Central Asian Dance Camp Oct 29 – Nov 7

CENTRAL ASIAN DANCE CAMP
October 29 – November 7, 2021

Suggested donation levels:
DANCE SESSIONS for $35 per session.
LECTURE SESSIONS for $10 each.
Please indicate CODE for each class you wish to attend.
BONUS sessions free to all registered for at least one class.
Class times are Eastern Standard Time UNTIL November 7th, when we “fall back” to standard time
Register with payments through PayPal to:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29th
7:00 pm Greeting by Ambassador Vakhabov BONUS EVENT
Followed by Film Screening

See below for Saturday and Sunday programs

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd to be announced
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd to be announced

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REGISTER for CENTRAL ASIAN DANCE CAMP by using the PayPal button below.
https://www.paypal.com/donate…
Be sure to include the CODE for each dance session that you wish to attend.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th
9:00am – 10:30am
Khorezm Choreography Class Part One
CODE: KhorezmA
with Chief Choreographer of Lazgi Ensemble, Shanazar Boltaev

7:30pm – 8:30pm
Virtual Central Asian Dance Concert BONUS EVENT
CADC participants share beautiful dances they have learned at past camps

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31st
9:00am – 10:30 am
Khorezm Choreography Class Part Two
CODE: KhorezmB
with Chief Choreographer of Lazgi Ensemble, Shanazar Boltaev
1:00pm ¬- 2:00 pm
Lecture “Melons Galore!” BONUS EVENT
Author Marina Abrams shares research on her new children’s book on […]

By |2021-10-29T16:40:03-07:00October 29th, 2021|Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Learn witch dance in October with Stacy Rose on Thursdays

Your inner witch wants to dance!

Learn the Wolfshäger Hexebrut witch dance with Stacy Rose.
Every October Thursday, starting October 7, 8-8:30pm PT

To see the dance we’ll learn, click here.
Instructional video is here.
Last year’s video is here.
Stacy’s website is here.

The time dedicated for this dance is the last half hour of a regularly scheduled folk dance session that starts at 7 pm PT.

RSVP Stacy at

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4283018243
Meeting ID: 428 301 8243
Passcode: thanks

By |2021-10-05T16:28:27-07:00October 5th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Albanian Dance Workshop and Culture Corner with Genci Kastrati – Oct 2

Albanian Dance Workshop
and Culture Corner
with Genci Kastrati

Saturday, October 2
2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

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

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

Join this workshop via Zoom. Find link here.

About the Workshop

The FACONE Saturday series begins again after a bit of a hiatus! We will kick off the fun with Genci Kastrati joining us from his home in Tirana, Albania. These Saturday afternoons will include dancing, of course, but will also feature a longer “culture corner” component.

Donate to FAC

Donations support these events, artists, and the Folk Arts Center. We suggest $10 for online workshops, although any amount is appreciated.

Visit our donation page for links to various donation options including:

  • PayPal – donating to FAC as “friends and family” will avoid PayPal fees
  • Venmo- our account is: @Folk-ArtsCenter
  • Checks – mail to:

Folk Arts Center of New England
10 Franklin Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-1862

Thank you for supporting the Folk Arts Center of New England!

By |2021-09-05T06:51:34-07:00September 5th, 2021|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

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

Online Dance Party with FAC – Aug 7

Online Dance Party with the FAC Living Room Orchestra

Saturday, August 7, 2:00 – 4:00 EDT

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

$10 is suggested but any amount is appreciated

Join this workshop via Zoom by activating this link.

About the Party

FAC’s online Saturday afternoon workshop will be an all-live music dance party, with music by the FAC Living Room Orchestra and dances led by Boston-area dancers.

The dynamic band, far from being living room couch potatoes, consists of: Patrick Yacono (director), Robert Penny, Julia Porier, David Skidmore, Dana Sussman, Brian Wilson, and Niki Yeracaris.

Dance leaders for the afternoon are: Dana Sussman, Marcie Van Cleave, Janet Yeracaris, and Taylor Yeracaris.

Visit “What you need to run Zoom”, to set up your computer or device to join the workshop online.

Donate to FAC

Donations support these events, artists, and the Folk Arts Center. We suggest $10 for online workshops, although any amount is appreciated.

Visit our donation page for links to various donation options including:

  • PayPal – donating to FAC as “friends and family” will avoid PayPal fees
  • Venmo- our account is: @Folk-ArtsCenter
  • […]

By |2021-08-05T09:57:14-07:00August 5th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Alexandria Folk Dancers meet next on July 22

Alexandria Folk Dancers

Next meeting: Thursday, 22 July, 7:30 – 9pm ET

No Dancing in August due to Mainewoods Dance Camp

Join Zoom Meeting
Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 922 1653 6965
Passcode: 483135

Eclectic mix of IFD, with occasional teaching or review as needed.
Leaders: Patricia Williams, Eileen Shropshire, guest leaders.

