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:

Here’s a little promo video from Balkan Cabaret, to whet your appetite:

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

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


Videos are already posted and ready to watch here:

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
Instructor: Dina Cindrić, (vocal); Sergiu Popa (instrumental music)

Link / Location:

Session 1:   


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!

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

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

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


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:

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



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

Save the date for “Taste of Pourparler” November 6-8

Pourparler is going virtual through Zoom this year with “Taste of Pourparler” on November 6th-8th. Please spread the word.

All are welcome and there will be no registration fee, however, participation will be by pre-registration only. Pre-register by Wednesday November 4th at this link:
Virtual “Taste of Pourparler” Registration Form

Pourparler is an annual gathering for teachers of traditional dance or music in schools and communities. This year’s Zoom event will include discussions on relevant topics, dance parties, songs and time to chat. If you have questions please email:

We hope to see many of you virtually this year, and in person in 2021 in Vermont!
The Pourparler Steering Committee: Sanna Longden, Margaret Bary, Karlene Kjerstin, Jeremy Korr, Mady Newfield

Find lots of information here: Pourparler website on NFO

Discussion topics:

  • Engaging Children in Online Events
  • Technical Aspects of Online Events
  • Living Through 2020
  • Dancing with Seniors in Online Events
  • Planning for Post-pandemic Events and Situations
  • How Antiracism Work Intersects with Our Traditions and Teaching

The rough schedule is as follows (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

Friday November 6

  • 7:30-8:00 pm: Arrival and informal chat
  • 8:00-8:25 pm: Welcome to Pourparler
  • 8:25-9:25 pm: Dance […]
By |2020-10-05T13:28:21-07:00October 3rd, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|1 Comment

Osem I Devet Concert from Michael Lawson’s deck

Osem I Devet (minus David Bilides), with Tedy Dimitrova and Dina Trageser, broadcasting from Michael’s back deck at 6 pm on 2020-09-19.
The link for this 1 hour recording is below, no Facebook account required. Definitely worth watching!

For real this time! The awning is up, the camera ready. Tune in for an hour of Osem (minus Devet) with Tedy and Dina tonight.

Posted by Osem i Devet on Friday, September 18, 2020

By |2020-09-19T22:35:03-07:00September 19th, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Music, Singing|0 Comments

Balkan Music instrumental Zoom-shops/jams/zoom-togethers Aug 22

This Saturday, August 22nd:

– 10am-11am, PDT: Beginning Macedonian & Bulgarian Tambura
– 11am-noon, PDT: Song accompaniment on tambura (et al)
– Noon-1pm, PDT: Macedonian Izvoren zoom-jam (Pece’s instrumental dance
– 1pm-2pm, PDT: Bulgarian bitov zoom-jam/get-together
– 2pm-3pm, PDT: Balkan Accordion zoom-shop
– 3pm-4pm, PDT: Greek (mostly) Rebetika zoom-shop
– 4pm-5pm, PDT: Chalgija (Balkan music on oud) zoom-shop

All events may be attended by any instrument(s), there are Bb charts
available for a growing number of tunes.

Charts, songbooks, etc., for all events are always available at:

Zoom login is always:
Meeting ID: 327 790 3613

Let’s make some more music together!

Contact Bill Cope

By |2020-08-20T11:48:11-07:00August 20th, 2020|Balkan, Live, Music, Workshop|0 Comments
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