Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

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

June 23 – 30, 2018
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August 4 – 11, 2018
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East Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshop

Iroquois Springs, Rock Hill, NY
August 4—11, 2018

Since 2005, the East Coast edition of the EEFC’s Balkan Music & Dance Workshop has been held in the Catskill Mountains. Join us as we transform the Iroquois Springs site into a village filled with music and dance, friendly conversation, and joyful celebration. Each year we welcome new and old faces, students and teachers, families and friends to gather around our common theme—Balkan music and dance! Whether it is all new to you or you are a seasoned participant you’ll find much to do, to learn, and to experience.


East Coast Camp at Iroquois SpringsThe Facility

The EEFC’s East Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshop is held at Iroquois Springs, located near the town of Rock Hill, in the Catskill Mountains. It is an immaculately maintained, spacious site with a pleasant, open country atmosphere. It is located 90 miles NW of New York City and 80 miles NE of Scranton, PA, on NY Route 17. The camp has bunkhouse-style cabins with porches, electricity, abundant storage space, and interior bathrooms. For more privacy there is plenty of space for tents. The site has a lake, swimming pool and attractive common buildings.

The Workshop

The Iroquois Springs workshop runs from Saturday evening to the next Saturday morning. Classes begin Sunday morning, and are held each day through Friday. Following a review session Friday morning, participants have the option to perform in a student concert. The week closes on Friday with a Balkan-style lamb roast and the last of the week’s great evening parties. We have part-time attendance and evening party-only options available.

East Coast Camp Workshop ClassThe Program

A broad array of instrumental, vocal, ensemble and dance classes at all levels are offered across five daily 75-minute class slots. See the sample daily schedule. We provide an instrument-lending program to enable new students to get started on harder-to-find village instruments. In the early evenings the program includes folklore presentations and panel discussions, group sings with musical accompaniment, and our fun, community-building fundraising auction. Live music dance parties featuring our world-class staff musicians will delight your feet in the dance hall; and the party continues late into the night in our more intimate cafe-bar and grill, the kafana, with a variety of musical sets by staff and campers, from the ecstatic to the roof-raising.


The workshop features three delicious meals a day and an evening snack, with selections to please both omnivore and vegetarian tastes.


We welcome families! The Iroquois Springs workshop features two class periods a day in children’s activities, a singing class for younger voices, and a the Čoček Nation youth band. Children are also welcome and encouraged to take adult classes, according to their capabilities. Find more info on Kids at Camp.

Work Exchanges

A few partial-tuition-waiver work exchanges may be available for full-week participants. Please contact the Iroquois Springs Workshop Site Manager as soon as possible, but no later than May 31, 2017, if you wish to be considered for a work exchange. The Site Manager will follow up on individual work exchange requests by June 15, 2017.

Registration and Other Information

Online registration is open (see red “Register Now” button above). Workshop updates will be announced through our E-newsletter (sign-up if you haven’t already), the EEFC listserv, and on our Facebook page.


NOTE: Staff, class, and class level listings are subject to update and change.

This is a list of our 2017 teaching staff. Our 2018 teaching staff list is in process! Please check back or sign up for the EEFC email newsletter for updates.


Joe Kaloyanides Graziosi

Greek Dance

Joseph Kaloyanides Graziosi was born and raised in the greater Boston area. Of Greek and Italian ancestry, Joe was exposed at an early age to Greek music and dance through both family contacts and...Read More

Nina Kavardjikova

Bulgarian Dance

Nina Kavardjikova was brought up in the folklore traditions of her mother’s family village in the Tŭrgovishte area of Northern Bulgaria, started dancing and performing on stage at the age of 7,...Read More

Alex Marković

Serbian & Macedonian Dance

Alex Marković holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He spent 17 months conducting ethnographic fieldwork on Romani ethnic identity and musical performance in...Read More

Instruments & Ensembles

Dzhenko Andreev

Thracian Bulgarian Gajda

Dzhenko Andreev is a gajda player from the village of Hanovo in the Yambol region of Thrace, Bulgaria. As a boy, he studied with local teachers and later attended the Philip Koutev Music High...Read More

