Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

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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.

 

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
Bellflower, California

Chris Bajmakovich at Narodni Folk Dancers on July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Narodni Folk Dancers present the talented and renowned Macedonian musician, Chris Bajmakovich, on Thursday, July 25. Chris will play the Balkan folk melodies that we all love and cherish. Dancing starts at 7:30. Free parking in lighted lot just south of the Woman's Club.

Woman's Club of Bellflower
9402 Oak St (at Clark)
Bellflower, California 90706
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
Plovdiv

An Esoteric Quest in Bulgaria: Crossroads of the Mysteries

August 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm – August 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Organized by the NY Open Center, this week long program explores the rich philosophical, archaeological, spiritual and cultural history of Bulgaria, and includes outstanding local and international presenters, workshops, afternoon touring, evening dance and music events, as well as optional visits to Sofia and "The Valley of the Thracian Kings" and extended travels into the Rhodope Mountains and Black Sea, and into Romania, visiting Transylvania, Maramures and Bucovina. We'd love for you to join us! A brochure is available online and by request at quest@opencenter.org.

The New York Open Center
Plovdiv
Bulgaria
Corbett, Oregon

Balkanalia (Portland, Oregon)

August 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm – September 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Three evenings of dance parties to live music; two days of dance and music classes; one amazing weekend with new and old friends. Families welcome!

This year's line-up includes bands Dromeno, Zabava International, and Kef; and dance classes by Michael Ginsburg and Dean Avdalas. Check out http://balkanalia.squarespace.org for more info and to register!

$365 for adult campers (after August 1: $380)
$185 for ages 6-17 (after August 1: $190)
Free for children under 6

Work exchange positions are available; contact dinatrageser@gmail.com

Camp Angelos
32149 SE Stevens Rd
Corbett, Oregon 97019
Manhattan, New York

Balkan Cafe Bulgarian Dance Party with Bulgarika 2019

September 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us at our next Balkan Cafe for an exuberant evening of dancing, singing, eating and drinking with the amazing Bulgarika Band 2019 on tour from Bulgaria!

Enjoy the fine dance floor and excellent traditional Bulgarian folk music
Cash bar and truly delicious Bulgarian food will be for sale by Ma Mma Mila

7pm - Food available and cash bar
8pm - Dance party begins with Bulgarika

Bulgarika 2019 is:
Donka Koleva - vocals
Nikolay Kolev - gadulka
Temelko Ivanov - kaval
Nikolay Kodzhabashev - tambura
Marin Chalamov - tupan

$18 advance purchase [no fee] / $20 admission at door

Subscribe to our Balkan Cafe FB Events page to find out the when and where our future events: https://www.facebook.com/BalkanCafeNYC/events

Hungarian House
213 E 82nd St
Manhattan, New York 10028
USA
Clinton, Maryland

Second Annual Balkan Chestnut Festival

October 12, 2019 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Wyoming Farm's chestnut harvest with Balkan music, local wine, and your local community at the Second Annual Balkan Chestnut Festival. Roasted chestnuts will be for sale with food trucks and local craft vendors on site. This year's headlining band is Zlatne Uste. They are the best and longest running Balkan brass band in the United States. They will be accompanied by other local traditional and ethnic performers including dance instruction. Tickets sold online are discounted at 15$/adult and 8$/child under 12.

Wyoming Farm, LLC is a young pick-your-own chestnut and pawpaw orchard at "Wyoming", a nationally registered historic place, in Clinton, Maryland. We offer historic tours of the land including the Marbury family who lived here and the Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison that made them famous.

Colin Dunphy
colin@wyoming.farm

Wyoming Farm
11530 Thrift Rd
Clinton, Maryland 20735
USA
Bruceville, Texas

Texas International Folk Dance Camp 2019

November 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm – December 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Texas Camp, held each Thanksgiving weekend, is one of the longest-running international folk dance camps in the U.S. Held at Greene Family Camp, a modern facility in the scenic hill country of Central Texas, Texas Camp offers a unique opportunity to join in a celebration of music and dance from all over the world in an informal and supportive atmosphere.

This year, the 72nd Texas Camp will feature Tineke & Maurits van Geel teaching Armenian and international dances, and Andy Taylor-Blenis teaching Mexican dances. We also offer singing classes, a family program with special activities for children ages 3-16, folklore presentations, hearty ethnic cuisine, a host of themed dance sessions, and incredible evening parties with live music. Musicians are always welcome at Texas Camp, and are encouraged to join our friendly camp band to perform at parties each evening.

We hope you will join us for a wonderful holiday experience full of dancing, feasting, fellowship, music, and fun! A limited number of full scholarships are available, and children 16 and younger attend free. Registration opens August 6.

Greene Family Camp
1192 Smith Ln.
Bruceville, Texas 76630
USA