Burnaby Folk Dancers Workshop with Holly Plotner on June 1

Burnaby (IFD) Wednesday afternoon Zoom group is having guest teacher Holly Plotner. She is teaching at our group on June 1st from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Pacific Time). Holly is an avid dancer and spent her early years dancing at weddings and festivals in Chicago’s diverse ethnic community. However, she didn’t discover International Folk Dancing until the mid-80’s, and was immediately hooked. Holly, now living in Austin, Texas where she dances with Austin International Folk Dancers, Texas International Folk Dancers, Austin Scandinavian Dancers and Csárás Hungarian Dancers. She is a frequent dance leader, performer, programmer, and teacher and has directed many camps, workshops and performances. As well, Holly plays violin, percussion and sings in several local bands in the Austin area. Currently, Holly and her two Siamese kittens can be seen dancing at Zoom parties and camps all over the internet.

Holly’s teaching session, starting with warm-up dances, runs from 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Pacific) and we’re looking forward to learning the dances she plans to teach.

After the break at 2:30 pm, we’ll resume our regular programming with our Zoom team leading dances for your enjoyment.

Please feel free to join us for chat time […]

By |2022-05-30T21:50:35-07:00May 30th, 2022|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Balkan & International folk dance with BIFD on Wed afternoons

Balkan & International folk dance with Burnaby International Folk Dancers

Come dance with us!  Burnaby International Folk Dancers Tuesday evening Zoom sessions have changed to Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time) starting April 6th as we will be returning to weekly in-person dancing on Tuesday evenings starting April 5th.

Tune in at 12:45 pm (Pacific Time) for chat time.

Monthly Parties:  Our parties are on the last Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Pacific Time).  All party dances will be led by one of our team members.

Please let your friends know about our parties.  Everyone is welcome!

To connect via Zoom, click here  (same link each week)
Passcode “Bifd” (Uppercase ‘B’ followed by lowercase ‘ifd’)

The website for the group is here.

For additional information contact Lori Larsen at  or Chrisanne at .

In-Person Dancing in Burnaby, BC, Canada

Everyone is welcome to join us for Balkan and international folk dancing on Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm.  Basics groups starts at 6:30 pm. We dance at Charles Rummel Hall, 3630 Lozells Avenue, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Because of our COVID protocols, we are limited to […]

By |2022-04-02T16:35:52-07:00April 2nd, 2022|Balkan, Dance, International, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Laguna Folk Dance Festival 2022 – March 5

Date:  March 5, 2022

THE LAGUNA FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL 2022 ONLINE

Come join us via Zoom for this year’s Laguna Folk Dance Festival! Usually held the first weekend in March in Laguna Woods, CA, this year’s festival will be a one-day Zoom event on Saturday, March 5 from 10 am to 9 pm PT. Seven former Festival teachers will each review previously taught Laguna Festival dances and reintroduce some of their lesser known favorites! Then party with special guest dance leaders from 6-9pm PT!

Registration is free.

For more information and to register please go to: Laguna website

By |2022-02-27T17:12:20-08:00February 27th, 2022|Armenian, Balkan, Dance, International, Israeli, Live, Music, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

FACONE Hybrid New Year’s Eve Party with The Vaccinated Squirrels Dec 31

New Year’s Eve 2021

Friday, December 31, 2021

Hybrid New Year’s Eve Party

Music by The Vaccinated Squirrels
8:30pm-12:30am ET
in-person: Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA
online via Zoom: click this link

About the Evening

This year’s New Year’s Eve party will be a hybrid event – you will be able to attend either in-person or online.

  • In the event the in-person portion of the evening has to be canceled, the fun will take place online, with live music and dance leaders.

About the Band

The Vaccinated Squirrels consists of:

  • Patrick Yacono (band leader; clarinet, kaval, gaida)
  •  Ralph Iverson (violin, gadulka, flute, saxaphone, pennywhistle, tambura)
  •  Julia Poirier (guitar)
  •  David Skidmore (clarinet, pennywhistle, drums)
  •  Brian Wilson (violin, clarinet)
  •  Niki Yeracaris (violin, viola)

Visit What you need to join to set up your computer or device to join the workshop online.

Admission (online event):
If you would like to mark the ushering in of this new year, may we suggest a donation of $20.22! However a gift of any amount is always appreciated.
Donate on the FACONE website.
Thank you for supporting the Folk Arts Center of New England!

By |2021-12-30T16:15:47-08:00December 30th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Burnaby Folk Dancers Party on December 21

Balkan & International folk dance with Burnaby International Folk Dancers!

