Special ‘Stockton Highlights’ program Feb 10

Special ‘Stockton Highlights’ program [TONIGHT!]

What some people said:
“I didn’t think I would be interested, but I stayed for the entire hour”
“For me, it was the highlight of the entire weekend”
“Really learned a lot, didn’t expect to”

Like perhaps most of you, I viewed contra and squares as a mostly white-America activity. This talk blew my mind.

Wednesday, Feb 10 [Yes, tonight]
Program starts: 7:30 PM [Eastern]
Zoom ID: 846 8641 6549
Passcode: 333333 (six 3’s)

Tony Parkes created a scholarly presentation on the African roots of dance calling, from slaves and “hired” musician-callers, Black presence in square dancing into the 20th C, all the way to indigenous groups above the Arctic circle. The lecture includes archival and relatively “rare” footage.

I strongly urge you to see “Diversity in Square Dancing”

Tony will be joining us LIVE for a chat after the presentation, where YOU can ask questions and learn more.

Tony has considerable “dance cred”: he’s taught in >70% of the states, Canada, 5 countries in Europe, and – along with calling Squares and Contras at many other festivals – has performed at every NEFFA festival since 1969.

We’ll be on for a bit over an […]

By |2021-02-10T11:13:17-08:00February 10th, 2021|Culture, Information, Live|0 Comments

Mainewoods Dance Camp 2021 – A Virtual Day at Camp Feb 13

Mainewoods Dance Camp

Just one week away!
A Virtual Day at Camp
Saturday, February 13, 2021
beginning at 11am EST
Meeting ID: 869 9258 6607
Passcode: 257715

There’s loads of dancing!
3 workshops, a review, an evening party and late night dancing!
Send us 2 or 3 dance requests for the evening Dance Party and/or Late Night Dancing.

and more ways to have fun:
A culture corner, Singing and making music, and cooking!
Sing and play along to Dobra Nevesco, Opincuta, and Tragnala Rumjana with Debby Szajnberg. The link to the music is

Make a Romanian dinner with recipes from our chef, Riki, who has offered many recipes for your Virtual Day.

and even more ways to have fun!

Make a video of a folk dance being done in snow shoes or swim fins. Be creative! Any folk dance will do but you will get extra points for including a grapevine. Videos due ASAP. Copy your video into this folder.

Chat with folks in dinner time breakout rooms. We’ll create new breakout rooms for each course, so you can choose whether to come for Mocktails and Cocktails, Main […]

By |2021-02-05T14:15:50-08:00February 5th, 2021|Culture, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Watch Anytime! Romanian Dancing with Camelia and Neluțu on YouTube

Missed the Romanian Dancing with Camelia and Neluțu?

No worries! You can watch it on YouTube anytime at this YouTube link.

Online Romanian Dance Party with Camelia and Neluțu Motoc –

By |2020-12-26T11:56:58-08:00December 26th, 2020|Anytime, Culture, Dance, Party, Romanian|0 Comments

Mainewoods 2021 – A Virtual Day at Camp Feb 13


Anticipating Cabin Fever?
Come spend a virtual day at camp with us!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Enjoy many of our favorite Mainewoods traditions:

  • Dance Workshops and Reviews with Featured Guests
  • Ethnic Theme Day
  • Dance Swap
  • Music Class
  • Ethnic Recipes
  • Cocktails and Mocktails
  • Evening Dance Party followed by Late Night Dancing

Activities occur from morning until late night.
Join as many as you would like—one, two or all of them!

More details with some surprises to follow…

By |2020-12-21T18:47:25-08:00December 2nd, 2020|Culture, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Susan Worland & Richard Powers at SOFA Thursdays at FACONE Nov 5 and 12

Guy Fawkes Adventure

with Susan Worland

Thursday, November 5, 2020
7:00-8:30pm EDT

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

Remember, remember, the 5th of November!

Susan Worland, fiddler extraordinaire, presents a Guy Fawkes Adventure! In Britain Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated as Bonfire Night; on November 5 crowds gather to eat, drink, and socialize outdoors with friends. Susan will give us some history and play some music, then move on to a few of the tasty foods and beverages that might be enjoyed at a Guy Fawkes Day bonfire.

→Join this workshop via Zoom by activating this link.

Donate on the FAC website.

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!

