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Online Bulgarian Dance Workshops with Jaap Leegwater Feb 16 & 23

Online Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Jaap Leegwater!

The Burnaby International Folk Dancers are sponsoring two dance workshops with Jaap Leegwater on Tuesday, February 16th and 23rd.  Both workshops are from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (PST).

Jaap is an experienced and dynamic workshop leader specializing in Bulgarian dance and culture for over 30 years. During his numerous research and field trips to Bulgaria, Jaap collected and recorded many original dances and songs from village elders throughout the country and he and his accordionist, Jan Wollring are excited to share these two dance workshops with us. There is no charge for the workshops and everyone is welcome.

Hope to see you all there!  Lori and Chrisanne

Zoom link below to BIFD weekly Zoom sessions and to Jaap’s workshops on Tuesday, February 16th and 23rd – 7:30 – 10:00 pm (PST)
https://zoom.us/j/99504932576
Meeting ID: 995 0493 2576
Passcode: Bifd (Uppercase ‘B’ lowercase ‘ifd’)

By |2021-02-13T17:11:56-08:00February 13th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Balkan and Israeli Dance Workshops with Roberto Bagnoli – Feb 13

Balkan and Israeli Dance Workshops
with Roberto Bagnoli
as part of The Flurry Festival

Saturday, February 13
2-2:55pm ET — Balkan dance workshop
3-3:55pm ET — Israeli dance workshop

The Folk Arts Center’s weekly Saturday workshop is migrating from home this Saturday!

Roberto Bagnoli and Marcie Van Cleave will be with you on Saturday at our usual time, from 2-4,… but there are a few differences you will notice from previous Saturdays! Our workshop is the result of another collaboration between organizing groups: the Folk Arts Center and The Flurry.

The Flurry is a dance and music weekend, usually held in Saratoga Springs, New York, but being presented online this year. Visit The Flurry’s website for more information.

The Flurry is selling tickets for the weekend; the “economy level” is $25. There are many events happening from Friday through Sunday. Visit the performer list for details.

Some of the other workshops you might be interested in (in addition to Roberto’s on Saturday) include:

  • Pierre Chartrand – Quebecois Step Dance
  • Cheres – Ukraine and Yiddish Band
  • Henry Goldberg – Balkan Song leader
  • Ralph Iverson – Balkan Jam leader
  • Roo Lester – Hambo workshop and Scandinavian dances for Covid times!
By |2021-02-11T10:00:28-08:00February 11th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Israeli, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Jaap Leegwater and Jan Wollring at Friday Night L.I.F.E. – Jan 29

Jaap Leegwater with live music by Jan Wollring

January 29, 2021, 7:45 10pm Pacific Time

Time: Doors open at 7:45 pm PT with warm up dances from our “Jaap repertoire.” Jaap will start just after 8 pm PT and teach for most of the evening.

E-Mail  for the link 

We are happy to bring you, live from The Netherlands (at 5am), Jaap Leegwater. 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 live will be accordionist Jan Wollring, whom we met at Facone. Jan was 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.

Jaap has made his music available to us by request for a $15 donation to L.I.F.E. He has insisted that […]

By |2021-01-26T14:51:17-08:00January 26th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Workshop|1 Comment

Brazil Balkan/International Dance Workshop with Ira – Jan 30

Brazil Balkan/International Dance Workshop in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Saturday, January⋅ 30

1 – 3 pm ET

Local (Rio de Janeiro) time: 3 pm  5 pm Brasilia Standard Time

Ira Weisburd is teaching a 2-hour Balkan/International Dance Workshop in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Ira says:  You are all welcome to join me and dancers from Brazil and around the World at this very special workshop.  To join and get the special ZOOM link, email Anna De Jesus at:  or Silvia Baldino at: silviarbaldino@gmail.com

By |2021-01-24T18:47:50-08:00January 24th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Events coming up! Feb thru June!

Mainewoods Dance Camp http://mainewoodsdancecamp.org/ February 13, 2021
Spring Festival https://springfestival.us/ March 12-14, 2021
World Camp http://www.worldcamp.us/ March 18-21, 2021
NFO Conference http://nfo-usa.org/annual-conference-2021/ April 7-11, 2021
Lyrids/Kyklos Festival https://lyridsfolkdancefestival.org/ April 23-25, 2021
June Camp https://sites.google.com/site/junecampifd/ June 4-6, 2021
Scandia Camp http://scandiacampmendocino.org/ June 11, 2021
By |2021-01-29T22:39:08-08:00January 23rd, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Scandinavian, Workshop|0 Comments

Jaap Leegwater workshop at Burnaby Folk Dance Feb 16 & 23

Come dance with us! Burnaby International Folk Dancers is having Jaap Leegwater, for two-hour online dance workshop via Zoom on Tuesday, February 16 and a week later on February 23 for a one hour review session. Accompanying Jaap will be Jan Wollring, accordionist, and Tijn Boissevain with video and technical support. Our club runs weekly Tuesday evening Zoom sessions from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (PT), although for Jaap’s workshops, we will run from 7:30 – 10:00 pm (PT).

