Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops
Virtual Camp

While we regret the cancellation of both our Mendocino and Iroquois Springs workshops due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to offer our first-ever, completely online Virtual Camp.

Registration is now open for Virtual Camp on July 17-19, 2020 for three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. This camp is geared toward the West Coast and runs on Pacific Time.

Save the date for August 14-16, 2020 for an East Coast Virtual Camp edition


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Rena Karyofyllidou

Greek Dance

Eirini “Rena” Karyofyllidou is a dancer and teacher of traditional Greek Macedonian and Thracian dances. She was born in the village of Kavallari, near Thessaloniki, Greece, in a family that originated in both Greek Macedonia and Eastern Thrace. She has been teaching Greek dances since 1985, has participated in hundreds of dance events in Greece and abroad, and has taught for a dozen dance groups in Greece.

Rena learned dancing as a child from her family and fellow villagers. As a teenager she was a member of the local Kavallari dance ensemble and was active in many dance organizations in Thessaloniki. There she received her degree from the Aristotle University in Physical Education with a specialization in traditional Greek dances. She was a member of and instructor for the “G.K. Fotiadis” dance ensemble for over 20 years, and currently dances for the Thessaloniki-based “Kyklos” ensemble.

Class Description | Greek Macedonian & Thracian Dance

  • This class will be a low-intermediate level. Beginners are welcome. Dances will range from very simple to more complex (in terms of step patterns, additive meters, etc.), and the class pace will adjust to the average abilities and learning speed of the majority of participants.
  • Our repertoire will include a regional survey of central Macedonian and Thracian dances.
  • We will discuss strategies for learning new dances and
    line leaders are expected to rotate throughout class.

  • This class is accessible to non-dancer musicians.
  • Schedule allowing, I’m available for additional instruction outside of class.