World Village Music & Dance Camp – Labor Day Zoom Event

Labor Day Zoom Event
Sunday, September 5th

Although the in-person camp canceled, you are invited to join the online Zoom event. Visit their website here.
The current schedule is:
  • 11am-12:25 pm: Brian Dolpin (Ukrainian singing)
  • 12:30pm-1:55 pm: Joe Graziosi (Greek dance)
  • 2-3:25 pm: Carl Linich (Georgian singing)
  • 3:30-5 pm: Steve Kotansky (Balkan dance)
  • 5-7:30 pm: dinner break.  We will keep the Zoom session live, so you can socialize
  • 7:30 pm: An evening dance party will start with some request dances, followed by a short Pontic set accompanied by Izumi Fairbanks.  At about 8:30, we will have review sessions with Joe and Steve, followed by more dancing to recorded music. Your requests are welcome!
Suze and Richie’s Balkan Bazaar will offer a selection of items for your shopping pleasure during the event, and there will be an opportunity for campers to visit with one another during the dinner hour.
They are asking for a suggested (but optional) donation of $25 or more, that will go to support our teachers and performers. Your registration allows access to any or all parts of the event.
To register for the workshops, party, shopping with Balkan […]
By |2021-09-02T11:06:06-07:00September 2nd, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Greek, International, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Northwest Folklife Festival May 28-31

50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

The 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival is taking place virtually all weekend long (May 28-31, 2021). Throughout Memorial Day weekend, explore over 6 program channels, participate in live Zoom workshops and dances, and stream a variety of performances at your convenience through the On-Demand channel.

Watch the livestreams here on our websiteFacebook, and Twitch!

Of note:

 

By |2021-05-28T10:43:52-07:00May 28th, 2021|Anytime, Culture, Dance, International, Live, Singing, 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!

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

Online Classes with Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA Oct-Dec 2020

Dear friends,

ANAR DANA projects are still welcoming drop in visitors if you are a current or former member of ANAR DANA (if you aren’t but have dance experience you can contact me about the option of drop ins). This way you can dance with your dance sisters anywhere in the world and brush up on some topic you may have done yourself, or learn something you always wanted to.  To that end, in the calendar below I have listed which dances we will be working on on each day through the end of the year.  In the second half of December I will be taking a break to take care of my family. Drop-ins are $55 for one unit (ie one day including the Awaken Your Dancing Body! class of that day.)  We hope to see a lot of old faces and also give the current dancers the chance to meet their fellow dancers in other locales.

For those of you who were interested in the new workshop series on Music Mapping: I’m sorry I dropped the ball.  I have been overwhelmed with what I am doing at the moment.  BUT, I will […]

By |2020-10-25T21:48:34-07:00October 25th, 2020|Culture, Dance, Live, 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

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

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!

https://www.facebook.com/osemidevet/videos/680583209218496

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

“East Coast” Virtual Camp August 14 – 16, 2020

Happy Saturday, everyone!
After a really fun “West Coast” weekend, we’ve decided to do it again–with an East Coast twist. Join us for our second Virtual Camp on August 14-16, 2020. Our website will update with faculty and performers as they’re added, and you can register here. Read on for additional details!
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In 1977, the EEFC offered the first of many wonderful getaway Balkan Music & Dance Workshops. In 2020, we’re excited to roll with the punches and debut our online edition, which you can enjoy from the comfort of home.
Thanks to high-speed internet, we continue to welcome new friends and old to our community of musicians, singers, dancers, and those who love them. Beginners and advanced practitioners will continue to “rub shoulders” while benefiting from the expertise of our extraordinary teaching staff and enjoying bliss-inducing live-music performances. We can’t provide the traditional rustic redwoods setting nor a superb glamping experience in the Catskills, but this Virtual Camp weekend retains our signature style—an immersive learning experience that opens hearts and minds to the beauty of Balkan music, dance, and culture.
The Platform
We’re using 
By |2020-08-06T14:08:01-07:00August 6th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Information, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|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
DO YOU HAVE YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS?
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 folkdancecamp.org, 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
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