We’re using an online platform to centralize our gathering for the weekend. In other words, this event is more than just a series of Zoom meetings—we’re creating a digital village. Beginning Wednesday, August 12th, you’ll receive an invitation to join our online space, which, while initially designed to recreate the functionality of community office spaces, is about to receive a Balkan twist. On the surface, it’ll look like a regular office building, but you’ll see rooms named for familiar places like the Front Desk, which will have volunteers ready to take your questions; the Arena, where you’ll enjoy an afternoon class; and the Dance Hall and Kafana, where we’ll gather for live music and dancing. You’ll even be able to locate where your friends are within the map and casually hang out (i.e. video chat) around the Kafana Grill and other organic gathering places.
For official programming, each “room” of our office space contains a direct link to a Zoom meeting where the real magic is taking place. We strongly recommend that you download the latest version of Zoom for the optimal experience. But if you want to take a break from class, there are plenty of areas to relax with friends and catch up contained within our online village.
Virtual Camp runs on Eastern Time from Friday evening, August 14, to late Sunday afternoon, August 16. Classes begin Saturday morning and continue on Sunday. A selection of instrumental, vocal, and dance classes at all levels are offered across ten 75-minute class slots.
The early-evening programs include folklore presentations and group sings with musical accompaniment. Live-music dance parties featuring our world-class staff musicians will delight your feet; and the party continues in the Kafana, with a variety of musical sets by you and your fellow campers.
We welcome families! Children are welcome to participate alongside their parents and guardians in any adult class.
Registration is closed for this workshop. Stay tuned for more EEFC-sponsored virtual events and classes! EEFC events are announced on the EEFC listserv discussion group, and on our Facebook page, as well as in monthly newsletters that you can subscribe to.
Staff subject to change
Schedule subject to change. All times in Eastern.
Friday, August 14 (all times in Eastern)
5:30 p.m. — “Campground” opens—time to explore! Orientation at 5:45
6:30 p.m. — Serenade with Eva Salina & Peter Stan
7:00 p.m. — Serenade with Sandy Theodorou & Revma
7:30 p.m. — Dance Party begins
7:30 p.m. — Greek Brass with Lefteris Bournias, Michael Ginsburg, Belle Birchfield, Morgan Clark, & Seido Salifoski
8:15 p.m. — Albanian with Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni
9:00 p.m. — Bulgarian with Donka Koleva & Nikolay Kolev
9:45 p.m. — Kafana opens!
Saturday, August 15 (all times in Eastern)
10:00 a.m. — “Campground” opens—breakfast and hangout time. Tech FAQs answered beginning 10:15
11:00 a.m. — Gŭdulka with Nikolay Kolev
11:00 a.m. — Kids’ Simple Song with Aaron Kisslinger
12:30 p.m. — Break for Lunch
1:30 p.m. — Balkan Rhythms with Polly Tapia Ferber
3:00 p.m. — Romani Singing with Eva Salina
3:00 p.m. — Balkan Rhythms for Kids with Jaquetta Bustion & Matt Moran
4:40 p.m. — Snack Break
5:00 p.m. — Turkish Dance with Ahmet Lüleci
5:00 p.m. — Bulgarian Singing with Donka Koleva
6:30 p.m. — Culture Corner on Albanian Music with Jane Sugarman (bring your dinner!)
7:30 p.m. — Dance Party begins
7:30 p.m. — Balkan Brass with Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band
8:15 p.m. — Romanian & More with Sergiu Popa
9:00 p.m. — Greek Island with Beth Bahia Cohen
9:45 p.m. — Kafana opens!
Sunday, August 16 (all times in Eastern)
10:00 a.m. — “Campground” opens—Sunday Brunch
11:00 a.m. — Balkan Dance with Michael Ginsburg
12:30 p.m. — Break for Lunch/EEFC Board Office Hour
1:30 p.m. — Tapan with Matt Moran
3:00 p.m. — Jam/Teaching Session on Complex Balkan Rhythms with Ralph Iverson
4:30 p.m. — Snack Break
4:40 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. — Therapeutic Treatment: Tuba Bath!
5:00 p.m. — ‘Southern’ Balkan Group Sing with Corinna Snyder, Kristina Vaskys, Adam Good & Matt Moran
Will music and video be available?
Class materials, such as lyrics and song files, will be made available to campers at the teacher’s discretion. See the Resources & Materials tab on this page.
I’ve rolled up the rugs in my living room and am ready to boogie, but I don’t know any of the dances!
Make sure to get to the dance party on time! Experts will provide brief demonstrations of one or two of the dances featured before each evening set begins.
Do I need a Facebook account to participate?
No. We are using Sococo and Zoom. Beginning Wednesday, August 12, campers will receive a link to an orientation video and will be invited to join the Sococo platform and begin exploring.
With which browsers is Sococo compatible?
Only Google Chrome browser is supported by the Sococo web app. Campers have also had success with Microsoft Edge. If you do not want to use Google Chrome, you must download the Sococo desktop app. It has additional features to facilitate use and troubleshooting. However, desktop applications are only available for Windows and macOS, and using the Google Chrome browser is the best option for Linux and other users. If you want to skip Sococo altogether, we provide a “cheat sheet” with links to all the Zoom meetings, so you don’t have to miss a thing!
How can I avoid lag on Zoom?
page updated 8/18/20
Greek Serenade with Sandy Theodorou
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Sing-along song lyrics PDF
KAFANA: Trans-Carpathian Jam with Ralph Iverson
Friday, 9:45 p.m.
Music chart collection PDF
Aaron Kisslinger – Simple Song for Kids
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Pjevaj Mi, Pjevaj, Sokole – song lyrics PDF
Pjevaj Mi, Pjevaj, Sokole – music chart PDF
Pjevaj Mi, Pjevaj as sung by Zdenko Nikšić – YouTube link
Eva Salina – Romani Singing
Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
Bre Čhaveja Dilineja – song lyrics PDF
Bre Čhaveja Dilineja, as sung by Beba Ibišević – audio file
Jaquetta Bustion & Matt Moran – Intro to Balkan Rhythms for Kids
Link to Google Slides with class song lyrics
Donka Koleva – Bulgarian Singing
Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
Chereshko Medley – song lyrics PDF
KAFANA: Ralph & Friends
Saturday, 10:15 p.m.
Sing-along lyrics PDF
Michael Ginsburg – Balkan Dance
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
Vesela Gajda (Romska Gajda) – Grupa Sonata (Štip, Macedonia, live recording 2014) – audio file
Gajda Maleshevska (Bulgaria) – audio file
Veliko Kolo – Banat Tamburitza Orchestra/Tamburaški Zbor “Banat” (U.S., recorded 1950) – audio file
Myatalo Lenche (Bulgaria) – audio file
Matt Moran – Tapan
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Link to Google Drive class materials collection
Ralph Iverson – Jam/Teaching Session on Complex Balkan Rhythms
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Link to Dropbox class materials collection
We’ve had years to hone our in-person workshops, and we know their ins and outs like the back of our hands. This is a new endeavor for our organization, and while we are doing our best to anticipate your questions, you might have one we haven’t thought of yet!
Contact the EEFC Office if you need tech support or further clarification. Our staff and volunteers are eager to help, and your feedback will help us review and hone our processes. There is no question too small. See you at Camp!