Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps.

June 23 – 30, 2018
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August 4 – 11, 2018
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Partners

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

Michael Ginsburg

Brass Band, Balkan Dance

Michael has been director and lead trumpet player of Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band since 1983. He accompanied ZU to brass festivals in Guča, Serbia, three times between 1987 and 1990, as well as in 2003 and 2005, where he and ZU were able to play and party with local brass bands and experience the music in its natural setting.

Michael and Zlatne Uste worked with Ekrem Sajdić and Zlatni Prsti brass band in 2003, and in 2005 with Vranjski Biseri, both in Vranjska Banja, Serbia. Michael performed in the summer of 2010 with Zlatne Uste at the first competition of international bands at the Sabor Trubača in Guča, Serbia, representing the United States.

For many years, Michael has been interested in Balkan music and dances, especially Macedonian and Serbian. He is an expert in the complicated rhythms of Balkan music and has made several research trips to Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia, and studied in Macedonia with Pece Atanasovski, with whom he made research tours of the country. Michael has been on the teaching staff of the Macedonian Pearl seminar in Berovo, Macedonia.

Michael lives in Yonkers, NY.

Website: Zlatne Uste

Class Description | Beginning Balkan Dance

  • Beginners are welcome. This class is accessible to non-dancer musicians.
  • We will not perform at the Student Concert/Student Ensemble Party.
  • We will collaborate with available musicians.
  • Our focus will be on learning new dances. Repertoire will include dances of Macedonia, Serbia, Northern Greece.
  • Line leaders are expected to rotate throughout class.

Class Description | Balkan Dance for Musicians

  • Beginners are welcome. This class is accessible to non-dancer musicians.
  • We will discuss strategies for learning new dances and learning dances “real time” at parties.
  • We will not perform at the Student Concert/Student Ensemble Party.
  • We will collaborate with available musicians.
  • This class will focus on the various Balkan dances that are likely to be played at dance parties.
  • Class will discuss stylization.
  • Line leaders are expected to rotate throughout class.