Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps.

June 27 – July 4, 2015
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August 8 – 15, 2015
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There are several ways to stay connected to the EEFC through out the year. Subscribe to our e-list for our monthly E-News. Join the discussion on the listserv. Send us a message.


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Scholarships

We award several full and partial scholarships to each workshop every year.
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Kef Times

Browse the EEFC’s online magazine for articles about camp and beyond.
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Partners

The EEFC is proud to partner with sister organizations, including the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar.

Welcome

The East European Folklife Center (EEFC) was established in 1977 through the love and dedication of a core group of musician and dancers. Today, this ever-growing and expanding organization brings together an inclusive, celebratory, and welcoming global community of passionate amateurs and professionals, to respectfully share the richness and complexity of Balkan music, dance, and cultures.

 

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Find out all about our annual East and West Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshops, affectionately known as Balkan Camp. Learn about the EEFC: how we are structured, how to become a member and where you might apply your expertise as a volunteer.

 

EEFC News & Notes

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Bay Area EEFC Scholarship Created

Longtime Mendocino Kids’ Band teacher Greg Masaki Jenkins reports: Balkan Evenings is a series every Sunday night at Cafe Revolution (22nd & Bartlett in San Francisco, from 8:30-11:30) organized by … Read More

EEFC Donation Stores

Donation Stores on Both Coasts The West Coast Donation Store at Mendocino Camp sells a variety of items, and the East Coast Camp has a Jewelry Donation Store. If you’re … Read More

Party on at Balkan Camp in Mendocino!

Fabulous evening dance parties, along with sing-alongs and folklore presentations! If you happen to be in the Northern California area during the time of the upcoming Balkan Music & Dance … Read More

So Many Great Reasons…

We know if you’ve ever been to Balkan camp, you will likely agree that it is what has been called “the gold standard.” We also know that you have a … Read More

EEFC and the Great Ripple Effect

When you experience a memorable evening of music and dancing, who gets the credit? Most of us tend to think of the great musicians playing and singing their hearts out, … Read More

A Banner Year for Scholarships

By Amy Mills, EEFC Board Member Amidst the hellos and hugs on the first day at camp, one of my favorite moments is when the new scholarship recipients are announced … Read More

Kukeri in the Woodlands—Become a Magical Beast of the Forest

Annie Hallatt and Brenna MacCrimmon present a project to create kukeri-inspired Carnival characters to populate our parade, feast and party in the Mendocino Woodlands. In Bulgarian folk culture, masked kukeri chase … Read More

The 2014 Iroquois Springs Photo DVD from Margaret Loomis

Hello Iroquois Springs Campers & Friends of EEFC, Once again, Margaret Loomis offers her wonderful DVD of photos from 2014’s Iroquois Springs workshop. For the past 14 years, Margaret has … Read More

Meet Volunteer Jenna Shearer, Marketing & Communications Committee

The Marketing and Communications Committee is fortunate to have Jenna Shearer on the team. Her decision to offer her skills in social media has provided the EEFC with better and more … Read More

Spring 2015 Board Meeting Summary Letter

From board member Nancy Leeper Hi all, Thank you so much for our productive meeting! It is a joy to work with all of you, and I am continually impressed … Read More

Letters to the Community — from the Board of Directors and Rachel MacFarlane

Dear EEFC Community, The Board of Directors has just ended its spring face-to-face meeting in Berkeley. Rachel and Traci were invited to participate in all our sessions, and were able … Read More

East Coast EEFC Community Forum in Boston

The EEFC board and staff, are looking forward to continuing the conversations at our 5th community forum, happening in Boston Saturday, March 21. These forums are an opportunity for our … Read More

Message from Amy Mills on Behalf of the Board

I know that it has been a stressful few years for the EEFC, as we work to weather financial stresses and organizational changes. As I see through my own work … Read More

Yes, you’re in the right place!

We’ve launched our new website. It’s new, so there will still be some kinks to work out. The exciting part is that we pulled it together in time to open … Read More

Earl Galitz

March 3, 1946 – February 22, 2015 On behalf of the EEFC community we extend our deepest sympathies to Earl’s family and friends. The board, staff, and membership are grateful … Read More

EEFC 2015 Community Forums

In the fall of 2014 the board set about to create occasions for us all to talk together about what camp means to us and what we think the future … Read More

Share Camp. Spread the Word.