Please note that these workshops are free of charge. For more info: burnabyfolkdance.org.

February 16, 2021 – 7:30pm-10:00pm (PT)
February 23, 2021 – 7:30pm – 10:00pm (PT)

Tune in at 7:15 pm (PT) for chat time.

Zoom Link: Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 995 0493 2576
Passcode: Bifd (Uppercase ‘B’ lowercase ‘ifd’)

By |2021-01-19T18:28:14-08:00January 15th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival January 15-16 – starts tonight!


Golden Festival Online 2021

Register here!
See festival schedule here!

New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind celebrates 36 years of music and dance. For the first time, live-streamed worldwide from our homes to yours. The Festival is hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band and features a tapestry of musics from the Balkans and beyond.

Our 36th year shaking up NY and the world!
Join us for two nights of great Balkan Music, Dance, and Arts online.

Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band will headline, along with 30 bands and performers over two nights.

Enjoy live-streamed cybercast concerts on both nights from across the US on our stages.   Live-streamed dance instruction on Friday evening!  Great live and pre-recorded music videos both nights.

Discover unique crafts and food in our Virtual Charshiya marketplace (opening Dec. 6, 2020), as well as interactive gatherings, workshops and demos during the festival.

Tickets:  Register in advance, or during festival, for link to the live stream.
Suggested donation:   $25 for both nights’ access – no minimum.     

All proceeds from the festival will be donated to charitable or educational organizations related to Balkan culture and communities.

More info: goldenfest.org
General […]

By |2021-01-15T11:24:08-08:00January 15th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Balkan Vocal and Instrumental Workshops Mondays

Balkan Mondays Online

Vocal workshop with Dina Cindrić

JANUARY 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2021, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM ET
Balkan Fest Montreal

Learn the elements of style, pronunciation, ornamentation, improvisations and more, All levels welcome.
Instructor: Dina Cindrić

Cost: $50 per participant for all 5 classes, or $15 per class

Register here: https://balkanfestmontreal.org/21-bm-reg-v-e
Instruction will be in English and French.
Each class will focus on the songs of one or more of the following dances:

Follow the links above to download lyrics, translations, and scores before the workshops, and to access supplementary audio files, dance notes, videos, etc.
During the workshops, you will be able to sing or play along, while muted, with Dina.
From time to time, you may be invited to unmute and to sing or play so that Dina can offer comments and advice.
To ensure that all participants can receive some personal instruction, each class will be limited to 15 people.

Instrumental workshop with Sergiu Popa

JANUARY 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2021, 8 PM – 9 PM […]

By |2021-01-14T11:23:57-08:00January 14th, 2021|Balkan, Live, Music, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Christos Papakostas teaching Greek folk dances from Ioannina Greece Jan 9

January 9, 2021
Greek Dance Workshop

Christos Papakostas teaching Greek folk dances from Ioannina Greece

11:00 AM PT,
1:00 PM CT,
2:00 PM ET,
21:00 in Greece

Click here to join the event on Zoom

Information: or 310-508-9676

Voluntary donations to benefit Kypseli Greek Dance Center

Donate to: on Paypal
or via Venmo@jozef-bilman

Save the dates

  • January 30, 2021
    Dance workshop with Kyriakos Moisidis
    Live stream from Thessaloniki, Greece
  • February 27, 2021
    Dance workshop with Joe Graziosi
    Live stream from Cape Cod, Massachusetts
By |2021-01-08T22:32:14-08:00January 8th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Gergana Panova Bulgarian Dance Workshop Jan 9

Workshops: 2:00–4:00pm EDT on Saturday, January 9, 2021

Online via Zoom

See all the details here: https://facone.org/programs/online-events-gergana-panova-2.html

To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

Join Bulgarian dance teacher Gergana Panova via Zoom, the popular teleconferencing platform.

Dr. Gergana Panova-Tekath was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated from the National School for Dance Arts in Sofia and was selected by Margarita Dikova for the Filip Kutev Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble, where she danced and choreographed until 1994.

Gergana has published numerous articles and has written two books on various aspects of Bulgarian traditional dance. Besides organizing annual summer seminars in Bulgaria (till 2011), Gergana has taught workshops in many countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Israel, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Canada, and the United States.

Join Gergana’s workshop via Zoom by activating this link . Visit What you need to join to set up your computer or device to join the workshop online.