Raim Baki

Oud/Džumbus, Macedonian Čalgija Ensemble

Raim Baki comes from a Romani family of professional musicians originally from the town of Mitrovica in Kosovo. Raim’s oldest brother, Ilmi Baki, was a prominent violinist who led the...Read More

Paul Brown

House Bassist (non-teaching)

Paul Brown has been playing music for 42 years, studying bass and improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and oud and makam with Haig Manoukian and Necati Çelik. Comfortable in...Read More

Demiran Ćerimović

Brass Band & Trumpet

Demiran Ćerimović is a renowned Romani trumpet (rotary-valve flugelhorn) player and brass band leader from Vranje, Serbia. Like many in his community, he learned the art of the trumpet from his...Read More

Beth Bahia Cohen

Greek Violin, Greek Ensemble

Beth Bahia Cohen is of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage. Inspired early by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, she later studied with master musicians from Hungary, Greece, Turkey...Read More

Milo Destanovski

Zurla, Macedonian Village Ensemble

Milo Destanovski is a Macedonian Rom choreographer and musician. He hails from the most respected family of zurla players in eastern Macedonia and carries on a tradition of zurla and tapan playing...Read More

Nikolay Doctorov

Bulgarian Kaval

Nikolay Doktorov was born and raised in Varna, Bulgaria, on the coast of the Black Sea. He began studying kaval at age 12, then went on to study at the Folk High School of Music “Philip...Read More

Polly Tapia Ferber


Percussionist Polly Tapia Ferber is a music educator, performer, and recording artist who specializes in hand percussion from the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, the Balkans, and Spanish...Read More

Adam Good

Macedonian Tambura

Adam Good is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. With a foundation in jazz guitar, his interest in the music of Eastern Europe and Turkey began in the mid-90s. His talent on...Read More

Christos Govetas

Greek Clarinet

Christos Govetas was born in the village of Proti, in the province of Serres in Greek Macedonia. After emigrating to Boston in 1978 he joined the Rebetiko band Taxími as a bouzouki and baglama...Read More

Mensur Hatić


Mensur Hatić, teacher of voice, accordion and piano, and promoter of Balkan music; was born and raised in Brčko, in northeastern Bosnia, and has been playing piano and accordion since the age of...Read More

Jerry Kisslinger


Jerry Kisslinger has played tapan/dauli for East European and folk dance communities, workshops, concerts and festivals throughout the United States since the early 1970s. A specialist in...Read More

Nikolay Kolev

Gudulka, Bitov Ensemble

Nikolay Kolev, a native of the Thracian Rose Valley village of Karavelovo, has been playing gudulka since age 10. After graduating from the National School of Folk Arts in Shiroka Lŭka, Bulgaria,...Read More

Stoyan Kostov

Bulgarian Tambura

Stoyan Kostov has been playing Bulgarian tambura for over 40 years. He graduated from the folk music school in Kotel and the Plovdiv Academy of Music and Dance. Stoyan performed with Ensemble...Read More

Ray Ranic

Tamburica Ensemble

Ray "Rajko" Ranic was inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America Hall of Fame in 2010. His unique story begins with his adoption by Serbian parents, Nick and Mary Ranic. The cornerstone...Read More

Jessica Ruiz

Zurla, Macedonian Village Ensemble

Initially trained as a classical clarinetist, Jessica Ruiz has been playing world music for more than 15 years. Now based in Detroit, she was previously an active member of the Los Angeles klezmer...Read More

Husref Said

Kanun, Macedonian Čalgija Ensemble

Husref Said hails from a long line of professional Romani Skopje-based čalgija musicians who speak a dialect of Ottoman Turkish as their first language. His father, grandfather and uncle were...Read More


Christos Govetas

Greek Singing

Christos Govetas was born in the village of Proti, in the province of Serres in Greek Macedonia. After emigrating to Boston in 1978 he joined the Rebetiko band Taxími as a bouzouki and baglama...Read More

