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

Dragi Spasovski podcast episode 45 published

Interested in discussions and samples of Macedonian folk songs?
David Bilides and Dragi Spasovski are back with another podcast for you in their series of expanded discussions for each of the 54 songs in Dragi’s 3-CD set.

Episode 45: Neli si se naspalo

This is a love song of the Macedonian Muslims living in the greater Šar Planina area. Dragi talks about the Isjanovska sisters, describes the Macedonian Muslim dialect, and discusses that singing tradition, both its continuity and its evolution.

You can…

1) Download the podcast directly from the site:
2) Listen to the podcast without downloading it, as an audio stream from the same page on the site;
3) Subscribe to the entire series from the same page on the site or through iTunes or similar software.
4) Get more information about the 3-CD set here:

Episodes on the site have additional audio and links discussed in the podcast.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.
Have fun listening!

By |2020-05-04T21:49:12-07:00May 4th, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Culture, Information, Singing|0 Comments

Northwest Folklife Virtual April 13-17

Next Week — Movin’ Around the World: Virtual Brings Music and Dance to Your Homes!

See all the details in the newsletter here.

Website: Movin’ Around the World: Virtual

During these times of uncertainty, Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center remain committed to uplifting our community and celebrating the arts and culture of our region while we navigate a world that requires us to remain physically apart at this time. That’s why we’re taking Movin’ Around the World online! Movin’ Around the World: Virtual, Apr. 13-17, 2020, invites youth and families to experience the cultures of our Pacific Northwest neighbors from your own home.

Starting on Monday, kids and families can participate in dance, music, and culture from local artists and culture bearers, as they showcase performances and workshops through recorded videos that will be uploaded daily onto the Movin’ Around the World: Virtual website.

By |2020-04-24T10:55:44-07:00April 12th, 2020|Anytime, Culture, Dance, Information|0 Comments

Online: Roma culture discussion, Q&A, and dancing (April 19)

Sunday, April 19
4 – 6 PM

Zoom! (info to be posted here:

From the Romas mouth to the Dancers Ears.
A discussion, Q & A, and DANCING with Melina Salifoski and Sonya Jasaroska and Jessaiah Zure.
An incredible opportunity to ask questions about the Roma culture, history, experience, dance movements, “costuming” and more, to these AMAZING women and sisters of mine who are of ROMA descent.

Start posting your questions so we can be ready for ya!

By |2020-04-24T10:53:51-07:00April 12th, 2020|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Trakya 2008 – The movie from Yves Moreau

From the EEFC List:

Dear EEFC friends,

In these exceptional times during which many of us are confined in our homes, I invite you to watch a delightful documentary (95 min) produced by my daughter Catherine Moreau.
Synopsis : In July 2008, Yves Moreau and his Japanese friend Hironobu Senzaki celebrated their 60th birthday with a unique and exciting folklore journey through Thrace, the rich cultural region shared by Bulgaria (Тракия), Greece (Θράκη) and Turkey (Trakya).  90 people from all over the world gathered to take part in «Trakya 2008».
More than just a trip, this extraordinary event proved that dancing, singing and musical traditions can transcend borders and create a spirit of friendship and unity.

Warm greetings and good wishes from Montreal.

Yves Moreau

By |2020-04-28T16:17:30-07:00March 24th, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Culture, Information|0 Comments
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