Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops
Virtual Camp

While we regret the cancelation of both our Mendocino and Iroquois Springs workshops due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to have presented our first-ever, completely online Virtual Camps, each with three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. Virtual Camp West Coast (July 17-19, 2020) was a great success, with 350 people registered. Our East Coast Virtual Camp (August 14-16) is now complete, with over 380 attendees!

Registration is now closed for both camps. Stay tuned for more EEFC-sponsored virtual events & classes!


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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.