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


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

Global Folk Dance Party – Apr 17, 3pm – 6:30pm PT

Dear Wonderful Folk Dance Community,

We will gather on Saturday, April 17, for a party we’re calling “Double Name Dances and Other Favorites.” Come find out what we’ve got in store!

For a sneak preview, here are a few of our dances: Galyam Galyam, Zek Zek Dadumle and Rum Dum Dum.

Our guest dance leaders will be Michael Ginsburg and Melissa Miller and Lew Smith – please see below for their biographies. To attend our party, please use the link on the flyer.

Get ready to have a dazzling time dancing with your friends, lifelong and new, near and far. Hope to see you there!

Here are the guest dance leader Bios:

Lew Smith started folk dancing in 1966 and led folk dancing at UCSB in the late ’60’s and at SJSU in the early ’70’s. Lew is also a member of the Balkan band Svirači.

Melissa Miller (aka Ghanima Gaditana) has been folk dancing since childhood, and teaches and performs belly dance in the Bay Area and beyond. She also performs regularly with the band Svirači.

Michael Ginsburg has always been interested in Balkan music and dances, especially Macedonian and […]

By |2021-04-17T09:48:02-07:00April 17th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Greek Dance Workshop with Kyriakos Moisidis at FACONE – April 17

Greek Dance Workshop
with Kyriakos Moisidis

Saturday, April 16: 2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

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

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

About the Workshop

Kyriakos will be teaching dances from a variety of regions within the country. A list of dances from which he will choose for Saturday’s workshop will be posted on this page soon.

Join this workshop via Zoom by activating the link that will be posted here prior to the event.

About Kyriakos

Kyriakos is a prolific researcher instructor, and performer of Greek traditional dance. Born in the village of Prohoma, near Thessaloniki, his family origins trace back to Pontic Greeks from the region of Kars (present-day northeastern Turkey).

In 2003, Kyriakos completed a degree in Physical Education and Athletics from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, with a major in traditional dance. He has conducted extensive research on traditional Greek dance, music, and customs. He is a very popular teacher and well-versed in the dances from all regions of Greece; his expertise on dance traditions from Pontos, Kappadokia, […]

By |2021-04-14T16:57:15-07:00April 14th, 2021|Dance, Greek, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

South Jersey Virtual International Dance – May 1

South Jersey International Folk Dance
Saturday, May 1, 7pm to 8pm Eastern Time

1-Hour Virtual International Folk Dance led by Steve Clarke and Clark Loveridge with technical assistance from Peter Notarfrancesco in lieu of our monthly face-to-face dance in southern New Jersey prior to the pandemic.


Click here for Zoom Link

For more information, please contact Clark Loveridge  at 

By |2021-04-14T10:31:21-07:00April 14th, 2021|Dance, International, Live|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

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:

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

June Camp on June 4-6 – Registration is open

June Camp, the Midwest’s residential extended folk dance weekend, is moving to Zoom for 2021 and will take place on the usual weekend, June 4 – 6.
This year we will be bringing all the artistic excellence, community, and that special feeling of June Camp to you in the safety of your own home as June Camp goes online.  Join us for:

  • Workshops from 2 excellent teachers: Lee Otterholt (Balkan) and Penny Brichta (Israeli)
  • Bonus workshop and Golden Oldies with Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian)
  • The Dance Exchange, where dances you’ve requested are reviewed (request by April 12!)
  • Happy Hour-and-a-half – an informal time for singing, dancing, and socializing
  • The Hospitality Room – breakout rooms for when you don’t want to dance
  • Saturday’s dance party with Tom Pixton and friends
  • Retrospectives of past June Camps and personalities

Free registration is open now. You will receive a personalized Zoom link to attend all events.
Please support June Camp and our artists through monetary contributions. Incentives are offered.
Find further information as well as the registration link and Dance Exchange request link on the June Camp website at
Email: with questions or to join the mailing list.

By |2021-04-01T11:34:04-07:00April 1st, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Zoom’s First* and Only April Fool’s Dance Party – April 1

Zoom’s First* and Only April Fool’s Dance Party

Tonight’s the Night!

Dress up in a funny costume if you like. Dress your pet in a funny costume whether or not they like it.

Host: the big Fool, Murray Spiegel
Special Guest Fool: Lee Otterholt

>> Pass along to your friends and groups <<

TONIGHT: Thursday, April 1 Party starts: 7:30-10 PM [Eastern Time]

>> We start promptly | Recommend joining 10 mins early <<
Zoom link:
Or Zoom ID: 846 8641 6549 Password: 333333 (six 3’s)

* Hopefully, the last one too.

By |2021-04-01T09:33:52-07:00April 1st, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|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

San Diego Folk Dance Center International Dance April 3

San Diego Folk Dance Center International Dance April 3

6:30 pm Pacific time: social time
7 pm – 10 pm Pacific time: dancing
Chin Yu, hosting
Featuring Kathy R’s and Carol C’s favorite dances tonight. So there’ll be some really good dances in the lineup!

To join our Zoom dance session, go to the San Diego Folk Dance Center’s website/Newsletter page, scroll down to “Join Zoom Meeting,” and click on the Zoom link there. Here’s the link to the Newsletter page:

Come dance with us this evening!
Cost: Free

By |2021-03-31T15:36:54-07:00March 31st, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Princeton Friday Night Folk Dance – April 30

Join Princeton dancers for a party the last Friday of each month!
Virtual International Folk Dance Party with various leaders.

Next party:
Friday, April 30, 2021, 7:30–9:30 PM ET
Party link: click here.

