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.

 

DeKalb, Illinois

June Camp

May 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm – June 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm

"June Camp" is an annual residential international folk dance weekend in the upper Midwest, which this year features Croatian dance with Željko Jergan, and will be held from Thursday evening, May 31, to Sunday noon, June 3, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
In addition to Željko's dance workshops and singing sessions, there are nightly dance parties with live music by members of the Pinewoods Band - Tom Pixton and friends. Another tradition of June Camp is the "Dance Exchange," where attendees can request, when they register, reviews of older dances that may have been forgotten. Zeljko, as well as local teachers will fulfill these requests in special workshop sessions.
Various registration options are available. Registration and payment may be done online at https://sites.google.com/site/junecampifd/. The late fee deadline for camp registration is May 10, and no registrations involving food or lodging can be taken after May 16. Check the website, or email junecampifd@gmail.com for more information.

Holmes Student Center
Northern Illinois University
340 Carroll Ave
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

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
Mendocino, California

Balkan Music & Dance Workshops - West Coast

June 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm – June 30, 2018 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! Our workshops are packed with classes all day (instrument, ensemble, dance, singing) and live-music dance parties all night. Families are welcome, as well as beginners with no previous experience. The workshops create a village feeling for a week each summer, and allow Balkan music and dance enthusiasts, young and old, to share ideas and experiences. Unforgettable fun for everyone. Join the circle.

Mendocino Woodlands
39350 Little Lake Rd
Mendocino, California 95460
USA
Skopje

Macedonian Traditional Music & Dance Seminar - Summer Camp Stefce Stojkovski - 2018 18. VII - 28. VII. 2018, Ohrid Lake - Republic of Macedonia

July 18, 2018 at 1:00 am – July 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Macedonian Traditional Music & Dance Seminar
Stefce Stojkovski - 2018
18. VII - 28. VII. 2018, Ohrid Lake - Republic of Macedonia

Stefce Stojkovski Seminar
Ferid Bajram 15 B
Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
Plovdiv

14th Annnual Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

July 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm – April 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

This Seminar, now in its 14th 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. The dance program features different groups of dancers and musicians throughout the week, teaching dances from their own villages/regions.

We are pleased to announce that registration prices have not increased this year!

On our website you will find details about the 2018 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.

We are continuing our special 15% discount for East European Folklife Center 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.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2 Todor Samodumov Str
Plovdiv
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
Rock Hill, New York

Balkan Music & Dance Workshops - East Coast

August 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm – August 11, 2018 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! Our workshops are packed with classes all day (instrument, ensemble, dance, singing) and live-music dance parties all night. Families are welcome, as well as beginners with no previous experience. The workshops create a village feeling for a week each summer, and allow Balkan music and dance enthusiasts, young and old, to share ideas and experiences. Unforgettable fun for everyone. Join the circle.

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