Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

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June 20-27, 2020
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August 8-15, 2020
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Help us fill the EEFC Calendar with lots of events and activities of interest to our community. We look forward to becoming the “go to” place for all things Balkan music & dance.

 

Berkeley, California

Souren Baronian's 90th birthday party at Ashkenaz! with Édessa and friends

April 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm – April 12, 2020 at 1:00 am

Souren Baronian, born in 1930 in New York City of Armenian parentage, grew up in Spanish Harlem surrounded by music, especially the sounds of Middle Eastern music, jazz and Latin genres. Barely a teenager, he would sneak into the jazz clubs on 52nd Street and listen to Bird and Diz and the other great musicians of the day. His greatest early inspiration was the "Prez," Lester Young. He later studied for many years with the legendary jazz teacher Lennie Tristano and was at the same time mentored on the G-clarinet by the extraordinary Turkish master Safet Gundeger, who was then playing in the 8th Avenue clubs in "Greek Town" during the peak of New York's Middle Eastern music scene in the 1950s, another of Souren's main haunts. Souren is solidly rooted in both Middle Eastern/Balkan idioms and jazz, and may have been the first to create a "fusion" of these two genres in the late 1950s, long before "world music" swept the globe.
Many familiar guest musicians including Polly Tapia Ferber, Adam Good, Rowan Storm, Paul Brown and more.

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, California 94702
Petaluma, California

Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party

April 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

This annual event is hosted by Petaluma Snap-Y Dancers, and everyone is welcome to come dance or just listen to the fabulous music. The first hour will feature dancing to old and new recorded favorites followed by a live music set with Staro Vino playing lively and beautiful Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Greek music. The members of Staro Vino are: Greg Jenkins on clarinet and vocals; Mark Jenkins on percussion and vocals, Peter Bonos on trumpet, and Andrew Cohen on accordion and vocals.

Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, California 94956
Chicago, Illinois

Bulgarian Folk Festival "Verea"

April 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm – April 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

We present Bulgarian traditional music, songs and dances.
All groups dealing with Bulgarian folklore can participate!

For more information:
Konstantin Marinov - organizer, host, choreographer, musician and dancer
ph. 773-742-5158 - Koceto

Chicago, Illinois
Vancouver, British Columbia

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival

April 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm – April 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Seventh Annual Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, featuring Tineke & Maurits van Geel teaching Armenian & Roma dances mixed with International top hits. Hosted by the Burnaby International Folk Dancers, at the Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Saturday night band: Osem i Devet with Miamon Miller, including Michael Lawson, David Bilides, Tedy Dimitrova, Dina Trageser and Janie Cowan. Registration is open.

Peretz Centre
6184 Ash St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3G9
Canada
Boulder, Colorado

Boulder International Folk Dancers Annual Workshop - Sonia & Cristian Teaching Romanian Dances

April 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm – April 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

[NOTE: BIFD Annual Folk Dance Workshop POSTPONED

Due to the current situation, the Boulder International Folk Dancers, have decided to postpone our Spring Workshop with Sonia and Cristian. We are hoping to reschedule the workshop in the fall. Please keep checking the website: Boulderfolkdancers.org for updates.]

The Boulder International Folk Dancers invite you to attend our 2020 annual folk dancе workshop. This year we will be featuring Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu who will be teaching Romanian Dances. They are known for their vibrant energy, warmth, and exciting choice of dances and music. We are excited to welcome them back to Boulder!
In recent years, Sonia and Cristian have been working with recreational folk dance groups in more than 15 different countries. Sonia and Cristian bring excitement and energy to their workshops. Love of dance is evident in their presentations. You are certain to find a few new favorite dances!
The workshop will be held at the Avalon in Boulder April 24-26, 2020. Information and registration are available at: https:// www.boulderfolkdancers.org

The Avalon
6185 Arapahoe Rd.
Boulder, Colorado 80303
USA
Berlin

Greek dances with Petros Selkos and musicians - Berlin (Germany)

May 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm – May 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

A seminar of Northern Greek dances with Petros Selkos (Greek Macedonia) and musicians in Berlin. It's the fifth edition of dance seminars accompanied by live music organised by Balkanexpress Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQKT_dYNF6E&feature=youtu.be

Venue location to be announced
Berlin
Germany

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020

June 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm – June 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

Come stay in the village & take daily workshops in:

Bulgarian dance
Bulgarian singing
Traditional folk instruments:
Gaida (bagpipe)​
Gadulka (bowed rebec)
Kaval (end-blown flute)
Tambura (long-necked lute)
Tupan (two-headed drum)
Thracian style accordion
Clarinet

​​Lodging & local traditional food are included.

