San Diego Folk Dance Center’s Dance Session Oct 10

Next Zoom Dancing is this Saturday, 10 October. Social time starts around 6:30 pm PT with teaching starting around 7 PT and open dancing going till 10:30. Chin is hosting.

There will be a Zoom dance on 31 Oct which is Halloween. Have your costumes ready for that!
Contact John Knapp for the Zoom link at .

Please join us for San Diego Folk Dance Center’s international and line-dance sessions!  We dance twice a month on irregular Saturdays, 6:30pm to 10 or 11pm, trying to work around other big events in the international dance world. For schedule and information and to get on our mailing list, please contact John Knapp at .

By |2020-10-09T11:28:41-07:00October 9th, 2020|Dance, International, Line dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Cinnaminson (South Jersey) Virtual International Folk Dance Nov 7

Cinnaminson (South Jersey) Virtual International Folk Dance
November 7, 2020 at 7pm ET (4pm PT)

1 hour of international folk dancing led by Clark Loveridge, Isnmat Shah, and Cynthia Morgan.

To connect via zoom, click here.

For those who wish to stay, there will be a discussion afterwards:
How has folk dancing impacted your life? What is good and new?

Contact:  for more info.

By |2020-10-09T12:40:15-07:00October 9th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|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

Seated Dance to Music with the National Ballet of Canada

Dance your way through the summer – at home! Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) are pleased to offer a free six-week dance course as a pilot this summer, which can be accessed from your home or wherever you are. Log in at your convenience to access a new seated dance class each week.

Classes are free during this pilot phase, and they are gathering feedback from participants for future iterations.

Join them anytime to embrace the transformative power of dance!

Course duration: 6 weeks (one class per week)
Length of each class: About 20 minutes

These sessions are pre-recorded and can be accessed anytime. Registration is free and is required.

By |2020-10-08T12:49:16-07:00October 8th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, Exercise, 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

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

Hi friends,

Our next Global Folk Dance Party is Sat, October 17! Facebook event posting here. Flyer here with working links.

We love having people from around the world come together in a global party. In addition to our regular Dance Leaders, we’ll be joined by guest Dance Leaders.

  • 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,

A few things:

By |2020-10-03T21:30:26-07:00October 3rd, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Online Balkan Fest with Roberto on Zoom, Sun, Oct 11

Besides our weekly Balkan sessions on Wednesday, we will have a Balkan Online Party on Sunday, October 11th starting at 7pm CEST (1pm EST and 10am PDT), 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.Looking forward to staying in touch and seeing everybody.


During these difficult times of self-isolation, I’ve put together a calendar of virtual events that will keep our Folk Dance Community connected to both the music and the dances we all love and allow us to find new ways to share and be together while still apart.
For more information about online dancing events, request a dance or make a donation see my website:

By |2020-10-03T13:41:35-07:00October 3rd, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Armenian Folkdance – last Sunday of each month at 2pm CT

Naïry (pr. NYRI) Digris will be teaching easy Armenian folkdances via Zoom on the last Sundays of the month at 2 pm, for 40 minutes (central time).

Upcoming sessions are October 25, November 29 and December 27.

Anyone interested in joining should email Naïry at

By |2020-10-02T22:05:05-07:00October 2nd, 2020|Armenian, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Balkan & International Folk dance with Burnaby Folk Dancers – weekly dancing starts Tues Oct 6

Come Dance with Us!

Everyone is welcome to Join us for virtual Balkan and international folk dancing on Tuesday evenings.
Instructor: Lori Larsen

Tune in at 7:15pm (PT) for chat time
Dancing starts at 7:30pm (PT)

To connect via Zoom, click here
Meeting ID: 995 0493 2576
Password Bifd
(Upper case ‘B’ followed by lowercase ‘ifd’)

For additional information contact Lori Larsen at

By |2020-09-30T23:18:28-07:00September 30th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Tom Bozigian Armenian Dance Workshop at FACONE – Sat Oct 3

Tom Bozigian

Armenian Dance Workshop
Saturday, October 3, 2020

2:00-4:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom

To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

Tom Bozigian, of Los Angeles, California, is an internationally recognized dance instructor. He is a graduate of the Armenian State Choreographic Academy and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Russian Area Studies and a Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Education from Fresno State University. He is fluent in three languages: English, Armenian and Russian. He unites the elements of professional dancer-choreographer/linguist/musician to support his far-reaching research on the subject of Armenian dance ethnography.

Read more about Tom Bozigian.

→Join this workshop via Zoom by activating a link that will be posted here one day before the workshop

Visit What you need to join to set up your computer or device to join the workshop online.

Please donate generously to FAC and help us through this period of social distancing when all of our events are postponed. We suggest a $10 minimum for attending this workshop but any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting the Folk Arts Center […]

By |2020-09-29T23:03:47-07:00September 29th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Dance Workshops with Ira Weisburd now on YouTube Live

Ira Weisburd’s dance workshops are now on YouTube Live.

Use this link to search for Ira on YouTube, then click the button to Subscribe. You will be notified whenever Ira goes live.