By |2021-03-28T16:25:38-07:00March 28th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Dance workshop with Yannis Konstantinou – Kypseli – Apr 3

Greek Dance Workshop
with Yannis Konstantinou

Live Stream from Lake Prespa, in the Florina region of Greece
1:00 pm PDT * 4:00 pm EDT * 23:00 in Greece
Click here to join the event on Zoom

Yannis Konstantinou has hosted seminars in the Lake Prespa region of NW Greece every August, attracting hundreds of international dance enthusiasts.

His passion for traditional music and dance began in his childhood, dancing with his family in his parents’ villages of Alona and Akrites in the Florina region of Greece. Today, his knowledge extends beyond that of the Greek Macedonian people indigenous to the area.  More about Yannis can be found here.

The Kypseli website is here.
Contact email: 

Donations welcome via PayPal to  or via Venmo @jozef-bilman.
Or if you wish to send a check, please email Jozef , or Anne at  ($15 suggested.)

By |2021-03-27T15:44:33-07:00March 27th, 2021|Dance, Greek, Live, Workshop|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:

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

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

NEFFA Presents the New England Folk Festival 2021 Online April 23-25

NEFFA Presents the New England Folk Festival 2021 Online!

See flyer here.

April 23-25, 2021

Featuring Over 100 LIVE sessions on Zoom!

• To register, please visit

Participatory Dance – Contras, International Folk, English Country, Scottish, Scandinavian, Morris, and more!

Singing & Music-making – Song swaps, singalongs, workshops, concerts, jamming

Concert Performances – Dancers, singers, instrumentalists, storytelling

Videos – Collaborative community video projects, recorded performances and workshops

Crafts and Folk Bazaar listings on the NEFFA website!

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

The Laguna-San Antonio Spring Festival – March 12-14

Date:  March 12 – 14, 2021

Festival Theme: “Dancing in the Sun”

This weekend!

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:

By |2021-03-09T14:26:25-08:00March 9th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Culture Corner with Yves Moreau and France Bourque-Moreau at FACONE Feb 27

Yves Moreau and France Bourque-Moreau Culture Corner

Saturday, February 27: 2–4:00pm EST

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

World-renowned dance teachers and cultural emissaries Yves Moreau and France Bourque-Moreau will share memories of their Montreal-based folk ensemble «Les Gens de mon Pays» with whom they performed for 15 years in North America and Europe and show video excerpts from some of their performances

Yves will also share other interesting film clips and photos from Bulgaria. France will talk about her work teaching folk dances in public elementary schools in Quebec as part of a government subsidized program as well as some of her other projects over the years. There will be time set aside to answer your questions.

Learn more about Yves and France on their website.

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 suggest a $10 minimum for attending this […]

By |2021-02-26T17:10:36-08:00February 26th, 2021|Culture, Information, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Israeli Westside Classics Zoom March 14

Israeli Westside Classics
March 14, 2021: 7 pm to 9:30+ pm, Pacific Time

Joan Hantman presents this event quarterly. All dances are pre 2000 and there is a different theme each time.

The session will feature dances from Emtza Haderech, the middle of the road.which includes classic Israeli dances created in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s. (Period wear is optional!)

To connect via Zoom:
Zoom ID: 994 374 8953
Passcode: EHClassics
IMPORTANT NOTE: When you sign in, please sign in with your name and city in order to be admitted! Names such as “iPhone 123” or “Galaxy 5”, etc. will NOT be admitted in order to help to keep our session safe and secure.

Small donations via PayPal will be accepted to help offset the cost of the larger Zoom room. You can make a gift to:

By |2021-02-20T09:49:18-08:00February 20th, 2021|Dance, Israeli, Live, Party|0 Comments

Virtual Romanian Dance Party with Camelia & Nelutu Feb 27

Camelia and Neluțu Motoc invite you to their Online “Casa Dansului Românesc” (Virtual Romanian Dance Party). Live music with the Band from Soporu de Campie – Cluj, featuring the great violinist Alexandru Ciurcui (Sandorica).

Let’s be together to share dance, music, traditions and more with old friends and new, locally and globally!

Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 7 PM – 9 PM Eastern European Time
(12 PM – 2 PM EST) (9 AM – 11 PM PST)
This virtual dance event is FREE.

If you can, please make a donation with PayPal by visiting their website:

Join us on Saturday, February 27, 2021 on

We can’t wait to dance with you!
Fondly, Cristian and Sonia

By |2021-02-27T09:52:58-08:00February 17th, 2021|Dance, Live, Party, Romanian|2 Comments

Dances from Brittany and Albania with Sibylle Helmer at FACONE Feb 20

Dances from Brittany and Albania
with Sibylle Helmer

Saturday, February 20: 2–4:00pm EST

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

Sibylle Helmer has been teaching for more than 30 years in the international folk dance world, especially in the Netherlands but also in Belgium, England, Austria, Italy and Canada. She attends workshops of various teachers at home and abroad in order to keep up with the latest developments and continuously increase her knowledge. With her foundation, she organizes workshops, courses and festivals in the Netherlands with teachers from the Netherlands and abroad.

After her studies to become a French and Dutch language teacher, she stayed for six months in Paris as an au-pair. It was there where she first encountered Breton music and dance. Many summers after that, she went to Brittany for courses and festivals and thus her first specialty, Breton dance, was born.

Since 2010 she has been going to Albania regularly to learn more about that country’s dance, culture, history, and language. And so now she has developed her second specialty: Albanian dance. This week’s workshop will feature dances from […]

By |2021-02-16T14:44:02-08:00February 16th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments
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