Download a flyer or request postcards. Post all around your town. At the local music shop, music school, dance centers. Bring them to events—Balkan and otherwise. Email them to your … Read More

Balkan Music and Dance Workshops 2015

Once again the Program Committee is hard at work building a teaching staff for each workshop. While they continue to juggle schedules, travel plans, and more, they have put together … Read More

West Coast EEFC Community Forums Announced

The EEFC board and staff, are looking forward to continuing the conversations at our 3rd and 4th community forums, happening in Seattle (2/21) and Berkeley (3/14) respectively. These forums are … Read More

Richard Herbert “Dick” Forsyth

March 10, 1929 – November 26, 2014 Richard Herbert “Dick” Forsyth of Newton, Mass., died on November 26, 2014, in Cambridge from several medical problems including influenza, pneumonia, and amyloidosis. He … Read More

Update from Executive Director Jay House

It has been a busy summer, with two wonderful camps, and the June launch of Kef Times in its new, easy-to-share format, as well as its expansion to a thrice-yearly … Read More

Fall 2013 Board Meeting Summary

by Corinna Snyder, EEFC Board President   The Board posts our Board meeting notes on the website — here is a link to them. We agreed it would be good … Read More

Six-Month Update from Executive Director, Jay House Samios

Six wonderful months have passed since I began as executive director for the EEFC! What an amazing experience thus far, full of meetings with new people, putting faces to names … Read More

Meet & Greet Events in NYC, Bay Area, Seattle, Chicago & Boston

Starting next week (Jan 1, 2013) Jay House Samios will be hosting a series of Meet & Greet events in a few cities in the US in the next few … Read More

Top 10 Misconceptions about Camp

Misconception #1 – Tuition Covers Everything Needed to Bring You the Two Amazing Workshops You Have Come to Expect In order to host the workshops we know and love, the … Read More

ED Selection

ED Selection We are close to completing the hiring process for the ED position. Here’s an update on the process and our progress. We put out a call for the … Read More

Second Entry

This entry is in response to Carol Silverman’s comment/question below: Hi friends, Re: executive director description: I was wondering why familiarity with the Balkan music was not mentioned. I’m not … Read More

First Entry

Our priorities at this time are to: maintain organizational stability ensure the production of the best workshops/camps possible open registrations earlier than ever While beginning to look for some office … Read More

EEFC Board Meeting Notes: 1994 —2014

View the EEFC Board Meeting notes from 1994-2014 in these PDFs. Going forward from the Fall of 2014 meeting notes will be posted individually in this section of the EEFC … Read More

Bay Area EEFC Scholarship Created

Longtime Mendocino Kids’ Band teacher Greg Masaki Jenkins reports: Balkan Evenings is a series every Sunday night at Cafe Revolution (22nd & Bartlett in San Francisco, from 8:30-11:30) organized by … Read More

EEFC Donation Stores

Donation Stores on Both Coasts The West Coast Donation Store at Mendocino Camp sells a variety of items, and the East Coast Camp has a Jewelry Donation Store. If you’re … Read More

Party on at Balkan Camp in Mendocino!

Fabulous evening dance parties, along with sing-alongs and folklore presentations! If you happen to be in the Northern California area during the time of the upcoming Balkan Music & Dance … Read More

So Many Great Reasons…

We know if you’ve ever been to Balkan camp, you will likely agree that it is what has been called “the gold standard.” We also know that you have a … Read More

EEFC and the Great Ripple Effect

When you experience a memorable evening of music and dancing, who gets the credit? Most of us tend to think of the great musicians playing and singing their hearts out, … Read More

Calendar

Here are upcoming events that we hope will be of interest to our community. Please submit your listings here.

Abiquiu, NM - Enchanted Southwest with Rumelia, Ghost Ranch, 2015 - September 5, 2015 at 9:00 am — September 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Manhattan, New York - NYC Wednesday Balkan Dance Class Series Fall 2015 - September 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm — December 16, 2015 at 8:45 pm
San Francisco, CA - Hungarian Folk Singing Circle - come learn beautiful songs! - September 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm — October 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm
University City, MO - Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Nikolay Tsvetkov - St. Louis, MO - September 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm — September 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Sherman Oaks, CA - Kypseli Greek Dance Center presents HoHLaX Trio from Greece 2015 - September 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm — September 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm
Richmond, CA - Janam & Vadalma show at 2nd Sundays at Open Door - September 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm — September 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm
Palo Alto, CA - Bulgarian Dance Workshop with NIKOLAY TSVETKOV Friday, Sep 25, 2015 in Palo Alto CA - September 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm — September 25, 2015 at 11:00 pm