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, July 15th, 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 Registration Table, which will have volunteers ready to take your questions; the Meadow, 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 Fire Circle 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 Pacific Time from Friday evening, July 17, to late Sunday afternoon, July 19. Classes begin Saturday morning and continue on Sunday. A selection of instrumental, vocal, and dance classes at all levels are offered across six 90-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, and we have a special singing class with Lily Storm, just for them.
There are many opportunities to help us out behind the scenes! Please email our Site Manager, Corinne, here.
West Coast Virtual Camp is over! Mark your calendars for our East Coast edition, August 14-16. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!
Schedule subject to change. All times in Pacific.
NOTE: Each event in the schedule is linked to its corresponding Zoom meeting. Of course, you can also access the Zoom sessions from within the Sococo online platform interface (see the Workshop Details) tab.
Zoom meetings will become active shortly before each scheduled event starts—please do not click on any link below until 10-15 minutes before the event’s start time. You can always join a session as it’s happening.
Friday, July 17
4:00PM “Campground” opens
5:00PM Belated Canada Day Party with live music by Raif Hyseni & Merita Halili, then Eva Salina
6:00PM “Lamb Roast” with serenades by Tano Brock & Aya Safiya (6:00), then Kalin Kirilov (6:30)
7:00PM Dance Hall begins, with music by Drómeno
8:00PM Kafana begins
Saturday, July 18
9:00AM “Campground” opens
9:30AM Balkan Vocal Technique Hacks with Michele Simon
11:00AM Improvisation class with Christos Govetas
11:00AM Kids’ Singing class with Lily Storm
12:30PM Break for Lunch
2:00PM Doumbek class with Sean Tergis
3:30PM Balkan Dance class with Steve Kotansky
5:00PM “Northern” Group Sing with John Morovich
6:00PM Break for Dinner
7:00PM Dance Hall: Pontic with Beth Bahia Cohen (7:00), then Bulgarian with Milen Slavov & Zhivka Papancheva (7:30)
8:00PM Kafana begins
Sunday, July 19
9:00AM “Campground” opens
9:30AM Greek Dance Line-Leading class with Joe Graziosi
11:00AM Greek Strings class with Nick Maroussis
12:30PM Break for Lunch/EEFC Board Office Hours (1:00)
2:00PM Culture Corner: Romani Music and Anti-Romani Racism with Magda Matache & Carol Silverman
3:30PM “Southern” Group Sing with Michele Simon, Tom Farris & Bill Cope
Will there be a workshop geared toward East Coast time?
Yes! Please pencil in August 14-16, 2020 for an East Coast edition.
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. Classes will not be recorded and disseminated for this edition of Virtual Camp.
Do I need a Facebook account to participate?
No. We are using Sococo and Zoom. Beginning Wednesday, July 15, campers will receive a link to an orientation video and will be invited to join the Sococo platform and begin exploring.
How can I avoid lag on Zoom?
Sean Tergis – Doumbek
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Audio files & charts
Steve Kotansky – Balkan Dance
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Collection of audio files
“Northern” Balkan with John Morovich (Saturday, 5:00 p.m.)
“Southern” Balkan with Michele Simon (Sunday, 3:30 p.m.)
EEFC Songbook PDF
Greek Dance – Joe Graziosi
Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Class playlist (PDF)
Culture Corner: Romani Music and Anti-Romani Racism with Magda Matache & Carol Silverman
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Balkan and Turkish Romani Music and Dance Resources (PDF)
Roma and Human Rights Resources (PDF)
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!