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

FACONE Review Session with Alix Cordray & Jaap Leegwater Sat Nov 14

FACONE Review Session

with Alix Cordray and Jaap Leegwater

Saturday, November 14, 2 – 4pm ET

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

Join Alix and Jaap to review the Norwegian and Bulgarian dances they taught at their recent Saturday workshops.

Alix’s materials are available directly from her website. Jaap’s music is available through the FAC Little Shop of Horas, and his handouts are available for download on his workshop’s event page.

→Join this workshop via Zoom by activating this link.

More Upcoming Fun!

Saturdays:
November 21: International Dance Workshop with Roberto Bagnoli
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

SOFA Thursdays:

November 12: CanCan and Apache Tango Storytelling Reprise with Richard Powers, 7:00–9:00pm EST
November 19: Bulgarian Travelogue, Part II with Pierre Neville
December 3: Norwegian Cookie Baking with Mary Seim
December […]

By |2020-11-11T11:33:33-08:00November 11th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Friday Night L.I.F.E. Hosting Steve Kotansky Nov 6

Friday Night L.I.F.E. virtual teaching/dancing session (continuing since 3/27/20). This is week 32 of our online adventures!
Time: Friday 08:00-10:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) every week, until we return home to LA Dancefit!

****On November 6th, L.I.F.E. Balkan Dancers are excited to host a special dance workshop with Master Dance teacher and scholar Steve Kotansky during our session. Steve is returning after leading a wonderful set of dances for us in October. This time he will be teaching from his vast repertoire of dances from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Hungary.

Sherry Cochran, along with Tom Bozigian and Sheree King, Asako Oshiro, Joan Hantman (our house crew) will be leading very short sets of your diverse requests after the workshop.

This week we will open the room at 7:45pm with some warm-up dances. Steve will start teaching at approximately 8:05pm.

Tom and Sheree had a stellar workshop on October 23rd teaching Daronee 1-6 and have made available a Digital Download of the Daronee Suite of 6 parts (with vocals by the original Armenian State Song & Dance Ensemble) that he recorded live in the fall of 1974. There is also a newer recording of Daronee (no singing) on Songs and Dances […]

By |2020-11-06T11:51:38-08:00November 6th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

4-weeks of Balkan dance with Steve Kotansky November

Balkan Dance with Steve Kotansky

Presented by the East European Folklife Center

The Class

Dancer and dance scholar Steve Kotansky will focus on “traditional” dances—dances as they are or were being done recently by various ethnic groups (rural and urban) from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Western Bulgaria (i.e. Shope and Pirin). We will explore  simple, basic dances as well as more complex forms with a variety of mixed rhythms and tempi. Music recordings will range from zurla ensembles to izvoren/bitov (village instruments)  to čalgija (Ottoman-influcenced urban) and modern. The dances will be chosen from a repertoire as performed by village collectives as well as dances featured at weddings and other celebrations with minimal “choreography” or “arrangement.” We will take time to explore variations within the structural context and kinetic content of given regions. Steve will also be open to requests from participants. Recordings and dance descriptions will be posted to the class repertoire page during the week after each class.

The class is targeted to all levels of dancers, and beginners are welcome. The dances presented will range from beginner to intermediate in difficulty.

This event has a suggested fee of $15 for a single class, or $50 for the 4-class series. Anything you can give will be more than welcome, but if […]

By |2020-11-03T10:23:10-08:00November 3rd, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Roberto Bagnoli’s Online Israeli & Balkan classes & Party!

Roberto Bagnoli’s Online Classes and Party!

TUESDAY November 3rd : Israeli Dancing with requests
From 21.00 to 23.00 CET
(3.00-5.00 pm ET / 12.00-2.00 pm PT)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/688524960
Meeting ID: 688 524 960

WEDNESDAY November 4th : Balkan Dances with requests
From 21.00 to 23.00 CET
(3.00-5.00 pm ET / 12.00-2.00 pm PT)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/267833855
Meeting ID: 267 833 855

SUNDAY November 8th : Balkan Party with requests
From 19.00 to 22.00 CET
(1.00-4.00 pm ET / 10.00 am-1.00 pm PT)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3125941469
Meeting ID: 312 594 1469

Check Roberto Bagnoli’s Facebook page for updates.

Also check Roberto’s web page: http://morenu.it/ Visit Roberto’s website for all the details and to make a donation – Thanks!

By |2020-11-01T17:32:13-08:00November 1st, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Israeli, Live, Party|0 Comments

FACONE Bulgarian Dance with Jaap Leegwater Sat Nov 7

Bulgarian Dance Workshop

with Jaap Leegwater

Saturday, November 7, 2020 – 2-4pm EST

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

Jaap is known worldwide for his fun teaching and having introduced dances including Karamfil, Dobrudžanska Pandela, and Mari Marijko. He began his dance careeer 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 accordionist Jan Wollring. Jan was the regular accompanist of Bulgarian singer Galina Durmushliyska during the years she lived in the Netherlands.

→Join this 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 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 […]

By |2020-10-31T22:15:12-07:00October 31st, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Dragi Spasovski, Mary Sherhart, Michael Lawson & Joe Finn live! Oct 31

A Halloween treat, before we all start trick-or-treating online: Live music by members of Balkan Cabaret!

Saturday, October 31
3 PM Pacific Time

Mary, Dragi, Michael and Joe will brave the chill autumn air on Michael’s deck in Snohomish, Washington State, and will regale you with their classic repertoire for at least an hour.

This link should get you there, whether you have a Facebook account or not: https://www.facebook.com/events/357010848848922/

Here’s a little promo video from Balkan Cabaret, to whet your appetite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASq4CCr-yG4

By |2020-10-25T12:10:29-07:00October 25th, 2020|Balkan, Live, Music, Singing|1 Comment

Balkan Mondays Online workshop series starts Nov 2

Balkan Mondays Online workshop series

Monday, 2 November⋅18:45 – 21:00 ET
Weekly on Monday, 5 times
$50 per participant for all 5 classes, or $15 per class

https://balkanfestmontreal.org

Description:
Balkan Mondays Online workshop series.
Every Monday evening in November (Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2020)

A SERIES OF VIDEOS IN WHICH DANCE TEACHERS PRESENT A SELECTION OF THEIR FAVORITE DANCES, ACCOMPANIED IN THE RECORDING STUDIO BY MUSICIANS AND SINGERS. 

Videos are already posted and ready to watch here: balkanfestmontreal.org/20-bf

Learn to sing or play for a selection of Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Rom, and Serbian dances

Hour-long bilingual (French/English) classes, live via Zoom
Info: balkanfestmontreal.org
Instructor: Dina Cindrić, (vocal); Sergiu Popa (instrumental music)

Link / Location: balkanfestmontreal.org

Session 1:   

Yves MOREAU, Bulgarie/Bulgaria With DINA CINDRIĆ, TITI MARKOV, & SERGIU POPA balkanfestmontreal.org/20-bf

Register for the:

By |2020-10-21T14:40:20-07:00October 21st, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments
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