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

Virtual Dance Room Holiday Party Nov 20

Dance party – no teaching tonight

To join the party, click here.
For the poster, click here.
For the playlist, click here.

Live Music Sets by:
Tom Pixton (Arlington, Massachusetts)
Don Weeda (Austin, Texas)
Izvor Orchestra (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Clara Byom (Ettrick, Wisconsin)
Bill Cope/Michele Simon (San Francisco, California)
Orkestar Black Wine (Chicago, IL)
Fred Bear Orchestra (Jellystone Park)
Others TBA

By |2020-11-20T10:43:27-08:00November 20th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Global Folk Dance Party – Roberto Bagnoli theme – Nov 21, 3pm – 6:30pm PT

Global Folk Dance Party is tomorrow!

  • Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020
  • Times: 3:00pm to 6:30pm, Pacific Time Zone, check google to see what time it is where you live
  • Where: Online using Zoom,

Information on Facebook is here.
Flyer here with working links.

For this party, we’re going to feature some dances from, or taught by, Roberto Bagnoli!
Each Dance Leader will lead 1 or 2 dances taught or choreographed by Roberto, along with plenty of your requests and our normal program.
Let us know what dances you’d like on the program and thanks for spreading the party info!

Zoom id: 600 066 908

Then.. join everybody at the Party right after this!!
Hosted by Paul Collins and friends

Email us your request! You can reach us at

Planned Playlist can be found at

No fee. If you can, help your local food bank with a donation
No password, we’re using the waiting room option on zoom

….let’s keep having fun

By |2020-11-20T10:31:20-08:00November 20th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Stephen Kotansky and Dit’s Wednesday Night Dance Party

Your hosts, Dit, Bob and now Stephen Kotansky!!!!

Dit OlshanDit Olshan, Bob, and Stephen Kotansky host a Virtual Folk Dance Party every Wednesday Night.

Shmooz and Booze between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM CT
Dancing Program 8 PM – 10 PM Central Time

Stephen Kotansky will be with both new and older Bulgarian Dances and we’ll dance to many other popular favorites. We’ll kick it off with Becky and Marie as well as an encore with Kathleen Mazurek! Bob will also review the new popular Israeli Dance Libi!
So put on your dance shoes, move the furniture and let’s dance. Invite your friends!
See you Wednesday night!

They also have Youtubes of each of their sessions afterwards.
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 853 060 206
Passcode: folkdance

Contact Dit Olshan for more information.
See Dit Olshan’s Facebook page here.

By |2020-11-10T22:00:31-08:00November 10th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments


Instead of making you wait all the way to July to enjoy the wonders of Stockton Folk Dance Camp, we’ve decided to assemble the usual cast of dynamic international dance stars and musicians to entertain, educate, and amuse you — via Zoom, of course.

We’ve finalized the faculty for a January online event with a mix of teachers who have taught at Stockton in previous years, as well as two teachers who will be part of our faculty for the first time. We welcome our first timers to the team: Bianca de Jong, teaching international dances and Polly Tapia Ferber teaching drumming for nonmusicians. They’ll be joined by familiar favorites Ahmet Luleci, Roberto Bagnoli, Aaron Alpert, Tineke van Geel, Maurits van Geel, Richard Powers, Tony Parkes, Gergana Panova, Vlasto Petkovski, Kay Munn, Miamon Miller, Michele Simon, Bill Cope, Janie Cowan, and Michael Lawson.

Click here to download the informational flyer. Spread the word! Forward it to your friends!

Don’t let the dates confuse you. This will be 24-hours-day, with both live and recorded presentations. The full schedule and details on the programming are coming soon!

The Stockton Folk Dance Winter Weekend is free to all, thanks to the […]

By |2020-11-10T16:01:43-08:00November 10th, 2020|Dance, Information, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Friday Night L.I.F.E. Hosting Steve Kotansky Nov 6

Friday Night L.I.F.E. virtual teaching/dancing session (continuing since 3/27/20). This is week 32 of our online adventures!
Time: Friday 08:00-10:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) every week, until we return home to LA Dancefit!

****On November 6th, L.I.F.E. Balkan Dancers are excited to host a special dance workshop with Master Dance teacher and scholar Steve Kotansky during our session. Steve is returning after leading a wonderful set of dances for us in October. This time he will be teaching from his vast repertoire of dances from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Hungary.

