Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

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

June 24 - July 1, 2017
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August 5 - 12, 2017
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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.


Sherman Oaks, California

Kypseli Greek Dance Center Anniversary

March 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Kypseli celebrates its 32nd Anniversary with live bouzoukia music played by Aleko Galas, bouzouki, Takis Kokotas, vocals, Dimitri Papakostas, keyboard, and Dimitar Bogdanov, clarinet.

The Tango Room
4346 Woodman Ave.
Sherman Oaks, California 91423
Arcata, California

World Music Benefit Concert with Chubritza

March 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Join the Chubritza International Folk Band for a concert of lively dance music and folk songs in many languages, played on traditional and modern instruments. The evening also includes belly dance performances by Shoshanna & The Ya Habibi Dance Company and a special cameo by students from the Sunny Brae Middle School music program. Refreshments and a fabulous collection of jewelry and folkwear will be available for purchase. Proceeds provide scholarships for music and dance summer workshops. The concert is 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 31 at The Creative Sanctuary, 1301 J Street, Arcata. $10 - $20 sliding scale

The Sanctuary
1301 J Street
Arcata, California 95521
Brattleboro, Vermont

MerakKef Express at Balkan Cafe

April 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monthly Balkan Café at 118 Elliot St: international music, traditional dance, and food. Come to join in the dancing, listen to the music or just hang out and have a good time! Easy, beginner-friendly dances will be scattered throughout the afternoon with light teaching. Live music by MerakKef Express. All levels welcome! Suggested donation $12. More information 802-257-9513 or

MerakKef Express is a recently formed group of singers and instrumentalists who play folk-dance music from around the world, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe. Our music is mostly dance tunes from Bulgaria, Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republics (Macedonia, Serbia, and Croatia), Romania, Hungary, Albania, Israel, Turkey, Armenia and a few others. Songs are sung in the language of the country of origin in authentic vocal style. Band members attend workshops and music camps to learn the tunes, songs and musical styles of the Balkan region.
Band members have many decades combined experience playing Balkan, International, Klezmer, and early music as well as classical music.
Joe Blumenthal string bass, percussion
Kitty Kagay vocals, percussion
Karen Klevanosky saxophone, flute, piccolo, clarinet, kaval, percussion, vocals
Barbara MacLean clarinet, tambura (Bulgarian and Macedonian mandolins), vocals, percussion
Bob Schulz laouto (large Greek mandolin), guitar, tambura (Bulgarian and Macedonian mandolins), vocals
Debby Szajnberg violin, vocals, percussion

Monthly Balkan Cafe
118 Elliot St.
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
Los Angeles, California

Sto Horio "To the Village" live Greek music for dancing

April 8, 2017 at 8:45 pm – 11:30 pm

Five Los Angeles musicians have combined their talents in Sto Horio to recreate the traditional village music of Greece. From the southern regions of Attica and Thessaly, to the mountains of Epirus, from the border towns of Macedonia, to the vast plains of Thrace, Sto Horio takes you on a musical journey through those ancient lands.
Rob Stokes, clarinet, gaida, touloum, vocals
Linda Levin, lead vocals, defi
J. Emanuel Stuart, accordion
Ian Price, doumbeleki, daouli, vocals
Joan Friedberg, laouto, vocals

Admission: $15

Cafe Aman
DanceFit Studio
10936 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90025
North Carolina

Annual Bulgarian/Balkan Dance Weekend

April 21, 2017 – April 22, 2017

Friday, April 21
Glen Eden Pilot Park, Raleigh NC
7:00 - 9:30pm: BALKAN DANCE WORKSHOP Session with Steve Kotansky

Saturday April 22
Pleasant Green Community Center, Durham NC

10:00am -12:30pm, 2:00 - 4:30pm : BALKAN DANCE WORKSHOP Sessions with Steve Kotansky

6:00-7:30pm Potluck Supper. Bring food and drink to share (Sorry, no alcohol permitted on the premises)

7:30-11:00pm DANCE PARTY with Cherven Traktor from NYC
Bulgarian dance music Donka Koleva – vocals; Nikolay Kolev - gadulka; Belle Birchfield – tambura; Michael Ginsburg – tupan; Adam Good - bass

Cost: $12 single dance workshop session, $30 for all 3

North Carolina
Petaluma, California

Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party

April 22, 2017 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. 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 playing lively and beautiful Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Greek music.
Come enjoy our friendly atmosphere, great mix of dances, and the wonderful wood dance floor at Hermann Sons Hall.

Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, California 94956

Northern Greek Dances with Giorgos Kapsalis and Musicians

April 28, 2017 – April 30, 2017

There will be two dance parties (Fri, Sat) and a seminar on Sat afternoon and Sun afternoon, accompanied by live music (clarinet, accordion, gajda, kaval, vocals, defi, darambuka, dauli). Please contact the organizer before registering, as the number of participants is limited.

Metro to venue: U2 Eberswalder Str., Tram M1, M10, M12

Schoenhauser Allee 36
Berlin 10435
Sherman Oaks, California

Kypseli Greek Dance Center Presents Anna Mavrou from Greece

April 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:30 am

Anna Mavrou, originally from Kalymnos, Greece, and now living in Kalamata, is a lifelong dancer and singer. She is lead dancer and singer for the Lykeion of Kalamata and has taught dances from Kalymnos and other Dodecanese islands all over the world.

The Tango Room
4346 Woodman Ave.
Sherman Oaks, California 91423
Mendocino, California

Mendocino Folklore Camp 2017

June 17, 2017 – June 24, 2017

Mendocino Folklore Camp is an opportunity to get away from the world while experiencing so many diverse parts of it. Come spend a week in the Coastal Redwoods of Northern California's Mendocino Woodlands.

Days are filled with dance and music workshops. Each evening is a themed party with dancing after dinner to live music, followed by a late-night kafana to keep the fun going into the early hours. Dancers will enjoy our Romanian (Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion), Scandinavian (Roo Lester with Harry Khamis) and Greek Macedonian (Yannis Konstantinou) workshops, while musicians will appreciate singing classes by Beata Bermuda (Scandinavian) and Michele Simon (Balkan Favorites) as well as ensembles led by Bill Cope (Bulgarian/Macedonian Tambura), Chris Thomas (Polka Band), Michele Simon (Balkan Drumming), Beata Bermuda (Scandinavian), and more!!

Experience the joy of relaxing in nature, vacationing with old and new friends, feasting, learning, and enjoying the daily dance parties or fun folklore celebrations!

Mendocino Woodlands
Mendocino, California
Mendocino, California

EEFC West Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshop

June 24, 2017 – July 1, 2017

Since 1977 the West Coast edition of the EEFC’s Balkan Music & Dance Workshop has been gathering amidst the towering redwoods of the Northern California coast. Each year we welcome new friends along with old, as musicians and dancers and those who love them come together with our extraordinary teaching staff for a memorable week.

Mendocino Woodlands
Mendocino, California
Rock Hill, New York

EEFC East Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshop

August 5, 2017 – August 12, 2017

Since 2005, the East Coast edition of the EEFC’s Balkan Music & Dance Workshop has been held in the Catskill Mountains. Join us as we transform the Iroquois Springs site into a village filled with music and dance, friendly conversation, and joyful celebration. Each year we welcome new and old faces, students and teachers, families and friends to gather around our common theme—Balkan music and dance!

Iroquois Springs
Rock Hill, New York