class, you’ll need to look here. On that same page, you’ll find information about how to contact the teachers and purchase music to the dances being taught. The page will be updated frequently, so please bookmark it so you can return to it daily.THE WEEKLY AND DAILY SCHEDULES
Preparation of the schedules for Stockton’s Virtual Camp are in the final stages. A few classes will not be happening, and […]
By |2020-07-08T22:13:12-07:00July 8th, 2020|Culture, Dance, International, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

EEFC Virtual Balkan Camp July 17-19

In 1977, the EEFC offered the first of many wonderful getaway Balkan Music & Dance Workshops. In 2020, we’re excited to roll with the punches and debut our online edition, which you can enjoy from the comfort of home. Join us July 17-19, 2020! Learn more here and register via our website. Facebook event is here.

Thanks to high-speed internet, we continue to welcome new friends and old to our community of musicians, singers, dancers, and those who love them. Beginners and advanced practitioners will continue to “rub shoulders” while benefiting from the expertise of our extraordinary teaching staff and enjoying bliss-inducing live-music performances. We can’t provide the traditional rustic redwoods setting nor a superb glamping experience in the Catskills, but this Virtual Camp weekend retains our signature style—an immersive learning experience that opens hearts and minds to the beauty of Balkan music, dance, and culture.

The Platform

We’re using an online platform to centralize our gathering for the weekend. In other words, this event is more than just a series of Zoom meetings—we’re creating a digital village. On Wednesday, July 15th, you’ll receive an invitation to join our online space, which, while initially designed to recreate the […]

By |2020-07-08T22:14:05-07:00July 8th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Virtual Folk Dance Village Wednesdays & Fridays

Virtual IFD LessonsVirtual Folk Dance Village

Wednesday Afternoons Mixed Level
Instructor: Caren Grantz Keljik
local time (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 3-4:30 pm CDT
2:45 pm CDT Zoom room open to visit and chat
3:00 – 4:30 pm CDT Lesson
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82096053971?pwd=T3l3WTU0MVRERjVXa3hKSWdVZG5BZz09
 for questions or to be added to the mailing list

Friday Evenings Beginner
Instructor: Caren Grantz Keljik
local time (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 7:30 – 9 pm CDT
7:15pm Zoom room open to visit and chat
7:30 – 9 pm Beginner International Folk Dance lesson
9 – 10 pm Social Hour
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82096053971?pwd=T3l3WTU0MVRERjVXa3hKSWdVZG5BZz09
for questions or to be added to the mailing list

By |2020-07-06T22:31:23-07:00July 6th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Bulgarian Dance Workshops with Iliana and Todor July 11

Iliana Bozhanova and Todor Yankov

Bulgarian Dance Workshops

Saturday, July 11, 2020
First Workshop: 2:00pm EDT
Second Workshop: 3:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom on your nearest web browser or device!

To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

Join Bulgarian native and renowned dance teacher Iliana Bozhanova and accordion virtuoso Todor Yankov via Zoom, the popular teleconferencing platform.

Join Iliana’s workshop via Zoom by activating a link that will be posted here July 10. Visit What you need to join to set up your computer or device to join the workshop online.

Please donate generously to FAC and help us through this period of social distancing when all of our events are postponed. We suggest a $10 minimum for attending this workshop but any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting the Folk Arts Center of New England!

Visit the website for more information and to donate.

Iliana Hristova Bozhanova from Galabovo, in the Stara Zagora region of Bulgaria, grew up in a family of musicians and singers in South Thrace. She graduated from the National School for Art Instructors in Plovdiv. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in “Bulgarian Folk Dances and Choreography” at the Academy […]

By |2020-07-04T17:33:54-07:00July 4th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Folk Dancing by the Virtual Fountain Tuesdays

Online summer dances

“Folk Dancing by the Virtual Fountain”

7:00-9:30pm EDT on Tuesday evenings in July and August

The Folk Arts Center and the UMass Lowell Folk Dance Club are joining forces to bring you another summer of “Folk Dancing by the Fountain” online via Zoom! Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Beginners, singles, all ages welcome.

See What you need to join for complete information on using Zoom.

Join these online events via Zoom by activating this link. This link will be active for all sessions.

See website for more information and how to donate.

7:00-7:30pm: Learn a slightly more challenging dance.
7:30-9:00pm: Dancing for all. Every dance will be taught!
9:00-9:30pm: Dancing by request.

It is not necessary to have previous dance experience or to dance with a partner. For more information, see About folk dancing.

By |2020-07-04T17:29:14-07:00July 4th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Door County Folk Festival

Get Your Foot In the “Virtual Dance Room” Door!

Join Us Online – 41st Annual Door County Folk Fest – Friday July 10, 2020 (Pre Stockton Camp)
Noon-Midnight Pacific Time

——— Cooperating Groups ———-
Argonne International Folk Dancers (Downers Grove, IL)
L.I.F.E. Balkan Dancers (Los Angeles, CA)
Ethnic Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL)

———- 2020 REGISTRATION INFO ———-
Virtual Dance Room Subscription/Registration – Do This First! (popup)
Virtual Dance Room Website

———- 2020 SCHEDULE ———-
See schedule here

Visit dcff.net for more information.

By |2020-07-02T09:00:26-07:00June 30th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments
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