Richard Powers

CanCan and Apache […]

By |2020-10-31T22:09:34-07:00October 31st, 2020|Culture, Information, Live|0 Comments

NorCal preview of the History of the Embrace in Tango Dance Nov 8

We’re hosting a private viewing of “The History of the Embrace in Tango Dance”. Dedicated to the unfolding development of the famous “abrazo de tango”, this documentary short by Argentine dance researcher Gustavo Benzecry Sabá is live from Buenos Aires during a private showing via Zoom. Bring along your favorite Argentine wine & popcorn.

Note: This is a nice complement to Richard Powers’ talk at the 2020 camp. He’s listed as one of the research resources, too.

Sun, Nov 8, 4 pm start

$10 general admission / $9 for SFDC attendees

Purchase at

To get the Stockton Folk Dance Camp promo code, email Gigi at

Gigi (510) 326-6415

By |2020-10-29T15:37:34-07:00October 29th, 2020|Culture, Information, Live|1 Comment

Online Classes with Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA Oct-Dec 2020

Dear friends,

ANAR DANA projects are still welcoming drop in visitors if you are a current or former member of ANAR DANA (if you aren’t but have dance experience you can contact me about the option of drop ins). This way you can dance with your dance sisters anywhere in the world and brush up on some topic you may have done yourself, or learn something you always wanted to.  To that end, in the calendar below I have listed which dances we will be working on on each day through the end of the year.  In the second half of December I will be taking a break to take care of my family. Drop-ins are $55 for one unit (ie one day including the Awaken Your Dancing Body! class of that day.)  We hope to see a lot of old faces and also give the current dancers the chance to meet their fellow dancers in other locales.

For those of you who were interested in the new workshop series on Music Mapping: I’m sorry I dropped the ball.  I have been overwhelmed with what I am doing at the moment.  BUT, I will […]

By |2020-10-25T21:48:34-07:00October 25th, 2020|Culture, Dance, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

2020 Kolo Festival Update – November 26-29

Kolo Festival 2020 FlyerGreetings & Salutations, all y’all!

If you haven’t subscribed to our YouTube Channel, please do!

And enjoy checking out the bands that will be providing music for us this year:

And our teaching staff:

Lots more to come, soon!

Download flyer here

By |2020-10-21T13:44:58-07:00October 21st, 2020|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Greek, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Skandia Ball – Virtual via Zoom – tomorrow – Sat, Oct 10

The date has arrived! The Skandia Ball is this Saturday, October 10, 7:30-10:00pm PT, a virtual reunion and gala dance evening on Zoom, with an exciting lineup of music broadcast live from Seattle and Sweden, a virtual allspel, and special presentations. Costumes are encouraged with video on (and sound off).

See amazing flyer here with lots of details!

If you haven’t already bought your ticket, now is the time! Here is the link:

$15 US for Skandia members, $20 US for non-members

Registration closes Saturday 2:00pm PDT

66th Annual Skandia Ball – Virtual via Zoom
Saturday, October 10, 2020  7:30- 10:00 p.m. PDT

The Skandia Ball will be online this year, but still LIVE! Here’s what is planned for the 2 ½-hour virtual event.

  • Three sets of dance music featuring musicians well loved by Skandia dancers
    • Skandia Kapell, one of Seattle’s great music traditions, from Seattle, WA
    • Staffan Jonsson and Samantha Ohlanders, a dynamic fiddle duo (with a Seattle connection!), from Järvsjö, Sweden
    • Mats and Ulf Andersson, fiddlers much loved by Seattle dancers, from Jämtland, Sweden
  • A traditional […]
By |2020-10-09T13:12:55-07:00October 9th, 2020|Culture, Dance, Live, Party, Scandinavian|0 Comments

2020 Kolo Festival online – November 26-29

Kolo Festival 2020 Flyer

2020 will be our 69th festival! (Details here)

2020 Dance Teachers confirmed!

  • Joe Graziosi – Greek & Pontic dances (and some rebetika!)
  • Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu – Romanian line & couple dance
  • John Filcich – Traditional kolos
  • John Morovich – Croatian dances

As always, there will be live music from: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Norway, Romany communities, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, USA!

Bulgarian/Macedonian Jam & Sing-along
Booklet (for all instruments)
Tam Jam charts, here!

