June Camp Preview Party on Zoom – Saturday, April 9

June Camp will be held in person, June 2 -5, in Deerfield, Illinois (near Chicago), but we are promoting it with an online party with live music by Tom Pixton and friends (who also play at June Camp).

Meet the June Camp committee, and special guests, including our teacher for this year’s camp, Caspar Bik!

The party is free, and the link will be sent to all who are on the June Camp mailing list (write to  to join that), and will also be posted on the June Camp website ( https://sites.google.com/site/junecampifd/home) on Saturday, April 9,  the day of the party. The program will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

By |2022-04-02T16:54:04-07:00April 2nd, 2022|Dance, International, Live, Music, Party|0 Comments

Laguna Folk Dance Festival 2022 – March 5

Date:  March 5, 2022

THE LAGUNA FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL 2022 ONLINE

Come join us via Zoom for this year’s Laguna Folk Dance Festival! Usually held the first weekend in March in Laguna Woods, CA, this year’s festival will be a one-day Zoom event on Saturday, March 5 from 10 am to 9 pm PT. Seven former Festival teachers will each review previously taught Laguna Festival dances and reintroduce some of their lesser known favorites! Then party with special guest dance leaders from 6-9pm PT!

Registration is free.

For more information and to register please go to: Laguna website

By |2022-02-27T17:12:20-08:00February 27th, 2022|Armenian, Balkan, Dance, International, Israeli, Live, Music, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Save the Date: Folklore Village Virtual Spring Swedish Music & Dance Weekend – March 18-20

Spring Swedish Music & Dance Weekend

March 18-20

Online, via Zoom

Featuring guest instructors Ewa and Tommy Englund, and Gunnar Iggendal, Folklore Village’s Spring Swedish Music & Dance Weekend will be an immersive cultural experience for all. Join us online for workshops in Swedish dance, music, and cooking, as well as afternoon parties featuring music by Gunnar Iggendal, and evening parties featuring music by guest musicians Char Bostrom, Martha Levenson, lydia ievins, and members of the Chicago Spelmanslag.

Full-time admission is $60. Part-time admission to the evening parties is priced at $10 per party.

Registration coming soon; check https://folklorevillage.org/spring-swedish-weekend-2022/ for updates.

By |2022-02-04T12:26:40-08:00February 4th, 2022|Culture, Dance, Live, Music, Party, Scandinavian, Workshop|0 Comments

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

LYRIDS/KYKLOS FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL

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

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 www.neffa.org

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!

Rhythm & Drumming for Folk Dancers with Polly Feb 13

RHYTHM & DRUMMING FOR FOLK DANCERS with Polly Tapia Ferber

Saturday, February 13, 2021
3pm – 4:15pm MDT (2-3:15pm PT)

Registration required. $10 per class.

Due to popular demand, we’re continuing these exciting lessons as a recurring series!. Polly Tapia Ferber makes hearing, counting, and playing various dance rhythms accessible and enjoyable. Use any hand drum available: A doumbek, a djembe, a coffee can…your feet know the drill; now your hands and brain can get in on the fun!

Full information here.

By |2021-02-07T13:23:42-08:00February 7th, 2021|Live, Music, 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

Flurry ’21 – Dancing in the Cloud – Feb 12 – 14

Flurry ’21 – Dancing in the Cloud
February 12-14

A year like no other means a Flurry like no other.
flurryfestival.org

This February 12-14, let’s continue the tradition and gather virtually. Flurry’21: Dancing in the Cloud will include more than 100 Zoom sessions of music, dance, jam sessions, educational workshops, social hours, and much more. It will be the next best thing to being in person! Your ticket to this year’s Flurry allows entrance to it all.
 
For more information and to purchase tickets  click here.

By |2021-01-21T14:25:20-08:00January 21st, 2021|Dance, Live, Music, 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

2021 NYE Sea to Sea – Music Dancing Games and More!

It’s a New Year’s Eve EXTRAVAGANZA, with multiple tracks of programming and 20+ groups z00ming from locations all across North America and beyond.

Dance, listen, and jam to the wondrous music! Laugh, sing, play games, and hang out!
Toast with us to 2021 across FIVE midnights!

More information and register here: nyedance.info

Check out the schedule here.

Looks amazing!

By |2020-12-30T17:55:37-08:00December 30th, 2020|Dance, English, International, Live, Music, Party, Scandinavian, Scottish, Singing|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

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

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!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC54ZTwuzkIpDEdlsF6Mn9Qg/

And enjoy checking out the bands that will be providing music for us this year:
https://kolofestival.org/music/performers.html

And our teaching staff:
https://kolofestival.org/teachers.html

Lots more to come, soon!
-Bill

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

A Taste of Pourparler – Nov 6-8

Dear Friends,

This year is an opportunity for newbies to see what we’re about.  The event is totally free!  (Although we will suggest a donation to either NFO or CDSS).  The only reason for the registration to so we can send you the zoom link. The event is closed to the public and only available through the registration process.

For more information and to register now, go to nfo-usa.org/pourparler.

A Taste of Pourparler

See information on discussion topics and schedule etc. at previous post here:
Save the date for “Taste of Pourparler” November 6-8

By |2020-10-21T10:57:34-07:00October 20th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Rhythm & Drumming for Folk Dancers Monthly on Saturdays

RHYTHM & DRUMMING FOR FOLK DANCERS

Taught by Polly Tapia Ferber
Monthly, starting Saturday, October 24, 2020
3pm – 4:15pm MDT (2-3:15pm PT)

If you joined us for Polly’s first drum/rhythm class, you’ll be delighted to know that the Southwest International Folk Dance Institute has decided to continue these exciting lessons as a monthly series. If you missed out the first time, be sure to join us now! Polly Tapia Ferber makes hearing, counting, and playing various dance rhythms accessible and enjoyable. Use any hand drum available: A doumbek, a djembe, a coffee can…your feet know the drill; now your hands and brain can get in on the fun!

Registration required. $10 per class.

Click here to register! Details here: https://www.swifdi.org/updates.html

The link to the Zoom meeting room will be emailed to you a day or so before the first class.

By |2020-10-14T11:17:03-07:00October 14th, 2020|Live, Music, Workshop|0 Comments

Balkan Chestnut Festival Oct 9 & 10

3rd Annual Balkan Chestnut Festival Poster.jpg

DONT MISS IT!

THE LINEUP

These are the confirmed participants. Please stay tuned for the minute to minute schedule. Each performer has time reserved for interactive Q&A with our onsite MC, Cora Phenix, and with you in the audience.

  • Džambo Aguševi Orchestra is the hottest Balkan brass band in the world. Please check out their new album, “Brasses for the Masses”.

  • Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band is the founding band of Golden Festival in Brooklyn, NY, and this will be their second appearance at the Balkan Chestnut Festival.

By |2020-10-09T14:37:24-07:00October 9th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|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
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