Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps. Follow the links below to read all about the 2024 workshops!

June 15-22, 2024
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August 10-17, 2024
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EEFC Online Workshops

In keeping with the virtual demands of our modern times, EEFC is excited to sponsor a changing selection of live online class series, taught by our beloved workshop teachers, as well as one-off special events and movie screenings. All classes and events are held on Zoom and require one-time pre-registration. Zoom meeting information will be provided to registrants before each class (see FAQs below).

Unless otherwise noted, each 4-week course costs $50, or $15 per class. We also offer low-income tuition choices as well as a Pay It Forward option in case you have the means to throw in a little extra to keep our online programs thriving. See each series’ registration form for details.

Not the right time to join a class? Consider a donation of any size to EEFC to help keep our programs running. Thank you!

 

February 2024

Macedonian Kaval Ornamentation with David Bilides

Ornamentation is an essential component of the soul of Macedonian folk music. This class will investigate ornamentation in the music of the Macedonian kaval. One goal is to give participants an “ornaments toolbox” to use in their own playing by examining and learning up to 5 pieces of music for the Macedonian kaval. Another goal is to have participants begin to experience their playing sounding “more Macedonian,” and what differentiates that from other styles of kaval playing in the larger region.

Mondays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2024 — 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 Mountain, 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern

Register here, at least 2 hours before the first class time. We offer a sliding-scale set of fees. See the registration form for full info.

 

Balkan Rhythms for Doumbek: Becoming a Rhythm-ist with Polly Tapia Ferber

This series will focus on how skill levels, intentional listening, and practice exercises can propel a personal approach to playing the complex/asymmetrical rhythms common in Balkan music. We’ll experiment with various techniques and exercises to achieve comfort and depth in your experience of being a rhythm-ist. Through musical examples that highlight this exciting interpretation, we will go on the ride and enjoy the groove!

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2024 — 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 Mountain, 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern

Register here, at least 2 hours before the first class time. We offer a sliding-scale set of fees. See the registration form for full info.

 

Bulgarian Dance with Konstantin “Kotse” Marinov

Kotse will present traditional Bulgarian folk dances for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers from six ethnographic regions of Bulgaria: Thrace, Shopluka, Dobruja, Severnyashka, Rhodope and Pirinska. Each week we will learn a few dances that we will repeat in the next class. The final class will include a review of all material learned during the course. We will provide access to music recordings for each dance on the class resource page soon after each session. Kotse will present his classes from the Little Bulgaria Center in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2024 — 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 Mountain, 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern

Register here, at least 2 hours before the first class time. We offer a sliding-scale set of fees. See the registration form for full info.

 

March 2024

Dancing Through Macedonia: An Immersive Experience with Filip Arilon

Join Filip direct from Veles for an exhilarating journey through the vibrant culture and rich dance heritage of Macedonia. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or new to the world of traditional dance, this class offers an immersive experience that celebrates the diversity of Macedonian folk dances. These classes are tailored to accommodate dancers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Led by an experienced instructor deeply rooted in Macedonian dance culture, each session will delve into the history, significance, and techniques of each dance.

Saturdays, March 2 and 9, 2024 — 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Pacific, 11:00 a.m. Mountain, noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern / March 16 and 23, 2024 — 11:00 – 12:15 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Eastern (note mid-course time change is due to U.S. Daylight Savings Time)

Register here, at least 2 hours before the first class time. We offer a sliding-scale set of fees. See the registration form for full info.

 

Macedonian Musical Dialects Through Clarinet and Saxophone with Stojan Stojanov

There is a crucial meaning in the distinction of musical dialects in Macedonian traditional music and the performance of different styles. We will become acquainted with different musical dialects and their ornamentation through four to five pieces from the 60’s and 70’s, as performed by clarinetist Tale Ognenovski; from the city style characterized by a la turka and a la franka, to the use of the saxophone in Eastern Macedonia. We will build each basic melody step by step, incorporating elements of ornamentation. This course, coming to you direct from Veles, will be adapted to beginner as well as advanced students.

Sundays, March 3 and 10, 2024 — 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Pacific, 11:00 a.m. Mountain, noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern / March 17 and 24, 2024 — 11:00 – 12:15 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Eastern (note mid-course time change is due to U.S. Daylight Savings Time)

Register here, at least 2 hours before the first class time. We offer a sliding-scale set of fees. See the registration form for full info.

 

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive the Zoom link?
To maintain cybersecurity, a new Zoom meeting number and password will be sent each week at least two hours before each class starts. Please begin to sign into the meeting no earlier than 15 minutes before our start time. A moderator will be available to assist you. If there is a sound/lighting check with the teacher in progress, please wait until we’re finished to unmute and begin your greetings and salutations!

 

How long are the classes?
Generally each class runs 75 minutes. Other events, such as lectures or movie screenings, may have different durations.
 

Will music and video be provided?
Each teacher has the option to make source materials available on password-protected pages. Password access to class materials pages will be provided in your registration confirmation and in the emails sent out at least two hours before each class. Password-protected links to streaming videos of each completed class will be provided to students separately via email.
 

What if I have to miss a class, or can only attend offline because of my schedule or time zone?
No problem! Links to streaming videos will be provided to registered students the day after each live class. All video links will be active for three months after the last class in the series.
 

I registered, and class is about to start, and I still haven’t gotten my Zoom link! Help!
Alas, sometimes our information emails end up in spam or junk folders. Please check there first, and if you still can’t find the email, contact the office and we’ll get you sorted out!