Hosted by Nikolay and Donka Kolev in the village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria.

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
Karavelovo
Bulgaria
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Hungarian Dance Weekend

June 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm – June 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

This first-of-the-summer-season session at Pinewoods, presented by the Folk Arts Center and Boston’s Forgás Hungarian Dance Group, offers Hungarian and Transylvanian improvisational folk dance workshops, evening dance parties, and various special events amid the lovely pine forests of Pinewoods Camp. Campers enjoy the waterfront on two clear ponds, and stay in rustic screened cabins and cottages on the wooded hills and shores.

Pinewoods Camp
80 Cornish Field Rd.
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
Plymouth, Massachusetts

International Session at Pinewoods

June 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm – July 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

FAC’s International Pinewoods sessions offer folk dance workshops by Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion (Romanian dance) and Jennifer Brosious and Laine Harris (Scandinavian dance), evening folk dance parties with live music, music classes, jam sessions, late-night festivities, and various special events amid the lovely pine forests of Pinewoods Camp. Campers enjoy the waterfront on two clear ponds, and stay in rustic screened cabins and cottages on the wooded hills and shores.

Pinewoods Camp
80 Cornish Field Rd.
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
Timisoara

2020 Banatfolk - Romanian Folk Dance Seminar

July 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm – July 17, 2020

A unique opportunity to visit the idyllic sights of Romania!
Come and join us to celebrate a ten day stay of authentic Romanian culture and tradition in Banat, Timisoara, also known as the City of Roses and visit several places in Banat.

The program of this workshop includes the teaching of folk dances from Banat and from Romania (Oltenia, Muntenia, Dobrogea, Moldova and Transylvania).

Dance teachers:
- Marius Ursu, artistic director and master choreographer of the folk ensemble “Doina Timisului”. Marius teaches Romanian folklore dances to amateur and professional folk ensembles, in courses and various workshops. He has participated to workshops in countries like: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland, etc.
- master choreographers of the group will participate in “The Festival of Hearts”

From 8 until 12 of July, 2020 will be the 31st edition of the International Folk Festival “The Festival of Hearts" (with groups from 10 countries; and more than 20 professional and village folk groups from Romania.
Every evening in this period we will see performances of "The Festival of Hearts" at the Festival stage located in the Park of the Roses.

We have a surprise for you:
We will prepare a dance suite from Banat, which we will present at the closing show of "The Festival of Hearts”.

Timisoara
Romania
Skopje

Traditional Music & Dance Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI

July 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Macedonian Traditional Music & Dance Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI

Stefce Stojkovski
Ferid Bajram 15 B
Skopje 1000
Macedonia
Karavelovo

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020

July 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 11:00 am

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020
July 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 11:00 am
Come stay in the village & take daily workshops in:

Bulgarian dance
Bulgarian singing
Traditional folk instruments:
Gaida (bagpipe)​
Gadulka (bowed rebec)
Kaval (end-blown flute)
Tambura (long-necked lute)
Tupan (two-headed drum)
Thracian style accordion
Clarinet

​​Lodging & local traditional food are included.

Hosted by Nikolay and Donka Kolev in the village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria.

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
Karavelovo
Bulgaria
http://www.gadular.cm

Karavelovo
Bulgaria
Plovdiv

2020 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria CANCELLED

July 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED: We are very sorry to say that the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar has been cancelled for 2020 due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and all of the related uncertainties. We have left the 2020 program information intact, as we plan to resume in 2021 with a similar staff. (Posted March 22, 2020)

Most of the information on the current website describes the 2019 program. The instrumental & vocal music portions of the Seminar will be very similar to the 2019 program and the dance program will feature village dance teachers from various parts Bulgaria. We also have a great FAQ section with detailed information about getting to Plovdiv, accommodations, and much more.

This Seminar, now in its 16th year, offers a very special experience for non-Bulgarians (and Bulgarians interested in connecting with their "roots" music and dance) who want a more in-depth opportunity to learn traditional instruments, singing styles, and dance than is normally possible for groups or individuals traveling to Bulgaria. This rich and unique program couples the teaching expertise of instructors at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv with the traditional music and dance wisdom of tradition bearers from around Bulgaria. The dance program features different groups of dancers and musicians throughout the week, teaching dances from their own villages.

We will be continuing our special 15% discount for EEFC members (a great reason to join the EEFC if you haven't already!). Students from past years have raved about their experiences at the Seminar.

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2 Todor Samodumov Str
Plovdiv
Bulgaria