BalkanFest 2022

Join us—in person—for our summer and fall weekend events, featuring classes and great live music dance parties. Registration is now open for our New York weekend!

East Coast

August 5, 2022
Village Community School SkyYard
West Village, Manhattan, NY

August 6, 2022
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Astoria, NY

West Coast

September 9-10, 2022
Presidio Theatre Plaza
San Francisco, CA

West Coast registration coming soon, stay tuned!


Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps, which we’re revving up again after the long pandemic drought. Please visit the pages below to whet your appetite for the 2023 workshops!

June 17-24, 2023
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August 5-12, 2023
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West Coast BalkanFest

Friday & Saturday, September 9 – 10, 2022
Presidio Theatre Plaza, San Francisco, CA

 

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!

 


The Facilities

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 an open-air space behind the main theater building, with access to airy reception 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.

 

Food

[more detailed description of what’s being offered] Food costs are included in your tuition—beginning with a generous welcome spread on Friday. On Saturday we will offer a light spread available beginning at noon, then a full 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.

 

Scholarships

A number of full scholarships are available for the BalkanFest weekend. Start here—deadline to apply is July 1, 2022.

 

Work Exchanges

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.

 

Registration, Fees, and Other Information

  • Whole weekend: (Friday night + Saturday day and night): $125 (adults and kids 12-17), $50 (children 7-11)
  • Friday evening party only: $35 (adults and kids 12-17), $15 (children 7-11)
  • Saturday: $90 (adults and kids 12-17), $35 (children 7-11)
  • What it covers. Fees include participation in dance parties and classes; food (see above), coffee and tea. Premium beverages will be for sale on site.
  • Paying it forward. When you register you will have an opportunity to kick in a little extra to help support this event and keep costs down for as many people as possible.
  • Covid protocols. We are asking all participants to present evidence of current Covid vaccinations and boosters (see the registration form for details), and we will require masking in all indoor spaces.

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.

2022 Staff & Bands

Our 2022 staff is still in process. Stay tuned!

Staff and band listings are subject to update and change.

Teachers & Dance Leaders

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

Joe Kaloyanides Graziosi

Greek Dance

On Friday, Joe will introduce dances to Kavala Brass Band during the dance workshop. On Saturday, he will briefly introduce the dances as needed before each tune in...Read More


Nick Maroussis

Greek Strings

Nick 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

John Morovich

Croatian Singing

John 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

Michele Simon

Balkan Vocal Technique

Michele 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

Sean Tergis

Balkan Rhythms

Drawing 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

Bands

Aya & Tano

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


Fanfare Zambaleta
Drómeno

Greek

Drómeno is a longtime favorite band at many Balkan dance events up and down the West Coast. Led by Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter, the band presents regional folk music from the Greek...Read More


Fanfare Zambaleta

Balkan Brass

info coming soon!

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Zabava!

Macedonian Village & More

more info coming soon!

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Daily Schedule

Please note the schedule and bands are subject to change, even at the very last minute. The below is an outline of activities. A full, detailed schedule will be published soon.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Resources & Materials

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