Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps, which we’re revving up again after the long pandemic drought. Please visit the pages below to whet your appetite for the 2023 workshops!

June 17-24, 2023
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August 5-12, 2023
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We award full and partial scholarships to our in-person workshops.
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Find out almost everything you always wanted to know about the EEFC’s in-person Balkan camps.


Our 2022-23 programs are supported in part by a generous grant from the California Arts Council.

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 during these challenging days. Thank you!


February 2023 Classes

Balkan Dance with Michael Ginsburg


Michael Ginsburg 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!

Fridays, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2023 — 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Mountain, 7:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m. 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.


Intermediate Doumbek: Listening to the Melody with Polly Tapia Ferber

This fascinating course will focus on a specific tune that utilizes multiple rhythms. The rhythms themselves are not necessarily difficult—it is how they lay out in the tune that creates the interplay between rhythm and melody. We will also learn some technique exercises and explore ways to embellish rhythms. Students will have access to a recording of the tune, a rhythm chart, and a syllabus of drum strokes.

Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2023 – 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Mountain, 7:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m. 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.


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. 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.

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. Video links will be active for three months after the last class in the series.