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Mega-Hybrid Dance workshop & Party features Jaap Leegwater on Friday, August 5

Jaap Leegwater will be with us this Friday, August 5,2022 for a Mega-Hybrid Dance workshop and party 
live in-person at the studio and broadcast on Zoom for workshop registrants. Jaap is planning to teach 6(six) new & old dances (including Lamba Lamba Kopanica) 8-10pm and will dance with us & may play some music live during the party 10-11pm.
REGISTER NOW for Zoom access (Different from weekly link) at https://bit.ly/3mmc7rU
Registration is free and quick. Jaap will have CDs for sale and has given me permission to make available a Digital Package with Music/Notes/Videos after our workshop for a donation of $15 or more.
We have arranged for live music at the studio and via Zoom with Chris Bajmakovich on August 12th, 2022. We would love to dance with you and Chris!!  Chris has an extensive repertoire. More details to follow!!!
Thanks to my fabulous volunteer team of […]
By |2022-07-31T21:50:19-07:00July 31st, 2022|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Burnaby Folk Dancers Workshop with Holly Plotner on June 1

Burnaby (IFD) Wednesday afternoon Zoom group is having guest teacher Holly Plotner. She is teaching at our group on June 1st from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Pacific Time). Holly is an avid dancer and spent her early years dancing at weddings and festivals in Chicago’s diverse ethnic community. However, she didn’t discover International Folk Dancing until the mid-80’s, and was immediately hooked. Holly, now living in Austin, Texas where she dances with Austin International Folk Dancers, Texas International Folk Dancers, Austin Scandinavian Dancers and Csárás Hungarian Dancers. She is a frequent dance leader, performer, programmer, and teacher and has directed many camps, workshops and performances. As well, Holly plays violin, percussion and sings in several local bands in the Austin area. Currently, Holly and her two Siamese kittens can be seen dancing at Zoom parties and camps all over the internet.

Holly’s teaching session, starting with warm-up dances, runs from 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Pacific) and we’re looking forward to learning the dances she plans to teach.

After the break at 2:30 pm, we’ll resume our regular programming with our Zoom team leading dances for your enjoyment.

Please feel free to join us for chat time […]

By |2022-05-30T21:50:35-07:00May 30th, 2022|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Balkan & International folk dance with BIFD on Wed afternoons

Balkan & International folk dance with Burnaby International Folk Dancers

Come dance with us!  Burnaby International Folk Dancers Tuesday evening Zoom sessions have changed to Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time) starting April 6th as we will be returning to weekly in-person dancing on Tuesday evenings starting April 5th.

Tune in at 12:45 pm (Pacific Time) for chat time.

Monthly Parties:  Our parties are on the last Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Pacific Time).  All party dances will be led by one of our team members.

Please let your friends know about our parties.  Everyone is welcome!

To connect via Zoom, click here  (same link each week)
Passcode “Bifd” (Uppercase ‘B’ followed by lowercase ‘ifd’)

The website for the group is here.

For additional information contact Lori Larsen at  or Chrisanne at .

In-Person Dancing in Burnaby, BC, Canada

Everyone is welcome to join us for Balkan and international folk dancing on Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm.  Basics groups starts at 6:30 pm. We dance at Charles Rummel Hall, 3630 Lozells Avenue, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Because of our COVID protocols, we are limited to […]

By |2022-04-02T16:35:52-07:00April 2nd, 2022|Balkan, Dance, International, Party, Workshop|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

Serbian Romany Dancing at FACONE – Feb 19

Romany Dancing in Serbia

with Miroslav “Bata” Marčetić

Saturday, February 19, 2022, 2-4 pm ET

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

Miroslav will bring his boundless energy and enthusiasm from his home to ours, as he shares some of the dances and stories of the Serbian culture.

About Miroslav

A native of Serbia, Miroslav “Bata” Marčetić was a leading performer, soloist and choreographer, with the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) for seventeen years and is the recipient of several awards for his artistic work. He has attended almost all folk dance seminars held in former Yugoslavia and eventually, he became the instructor of several workshops held in former Yugoslavia, Japan, Israel and currently in Canada and the USA.

Read more about Bata at his website.

