Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops 2022

Mark your calendars — Our in-person summer workshops are coming back!

West Coast:
Mendocino Woodlands, CA
June 18-25, 2022

East Coast:
Iroquois Springs, NY
August 6-13, 2022

Registration will open in early spring of 2022.


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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. All classes are held on Zoom and require one-time pre-registration. Zoom meeting information will be provided upon registration (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.

Check the EEFC event calendar for latest event information.

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

 

November 2021 Classes

EEFC Songbook Songs from Macedonia and Bulgaria, Series 2, with Corinna Škėma Snyder

Wednesdays, 11/3, 11/17, 11/24, and 12/1/21 – 8:00 – 9:15 p.m. Eastern Time
A second session by popular request! Always wanted to join the “southern” sing at camp but didn’t know the songs? Corinna will teach mostly Macedonian gems from the songbook that are popular, as well as those less well known: čalgija/city songs, songs from Pirin and the Aegean, and more.

This second series will cover material not taught in the October 2021 class, and all singers, including new and last session’s students, are welcome! See more information on the registration form.

PLEASE NOTE that, because of an unavoidable conflict, we have canceled the 11/10 class and moved the last class to 12/1.

Register here, one time only, at least 2 hours before your first class. Access to class materials will be made available to you upon registration.

 

Greek Dance with Joe Kaloyanidis Graziosi

Fridays, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19/21 – 8:00 – 9:15 p.m. Eastern Time; Last class Friday 12/3/21 – 8:30 – 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time
Each class in this series will highlight one dance of the type that lends itself to a lot of individual step variations and embellishments for the non-leader dancer but also with a look at typical leader improvisations. The four dances examined will be chosen at the teacher’s discretion, and may include: Puscheno (slow and fast) from Florina, Macedonia; Hasaposerviko from the older Constantinople and laiko traditions; Syrtos/Haniotikos from Crete; Syrtos from Naxos; basic 10-count and 12-count Tsamiko of the southern mainland; Ikariotikos of Ikaria; or, Zeibekiko of the more contemporary “kofto” rhythm. The class will also include time to view video clips of locals dancing in mostly non-stage performance environments to get a better idea of the parameters of style and form. Dancers of all levels are welcome! See more information on the registration form.

PLEASE NOTE that, because of holiday conflicts, we have canceled the 11/26 class and moved the last class to 12/3, with a start time of 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

Register here, one time only, at least 2 hours before your first class. Access to class materials will be made available to you upon registration.

 

Tapan with Matt Moran

Mondays, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29/21 – 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Eastern Time
In our second series led by the versatile percussionist Matt Moran, we will focus on contemporary tapan/tŭpan practices in Macedonia and Bulgaria, using video examples, transcriptions, and aural skills to understand the drumming patterns and how they serve the music and dance. We will explore contemporary drumming for zurli as a way to expand technique and rhythmic vocabulary. Other drums are welcome, but the class assumes some experience playing your instrument. See more information on the registration form.

Register here, one time only, at least 2 hours before your first class. Access to class materials will be made available to you upon registration.

 

Greek Singing with Christos Govetas

Tuesdays, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30 – 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Pacific Time
Christos presents a thorough and loving examination of songs from Epirus, Thessaly, and Macedonia. Audio samples as well as song lyrics in Greek with full translations and transliterations will be provided. This class is targeted to intermediate-level singers. See more information on the registration form.

Register here, one time only, at least 2 hours before your first class. Access to class materials will be made available to you upon registration.

 

December 2021 Classes

Holding the Light: Winter Carols with Lily Storm

Sundays, 12/5 and 12/12/21 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time
In this special two-class course, Lily will present two of her all-time favorite winter folk carols, one from Bulgaria and one from the Czech Republic. Both carols celebrate a miracle of nature in the depths of winter, and each makes a satisfying solo, or can accommodate simple harmonies. All levels welcome. Lyric sheets, translations, and notation will be provided.

Register here, one time only, at least 2 hours before your first class. Access to class materials will be made available to you upon registration.

 

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 about two hours before each class starts. Please begin to sign into the meeting 15 minutes before our start time. Volunteers 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!

 

Do I need a Facebook account to participate?
No, all classes are conducted via Zoom, and essential information will always be sent out via email.
 

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 two hours before each class. Password-protected links to streaming videos of each completed class will be provided to students separately via email.