Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

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June 20-27, 2020
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August 8-15, 2020
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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.

 

Manhattan, New York

Balkan Cafe Bulgarian Dance Party with Bulgarika 2019

November 16, 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 phenominal Bulgarika band 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
7:15pm - Bulgarian Dance workshop with Michael Ginsburg
8pm - Dance party begins with Bulgarika Band

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

$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
US
Belmont, Massachusetts

Balkan Dance Party Extravaganza

November 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Balkan dance party featuring 4 bands: Balkan Fields, Gogofski, Divi Zheni, and Zornitsa; and a dance performance by Mladost youth group. Great food, featuring Bulgarian specialities by members of Divi Zheni. Please join us for a wonderful music and dance event!

Payson Park Church
365 Belmont St.
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478
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
Seattle, Washington

Winter concert with Dunava and Dave & the Dalmatians

November 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm – October 30, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Dunava and Dave & the Dalmatians present a concert of seasonal songs from southern and eastern Europe. The program will feature lush harmonies and strident dissonance, dance tunes and mournful ballads. Some songs are hundreds of years old and have been passed on through oral tradition, while others are recent compositions in the unique style of specific regions. The lyrics celebrate home, family, and love, and also lament hardship and loss. The expressive music speaks for itself and communicates with listeners all over the world across language boundaries.

Dunava ("the Danube") is Seattle's premier Balkan women's choir, made up of singers with broad musical and performance experience and a passion for intricate harmonies and varying vocal technique. Dunava is dedicated to studying and performing traditional folk songs from Eastern Europe with respect and authenticity, and introducing audiences to these beautiful vocal traditions and songs.

Celebrating their 25th year, Dave and the Dalmatians sing multi-part a cappella songs from the Balkans (principally, the Dalmatian coast of Croatia), various Mediterranean islands, Italy, Wales, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia. They have released three CDs and are recording a fourth.

Phinney Center Concert Hall
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103
Petaluma, California

Folk Dance Party with Orchestra Euphonos

December 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The party will feature dancing to old and new recorded favorites, followed by Orchestra Euphonos performing a great mix of Romanian, Israeli, and Balkan music. Orchestra Euphonos is a Bay Area-based Eastern European folk and klezmer band. Their uplifting sound is characterized by a brass and woodwind melodic front line. Orchestra Euphonos performs songs and melodies from old world Bessarabia and the Balkans. Their performances are joyous occasions filled with wild takes on old favorites, group improvisations, and lots of dancing.

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

Veselo Festival 2020 - Eugene, OR

January 26, 2020 at 9:30 am – January 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Veselo Festival 2020 will feature Steve Kotansky with workshops on Sat morning and Sat afternoon. The Sat evening party is with RTW from Seattle, WA. There will be a culture session on Sunday morning followed by munchies and a review session. Check out our website at: Veselofolkdancers.org

Veselo Festival 2020
1626 Willamette St.
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Kissimmee, Florida

Florida Folk Dance Winter Workshop, Kissimmee (Orlando area), Florida

January 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm – February 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Tineke and Maurits van Geel teaching international and Armenian dances with all request night parties.

Ramada Inn Gateway
7470 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (192)
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
Chicago, Illinois

Bulgarian Folk Festival "Verea"

April 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm – April 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

We present Bulgarian traditional music, songs and dances.
All groups dealing with Bulgarian folklore can participate!

For more information:
Konstantin Marinov - organizer, host, choreographer, musician and dancer
ph. 773-742-5158 - Koceto

Chicago, Illinois
Berlin

Greek dances with Petros Selkos and musicians - Berlin (Germany)

May 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm – May 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

A seminar of Northern Greek dances with Petros Selkos (Greek Macedonia) and musicians in Berlin. It's the fifth edition of dance seminars accompanied by live music organised by Balkanexpress Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQKT_dYNF6E&feature=youtu.be

Venue location to be announced
Berlin
Germany

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020

June 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm – June 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

Come stay in the village & take daily workshops in:

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

​​Lodging & local traditional food are included.

Hosted by Nikolay and Donka Kolev in the village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria.

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
Karavelovo
Bulgaria
Karavelovo

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020

July 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 11:00 am

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020
July 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 11:00 am
Come stay in the village & take daily workshops in:

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

​​Lodging & local traditional food are included.

Hosted by Nikolay and Donka Kolev in the village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria.

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
Karavelovo
Bulgaria
http://www.gadular.cm

Karavelovo
Bulgaria
Plovdiv

2020 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (immediately before Koprivshtitsa festival)

July 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2020 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Seminar ends the day before the Koprivshtitsa festival begins. Seminar attendees will have an option to travel to Koprivshtitsa on a bus provided by the Seminar. Details for this will be forthcoming once the 2020 Seminar program is finalized.

Most of the information on the current website describes the 2019 program. The instrumental & vocal music portions of the Seminar will be very similar to the 2019 program and the dance program will feature village dance teachers from various parts Bulgaria. We also have a great FAQ section with detailed information about getting to Plovdiv, accommodations, and much more.

This Seminar, now in its 16th 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.

We will be continuing our 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 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2 Todor Samodumov Str
Plovdiv
Bulgaria