Download flyer here

By |2020-10-08T13:02:11-07:00October 8th, 2020|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Greek, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Skandia Ball – Virtual via Zoom – Sat, Oct 10

66th Annual Skandia Ball – Virtual via Zoom
Saturday, October 10, 2020  7:30- 10:00 p.m. PDT

The Skandia Ball will be online this year, but still LIVE! Here’s what is planned for the 2 ½-hour virtual event.

Everyone is welcome – whether you are […]

By |2020-10-09T13:06:20-07:00September 27th, 2020|Culture, Dance, Live, Party, Scandinavian|0 Comments

SOFA Thursdays at FACONE

SOFA Thursdays is “A Thing”!

Last week we officially, but quietly, launched our SOFA Thursdays series. SOFA is an acronym for Some Other Folk Arts, to differentiate its subject matter from our Saturday dance workshop series!

Tonight on the SOFA we introduce Bennett Clifford who is presenting a cooking class based on his experiences in Georgia where he lived, worked, and studied. The recipes he will share with us are posted on his page along with other details!

Topics and leaders coming up include Kathryn Black presenting her Estonian Craft Experience (September 24), Susan Lind-Sinanian demonstrating Making Paklava (October 1), and An Evening with Zdravets (October 8).

The Online Series page lists all the workshops, and includes links to event-specific pages that give you even more information.

Speaking of links ….

We always post a link to the Zoom link for the week’s offerings on the event-specific pages. It is encased in a bright yellow box, outlined in red and the link itself – “activating this link” – are in bold and burgundy-colored. You can’t miss it!

Saturday’s Miroslav (Bata) Marcetic Serbian workshop!

The Folk Arts Center is absolutely delighted to host Miroslav on Saturday! Many of you have enjoyed workshops and […]

By |2020-09-17T12:57:19-07:00September 17th, 2020|Culture, Information, Live|0 Comments

FACONE New Thursday Series starts Sept 10

The Folk Arts Center has a new committee of volunteers, the Group Advising on Strategic Planning (acronymically known as GASP!). The series is designed to highlight other traditional arts forms – Some Other Folk Arts (or SOFA), if you will. Therefore, the Thursday series will spotlight a wide-ranging collection of artists and artisans demonstrating and/or talking about their crafts!

We will kick off the series next Thursday, September 10, with Richard Powers, who will be with us as we re-broadcast his recent talk on the Swing and Jazz age. If you missed it the first time, we hope you can clear your calendar and join us next week. And if you were there and are like me, it will be a great opportunity to watch it again and pick up all the tangy details you missed the first time around!

The next week is Bennett Clifford, live from his kitchen on September 17 as he shares with us recipes he enjoyed and mastered while he lived in the Republic of Georgia! We will appreciate not only the cooking, but stories of his experiences in Georgia to go along with it!

October 1 will feature Susan Lind-Sinanian making Armenian paklava. Many of you […]

By |2020-09-04T10:40:44-07:00September 4th, 2020|Culture, Dance, Information, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Sit Down & Watch: Replays of Stockton Folk Dance Camp Highlights

Can’t dance in your home? These replays are all sit down and watch events. You do not want to miss these!

Link and Dates for Special Programs

Times: 7:30 – ~9? PM EDT
Zoom credentials should be unneeded, but here they are: ID: 846 8641 6549 Passcode: 333333

– Mon Aug 31
– Tue Sep 1
– Mon Sep 7
– Wed Sep 9
– Mon Sep 14

Replay of Stockton Highlights

Last month, I announced we’ll broadcast special selections from Stockton 2020.  Some segments were so exceptional/insightful/memorable/funny, I wanted to share these with you all.

Broadcasts dates follow.  This is one series you do not want to miss!  Richard Powers is a particularly engaging speaker. These presentations use illustrations drawn from Richard’s private collection of *thousands* of vintage lithographs.  Andy Taylor is a spirited and entertaining speaker whose family had pivotal influence on America’s love affair with folkdance.  Sonia and Cristian are dance teachers and choreographers extraordinaire who have brought many of our most beloved Romanian dances.

Dates & shows (content is subject to change, but unlikely):

Mon Aug 31: Richard Powers: The History of the Ragtime Era PLUS “Newly Wed Game” sendup with Yves & France, Sonia & Cristian, and Tineke & Maurits

Tue Sep […]

By |2020-08-25T19:46:58-07:00August 23rd, 2020|Culture, Information, International, Live, Uncategorised|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
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, 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

Northwest Folklife Festival May 23-25

Presented by Seattle Cancer Care AllianceFrom Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival will take place online May 23-25, 2020 at Created in partnership with Seattle Center, From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival is a virtual festival that features multiple program channels and a virtual marketplace that will bring together local culture bearers, artists, creatives, sponsors, and merchants all on one platform.

