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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Jessica Ruiz


Initially trained as a classical clarinetist, Jessica Ruiz has been playing world music for more than 15 years. Now based in Detroit, she was previously an active member of the Los Angeles klezmer and Balkan music communities, and has performed at bars and bar mitzvahs throughout the United States with bands including The Shpil, the Petrojvic Blasting Company, and Novi Maleshevski Zurli.

While on a fortuitous trip to Berovo, Macedonia, she was inspired to begin studying the zurla with Milo Destanovski. They have performed together at the Pece Atanasovski Festival in Prilep, Macedonia, as well as at San Francisco’s Kolo Festival, Chicago’s Spring Festival, Zlatne Uste’s Golden Festival in New York, and the East European Folklife Center’s East and West Coast workshops. In the summer of 2012, Jessica became the first woman ever to perform on zurla with Macedonia’s national folk ensemble, Tanec. Jessica lives in Detroit, Michigan.

Class Description | Zurla

  • Students of all levels are welcome, the classes are designed to accommodate beginners and more advanced players.
  • Repertoire is tailored to the skill level of the students in attendance and includes Macedonian and/or Romani melodies.
  • Students will learn about reeds and instrument care.
  • We will perform outdoors at the lamb roast before the student ensemble night on Saturday.