NULINE DANCE PARTY is tomorrow, 10:30 am ET, Wednesday, September 30, 2020

On Thursday, October 1st at 10:30am ET and every Thursday, Ira gives a Special NuLine Dance Workshop on his Youtube Channel:


  • Saturday Afternoon  Balkan & International Folk Dance Class at 1pm EDT,
  • Monday night (7pm EDT) Israeli Dance Class and
  • Thursday afternoon (1pm EDT) Israeli Dance Class

Contact person: Ira Weisburd ( )

Free Workshop. Donations can be sent to: (20% of the proceeds are donated to the LDF Line Dance Foundation to assist the many instructors who have lost their classes due to COVID-19)

By |2020-09-29T22:34:14-07:00September 29th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Israeli, Line dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Skandia Ball – Virtual via Zoom – Sat, Oct 10

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 Allspel in a non-traditional format, presented as a mosaic video.
  • Plus lots of socializing with presentations of costumes, virtual sharing of yummy foods, and a viewing gallery with photos and videos of past Skandia Balls.  If you are interested in showing your costume, if you want to decorate a room in Scandinavian style, or if you want to make a delicious dish to present to the Ball viewers, please contact Judy Patterson at , she will be delighted to hear from you!

Everyone is welcome – whether you are […]

By |2020-10-09T13:06:20-07:00September 27th, 2020|Culture, Dance, Live, Party, Scandinavian|0 Comments

Tips for Zoom, Playing Movies etc

Please let me know if you have any comments or advice to add. Thanks!

First and foremost, plug directly into your router with an Ethernet cable, rather than using wifi. I need an adapter like this for my Macbook Pro.

In order to have a movie run as smoothly as possible on viewers screens, reduce the size of the movie, and send only a portion of your screen. The size doesn’t need to be exact, but approximately 850×480 looks good. This results in far fewer pixels being transferred, than using full screen.

The Mechanics:

  1. Hit the big green Share button in the control ribbon.
  2. Choose “Advanced” which is the middle tab at the top of the window.
  3. Choose “Portion of Screen”.
  4. Check “Share computer sound” and “Optimize Screen Share for video clip” at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click “Share” at the bottom right.
  6. You can hold the top thicker green bar of the share box to drag it around, and size it using the thinner sides and bottom, and also the bottom two corners.
  7. With Quicktime, I found out that I could click the Quicktime icon at the bottom of my monitor in order to bring […]
By |2020-09-23T23:13:51-07:00September 23rd, 2020|Musing|0 Comments

Joe Graziosi 4 week Greek Dance Series with EEFC

4-Week Greek Dance Series w/ Joe Graziosi | Register here
Mondays, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 and 10/19/2020
— 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET
— 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. PT

This four-week dance series will focus on a variety of regional Greek dance from Epiros, Macedonia, Thrace, and the islands. We will concentrate on elements of style and embellishment and improvisation, as well as the relationship of dance step to rhythm, pulse, and tempo. Dances covered will include Stankena/Marena, Patrunino, Zagorisios, Kleftes, Baiduska, Haniotikos, Aptaliko, Sta Tria, and Dhivaratikos. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome!

By |2020-09-23T13:17:12-07:00September 23rd, 2020|Dance, Greek, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Michael Ginsburg Balkan Dance Workshop FACONE Sept 26

Michael Ginsburg

Balkan Dance Workshop
Saturday, September 26, 2020

2:00-4:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom

To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

Michael Ginsburg has been interested in Balkan music and dances, especially Macedonian and Serbian. He is an expert in the complicated rhythms of Balkan music and has made several research trips to Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia, and studied in Macedonia with Pece Atanasovski, with whom he made research tours of the country. Michael has been on the teaching staff of the Macedonian Pearl seminar in Berovo, Macedonia.

Read more about Michael.

→Join this workshop via Zoom by activating a link that will be posted here one day before the workshop

Visit What you need to join to set up your computer or device to join the workshop online.

Please donate generously to FAC and help us through this period of social distancing when all of our events are postponed. We suggest a $10 minimum for attending this workshop but any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting the Folk Arts Center of New England!

By |2020-09-22T23:42:38-07:00September 22nd, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Yiddish Dance workshop taught by Steve Weintraub Sept 23

Yiddish Dance II

Yiddish Dance workshop taught by Steve Weintraub focusing on individual styling.
Registration closes at noon Central Time Wed Sept 23.
Class is 5:30-7:00 Central Time also on Wed Sept 23.

Registration $15 here:

For more information contact:

By |2020-09-22T11:18:52-07:00September 22nd, 2020|Dance, Israeli, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Zoom Dance Class with Yvonne Hunt Oct 3


Kypseli Greek Dance Center

Presents Yvonne Hunt

Zoom Dance Workshop
Saturday, October 3, 2020
*1 pm PDT, 3 pm CDT, 4 pm EDT, 23:00 in Greece

Yvonne will teach Gaida Flamburo and Palios Horos from Serres, plus other Greek dances, from her home in Seattle, WA.

Yvonne Hunt has been researching Greek dances for almost 40 years, and lived in Greece for 14 years while studying, dancing, and learning dancing and folklore. She has taught Greek dancing all over the United States and the world, directed multiple dance groups, and has been a judge at FDF, the yearly dance competition sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. Though she has focused much of her research in the villages of Serres, she has researched dances all over Greece. Yvonne is the author of several articles plus two books about folklore and traditional dance in Greece: Traditional Dance in Greek Culture and A Nest of Gold, her most recent publication which including DVDs documenting folk traditions in the area of Serres and CDs of music excerpts from various villages. Yvonne conducts yearly tours to Greece to participate in […]

By |2020-09-21T17:02:21-07:00September 21st, 2020|Dance, Greek, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

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
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