Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 workshops have been canceled. Please visit the pages below to whet your appetite for the 2021 workshops!

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

 

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The Idiot and the Tsimbl

May 25, 2020 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The tsimbl (trapeziform hammered dulcimer) formed the sonic backbone of many klezmer ensembles as early as the 16th Century, and was ubiquitous enough to have generated the Ashkenazi family name “Zimbalist.” It generated reams of engraved icons with Jews, Gypsies, cherubs, skeletons, tramps and thieves and even led to the emergence of the xylophone in the classical orchestra via the mysterious "Wood and Straw" man. The lore surrounding the instrument is full of references to the wandering Jew and the instrument itself has alternated as a symbol of both poverty and wealth, Jew and Gentile alike. Join Josh in a colorful lecture to find out why Poles still say, "Ty cymbały!" (you idiot) and what caused an instrument so common for hundreds of years to fall from grace and almost disappear from modern consciousness.

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4-Week Balkan Dance Series w/ Michael Ginsburg

May 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm – June 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm

Need help remembering what day it is? Well, we've got something for you to look forward to, because starting Thursday 5/21, you've got 4 weeks of online folk dance dates with Michael Ginsburg!

Michael has an incredible gift for making folk dance accessible to all. He specializes in getting beginners up to speed and helping musicians transition from the stage to the dance floor in style. You'll learn how geography applies to dance, explore unfamiliar rhythms, and get the blood moving! Bring your pets, children, double-left footed significant others—all are welcome!

Pre-registration is required. Register here: https://forms.gle/Mn889t5WdTdoyNtG8

This event supports the EEFC's recovery from COVID-19 and has a suggested donation of $15 for a single class or $50 for all 4 classes. Donations can be made at https://eefc.org/join-the-circle/covid-19, or send your donation via Paypal to office@eefc.org.

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Timisoara

2020 Banatfolk - Romanian Folk Dance Seminar

July 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm – July 17, 2020

A unique opportunity to visit the idyllic sights of Romania!
Come and join us to celebrate a ten day stay of authentic Romanian culture and tradition in Banat, Timisoara, also known as the City of Roses and visit several places in Banat.

The program of this workshop includes the teaching of folk dances from Banat and from Romania (Oltenia, Muntenia, Dobrogea, Moldova and Transylvania).

Dance teachers:
- Marius Ursu, artistic director and master choreographer of the folk ensemble “Doina Timisului”. Marius teaches Romanian folklore dances to amateur and professional folk ensembles, in courses and various workshops. He has participated to workshops in countries like: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland, etc.
- master choreographers of the group will participate in “The Festival of Hearts”

From 8 until 12 of July, 2020 will be the 31st edition of the International Folk Festival “The Festival of Hearts" (with groups from 10 countries; and more than 20 professional and village folk groups from Romania.
Every evening in this period we will see performances of "The Festival of Hearts" at the Festival stage located in the Park of the Roses.

We have a surprise for you:
We will prepare a dance suite from Banat, which we will present at the closing show of "The Festival of Hearts”.

Timisoara
Romania
Skopje

Traditional Music & Dance Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI

July 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Macedonian Traditional Music & Dance Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI

Stefce Stojkovski
Ferid Bajram 15 B
Skopje 1000
Macedonia
Plovdiv

2020 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (CANCELED)

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

SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELED: We are very sorry to say that the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar has been cancelled for 2020 due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and all of the related uncertainties. We have left the 2020 program information intact, as we plan to resume in 2021 with a similar staff. (Posted March 22, 2020)

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
Karavelovo

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2021

June 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm – June 17, 2021 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 2021

July 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm – August 5, 2021 at 11:00 am

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2021
July 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm – August 5, 2021 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