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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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.

 

Princeton, New Jersey

All-Holiday Party!

December 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Princeton Friday Night Folk Dance's annual Folk Dance Party and Goods Exchange with live music by John Matulis. There will be a table for exchanging and/or purchasing folk-related items. Please bring finger foods and non-alcoholic drinks to share.

Suzanne Patterson Center
45 Stockton Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
USA
Berkeley, California

New Year's Eve with Édessa, Dromeno and the Fetatones!

December 31, 2017 at 9:00 pm – January 1, 2018 at 3:00 am

One of the Bay Area's local favorite dance band Édessa will be joined this year for the first time by that hot band out of Seattle- Dromeno! It is especially exciting that the famous cult party band, The Fetatones, will be revving up the party as well - not to be missed!

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, California 94702
Brooklyn, New York

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival

January 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm – January 14, 2018 at 2:00 am

Golden Festival has been called a once-in-a-lifetime experience that happens every year. Crowds join hands and dance, shop for folk arts, nibble feta, sausage, and desserts, and share midwinter cheer. It’s a pop-up community where young and old, the folklorist, music professional and party animal come together in two nights of joy. Anchored in Balkan traditions (roughly Romania to Greece, Croatia to Turkey), and venturing generously beyond, the programming spans the ancient and the experimental, the oud and the synthesizer.

Grand Prospect Hall
263 Prospect Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Deerfield Beach, Florida

Tamburitza Lessons and Kolo Lessons in Deerfield Beach, Florida

January 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm – January 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

We are forming a Tamburitza orchestra and kolo group in south Florida. This will be the only group of its kind in Florida and the only group in existence in the southeastern United States. Tamburitza music pronounced Tahm-boo-ree-tsa, is the name for the family of stringed folk instruments native to Croatia. While native to Croatia, the Tamburitza is also the common folk instrument throughout Vojvodina, parts of Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Kolo is danced primarily by people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and White Carniola region of Slovenia. Many variations of Kolo dances are normally performed at weddings, social, cultural, and religious ceremonies. Kolos may be performed in a closed circle, a single chain or in two parallel lines. Both men and women dance together, however some dances require only men to dance and some dances are only for women. The Kolo dance is accompanied by traditional instrumental music (bearing the same name), performed most often with an accordion, but also with other instruments: frula (traditional kind of a recorder) and tamburitza instruments.
We are forming a Junior group for children and young people in the age range of 7 to 21 and an adult group for people 18 and over. You are never too old to enjoy the dancing and playing. We have had members up to 92 old young. The groups will learn to play, dance and sing the songs of the regions. No musical training is necessary since we will teach everyone who wants to join how to read music and then play it on the various tamburitza instruments. The dance groups will be taught various types of dances from the regions to accompany the orchestra. Everyone will be taught to sing the songs of the regions with classes on pronunciation and meanings of the words.

Croatian American Cultural Center
849 SE 8th Ave
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441
Batavia, Illinois

Romanian workshop with Christian Florescu and Sonia Dion

January 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Kuhn Village Barn
Sauk Blvd., Fermilab
Batavia, Illinois 60174
USA
Halifax, Nova Scotia

F.A.N.S. Annual Winter Party

February 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Pot luck supper, some live music, dancing for all until around 9:00, followed by requests. Bring food for 8.

All Nations Church
2535 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3N1
Canada
Eugene, Oregon

Veselo Festival 2018

February 3, 2018 at 9:00 am – February 4, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Veselo Community Folk Dancers present our festival and workshop with Tineke VanGeel and Maurits VanGeel, Saturday workshops and evening party with live music by Chubritza and Mark Levy. Plus snacks! Sunday culture hour and dance review with snacks.

Check out our web site: Veselofolkdancers.org.

Veteran's Memorial Association
1626 Willamette St.
Eugene, Oregon 97478
USA
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
Concord, Massachusetts

Balkan Music Night

March 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm – March 18, 2018 at 1:00 am

Balkan Music Night is a vibrant celebration of the rich musical traditions of the Balkans, and an immersive experience in music, dance, culture, and community. Since 1986, several hundred Balkan enthusiasts of all backgrounds have gathered annually in the Boston area to revel in the exciting rhythms and soulful melodies of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Albania, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, and more. Whether you prefer to dance all night in the dance hall or enjoy gorgeous melodies in the kafana, join us for a wonderful night!

51 Walden
51 Walden Street
Concord, Massachusetts 01742
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Spring Workshop

April 21, 2018 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Morning session, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM, beginner/intermediate. Afternoon session, 2:30-5:00 PM, intermediate/advanced, with a restaurant dinner with Yves later in the evening. Cost: $20/session.

All Nations Christian Reformed Church
2535 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 4N9
Canada
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

Rose Valley Workshop & Party

June 12, 2018 – June 20, 2018

Come stay in the village of Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria & take daily workshops in:
Bulgarian Dance
Bulgarian Singing
Traditional Instruments*
*All types of instruments may be borrowed. Please enquire.

Traditional folk dance with a professional dance teacher.
Plus a variety of dancers representing their village dances.
Dance classes facilitated by Michael Ginsburg.
Live music at evening parties. Jam sessions.
Music by Kabile', Bulgarika, Cherven Traktor and more...

June 12-20, 2018

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

Lodging & local traditional food are included

Hosted by Nikolay Kolev and Donka Koleva in the village where Nikolay grew up.

Karavelovo, Plovdiv region
Bulgaria
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