BalkanFest 2022

Mark your calendars — Dates and venues are set for our summer and fall weekend events, featuring classes and great live music dance parties!

East Coast:
August 5, 2022
Village Community School Sky Yard
West Village, Manhattan, NY

August 6, 2022
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Astoria, NY

West Coast:
September 9-10, 2022
Presidio Theatre Plaza
San Francisco, CA

Many more details to come. Stay tuned!


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Caroline Simmonds

Greek Dance

Caroline Simmonds is a Bay Area dancer and teacher of northern Greek dances, specializing in regions bordering other Balkan countries. After attending her first dance seminar in Prespes, Greece, 20 years ago (a life-altering experience), Caroline began traveling to Greece every year to dance with the local people at village festivals (panegiria) and attending traditional celebrations held throughout the year. From these experiences, she developed an appreciation of the cultural and social aspects of traditional dance and music in the everyday lives of local communities.

Caroline lived in Athens for four years where she had many opportunities to learn from regional specialists and to dance with local musicians in Greece. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2004, she has tried to “import” and share her experience by organizing workshops and evening parties in the U.S. with Yannis Konstantinou, a renowned dancer from Florina. In 2010, they conducted a tour with the Florina musicans, Makedonikos Ichos, which included music and dance workshops and parties in the Bay Area, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Caroline is also an enthusiastic supporter of U.S.-based Greek bands, arranging parties and events to promote them.

Class Description | Dances from Northern Greece

  • Beginners are welcome, and this class is accessible to non-dancer musicians.
  • Class repertoire will focus on similarities and differences between Greek and “cross-border” dances and styling; leading dances to live music, and first-dancer improvisations.
  • Schedule allowing, I’m available for additional instruction outside of class.
  • We will collaborate with musicians at camp, as schedules allow.
  • Line leaders are expected to rotate throughout class.
  • Class will focus on stylization.
  • The Student Concert/Student Ensemble Party is optional, and the class will decide wether we perform.