Sherry Cochran, along with Tom Bozigian and Sheree King, Asako Oshiro, Joan Hantman (our house crew) will be leading very short sets of your diverse requests after the workshop.

This week we will open the room at 7:45pm with some warm-up dances. Steve will start teaching at approximately 8:05pm.

Tom and Sheree had a stellar workshop on October 23rd teaching Daronee 1-6 and have made available a Digital Download of the Daronee Suite of 6 parts (with vocals by the original Armenian State Song & Dance Ensemble) that he recorded live in the fall of 1974. There is also a newer recording of Daronee (no singing) on Songs and Dances […]

By |2020-11-06T11:51:38-08:00November 6th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Roberto Bagnoli’s Online Israeli & Balkan classes & Party!

Roberto Bagnoli’s Online Classes and Party!

TUESDAY November 3rd : Israeli Dancing with requests
From 21.00 to 23.00 CET
(3.00-5.00 pm ET / 12.00-2.00 pm PT)
Meeting ID: 688 524 960

WEDNESDAY November 4th : Balkan Dances with requests
From 21.00 to 23.00 CET
(3.00-5.00 pm ET / 12.00-2.00 pm PT)
Meeting ID: 267 833 855

SUNDAY November 8th : Balkan Party with requests
From 19.00 to 22.00 CET
(1.00-4.00 pm ET / 10.00 am-1.00 pm PT)
Meeting ID: 312 594 1469

Check Roberto Bagnoli’s Facebook page for updates.

Also check Roberto’s web page: Visit Roberto’s website for all the details and to make a donation – Thanks!

By |2020-11-01T17:32:13-08:00November 1st, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Israeli, Live, Party|0 Comments

Virtual Romanian Dance Party with Camelia & Nelutu Dec 26

Camelia and Neluțu Motoc invite you to their first Online “Casa Dansului Românesc” (Virtual Romanian Dance Party). Live music with the Ardealul Band from Gherla-Cluj, featuring the great violinist Emil Mihaiu (Emiluț).

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

Saturday, December 26, 2020 from 7 PM – 10 PM Eastern European Time
(12 PM – 3 PM EDT) (9 AM – 12 PM PDT)

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

Join us on Saturday on YouTube:

[Camelia and Neluțu Motoc tested positive for Covid-19 as of October 29. So far, they have had mild symptoms. Of course, they must remain in quarantine and follow medical recommendations. This is the reason for the date change from Nov 7.]

By |2020-12-26T11:21:41-08:00October 27th, 2020|Dance, Live, Party, Romanian|2 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

Second Harvest Food Bank Virtual Fundraiser and Folk Dance Party Oct 25

Moveable Feet posterThe Annual Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Fundraiser and
Moveable Feet Folk Dance Party is only one week away! 

Sunday, October 25, 3:00 PM Pacific Time
(Sign in at 2:45 for chatting)

Zoom Meeting:  555 444 300

Following in the footsteps of our late leader, Lucy Chang, Moveable Feet is staging a virtual version of her favorite event, the fundraiser for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. We’ve tried to include as many of Lucy’s traditions as possible, although you will have to plan your own refreshments….

From her cottage in Inverness, Mel Harte will teach Hora de la Rezina (Theodor and Lia Vasilescu). From the East Bay, Jane and Frank Tripi will demonstrate some Schottische variations. Loui Tucker will tell us about her volunteer work at Second Harvest.

And our outstanding dance team from the Bay Area and beyond will be leading dances old and new, including many of Lucy’s favorites. Leaders include: Adony Beniares, Kevin Greek, Alicia LaFetra, Richard Graham, Marina Troost, Lon Radin, and Cricket Rayburn (Oregon).

Thanks to generous early contributors, we have already exceeded last year’s food bank donations!
But more is even better! If you haven’t yet had a chance to support this […]

By |2020-10-18T21:16:21-07:00October 18th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Global Folk Dance Party – Halloween theme – Oct 17, 3pm – 6pm PT

Global Folk Dance Party is tomorrow!

  • Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
  • Times: 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Pacific Time Zone, check google to see what time it is where you live
  • Where: Online using Zoom,

Facebook event posting here.
Flyer here with working links.

