Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps.

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.

 

Claremont, California

Statewide Folk Dance Festival 2019

May 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm – June 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

2019 Statewide Folk Dance Festival: Folk Dance weekend with Petur Iliev, Mihai David, Sevi Bayraktar, Israel Yakovee, and Cesar Garfiaz. Edmunds Ballroom at Pomona College. Hotel is Doubletree Hilton with festival room rates of $139.00 + tax per night. web site page is http://socalfolkdance.org/statewide.htm

Edmunds Ballroom at Pomona College
170 E. 6th St.
Claremont, California 91711
USA
Karavelovo, Plovdiv

Rose Valley Workshop & Party

June 4, 2019 – June 12, 2019

Take daily workshops in:
Bulgarian Dance - multiple teachers
Bulgarian Singing
Traditional Instruments*

in the village of Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Traditional folk dance with professional dance teachers
Plus a variety of dancers representing their village dances
Live music at evening parties
Music by Bulgarika, Kabilé, Kamen Mollov and more...

June 4-12, 2019

Classes in traditional folk instruments including:
Gaida, Gadulka, Kaval, Tambura, Tupan, Bitov ensemble, Accordion
*All types of instruments may be borrowed. Please enquire.

Lodging & local traditional food are included

Hosted by Nikolay Kolev and Donka Koleva in the village where Nikolay grew up. Stay in the village and take daily workshops in: Bulgarian dance, singing and traditional folk instruments

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
34 Lenin St
Karavelovo, Plovdiv
Bulgaria
Dimitrovgrad

On Stage Together: A Bulgarian Folk Dance Workshop ​With Ensemble Zvezditza

June 5, 2019 – June 14, 2019

On Stage Together is a workshop in Bulgarian folk dances, hora, and traditional crafts organized by Ensemble Zvezditza and held in the beautiful city of Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria. You are cordially invited to join!

Come learn Bulgarian folk dance pieces by prominent choreographers! Perform in full traditional costume on stage together with Ensemble Zvezditza during the International Folk Dance Festival. At the end, keep the traditional shirt you performed in as a special gift! Take part in the town wide Celebration of the Horo. Take traditional crafts classes by local crafts masters. And so much more! Learn more about it on our website.

On Stage Together with Ensemble Zvezditza
Dimitrovgrad
Bulgaria
Berkeley, California

Pre-Balkan Camp Show ft. Fanfare Zambaleta + Melez Band

June 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Local Balkan Brass favorite Fanfare Zambaleta is thrilled to host the exciting new Melez Band from the Pacific Northwest in a celebration of the younger generation of the American Balkan scene.

$12 advance/$12-15 sliding scale at the door

Melez Band is a four-piece, Seattle-based band that plays Macedonian style Roma Pop.

Eleni Govetas - Saxophone
Benji Rifati - Trumpet
Mik Bewsky - Electric Guitar
Bobby Govetas - Goč (Drum)

Fanfare Zambaleta is a Balkan-style brass band that takes inspiration and influences from the Romani, Serbian, Macedonian, Greek, and Bulgarian cultures, and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, California 94705
Mendocino, California

Balkan Camp 2019: Mendocino, CA

June 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm – June 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Are you ready for an unforgettable, Balkan-infused weekend in the woods? Grab a sleeping bag, put on your dancing shoes, and don't forget your instrument!

The Mendocino 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.

Mendocino Woodlands
39350 Little Lake Rd.
Mendocino, California 95460
Berkeley, California

Post-Mendocino Camp party at Ashkenaz, Edessa & friends with Alex Markovic!

June 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Welcoming the inimitable Alex Markovic for the first time teaching dance at Ashkenaz! Followed by a dance party featuring local favorite Édessa, with guest musicians. Come continue the party one last day... or come party if you missed camp this year!

Dance workshop with Alex Markovic: 3-5 pm
Dance party with Édessa and friends: 6-8 p.m.

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