You are invited!

What: Christmas party with special guest Franklin Houston from Austin, Texas who will be leading two sets of some of his favorite Balkan dances.

When: Tue, December 21, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Pacific Time

Tune in at 7:15 pm (PT) for chat time
Dancing from 7:30 to 10:00 pm (Pacific Time)

To connect via Zoom, click here

Meeting number: 995 0493 2576
Passcode “Bifd” (Uppercase ‘B’ followed by lowercase ‘ifd’)

The website for the group is : burnabyfolkdance.org
For additional information contact Lori Larsen at  .

By |2021-12-21T12:19:45-08:00December 21st, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Party|0 Comments

VDR Late Night Global Dance After-Party Nov 20

Late Night Global Dance After-Party
8:30pm-3:00am-ish CST, Sat/Sun, 20/21 Nov, 2021

To join the party, click here.
For the poster, click here.
For the playlist, click here.

Live Music Sets by:
Tom Pixton (Arlington, Massachusetts)
Don Weeda (Austin, Texas)
JoAnn Gentry (Tucson – Arizona)
Clara Byom (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Jim Little (Santa Clara, California)
Shirley Johnson (Austin, Texas)
John Parrish (Oak Park, Michigan)

By |2021-11-16T17:20:49-08:00November 16th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Birthday Party for Roberto Bagnoli! – Oct 30

Birthday Party for Roberto Bagnoli!

Saturday, October 30
2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom – To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

$10 is suggested to support this program and FAC, but any amount is appreciated.

Join this workshop via Zoom. Find link here.

About the Program

This online Saturday event will be a birthday celebration for our friend Roberto Bagnoli! The party program will include dances that Roberto has introduced through the years, led by friends from around the world.

BYOC – bring your own (cup)cake, with a candle, so he can blow them all out. Virtually, of course.

Want to make a card expressing your birthday wishes? We will have a breakout room where you can hold them up and screen shots will be taken for the photo album.

Donate to FAC

Donations support these events, artists, and the Folk Arts Center. We suggest $10 for online workshops, although any amount is appreciated.

Visit our donation page for links to various donation options including:

  • PayPal – donating to FAC as “friends and family” will avoid PayPal fees
  • Venmo- our account is: […]
By |2021-10-29T16:28:17-07:00October 29th, 2021|Balkan, Culture, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Albanian Dance Workshop and Culture Corner with Genci Kastrati – Oct 2

Albanian Dance Workshop
and Culture Corner
with Genci Kastrati

Saturday, October 2
2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom – To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

$10 is suggested to support this program and FAC, but any amount is appreciated.

Join this workshop via Zoom. Find link here.

About the Workshop

The FACONE Saturday series begins again after a bit of a hiatus! We will kick off the fun with Genci Kastrati joining us from his home in Tirana, Albania. These Saturday afternoons will include dancing, of course, but will also feature a longer “culture corner” component.

Donate to FAC

Donations support these events, artists, and the Folk Arts Center. We suggest $10 for online workshops, although any amount is appreciated.

Visit our donation page for links to various donation options including:

  • PayPal – donating to FAC as “friends and family” will avoid PayPal fees
  • Venmo- our account is: @Folk-ArtsCenter
  • Checks – mail to:

Folk Arts Center of New England
10 Franklin Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-1862

Thank you for supporting the Folk Arts Center of New England!

By |2021-09-05T06:51:34-07:00September 5th, 2021|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

World Village Music & Dance Camp – Labor Day Zoom Event

Labor Day Zoom Event
Sunday, September 5th

Although the in-person camp canceled, you are invited to join the online Zoom event. Visit their website here.
The current schedule is:
  • 11am-12:25 pm: Brian Dolpin (Ukrainian singing)
  • 12:30pm-1:55 pm: Joe Graziosi (Greek dance)
  • 2-3:25 pm: Carl Linich (Georgian singing)
  • 3:30-5 pm: Steve Kotansky (Balkan dance)
  • 5-7:30 pm: dinner break.  We will keep the Zoom session live, so you can socialize
  • 7:30 pm: An evening dance party will start with some request dances, followed by a short Pontic set accompanied by Izumi Fairbanks.  At about 8:30, we will have review sessions with Joe and Steve, followed by more dancing to recorded music. Your requests are welcome!
Suze and Richie’s Balkan Bazaar will offer a selection of items for your shopping pleasure during the event, and there will be an opportunity for campers to visit with one another during the dinner hour.
They are asking for a suggested (but optional) donation of $25 or more, that will go to support our teachers and performers. Your registration allows access to any or all parts of the event.
To register for the workshops, party, shopping with Balkan […]
By |2021-09-02T11:06:06-07:00September 2nd, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Greek, International, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Bulgarian Workshop with Nina Kavardjikova at FACONE – June 19

Bulgarian Workshop
with Nina Kavardjikova

Saturday, June 19, 2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom – To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

$10 is suggested to support this program and FAC, but any amount is appreciated.