We meet every third Thursday of the month. Contact  for the next date, to be added to the mailing list, and/or with requests.

There is no charge to join.

By |2021-07-03T21:49:17-07:00July 3rd, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Stockton Online Camp July 23 – August 1 – Register Now!

Register Now for Stockton Online Camp!
July 23 – August 1

https://tinyurl.com/SFDCreg

9 Days of fantastic folk dance fun – plus a bonus kick-off party – Zoomed into your home!

35+ Dance Teachers, Musicians, Presenters
More that 85 sessions totalling over 135 hours

All of the things that you love about SFDC!

Dance Classes ~ Music Classes ~ Cookoff ~ Daily Door Prizes ~
Cultural Presentations ~ Candlelight Ceremony

Free gifts just for registering!

Details at http://www.folkdancecamp.org/

By |2021-06-26T16:53:52-07:00June 26th, 2021|Dance, Information, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Laguna International Dancers with Lee Otterholt New Schedule

Now that we are coming out of the Covid times, the Laguna International Dancers (LID) weekly schedule will be a little different:

1) Our Sunday Zoom sessions will continue as before: 6-8pm PDT. Go to http://www.LagunaInternationalDancers.com for the Zoom link and/or make a contribution. (No more Wednesday Zoom sessions.)

Laguna International Dancers Website

2) We will be dancing IN-PERSON every Wednesday from 5-7PM PDT in the covered patio area behind Clubhouse 2, Laguna Woods, including some LIVE MUSIC every week provided by Eva Darai (accordion), Michael Smy (clarinet and singing), Lee Otterholt (mandolin and singing) and Kathie Allen (accordion).

By |2021-06-26T16:26:30-07:00June 26th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

3rd Mondays Dancing with Gigi Jensen & Friends

3rd Mondays Dancing with Friends

Every month on the 3rd Monday, 7 – 8:30 Pacific Time
Next event: July 19

Dance with Gigi Jensen & Friends!

Mixed genres dance class with Gigi Jensen & guest teachers. Focused on beginning/beginning-intermediate levels. Includes folk, Latin, ballroom and ballroom-inspired line dances, Country & Western, Argentine.

These are dances just for you. No partner needed.  This virtual class is held via Zoom. Email us at  and we’ll send you the link.

Full information may be found on our website here.

To see our 3rd Mondays Dancing with Friends YouTube channel, click here.

FREE

Contact Gigi Jensen, , for more information.

By |2021-06-24T09:55:28-07:00June 24th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Door County Folk Festival 2021

Get Your Foot In the “Virtual Dance Room” Door!

Join Us Online – 42nd Annual Door County Folk Fest – Friday-Saturday, July 9 & 10, 2021 (Pre Stockton Camp)

——— Cooperating Groups ———-
Argonne International Folk Dancers (Downers Grove, IL)
L.I.F.E. Balkan Dancers (Los Angeles, CA)
Ethnic Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL)

———- 2021 REGISTRATION INFO ———-
DCFF Registration Here
Virtual Dance Room Website

———- 2021 SCHEDULE ———-
See schedule here

Visit dcff.net for more information.

By |2021-06-20T12:24:11-07:00June 20th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Bulgarian Workshop with Nina Kavardjikova at FACONE – June 19

Bulgarian Workshop
with Nina Kavardjikova

Saturday, June 19, 2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

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

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

Join this workshop via Zoom. Find link here.

About the Workshop

In her workshop on Saturday, Nina will present village dances from different ethnographic areas of Bulgaria, emphasizing the regional styles.

About Nina

Nina Kavardjikova was brought up in the folklore traditions of her mother’s family village in the Targovishte area of Northern Bulgaria, and began dancing and performing on stage at the age of 7. She later became a professional dancer and toured the world as a soloist with the Trakia State Folklore Ensemble (Plovdiv). In the years following her graduation with honors from the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Nina has been a ballet master with Trakia State Folk Ensemble, had her own performing group Aegis, staged dances for many Bulgarian dance ensembles, and was a professor in Bulgarian Folklore and Dance at her alma mater.

Folklore research has been […]

By |2021-06-17T15:31:17-07:00June 17th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

June Camp on June 4-6 – this weekend

June Camp, the Midwest’s residential extended folk dance weekend, is this weekend, June 4 – 6!
See detailed schedule here.

More info: https://sites.google.com/site/junecampifd/.
Email:
June camp

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
  • 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! 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 https://sites.google.com/site/junecampifd/.
Email: for info.

By |2021-06-03T22:39:30-07:00June 3rd, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party, 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

Online Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Jaap Leegwater June 12

Come dance with us!

We are presenting a three-hour Bulgarian dance virtual (Zoom) workshop with Jaap Leegwater, accompanied by his accordionist, Jan Wollring.

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Pacific Time).
Jaap and Jan will play a few tunes for us on flute and accordion at the break for us to dance to.