Full List of Program Channels
Meet the Artists
View the Full Schedule

Of note:
– Helen Eriksen & Anar Dana: Saturday, 11 AM
– Dromeno live dance party: Sunday, 5:35 PM
– Dunava Balkan Women’s Choir video premier: Sunday, 6:10 PM

Suggested Daily Donation: $20 per person | $30 per family
Committed to Access for All | Powered by Your Donations

By |2020-05-22T17:29:35-07:00May 22nd, 2020|Anytime, Culture, Dance, International, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Online Culture Corner with Yves Moreau and France Bourque-Moreau

Yves Moreau and France Bourque-MoreauThis Saturday, May 23, 2-4pm EDT:

ONLINE Culture Corner with Yves Moreau and France Bourque-Moreau

Join folklore specialists Yves Moreau and France Bourque-Moreau, and the Folk Arts Center as we present our next online event via Zoom. There are details about what to do in preparation for Saturday’s workshop on the Folk Art Center’s Online Events webpages: how to make your donation, and how to install Zoom on the device of your choice. We suggest a donation of $10, but of course anything above that would be gratefully accepted and most appreciated.

Yves is a grand storyteller with much knowledge of all things related to Bulgarian folk dancing; France is an expert teacher of folk dancing for children and conducts special seminars to train school teachers in this field. Her current repertoire includes hundreds of dances and rounds from all parts of the world especially designed and adapted to various age and experience levels.

This is the ninth in a series of online events featuring some of your favorite dance leaders, with the proceeds benefiting FAC. This series […]

By |2020-05-21T15:33:29-07:00May 21st, 2020|Balkan, Culture, Information, Live|0 Comments

Dances of Afghanistan⁠ with Helene Eriksen

See the website here

Weekly classes from Thursday, May 21st, 5pm PST⁠ | Dances of Afghanistan⁠ with Helene Eriksen
from 10.00
Zoom link will be sent to your email after purchase.

Please wait up to 15 minutes for the email to reach your inbox. If you don’t receive an email, please contact

We are committed to making these classes accessible to all! For scholarship options and for the application for students who live in a Country that does not work with our payment system (Iran, Argentina, etc.) please see the FAQ Page

About the Class:⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠
Dances of Afghanistan⁠ | All Levels⁠

Join Helene Eriksen in an exploration of dance styles from the multi-cultural country of Afghanistan. A special focus will be on the dances of the Logar Valley and the neighboring region of Paktia with their rich dance traditions and 7/8 meter music.⁠

Bio: ⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠
Helene is a dance ethnologist, teacher, performer and choreographer of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient as well as Argentine Tango and folk dance. She celebrated 40 years of teaching in 2019. She lectures and publishes on dance ethnology and costume studies.⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠

She has conducted many research projects in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, […]

By |2020-05-21T15:11:14-07:00May 21st, 2020|Culture, Dance, Workshop|0 Comments

Virtual Cultural Talks sponsored by Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA

Friday May 29th, 2020
Helene Eriksen and special guest Harout Arakelian
Armenian Dance and Music in the Diaspora: Fresno, CA in the 1950’s

10am-12pm PDT (UTC-7)
For your reference:
10 am PDT (UTC-7) West Coast USA =
14:00 ART (UTC-3) in Argentina =
19:00 CEST/MESZ (UTC+2) in Western Europe

As ANAR DANA has gone virtual we are now able to offer access to our cultural talks to anyone interested wherever you are in the world.

A special feature of the ANAR DANA Projects is our Cultural Talk Series. On the Friday before our rehearsal weekend we get together to learn about one of the regions of our project. I present the history and ethnography and we look at films, photos, costumes and listen to music and discuss of one of the regions in depth.
Especially now these talks are open to everyone!

Suggested donation is 15 Euros (but no one is turned away for lack of funds and we have different options for donating).

Go to for an easy button to donate. If you prefer to pay by check in the US or make a bank transfer in Europe, please contact me at

Please feel free to […]

By |2020-05-21T15:01:19-07:00May 21st, 2020|Culture, Information, Live|0 Comments
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