Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

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

June 23 – 30, 2018
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August 4 – 11, 2018
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Calendar

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.

 

San Francisco, California

Russian Spirit: Dance and Tradition

October 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Explore Russian culture in the Old World and the New through a folk dance lesson, performances by Dolina Folk, and a historical overview of Russian colonial presence in California from Fort Ross interpreter Hank Birnbaum. Plus a vodka tasting (21+). In association with the Russian Center of San Francisco.

This event is free but due to space constraints registration is required. Please complete the registration using the Eventbrite link. Please note that registering does not guarantee admission. Registered guests will be offered priority admission that will be honored until 15 minutes before the start of the event.

Presidio Officers' Club
50 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, California 94129
USA
Petaluma, California

Folk Dance Party with Kabile

October 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Kabilé takes its name from the village of that name in Thrace, Bulgaria, where the band played one of their earliest gigs. They have since become renowned for their "bitov" (traditional) style and are popular and in demand from coast to coast. Kabile features five master musicians: Donka Koleva (vocals), Nikolay Kolev (gadulka), Ivan Handzhiev (vocals and accordion), Dzhenko Andreev (gaida), and Nikolay Doktorov (kaval).
Everyone is welcome to come dance and/or just listen to the fabulous music. Admission is $10, and includes refreshments.

Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, California 94952
Petaluma, California

Annual Petaluma Holiday Folk Dance with Da! Mozhem

December 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This 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 Da! Mozhem performing a great mix of Balkan and international music. With veterans of many well-loved groups, including the People’s International Silver String Macedonian Band, Westwind, the Slavonian Traveling Band, and Born to Drone, Da! Mozhem plays a lively and beautiful variety of folk dance music on traditional and modern instruments and sings lush multi-part harmonies.

Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, California 94956
Seattle, Washington

Balkan Night Northwest 2018!

March 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Balkan Night Northwest is a yearly festival featuring live music and participatory dancing from all over the Balkans. Enjoy traditional Croatian and Greek food, beer, wine, coffee, and more while the Kukeri romp!

Saint Demetrios Hall
2100 Boyer Ave. E
Seattle, Washington 98112
USA
Hopewell Junction, New York

IFC-NY '18 Dance Camp with Sonia Dion, Cristian Florescu & Maurits van Geel

May 11, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Special Guest Teachers:
Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu
Sonia & Cristian are well-loved for their enthusiasm, style, humor and high energy. Some of their most popular dances include Made In Romania, Dana, Opinca, Te Aven Baxtale, Incalcita, Chef and Ina Ina. They present their dances clearly and it's always fun to be with them.

Maurits van Geel
Maurits, from The Netherlands, teaches dances from the Balkans, Western Europe and the Caucasus. He travels extensively for dance research: India, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, France, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and most recently, Iran! His dances, such as Syrtòs Kitrinou, Nazeli Bar and Tou Paradeisou Lemonia (aka "Lemons in Paradise"), are very popular on both coasts.

And Moshe Eskayo!

All details - reservation forms, including multiple discounts opportunities(!) - on our website

We hope you will join us for a wonderful weekend.
Joan Hantman
Murray & Randi Spiegel

Circle Lodge on scenic Sylvan Lake
Hopewell Junction, New York 12533
USA
Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgarian Singing Tour 2018 - Veliko Tarnovo region

June 22, 2018 – June 30, 2018

Experience the living traditions and folklore of Bulgaria

9 days, 8 nights full package singing tour in Bulgaria
7 x 3 hours workshops, concerts, "meet the group", festival visit, excursions/nature hiking, party
For open registration or for existing choirs / vocal groups, Beginning to Intermediate level.
Minimum 20, maximum 40 participants, All in price land package: € 695 ($ 815)

Your teacher: Georgi Petrov (Kotel music school with profile Gaida and Music Academy in Plovdiv with speciality “teacher for folk songs and folk instruments” and “conductor for folk choirs and orchestra's” Now Artistic Director of ensemble "Sider Vojvoda" and artistic leader/conductor of the female choir “Rosna Kitka”. Georgi will be assisted by members of his choirs (for each voice group one).