Please donate generously to FAC if you can and help us through this period of social distancing when all of our events are postponed. We suggest a $10 minimum for attending […]

By |2021-01-08T15:05:55-08:00January 8th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Online New Year’s Eve Party with Roberto – Dec 31

With 2020 winding down to a close, let’s celebrate all together
the arrival of the new year in an special folk dance party.
Let’s start the New Year keeping our Folk Dance Community
connected to both the music and the dances we all love.
A new way to share and be together while still apart!

Thursday December 31st starting at 9.30pm CET
3.30pm EST (Eastern) & 12.30pm PST (Pacific)

Join the Party on Zoom to see others taking part and chat
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3125941469
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
morenu.it

By |2020-12-26T15:05:00-08:00December 26th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

OFDA’s New Year’s Eve, Virtual Party Dec 31

 Happy New Year fellow folk dancers!!!!

*****Let’s party like it’s 2020 on New Year’s Eve****
[You know, grab your favourite electronic device, move the furniture out of the way and don’t forget to mute yourself :)]

Join us, Helen, Judy, Riki and Walter at 8-10pm ET on Thursday Dec. 31
and we will bring some of our favourite dances

Ontario Folk Dance Association invites you to join our celebration at:

https://oise-utoronto.zoom.us/j/89325265949
Meeting ID: 893 2526 5949
Passcode: Folk

Even though social gatherings are outlawed right now,
we can still join our folk dance friends in this altered reality,
and mark the end of this year by dancing.
And, we can all raise a glass in the hopes that we’ll be doing this in person next year.

By |2020-12-27T09:50:52-08:00December 26th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival January 15-16


Golden Festival Online 2021

New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind celebrates 36 years of music and dance. For the first time, live-streamed worldwide from our homes to yours. The Festival is hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band and features a tapestry of musics from the Balkans and beyond.

Our 36th year shaking up NY and the world!
Join us for two nights of great Balkan Music, Dance, and Arts online.

Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band will headline, along with 30 bands and performers over two nights.

Enjoy live-streamed cybercast concerts on both nights from across the US on our stages.   Live-streamed dance instruction on Friday evening!  Great live and pre-recorded music videos both nights.

Discover unique crafts and food in our Virtual Charshiya marketplace (opening Dec. 6, 2020), as well as interactive gatherings, workshops and demos during the festival.

Tickets:  Register in advance, or during festival, for link to the live stream.
Suggested donation:   $25 for both nights’ access – no minimum.     

All proceeds from the festival will be donated to charitable or educational organizations related to Balkan culture and communities.

More info: goldenfest.org
Want to volunteer?  Email: 
General festival information: 646-844-GOLD (4653)

By |2021-01-15T11:17:41-08:00December 25th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

FACONE New Year’s Eve Party with Pinewoods Band Dec 31


New Year’s Eve 2020

The Pinewoods Band, guests, friends, and you!
Hosted by Marcie Van Cleave

Thursday, December 31, 2020, 10pm–12:30am 2021 ET
Online via Zoom

Raise a glass with FAC to welcome the New Year! The evening’s program features international folk dance favorites played (remotely) by The Pinewoods Band, with cameo performances and appearances by guests. Hosted by our very own Marcie Van Cleave and friends.

You are encouraged to wear festive attire!

→Join this workshop via Zoom by activating a link that will be posted here one day before the event.

More Upcoming Fun!

Saturdays:
January 2: From Croatia to Albania with Ben Koopmanschap
January 9: Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Gergana Panova

SOFA Thursdays: (7-8:30pm)
December 17: Christmas in Czech Republic with Jan Pumpr
January 7: Soups for the Soul with Barbara Model
January 21: Games Night with Dorothy Bergold

Visit What you need to join to set up your computer or device to join the workshop online.
Donate on the FACONE website.
Please donate generously to FAC and help us through this period of social distancing when all of our events are postponed. We […]

By |2020-12-25T14:35:57-08:00December 25th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Tuesday Night Revival Balkan Dance Workshop Dec 26

This Saturday, December 26, in the afternoon from 4 to 6 pm ET, we’ll have a dance workshop, with teaching by some of our own dance leaders, organized by Barbara Gottfried. The tentative list of dances to be taught is Beranče from Demir Hisar, Čičovata, Deninka, Gilanka, Jambolsko Pajduško #2, Šetnala se Mitro, Oj Ti Momče Ohriǵanče, and Žensko Pušteno. Some of these are dances already in our repertoire that need review; others have been taught recently in online workshops. I’ll send out a final list with more information about these dances, and I’ll also send out the program for the dance later.

At the end of the dance on Saturday we are going to try something new: breaking up into breakout rooms for our after-party chat. (Henry is organizing this.)

Later that same day, Saturday, December 26, will be our 14th Annual Holiday Party, programmed by Paula Rosenstock, from 8 to 11 pm ET.

The URL for both workshop and party is https://tinyurl.com/tnrzoom.

