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Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops
Virtual Camps 2021

Our online camps feature three days of immersive music and dance classes, live performances, and community gatherings. West Coast Virtual Camp was held June 25-27, 2021; and East Coast was August 13-15, 2021.

Registration is now closed for East Coast Virtual Camp, and did we have a blast! Stay tuned for more great EEFC-sponsored activities.


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Find out almost everything you always wanted to know about the EEFC’s in-person Balkan camps.
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Scholarships

We award full and partial scholarships to our in-person workshops.
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Kids at Camp!

Our in-person workshops are a great experience for families. Get the scoop to ensure everyone has a blast!


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There are several ways to stay connected to the EEFC throughout the year. Subscribe to our email Newsletter for monthly updates. Join the discussion list (an active email group with searchable archives since 1993). Send us a message.


Partners

The EEFC is proud to partner with sister organizations, including the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar.

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The Idiot and the Tsimbl

May 25, 2020 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The tsimbl (trapeziform hammered dulcimer) formed the sonic backbone of many klezmer ensembles as early as the 16th Century, and was ubiquitous enough to have generated the Ashkenazi family name “Zimbalist.” It generated reams of engraved icons with Jews, Gypsies, cherubs, skeletons, tramps and thieves and even led to the emergence of the xylophone in the classical orchestra via the mysterious "Wood and Straw" man. The lore surrounding the instrument is full of references to the wandering Jew and the instrument itself has alternated as a symbol of both poverty and wealth, Jew and Gentile alike. Join Josh in a colorful lecture to find out why Poles still say, "Ty cymbały!" (you idiot) and what caused an instrument so common for hundreds of years to fall from grace and almost disappear from modern consciousness.

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