Tune in at 9:45 am (Pacific Time) for chat time.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Presented by Burnaby International Folk Dancers.

Please note that this workshop is free of charge. Donations are accepted to support the presenters.  Donations of $20CAD/$15US or more will get access to Jaap’s folder (Music, sheet music & dance notes).

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99504932576
Passcode: Bifd (Uppercase ‘B’ lowercase ‘ifd’)
Meeting ID: 995 0493 2576

Information: https://burnabyfolkdance.org/event/bulgarian-dance-workshop-with-jaap-leegwater/

By |2021-05-21T22:45:37-07:00May 21st, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Dances from South Serbia with Alex Marković at FACONE – May 15

Dances from South Serbia

with Alex Marković

Saturday, May 15: 2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

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

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

Join this workshop via Zoom by activating this link.

About the Workshop

The Ottoman Empire lost southern Serbian regions to the emerging Serbian state in 1878, leaving strong influences on local culture after several centuries of imperial rule.

For this workshop we’ll survey a variety of traditions from the area, learning a few dances that will span the spectrum from rural Serbian and Albanian dances to urban Romani and Serbian repertoires. In addition to learning steps we’ll look at dance styling, too, breaking down how rural versus urban traditions and various ethnic traditions differ from each other. There’ll be something for everyone- please join us!

About Alex

Alex Marković has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He wrote his doctoral thesis on identity politics and musical performance among Romani brass musicians in Vranje, Serbia, conducting 17 months […]

By |2021-05-14T15:16:39-07:00May 14th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Friday Night L.I.F.E. features Jaap Leegwater and Jan Wollring May 14 and 21

This is week 60 of our virtual adventures!

Time: Friday 08:00-10:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) every week, until we return home to LA Dancefit!
Contact Sherry for the Zoom link at 

***On May 14th, 2021, and reviewing on May 21st, we are happy to bring you, live from the Netherlands (at 5am), the return of Jaap Leegwater with a different set of dances from his recent workshops for us. 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 will be master accordionist Jan Wollring, 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. We will open the doors at 7:45pm with warmup dances. Jaap will start […]

By |2021-05-13T11:09:06-07:00May 13th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

San Diego Folk Dance Center International Dance May 8

San Diego Folk Dance Center International Dance May 8

6:30 pm Pacific time: social time
7 pm – 10 pm Pacific time: dancing
Chin Yu, hosting
Featuring Chin Yu’s favorite dances tonight. See playlist here.

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. http://folkdancecenter.org/newsletter.html

Come dance with us this evening!
Cost: Free

By |2021-05-08T13:03:39-07:00May 8th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Dance workshop with Achilleas Tsiaras – Kypseli – May 8

Greek Dance Workshop
with Achilleas Tsiaras

Live Stream from Meliti in the Roumlouki region of Macedonia, Greece
Saturday, May 8, 2021
1 pm PDT, 3 pm CDT, 4 pm EDT, 23:00 in Greece, 10 am in Hawaii

Click here to join the event on Zoom

Achilleas will teach Dimitroula, Seferli, Geiko and more dances
from his home in Roumlouki, Central Macedonia, Greece.

English translation provided by Giouli Dimou and Joe Graziosi

We continue to offer dance workshops via Zoom to support our dance teachers and musicians. Most of the donations we receive are given to the instructor or musician with a small amount reserved for Kypseli to build up a reserve. Though we cannot meet in person, we want to stay connected to our Greek dancing friends.  We hope to come back to dance together as soon as it is safe to do so!

Free to join but donations welcome.

If you wish to donate via Venmo, please use: @Jozef-bilman
If you wish to donate via Zelle, please use: 
If you wish to donate via PayPal, please use: 
(Please note the updated email!)
and note that you are donating to “Friends and Family”.
If you wish to send a […]

By |2021-05-07T09:33:38-07:00May 7th, 2021|Dance, Greek, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Hawaiian Dance and Culture at FACONE – May 1

Hawaiian Dance and Culture

with Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche

Saturday, May 1: 2:00 – 4:00pm EDT

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

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

Join this workshop via Zoom by activating this link.

About the Workshop

May is Pacific Islanders Month and we celebrate Hawai`i which is the furthest north of all the Polynesian Islands in the Pacific. Come share in this class of both traditional and modern Hula-Hawaiian Dance for both men & women. Hula is the language of the heart and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people. These are the words of our last King, Kawika Kalākaua, who returned hula into the public eye after being banished by missionaries for some 50+ years (1820-1870).
This fun gathering will include basics of hula, language, history, geography, chanting, singing and more! This class will be taught by Kumu Kawika Keikiali`i Alfiche (Hula Master) of Hālau o Keikiali`i.

About Kawika

Kumu Hula Kawika Keikiali’ihiwahiwa Alfiche has been teaching hula and Hawaiian cultural arts for almost 30 years. Kawika is the […]

By |2021-04-30T22:41:24-07:00April 30th, 2021|Culture, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments
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