Join this workshop via Zoom. Find link here.

About the Workshop

In her workshop on Saturday, Nina will present village dances from different ethnographic areas of Bulgaria, emphasizing the regional styles.

About Nina

Nina Kavardjikova was brought up in the folklore traditions of her mother’s family village in the Targovishte area of Northern Bulgaria, and began dancing and performing on stage at the age of 7. She later became a professional dancer and toured the world as a soloist with the Trakia State Folklore Ensemble (Plovdiv). In the years following her graduation with honors from the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Nina has been a ballet master with Trakia State Folk Ensemble, had her own performing group Aegis, staged dances for many Bulgarian dance ensembles, and was a professor in Bulgarian Folklore and Dance at her alma mater.

Folklore research has been […]

By |2021-06-17T15:31:17-07:00June 17th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Online Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Jaap Leegwater June 12

Come dance with us!

We are presenting a three-hour Bulgarian dance virtual (Zoom) workshop with Jaap Leegwater, accompanied by his accordionist, Jan Wollring.

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Pacific Time).
Jaap and Jan will play a few tunes for us on flute and accordion at the break for us to dance to.

Tune in at 9:45 am (Pacific Time) for chat time.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Presented by Burnaby International Folk Dancers.

Please note that this workshop is free of charge. Donations are accepted to support the presenters.  Donations of $20CAD/$15US or more will get access to Jaap’s folder (Music, sheet music & dance notes).

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99504932576
Passcode: Bifd (Uppercase ‘B’ lowercase ‘ifd’)
Meeting ID: 995 0493 2576

Information: https://burnabyfolkdance.org/event/bulgarian-dance-workshop-with-jaap-leegwater/

By |2021-05-21T22:45:37-07:00May 21st, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Dances from South Serbia with Alex Marković at FACONE – May 15

Dances from South Serbia

with Alex Marković

Saturday, May 15: 2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom – To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

$10 is suggested to support this program and FAC, but any amount is appreciated.

Join this workshop via Zoom by activating this link.

About the Workshop

The Ottoman Empire lost southern Serbian regions to the emerging Serbian state in 1878, leaving strong influences on local culture after several centuries of imperial rule.

For this workshop we’ll survey a variety of traditions from the area, learning a few dances that will span the spectrum from rural Serbian and Albanian dances to urban Romani and Serbian repertoires. In addition to learning steps we’ll look at dance styling, too, breaking down how rural versus urban traditions and various ethnic traditions differ from each other. There’ll be something for everyone- please join us!

About Alex

Alex Marković has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He wrote his doctoral thesis on identity politics and musical performance among Romani brass musicians in Vranje, Serbia, conducting 17 months […]

By |2021-05-14T15:16:39-07:00May 14th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Friday Night L.I.F.E. features Jaap Leegwater and Jan Wollring May 14 and 21

This is week 60 of our virtual adventures!

Time: Friday 08:00-10:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) every week, until we return home to LA Dancefit!
Contact Sherry for the Zoom link at 

***On May 14th, 2021, and reviewing on May 21st, we are happy to bring you, live from the Netherlands (at 5am), the return of Jaap Leegwater with a different set of dances from his recent workshops for us. Jaap is known worldwide for his fun teaching and having introduced dances including Karamfil, Dobrudžanska Pandela, and Mari Marijko. He began his dance career in the Netherlands, where he earned one of his degrees in international folk dance, specializing in Bulgarian folk dance and choreography. Jaap studied at the State Choreographer’s school in Sofia and Plovdiv, living there for two years; he regularly returns to Bulgaria to update his studies and make new recordings.

Accompanying Jaap will be master accordionist Jan Wollring, the regular accompanist of Bulgarian singer Galina Durmushliyska during the years she lived in the Netherlands.

Sherry Cochran, Joan Hantman, and Tom Bozigian and Sheree King will be on hand for this special evening. We will open the doors at 7:45pm with warmup dances. Jaap will start […]

By |2021-05-13T11:09:06-07:00May 13th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Lyrids/Kyklos Folk Dance Festival April 23-25 – Register Now!