Ivan Handzhiev

Thracian Bulgarian Singing

Ivan Handzhiev is a native of the village of Lesovo in the Yambol region of Thrace, Bulgaria. He studied singing as a small child with his mother and other village singers. He attended the Philip...Read More

Ruth Hunter

Balkan Singing

Ruth Hunter began her musical career singing and playing Bulgarian folk music, but immersed herself in Greek music and culture after marrying Christos Govetas in 1995. She sings and plays...Read More

Donka Koleva

Rhodope Bulgarian Singing

Donka Koleva is a vocalist prized for her rich, clear and melodic voice. Also a graduate of the Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka, she worked as a soloist with the Sliven Ensemble for three...Read More

Dragi Spasovski

Macedonian Singing

Dragi Spasovski learned to sing from his mother, whose sweet voice was the backdrop to his boyhood in Skopje. Her repertoire seemed limitless and her love of singing infused his life. Beginning in...Read More

Sandy Theodorou

Greek Singing

Sandy Theodorou is a vocalist, accordion, and laouto player who specializes in traditional Greek regional music and Greek urban rebetika. She was born in Pireas, Greece, and her family roots are...Read More

Ljubomir Živkov

Serbian Singing

Ljubomir Živkov is a singer and tambura player from the Banat region of Serbia. He plays stringed instruments, primarily the tamburica instrument known as the basprim (brač). Ljuba was a member...Read More

For the Kids

Sarah Ferholt

Kids'/Youth Band Čoček Nation

Sarah Ferholt currently performs with Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, teaches instrumental music in the New York City public schools, and does documentation...Read More

Marlis Kraft

Children's Activities

Marlis Kraft has been involved in world music since her teens, when she started her own song collection in her native Switzerland, where she also performed Balkan and Swiss music. Marlis taught...Read More

Kristina Vaskys

Kids'/Youth Singing

Kristina Vaskys has taught general and choral music in New York City independent schools for 10 years. She currently sings with Accord Treble Choir and is a singer/instrumentalist in Macedonian...Read More

Getting to Iroquois Springs

From Manhattan, Westchester, Long Island:

  • New York State Thruway North (87N)
  • Exit 16 (Harriman) to
  • Route 17 West (future 86)
  • Exit 110 (Wanaksink Lake)
  • Take a left at the stop sign off the exit
  • Take a right at the fork (after the blinking light)
  • This becomes Bowers Road and leads directly into camp.

From New Jersey, Philadelphia & Mid-Atlantic States:

  • Take I-95 North to
  • Garden State Parkway to
  • New York State Thruway North (87N)
  • Exit 16 (Harriman) to
  • Route 17 West (future 86)
  • Exit 110 (Wanaksink Lake)
  • Take a left at the stop sign off the exit
  • Take a right at the fork (after the blinking light)
  • This becomes Bowers Road and leads directly into camp.

From the Boston area:

  • Take the Mass. Turnpike West to Sturbridge
  • take I-84 West to Walkill/Middleton NY
  • take Route 17 West (future 86)
  • Exit 110 (Wanaksink Lake)
  • Take a left at the stop sign off the exit
  • Take a right at the fork (after the blinking light)
  • This becomes Bowers Road and leads directly into camp.
  • From Albany & Points North:
  • New York State Thruway South (87S) to Newburgh
  • Take I-84 West to Walkill/Middleton NY
  • Take Route 17 West (future 86)
  • Route 17 West (future 86)
  • Exit 110 (Wanaksink Lake)
  • Take a left at the stop sign off the exit
  • Take a right at the fork (after the blinking light)
  • This becomes Bowers Road and leads directly into camp.

From Western New York State:

  • Route 17 East to
  • Exit 109 (Rock Hill)
  • Make a left at the end of the exit ramp
  • Make a right at the stop sign onto Rock Hill Road
  • Go about one mile
  • Make a left at the fork at the stop sign onto Bowers Road.

Evening Parties and Dine & Dance—Bed & Breakfast

Can’t come for the week? We welcome you to join us for an evening or an overnight. Please see below for the schedule of bands.


