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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Scholarships

We award full and partial scholarships to our in-person workshops.
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Kids at Camp!

Our in-person workshops are a great experience for families. Get the scoop to ensure everyone has a blast!


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Partners

The EEFC is proud to partner with sister organizations, including the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar.

Benji Rifati

Brass Band

Benji Rifati is an American-Rom who has spent years studying trumpet from Romani masters of Eastern Europe. His teachers include legends such as Zahir Ramadanov and Demiran Ćerimović, as well as contemporary masters, namely Džambo Agušev. He and his bandmate, Eleni Govetas, visited Šutka, Macedonia, three years in a row starting in 2015, where they immersed themselves in the style and culture of Romani brass wedding bands. There they were given the opportunity to lead processions accompanied by the local bands. Benji now plays in two Romani-style bands in Seattle, Washington: The Minor9, a full Romani brass band, and Melez Band, a contemporary Romani wedding-style four-piece. Through these projects he hopes to spread the intricate artistry of Romani brass music throughout the States and beyond, while educating American/non-Balkan populations on Romani culture, history, and traditions.