You can also find this URL on our web page, https://tuesdaynightrevival.com. If you forget the link and don’t remember the URL for our web page, just search for “Tuesday Night Revival Balkan”.

We […]

By |2020-12-25T14:27:13-08:00December 25th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Tuesday Night Revival Balkan Dancing Saturdays

Until we can meet in person again, we will have a series of online dances. They are currently every three weeks at 8 pm on Saturday night. While the weather allows outdoor dancing, we will also be holding occasional masked and socially distanced outdoor dances.

You can join our online dances through Zoom at the URL https://tinyurl.com/tnrzoom.

(The meeting ID is 99176986857, with no password.)

We now have a Google Docs spreadsheet for requests at https://tinyurl.com/TNR-requests.

Tuesday Night Revival is a series of Balkan dances, aimed at experienced dancers. Our repertoire and our name come from the old MIT Folk Dance Club Tuesday night Balkan dances which were held from around 1965 to the late 1990s but our dances are now on Saturday.

Schedule: See the website for the current schedule.  Mailing lists: Sign up for one or both of our mailing lists to get reminders of upcoming dances or to participate in discussions about our dances. Contact: For more information, contact Ira Gessel at  or 781-648-6887.

Dance list for 8-11pm ET, December 26, 2020 is:
Janet Yeracaris
Sadi Moma
Petrunino
Village Zborenka
Ciganski Orijent

Barbara Zeles
Makedonia
Ooska Gookas
Elerinka

Laura Stern
Bičak
Jocul De-a Lungul
Čičovata

Henry Goldberg
Topansko
Igraj Mome
Berovka/Ratevka

Joan Hantman
Mjatolo Lenče Jabâlka
Sa
Ovčepolska Potrčulka
Mari Marijko

Jeanne Clifford
Gilanka
Šetnala se Mitro
Krivo Ihtimansko

Tom Roby
Trakijska Račenica […]

By |2020-12-25T14:11:23-08:00December 25th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live|0 Comments

The Laguna-San Antonio Spring Festival – March 2021

Date:  March 12 – 14, 2021

Festival Theme: “Dancing in the Sun”

Mark your calendars for March 12-14, 2021 when The Laguna-San Antonio Spring Festival will hold a weekend of teaching, music, performance and dance parties!

Get your dancing shoes on for an entire weekend of non-stop dancing fun!

Registration is free.
For more information and to register please go to: springfestival.us

By |2020-12-22T16:23:34-08:00December 22nd, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

FACONE Dance Review with Roberto Bagnoli and Bianca de Jong Dec 19

Dance Review Workshop

Roberto Bagnoli and Bianca de Jong

Saturday, December 19: 2–4pm EST

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

Join teachers Roberto Bagnoli and Bianca de Jong to review some of the dances they taught at their recent FAC workshops.

→Join this workshop via Zoom by activating a link that will be posted here one day before the event.

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

Please donate generously to FAC if you can 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!

More Upcoming Fun!

Saturdays:
December 19: Review Session with Roberto Bagnoli and Bianca de Jong
January 2: From Croatia to Albania with Ben Koopmanschap
January 9: Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Gergana Panova

SOFA Thursdays: (7-8:30pm)
December 17: Christmas in […]

By |2020-12-21T18:53:16-08:00December 16th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

FACONE Dance Workshop with Roberto Bagnoli Sat Nov 21

International Dance Workshop

with Roberto Bagnoli

Saturday, November 21, 2020 – 2-4pm EST

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

Roberto Bagnoli grew up and lives in Rome, where he was first introduced to folk music and dance, eventually taking part in several performances and teaching dance classes. He subsequently studied various forms of folk dance in workshops throughout Europe, Israel, and North America under the guidance of renowned choreographers and teachers.

Roberto has been a favorite at numerous dance camps in the US including FAC events at Pinewoods.

→Download a one-page handout for this workshop.

→Join this workshop via Zoom by activating this link.

More Upcoming Fun!

Saturdays:
December 5: Piano Concert & Chat: I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America with Jacqueline Schwab
December 12: International Dance Workshop with Bianca de Jong
December 19: Review Session with Roberto Bagnoli and Bianca de Jong

SOFA Thursdays:

December 3: Norwegian Cookie Baking with Mary Seim
December 10: Balkan Sing-along with Henry […]

By |2020-11-20T23:10:33-08:00November 20th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Virtual Dance Room Holiday Party Nov 20

Dance party – no teaching tonight

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)
Izvor Orchestra (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Clara Byom (Ettrick, Wisconsin)
Bill Cope/Michele Simon (San Francisco, California)
Orkestar Black Wine (Chicago, IL)
Fred Bear Orchestra (Jellystone Park)
Others TBA

By |2020-11-20T10:43:27-08:00November 20th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments
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