  • It’s close to Halloween so if you’re up for it, toss on a costume, put up some lights and let’s celebrate. We’ll have some longer spotlights, some Halloween hijinks, and we’d love to see your Halloween spirit(s)!
  • Our guest Dance leaders for this party will be Ahmet Lüleci, Joanie Hantman, and Cricket Raybern. They’ll be leading dances along with our regular gang!
  • Paul Collins will be hosting an Afterparty (link here) with plenty of more music and many, many leaders. The afterparty is being organized by VirtualDanceRoom. Flyer here.
  • We’ve updated the Playlist with dance links so you can see what we’re dancing at the party.

See you Saturday at 3pm Pacific Time!
Adony and the Global Folk Dance […]

By |2020-10-16T12:00:47-07:00October 16th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Ellen Golann dance party Sat Oct 24

To honor Ellen Golann’s many years –  decades! – of leading wonderful
dance camps, her daughter Phyllis had the idea of evening zoom party
to celebrate.  (And it’s the weekend of her birthday.)

The dance program will be provided by Ellen (we’re hosting).

With guest appearances by:
Danny Pollock, Steve and Susy Kotansky, Lee Otterholt, Sonia Dion and
Cristian Florescu, Michael and Belle Ginsburg (playing live).

Day: Saturday, Oct 24
Time: 7:30-10 pm Eastern Time
Just click this Link:
Zoom info – ID: 846 8641 6549 pw:333333 (six 3’s)

Her party flier is here.

We hope you can join this special event.
Be safe, stay healthy and limber.

– Murray and Randi Spiegel (NJ)

By |2020-10-12T13:13:33-07:00October 12th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Halloween Blow-out October 31

Halloween 2020 Bash and Blow-out

Murray has been collecting “Halloween” versions of popular folkdances for 30 years,
tormenting their group each year with a few samples.

From Murray and Randi Spiegel (NJ):

In this era where anyone in the world can join a group, we’ll have a
whole evening of Alternate / April Fools / Halloween / Uncommon music
versions of repertoire dances for everyone.  Dress up in costume if you want.

Our group traditionally held this the last Wed in October.  This year,
it is on Halloween (Saturday).

Time is 7:30-10 pm [Eastern]

We hope you can join this special event.
Be safe, stay healthy and limber.

For more info, contact Murray Spiegel at

By |2020-10-13T15:23:01-07:00October 12th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|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

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

Virtual BalkanFest Party with Roberto on Zoom Sundays

Besides our weekly Balkan sessions on Wednesday, we will have a Balkan Online Party
on Sunday, October 11th starting at 7pm CET (1pm ET and 10am PT), using the Zoom platform.

Join the Zoom Meeting to see others taking part and chat
Meeting ID: 312 594 1469

The Party is free. Please spread the word. Share it with your folk dance friends.

Check Roberto Bagnoli’s Facebook page for updates.

Also check Roberto’s web page: Visit Roberto’s website for all the details and to make a donation – Thanks!

By |2020-10-09T12:58:53-07:00October 9th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Party|0 Comments

Scandi Dancers – Norwegian Hardanger fiddle – solo figures taught – Oct 14

The next Zoom session of the Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver will begin on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 pm PT.

LIVE MUSIC – Special Guest Fiddler – Loretta Kelley (Norwegian Hardanger fiddle)

“Loretta is the foremost American performer on the hardingfele (the traditional Hardanger fiddle), an intricately decorated fiddle native to Norway with sympathetic strings, a nearly flat bridge, and a 300-year unbroken aural tradition.”

The schedule for the evening:

  • 7:30 – 8:00 pm Pacific time Join In and Social Time
    When you get on Zoom, you’ll be put in a “waiting room,” and from there you will be let into the dance.
    Other than during social time (7:30-8:00 and 8:50-9:10) please keep your audio muted to maximize sound quality
  • 8:00 – 8:20 pm Dance Teaching – Basic Springar Steps and solo figures
    Taught by Soren Huber and Ross Schipper – “No Partner Needed”
  • 8:20 – 8:50 pm – Live music: Loretta Kelley
  • 8:50 – 9:10 pm – “Coffee Break” and Announcements
  • 9:10 – 9:40 pm – Live music: Loretta Kelley

For more information regarding Loretta Kelley, visit her website:

NOTE: The Zoom session won’t be up before 7:30 pm Pacific Time on October 14

You can receive an invitation to the […]

By |2020-10-08T14:19:59-07:00October 8th, 2020|Dance, Live, Party, Scandinavian, 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
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