Hotel "Momina Krepost" in Ksilifor; the green heart of Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgarian Dance Tour 2018 - Veliko Tarnovo region

July 20, 2018 – July 28, 2018

Experience the living traditions and folklore of Bulgaria

9 days, 8 nights full package dance tour in Bulgaria
7 x 3 hours workshops, concerts, "meet the group", festival visit, excursions/nature hiking, party
For open registration or for existing dance groups /ensembles, level adapted to participants.
Minimum 20, maximum 40 participants, All in price land package: € 695 ($815)

Your teacher: Petar Petarchev, choreographer of ensemble “Sider Vojvoda” and dance teacher of club na horoto "Balkanika". Petar will be assisted by members of his dance groups. With live and recorded music. Both authentic village dances as dances that are now popular among Bulgarian folk dancers. Attention to the different Bulgarian regional dance styles and improvisation.

Hotel "Momina Krepost" in Ksilifor; the green heart of Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgarian Singing Tour 2018 - Veliko Tarnovo region

August 3, 2018 – August 11, 2018

Experience the living traditions and folklore of Bulgaria

9 days, 8 nights full package singing tour in Bulgaria
7 x 3 hours workshops, concerts, "meet the group", festival visit, excursions/nature hiking, party
For open registration or for existing choirs / vocal groups, Intermediate to advanced level.
Minimum 20, maximum 40 participants, All in price land package: € 695 ($815)

Your teacher: Georgi Petrov (Kotel music school with profile Gaida and Music Academy in Plovdiv with speciality “teacher for folk songs and folk instruments” and “conductor for folk choirs and orchestra's” Now Artistic Director of ensemble "Sider Vojvoda" and artistic leader/conductor of the female choir “Rosna Kitka”. Georgi will be assisted by members of his choirs (for each voice group one).

Hotel "Momina Krepost" in Ksilifor; the green heart of Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgarian Dance Tour 2018 - Veliko Tarnovo region

August 18, 2018 – August 26, 2018

Experience the living traditions and folklore of Bulgaria

9 days, 8 nights full package dance tour in Bulgaria
7 x 3 hours workshops, concerts, "meet the group", festival visit, excursions/nature hiking, party
For open registration or for existing dance groups /ensembles, level adapted to participants.
Minimum 20, maximum 40 participants, All in price land package: € 695 ($ 815)

Your teacher: Petar Petarchev, choreographer of ensemble “Sider Vojvoda” and dance teacher of club na horoto "Balkanika". Petar will be assisted by members of his dance groups. With live and recorded music. Both authentic village dances as dances that are now popular among Bulgarian folk dancers. Attention to the different Bulgarian regional dance styles and improvisation.

Hotel "Momina Krepost" in Ksilifor; the green heart of Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgarian Singing Tour 2018 - Veliko Tarnovo region

September 14, 2018 – September 22, 2018

Experience the living traditions and folklore of Bulgaria

9 days, 8 nights full package singing tour in Bulgaria
7 x 3 hours workshops, concerts, "meet the group", festival visit, excursions/nature hiking, party
For open registration or for existing choirs / vocal groups, Intermediate to advanced level.
Minimum 20, maximum 40 participants, All in price land package: € 695 ($815)

Your teacher: Georgi Petrov (Kotel music school with profile Gaida and Music Academy in Plovdiv with speciality “teacher for folk songs and folk instruments” and “conductor for folk choirs and orchestra's” Now Artistic Director of ensemble "Sider Vojvoda" and artistic leader/conductor of the female choir “Rosna Kitka”. Georgi will be assisted by members of his choirs (for each voice group one).

Hotel "Momina Krepost" in Ksilifor; the green heart of Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgarian Dance Tour 2018 - Veliko Tarnovo region

October 19, 2018 – October 27, 2018

Experience the living traditions and folklore of Bulgaria

9 days, 8 nights full package dance tour in Bulgaria
7 x 3 hours workshops, concerts, "meet the group", festival visit, excursions/nature hiking, party
For open registration or for existing dance groups /ensembles, level adapted to participants.
Minimum 20, maximum 40 participants, All in price land package: € 695 ($815)

Your teacher: Petar Petarchev, choreographer of ensemble “Sider Vojvoda” and dance teacher of club na horoto "Balkanika". Petar will be assisted by members of his dance groups. With live and recorded music. Both authentic village dances as dances that are now popular among Bulgarian folk dancers. Attention to the different Bulgarian regional dance styles and improvisation.

Hotel "Momina Krepost" in Ksilifor; the green heart of Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo
Bulgaria