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 […]

By |2022-02-18T22:14:30-08:00February 18th, 2022|Dance, International, Live, 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

STOCKTON FOLK DANCE CAMP WINTER WEEKEND Jan 28-30

Find Out More All About Camp Register Calendar

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Check out the Winter Weekend parties —

⭐Opening Party, featuring Orkestar Unbound

⭐Closing Party, featuring Winter Weekend teachers

⭐Annual Asia Party — see what the buzz is about!

and introducing…

⭐ Europarty, featuring master teachers and dance leaders from Europe

and…

…we’re going to replay the Europarty on Monday morning for those who miss it the first time!

Get ready for camp!

⭐ Adony’s video overview of the full schedule

⭐ See all of the hilarious preview videos on the […]

By |2022-01-27T12:51:26-08:00January 27th, 2022|Dance, Information, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Dancing to Klezmer online – Sunday, Jan 23

Steve Weintraub will be presenting some new and adapted Yiddish folk dances designed to keep facing the camera and one another.
Steve thinks of many of these dances as sort of etudes to get the feel of the dance style quickly into the body. They are readily adaptable for dancing together in real space when we are ready for that to happen, but it’s surprising how communal these dances can feel on zoom.
Coming your way this Sunday!
See link for details.
Sunday, January 23, 2022
11am to 12:45pm Pacific Time
You need to register at link above.
By |2022-01-20T15:44:34-08:00January 20th, 2022|Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Dutch Delight Dance at FACONE – Jan 15

Dutch Delight

with Caspar Bik, Sibylle Helmer, Bianca de Jong, Wijnand Karel, Ben Koopmanschap, Jaap Leegwater, and Maurits & Tineke van Geel

Saturday, January 15, 2-4:30 pm ET

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 Program

2021 gave us unlimited access to dance leaders from around the world, with myriad workshops to choose from. And did we ever take advantage of those opportunities – to the point where our minds became jumbled with all the new material. This afternoon is designed to give us the opportunity to revisit some of the dances we were introduced to during this past year. Our fearless troup of Dutch teachers will quickly review some of the dances they taught at Folk Arts Center-sponsored workshops over the last twelve months – it will be quite the party! One Zoom room, two hours, and eight leaders reacquainting us with the dances we enjoyed learning – it seems like […]

By |2022-01-14T17:21:55-08:00January 14th, 2022|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Kurdish Dance and Culture with Arjen Brûsk at FACONE – Jan 8

Kurdish Dance and Culture

with Arjen Brûsk

Saturday, January 8, noon–2 pm ET (Note time change)

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

This afternoon’s program will be a combination of culture and dance, as Arjen introduces us to his homeland through the region’s dance traditions and stories about the area’s history. The Kurdish region is what is now the northern part of the Middle East, along the Zagros and Taurus Mountains, covering an area that includes: Kurdistan, southeast Turkey, northwest Iran, northern Iraq, and northeast Syria. This afternoon Arjen will meld teaching traditional Kurdish dances with telling tales about the areas from which they come.

About Arjen

Arjen lives in Istanbul and graduated from ITU (Istanbul Technical University) Turkish Music State Conservatory. He has been actively working as a dancer, musician, instructor, choreographer, presenter and performance artist both at home and abroad since he entered the university in 2004. The word govend […]

By |2022-01-05T21:42:33-08:00January 5th, 2022|Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Weekly Israeli dancing with Shmulik Gov-Ari

Shmulik Gov-Ari is one of the world’s most accomplished choreographers and leaders of Israeli dance. He has 3 Zoom sessions, as follows:

Regular (Advanced) Israeli dance session with Shmulik:
Monday evenings starting at 7:30 to 10:00 pm, Eastern US time.
Meeting ID:  869 7927 8223    Password: rikudayam8
Registration link (1st time attendees):  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcOCqqTMoGNfSOrQJ1P1Z4VJlZiYdXfbG

Super! Beginners Israeli dance session with Shmulik:
Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Eastern
Meeting ID: 821 7224 9444   Passcode  154037
Registration link (1st time attendees):    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYscOuqqjIuHtAY2bb0lkslNuYvnneejJAH

Super! Intermediate Israeli dance session with Shmulik:
Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm Eastern
Meeting ID: 821 7224 9444   Passcode  154037
Registration link (1st time attendees):    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYscOuqqjIuHtAY2bb0lkslNuYvnneejJAH

As you can see, the Beginners session blends into the Intermediate session (same meeting ID and passcode).

There is no formal charge for attending. All attendees are asked monthly to make a contribution to Shmulik for his efforts.

By |2022-01-05T09:55:52-08:00January 5th, 2022|Dance, Israeli, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

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
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