BalkanFest 2022

Join us—in person—for our summer and fall weekend events, featuring classes and great live music dance parties. Registration is now open for our New York weekend!

East Coast

August 5, 2022
Village Community School SkyYard
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

West Coast registration coming soon, stay tuned!


Get the FAQs

Find out almost everything you always wanted to know about the EEFC’s in-person Balkan camps.


We award full and partial scholarships to our in-person workshops.
Find out more


Kids at Camp!

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

join-the-circle |

Join the circle.
Make a contribution.

Since the beginning the East European Folklife Center has depended on you—our big-hearted community!


Stay in Touch

There are several ways to stay connected to the EEFC throughout the year. Subscribe to our email Newsletter for monthly updates. Join the discussion list (an active email group with searchable archives since 1993). Send us a message.


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

Frank Garcia and Julie Orth

Children's Activities

Frank Garcia has taught dance to elementary and high-school students since 1994 and implemented dance programs at both McKinleyville High School and Sunset Elementary School of the Arts in Humboldt County, CA, as well as Sonora High School in Tuolumne County. He began teaching the kids program at Mendocino Balkan Camp in 2004.

Julie started folk dancing at the age of seven, and it became a lifelong love. She has been teaching in both public and private schools since 2002. Currently, she teaches at Sierra Waldorf School in Jamestown, CA, where, in addition to academic subjects, she teaches folk dancing, art, crafts, games, and music to her students. Julie joined Frank in teaching the kids program at Mendocino in 2010.

Both Frank and Julie danced with the Humboldt Folk Dancers, Ballet Folklórico de Humboldt and the New World Youth Ballet. Frank practices other dance forms, including break dancing, hip hop, modern, ballet, salsa and swing. They have also taught international dance at Columbia College in Sonora, CA, where they live.

Class Description | Children’s Activities

  • Class time will include dance, music, arts, crafts, and outdoor activities.
  • All students will be driven, depending on the ages, interests, and abilities of participants.
  • We will not perform at the Student Concert/Student Ensemble Party.