LYRIDS/KYKLOS FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL

co-organized by Burnaby and Kyklos International Folk Dancers

April 23 – 25, 2021 online via Zoom

Register Now for your unique Zoom link. FREE to attend!

Here is all the information about the festival you could possible want, and there is lots there!

Festival highlights include:

The two primary teachers this year are Tineke & Maurits van Geel, teaching Armenian, International and Roma dances.  In addition, we have 8 dance, singing and music workshops Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with Ahmet Luleci teaching Turkish dances, Gergana Panova-Tekath teaching Bulgarian dances and Miamon Miller teaching a Balkan musical instruments workshop (All instruments are welcome).  As well, there will be Israeli dances, seated dances, Balkan singing and drumming workshops.

At mealtimes, watch culture talks and memorable videos from past Salt Spring Island & Lyrids Folk Dance Festivals with Dale Adamson and Rosemarie Keough (founder of the Salt Spring Island folk dance festival).

You won’t want to miss our evening parties with our favourite recorded dances, and with Osem i Devet + friends playing recorded and live music.

Here’s how you can get involved and participate:

  1. Register for the […]
By |2021-04-22T13:39:05-07:00April 22nd, 2021|Armenian, Balkan, Culture, Dance, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Ontario Folk Dance Camp Goes Virtual! – May 22

Ontario Folk Dance Camp Goes Virtual!

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 7 – 10 p.m. Eastern

Our Featured Guests Are:
Lucia Cordeiro – Brazilian Dances
Vlasto Petkovski – Macedonian Dances

Schedule:
7:00 – 8:00 Eastern Teaching
8:00 – 10:00 Eastern Dance Party With Various Leaders

Poster here.
Registration Link: OFDC Registration
For more information visit: www.ontariofolkdancecamp.ca
Email:

By |2021-04-04T18:45:45-07:00April 4th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Hoolyeh and Friends 13th Annual Folkdance Reunion Dance Party – May 1

Hoolyeh and Friends
13th Annual Folkdance Reunion Dance Party

Hosted in Corvalis, Oregon: 6 pm to 10 pm, Pacific Time

Our emphasis will be on Balkan dances from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
Programmed dances from 6 pm to 10 pm Pacific Time.

This event is free. It has been a yearly event for the past 12 years, except for 2020.

To attend the event and to be put on the email list, please contact Denis White, with your name and email address.

By |2021-04-01T09:27:51-07:00April 1st, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Party|0 Comments

“Cool Oldies” – Online Dance Workshop with Roberto Mar 28

“Cool Oldies”
– Online Dance Workshop with Roberto

“Are you interested in learning some of my old dances likeHora din Moldova, Dinata, Te Joci cu Focul or Hopai Diri Dai?

Join Roberto Sunday, March 28th in his Online Dance Workshop “Cool Oldies” — a workshop about some of his favorite dances, starting at 19.00 CET (10.00am PDT, 12.00 pm CDT and 1.00pm EDT).

To join Roberto via zoom, click here.
For more information, email me at  or check the website: morenu.it

The Workshop is free.
If you would like to make a donation, follow the instructions on the website: www.morenu.it

Please spread the word and share it with your folk dance friends.
It’s going to be a lot of fun!

By |2021-03-27T12:37:47-07:00March 27th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

The Year That Zoomed By at FACONE – March 27

The Year That Zoomed By
with Marcie Van Cleave and Ahmet Lüleci

Saturday, March 27: Noon–? ET (9am – ? PT)

Online via Zoom – To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

Celebrate with us as we commemorate the anniversary of when the Folk Arts Center aired its first Saturday afternoon workshop!

Who would have thought that 52 weeks later we would still be spending Saturday afternoons dancing together? Not to mention enjoying a Thursday SOFA (Some Other Folk Arts) series. And adding a Sunday late afternoon community dance?

But here we are, so we must celebrate! We are inviting all the teachers who have graced our online stage lo all these Saturdays to join us in leading a dance party! The program will be posted on the website when completed.

You’ll have the chance to review videos of the dances before the event as demonstrated by the teachers themselves! This collection of videos are reviews of the dances that will be programmed.

Visit our shop buy access to a collection of review videos, and support FAC’s programming.

Also note the earlier start time. We know the date is not ideal, […]

By |2021-03-24T19:54:08-07:00March 24th, 2021|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Information, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments
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