Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps.

June 22 – 29, 2019
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August 10 – 17, 2019
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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.

 

Petaluma, California

Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party

April 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

This annual event is hosted by Petaluma Snap-Y Dancers, and everyone is welcome to come dance and/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 Balder ten Cate on accordion and vocals.

Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, California 94956
Provo, Utah

2019 Annual Conference of the National Folk Organization

April 11, 2019 at 9:00 am – April 14, 2019 at 10:30 am

The three-day event will offer participants opportunities to interface with professionals from throughout the nation, hear presentations on cultural dance and dance science, participate in dance workshops and parties, view dance performances; and enjoy a guided tour of the BYU campus, its library and dance archives, the dance department's collection of cultural costuming, and the Museum of Art. The keynote address will be delivered by Carrie Ekins, entitled, "Dancing and the Brain." The host hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott in Provo, and there will be van service from the hotel to the campus.

National Folk Organization Annual Conference 2019
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 32825
Berlin 14199

Dances from Northern Greece with Giorgos Kapsalis and musicians

May 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm – May 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Once again Giorgos Kapsalis comes to Berlin, Germany, to teach dances from Epirus, Macedonia and Thrace. Some fine musicians will accompany the whole seminar. They will play at the Saturday night Balkan party, too - together with members of the Berlin based Ljuti Hora band.
Impressions from the last events: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grk3RQC8Xg4/

Gemeindesaal Dorfkirche Alt-Schmargendorf
Kirchstrasse 15-16
Berlin 14199
Germany
DeKalb, Illinois

"June Camp" international folk dance weekend with Cristian and Sonia

May 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm – May 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

"June Camp," a yearly residential international folk dance weekend, features in 2019 Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion teaching Romanian dance, nightly parties with Tom Pixton and members of the Pinewoods Band, and comfortable hotel rooms with private baths in the same building as the dancing. For more information check junecampifd.googlepages.com or email junecampifd@gmail.com

Northern Illinois University
Holmes Student Center
340 Carroll Ave
DeKalb, Illinois 60174
Claremont, California

Statewide Folk Dance Festival 2019

May 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm – June 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

2019 Statewide Folk Dance Festival: Folk Dance weekend with Petur Iliev, Mihai David, Sevi Bayraktar, Israel Yakovee, and Cesar Garfiaz. Edmunds Ballroom at Pomona College. Hotel is Doubletree Hilton with festival room rates of $139.00 + tax per night. web site page is http://socalfolkdance.org/statewide.htm

Edmunds Ballroom at Pomona College
170 E. 6th St.
Claremont, California 91711
USA
Karavelovo, Plovdiv

Rose Valley Workshop & Party

June 4, 2019 – June 12, 2019

Take daily workshops in:
Bulgarian Dance - multiple teachers
Bulgarian Singing
Traditional Instruments*

in the village of Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Traditional folk dance with professional dance teachers
Plus a variety of dancers representing their village dances
Live music at evening parties
Music by Bulgarika, Kabilé, Kamen Mollov and more...

June 4-12, 2019

Classes in traditional folk instruments including:
Gaida, Gadulka, Kaval, Tambura, Tupan, Bitov ensemble, Accordion
*All types of instruments may be borrowed. Please enquire.

Lodging & local traditional food are included

Hosted by Nikolay Kolev and Donka Koleva in the village where Nikolay grew up. Stay in the village and take daily workshops in: Bulgarian dance, singing and traditional folk instruments

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
34 Lenin St
Karavelovo, Plovdiv
Bulgaria
Dimitrovgrad

On Stage Together: A Bulgarian Folk Dance Workshop ​With Ensemble Zvezditza

June 5, 2019 – June 14, 2019

On Stage Together is a workshop in Bulgarian folk dances, hora, and traditional crafts organized by Ensemble Zvezditza and held in the beautiful city of Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria. You are cordially invited to join!

Come learn Bulgarian folk dance pieces by prominent choreographers! Perform in full traditional costume on stage together with Ensemble Zvezditza during the International Folk Dance Festival. At the end, keep the traditional shirt you performed in as a special gift! Take part in the town wide Celebration of the Horo. Take traditional crafts classes by local crafts masters. And so much more! Learn more about it on our website.

On Stage Together with Ensemble Zvezditza
Dimitrovgrad
Bulgaria
Mendocino, California

Balkan Camp 2019: Mendocino, CA

June 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm – June 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Are you ready for an unforgettable, Balkan-infused weekend in the woods? Grab a sleeping bag, put on your dancing shoes, and don't forget your instrument!

The Mendocino Balkan Music & Dance Workshop boasts a broad array of instrumental, vocal, ensemble, and dance classes at all levels. Classes are broken into five daily 75-minute slots starting Sunday morning and ending Friday. We provide an instrument-lending program to enable new students to get started on harder-to-find village instruments.

In the early evenings the program includes folklore presentations and panel discussions, group sings with musical accompaniment, and our fun, community-building auction. Live-music dance parties featuring our world-class staff musicians will rock your socks in the dance hall, and the party continues late into the night in our more intimate cafe-bar, the kafana, featuring a variety of staff and camper musical sets, from the sublime to the floor-stomping.

Following a review session Friday morning, participants have the option to perform in a student concert. The week closes on Friday with a Balkan-style lamb roast and the last of the week’s great evening parties. We have part-time attendance and evening party-only options available.

Mendocino Woodlands
39350 Little Lake Rd.
Mendocino, California 95460
Plovdiv

2019 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar

July 21, 2019 – July 27, 2019

This Seminar, celebrating its 15th 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.

Instrument classes include both traditional and modern instruments: gaida, kaval, gudulka, tambura, tupan, clarinet, accordion and violin.

Singing classes will focus on a variety of regional styles and choral music.

The dance program features different groups of dancers and musicians throughout the week, teaching dances from their own villages/regions representing various ethnographic regions throughout Bulgaria.

The website has details about the 2019 teachers, program, daily schedule and prices, and a FAQ section with detailed information about getting to Plovdiv, accommodations, and much more. You can register for the Seminar on the website.

This is a great year to visit because Plovdiv has been designated by the EU as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.

There is a 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
10206
Plovdiv
Bulgaria
Skopje, Macedonia

Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI 2019

July 30, 2019 at 1:15 am – August 7, 2019 at 1:15 am

Macedonian Traditional Music & Dance Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI 2019
www.stefcestojkovski.mk All info coming very soon!

Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI
Ferid Bajram 15 B
Skopje, Macedonia 1000
Macedonia
Rock Hill, New York

Balkan Camp 2019: Iroquois Springs, NY

August 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm – August 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Are you ready for an unforgettable, Balkan-infused week in the woods? Grab a sleeping bag, put on your dancing shoes, and don't forget your instrument!

The Iroquois Springs Balkan Music & Dance Workshop boasts a broad array of instrumental, vocal, ensemble, and dance classes at all levels. Classes are broken into five daily 75-minute slots starting Sunday morning and ending Friday. We provide an instrument-lending program to enable new students to get started on harder-to-find village instruments.

In the early evenings the program includes folklore presentations and panel discussions, group sings with musical accompaniment, and our fun, community-building auction. Live-music dance parties featuring our world-class staff musicians will rock your socks in the dance hall, and the party continues late into the night in our more intimate cafe-bar, the kafana, featuring a variety of staff and camper musical sets, from the sublime to the floor-stomping.

Following a review session Friday morning, participants have the option to perform in a student concert. The week closes on Friday with a Balkan-style lamb roast and the last of the week’s great evening parties. We have part-time attendance and evening party-only options available.

Iroquois Springs
66 Bowers Rd.
Rock Hill, New York 12775