Come celebrate Balkan music and dance with us at our weekend festival—in person! Our West Coast BalkanFest will be held in the picturesque Presidio of San Francisco. Jump into the joy with a live-music dance party on Friday night and then come back for classes and more dance parties on Saturday with world-class instructors and performers. People of all ages and experience levels are welcome!
Presidio Theatre Plaza
The Presidio Theatre Plaza is located adjacent to a historic Spanish Colonial-style building on a corner of the parade grounds that once housed a movie theater used by U.S. Army members and families who lived on the Presidio Army Base in times gone by. The theater complex has been recently renovated and now hosts full theatrical productions in its 600-seat house. The Plaza is a beautifully landscaped open-air space behind the main theater building, with access to airy lobby and rehearsal rooms and a full catering kitchen. Behind the Plaza itself is a hilly eucalyptus grove, and beyond the building complex is a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
All dance activities, some classes, and meal service will take place outside on the Plaza, with select classes and Kafana activities inside in the well-ventilated Lobby and Rehearsal Room of the Theatre.
Cow Hollow Catering, the primary caterer for the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, will be providing delicious food throughout the weekend. Food costs, including coffee and tea, are included in your tuition—beginning with a generous Mediterranean-style welcome spread on Friday. On Saturday we will offer lunch when you arrive, then dinner to be served before the evening dance sets begin. Select alcoholic and premium non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale over the weekend. Basic dietary choices and needs will be accommodated, including omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.
The spacious lobby/bar area, while serving as a comfortable classroom during the day, will magically transform during both evenings into an intimate space, along the lines of our beloved camp Kafanas. While the scheduled dance party proceeds above on the Plaza proper, this room will be open as an alternative space for impromptu performance and acoustic jamming, to take place in an organic, un-programmed, and cooperative fashion. Bring your instruments and voices and let’s see what unfolds!
A few tuition-waiver work exchanges may be available for participants. Inquiries for work exchanges will be entertained only after registration has begun (see below). Please contact the EEFC Office if you wish to be considered for a work exchange. We will follow up on individual work exchange requests as soon as possible.
Online registration is closed – we are sold out for the weekend! . Event updates will be announced through our E-newsletter (sign-up if you haven’t already), the EEFC Discussion list, and on our Facebook page.
Staff and band listings are subject to update and change.
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
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...Read More
Romani & Serbian Dance
Alex Marković holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He wrote his doctoral thesis on identity politics and musical performance among Romani brass musicians in...Read More
Greek StringsNick Maroussis is a musician based out of Seattle, Washington, where he grew up playing strings in various rock bands in the greater Seattle area. His involvement in the Greek community and...Read More
Croatian SingingJohn Morovich grew up in Seattle's sizable Croatian community. Since 1973, he has studied, taught, and performed traditional music and dance of Croatia and other parts of Southeastern...Read More
Balkan SingingMichele Simon has been involved with music all of her life, and with Balkan folk music for most of it, as a dancer, singer, drummer and teacher. She was raised surrounded by music of all kinds,...Read More
Balkan RhythmsDrawing on a musical base in folk music from the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and the Balkans, Sean Tergis brings a unique element to his drumming through many different influences. At an early...Read More
Greek & Balkan
Aya Safiya and Tano Brock play a variety of music styles from around the Balkans, including Greek, Albanian, Turkish, and Romani. They both started playing Balkan music at a young age, and have...Read More
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Please note the schedule and bands are subject to change, even at the very last minute. Schedule updated 8/30/22
This section is a work in progress. You can help! If you have a general question, email us and we’ll do our best to answer it, and if appropriate, include it in this list. FAQs updated 9/2/22.
Where is the Presidio Theatre Plaza and how do I get there? (Click on link for detailed directions and information about parking at the Presidio)
Can you expand a bit on your event Covid protocols?
You’re asking that everyone be masked in indoor spaces. Will there be exceptions?
I’m still not quite comfortable being with people indoors. Will events be inside or outside?
Can you tell me more about indoor ventilation at the Theatre?
Will you be live streaming the dance parties, like at the East Coast BalkanFest?
Link to Google Drive with worksheets and audio resources