Dine & Dance—Bed & Breakfast

Come for dinner, early evening activities, the dance party and the late-night kafana. Then spend the night and enjoy breakfast before you hit the road!

Here’s how it works:

6:30 p.m.: Arrive at our lovely Catskills site in time for a delicious dinner (see Directions tab above). Before you get in the dinner line, check in at the Front Desk in the Dance Hall/Theater and set up your bunk.

At 8:00 p.m. take in a folklore presentation, singalong, or join in our auction. Dancing to live music begins in the main hall generally around 9:00.

Our Kafana in the woods is a bar and a club, a grill and a pub, and a place where much music and merriment happens into the wee hours. Stay as long as you like!

Sleep in a bunk with the bedding you brought from home.

Roll out of bed, have breakfast by 9:30 a.m., and hit the trail by 10.

All this can be yours for just $130. Such a bargain! A cheap hotel in Monticello is about $85 and contains no options for gajda, rakija, čočeks, or ćevapčići!


Evening Party

Live in the area? Join us for a fabulous evening of live music and dancing.

Admission includes the evening dance party, a delicious complimentary evening snack, as well as late-night kafana activities until 2:30 a.m. No overnight accommodations are available for partygoers; please make sure you make provisions for getting home safely after the party (or consider registering for our B&B option above!).

Arrive anytime after 8 p.m. and pay the $35 per person fee at the Front Desk in the Dance Hall/Theater. The dance party generally starts at 9 p.m. Please make your reservations by email any day or time before 6 p.m. of the day of arrival. It is also possible to attend the Friday Lamb Roast. The cost for this event is $50, and it includes dinner and the evening party (no overnight accommodations).



To register for an evening party or Dine & Dance—Bed & Breakfast, call us at 510/219-5462, OR email the EEFC Office—at least 24 hours before the night you wish to stay over for B&B; or any day or time before 6 p.m. of the desired day for an evening party. Or, use our online form to register for the Bed & Breakfast option. See the red “Register Now” button above.

Tell us your name(s), which night(s) you will be attending, and whether you’re coming just for the party or will be taking the B&B option. Please make sure your reservation has been confirmed before heading over to Iroquois Springs. Whichever way you choose to contact us, please know that we might not be able to get back to you right away.

Payment. Please be prepared to pay your full fee at the Front Desk when you arrive using cash, credit card, or check.

Iroquois Springs 2017 Schedule of Evening Activities

Please note schedule is subject to change

Saturday, August 5
Balkan Sampler Evening, featuring short sets with Zlatne Uste & Demiran Ćerimović, Accordion with Mensur Hatić, Zurli with Milo Destanovski and Jessica Ruiz, Greek with Pontic Firebird

Sunday, August 6
Culture: The Macedonian Čalgija Tradition with Raim Baki, Husref Said & Prof. Sonia Tamar Seeman
Greek Brass—Kavala

Monday, August 7
Group Sing: “Southern” Balkan with Lauren Brody & Carol Silverman
Macedonian Čalgija—Raim Baki, Husref Said & friends
Greek—Ruth Hunter & Christos Govetas

Tuesday, August 8
Auction Night (dance party begins around 10:00 p.m.)
Macedonian Zurli—Milo Destanovski, Jessica Ruiz & Jerry Kisslinger
Cretan Greek—special guest Chris Fasarakis
Greek Island & Pontic—Beth Bahia Cohen

Wednesday, August 9
Culture: South Serbian Brass Traditions with Demiran Ćerimović & Alex Marković
Rhodope Sing-Along—Mark Levy, Donka Koleva & Gajda Mafia
Tamburica—Ray Ranic & Ljubomir Živkov

Thursday, August 10
Group Sing: “Northern” Balkan with Henry Goldberg, Ray Ranic & Ljubomir Živkov & tamburaši
Macedonian Village—Mark Levy, Dragi Spasovski & Friends
Serbian Brass—Demiran Ćerimović

Friday, August 11
Student Ensembles play for your dancing pleasure (dance party begins at 8:00 p.m.)