Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops
Virtual Camps 2021

Mark your calendars for Virtual Camps 2021! West Coast will be held June 25-27, 2021; and East Coast will run August 13-15, 2021. As last year, each camp will feature three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. Much more information to come.

Until registration is open for this summer’s weekend events, check out last year’s camp programs here: West Coast 2020 and East Coast 2020.


Scholarships

We award several full and partial scholarships to each workshop every year.
Apply for one.


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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).

For each class, please consider a free-will payment to EEFC (suggested $15 per class or $50 for 4 weeks unless otherwise noted). Please join us even if you can’t pay! If you’re experiencing financial hardship, we hope these events will give you respite from your worries and become a highlight in your week. Your presence is gift enough!

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!

 

April 2021 Classes:

Beginning Gadulka with Nikolay Kolev

Saturdays, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, and 4/24/2021 — 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
Join Nikolay for an in-depth exploration of his beautiful instrument. Classes are targeted to beginning students—no previous experience necessary. The first lessons will provide an introduction to the gadulka, its structure and historical evolution; followed by instruction on how to hold the instrument and make sounds on it. The third and fourth lessons will consist of technical exercises for the left hand and bow + wrist coordination to achieve the proper sound. Nikolay will consult with students on their instruments and will assist them in procuring one if needed. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Register here, one time only, as soon as possible so that you can contact Nikolay well before the course begins in April.

Class materials here. Password access will be provided to this page once you’re registered.

 

Bulgarian Singing with Donka Koleva

Mondays, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, and 4/26/2021 — 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Central Time.
Donka, a native of the Stara Zagora region of Thrace and a longtime teacher at the Balkan Music & Dance Workshops, will present a selection of songs from Bulgarian Thrace and the Rhodope Mountain region, with a particular emphasis on pronunciation and dialect. Open to all singer levels. See more information on the registration form.

Register here, one time only, at least 2 hours before your first class.

Class materials here. Password access will be provided to this page once you’re registered.

 

Turkish Dance with Ahmet Lüleci

Tuesdays, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, and 4/27/2021 — 8:00 – 9:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Choreographer, dance teacher, performer, and researcher of Anatolian culture Ahmet Lüleci will present a multi-regional survey of Turkish dance in his inimitable and energetically joyful style. Old and new material will be included, and special requests will be entertained! See more information on the registration form.

Register here, one time only, at least 2 hours before your first class.

Class materials here. Password access will be provided to this page once you’re registered.

 


 


 

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.