yellow highlight = Ontario event
Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Balaklava Blues at The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East, Toronto, 8 pm. Tickets available through Eventbrite.com.
Roby Lokatos, Hungarian violinist at Koerner Hall playing Hungarian folk music, classical and jazz. Limited tickets available: rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/roby-lakatos.
BalkanTO Spring Concert, Sts. Cyril & Methody Hall, 237 Sackville St., Toronto, ON; featuring singer Ivan Dyakov and his daughter Ivanka Dyakov, dance performance by Golden Thrace, DJ and dancing to follow. Check Golden Thrace on Facebook for more information.
Spring Thaw Weekend, St. Barnabas Church, Toronto, ON; with callers Will Mentor, Kirsty Schut and music by Pete’s Posse, Mango Chaud Point. Website: Spring Thaw Weekend.
NEFFA Festival, Mansfield, MA; performances, dances, foods, crafts. Website: NEFFA Folk Festival.
DakhaBrahka (Kiev, Ukraine), Koerner Hall, 7:00 pm. Limited tickets available: rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/dakhabrakha.
Annual Twelve Dresses Dance, Adivi residence, 13620 Weston Rd., King City, ON; Website: Toronto English Country Dance.
Syracuse International Folk Dancers present an evening workshop and concert with Plaiurile Dornelor Ensemble from Vatra Dornei, Romania; potluck dinner at 6:30. Website: sifd.kbhavens.com.
Manitoba International Folk Dance Association, Winnipeg, MB; workshop with Jaap Leegwater & Mea Nordenfelt (Bulgarian). Website: www.mifda.ca/home.
Workshop with Edwidge Munn, Folkdancers’ Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS; Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Fling! Fiddlefern Country Dancers, Owen Sound, ON; with caller Darlene Underwood and music from Schryer-O’Gorman Trio. Website: fiddlefern-monthly-dances.
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Toronto, ON; Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre. Website: flamencos.net.
Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, Peretz Centre, Vancouver, BC; Lee Otterholt (International), . Website: lyridsfolkdancefestival.org.
Oak Ridge Folk Dancers Spring Workshop, Square Dance Center, Knoxville, TN; with Michael Ginsburg (Balkan). Website: oakridgefolkdancers.org.
Turkwaz (Brenna MacCrimmon, Sophia Grigoriadis, Jayne Brown, Maryam Toller) at Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 1 pm. Free. Tickets available starting April 29. Website: rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/turkwaz.
BeLev Achad 2019, Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society, Vancouver, BC; in conjunction with JCCGV Children’s ‘Festival Ha’rikud’. Website: vancouverisraelidance.com.
IFDC Revival 2019, Hopewell Junction, NY; with Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Israel Yakovee (Yemenite) and Moshe Eskayo (Israeli)
Ontario Folk Dance Camp, Waterloo, ON; with Roberto Bagnoli (Israeli), Tara Bolker (English Country and Contra Dance). Website: Ontario Folk Dance Camp.
The Shevchenko Musical Ensemble will bring back to the stage A Feast of Thunder, a work commissioned by the Ensemble in 1973 and created by composer Morris Surdin and poet-playwright George Ryga. While rooted in archetypal Canadian themes, it is at the same time universal. Tom Allen, popular CBC radio personality, will join the Ensemble as Narrator for A Feast of Thunder along with the Shevchenko Choir, Toronto Mandolin Orchestra and vocal soloists. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. (west of Spadina), Toronto. 3:30 p.m.
Folk Camp, Grafton, ON; early bird registration for August camp ends, staff and workshops TBA. Website: www.folkcamp.ca.
May 31-June 2
Statewide Folk Dance Festival “Ethnic Treasures”, Claremont, CA; hosted by the Folk Dance Federation of California. Cameo teaching appearances by Sevi Bayraktar, Mihai David, Petur Iliev, and Israel Yakovee, plus Sunday Salsa Rueda with Cesar Garfiaz. Music by Maimon Miller and Friends. Special room rate until April 30 at Doubletree Hilton, Claremont. Website: http://socalfolkdance.org/statewide.htm.
Tuesdays in June (4, 11, 18, 25)
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto; learn Scottish Country Dancing at TBG with the Toronto Scottish Country Dancers, 7:00 pm till dusk, music by Scotch Mist. Rainy day location and other information: Scottish Dancing in the Park.
June to September
Ontario Open Fiddle and Step Dance Competitions, including clogging and square dancing; various communities throughout Ontario. Website: FiddleContest.ca.
Bata Marcetic’s Academy of Serbian Dance, Annual Concert, John Bassett Theatre, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, ON; performances from all ensembles and folk band. Website: www.marcetic.com.
Scandia Camp Mendocino, Mendocino Woodlands, CA; dances from Norway and Sweden, dance and music classes, parties and culture sessions by Norwegian and Swedish teachers. Website: scandiacampmendocino.org.
Colin Hume weekend, English caller, choreographer and composer; Toronto English Country Dance Association. Website: Toronto English.
OFDA’s AGM & Camp Review Café at the Ralph Thornton Centre,
Time: 6–10 p.m.
Potluck Supper at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. East, Toronto.
Mendocino Folklore Camp, Mendocino Woodlands, CA; with Michael Ginsburg (Balkan), Lynnanne Miller (Polynesian), Robert McOwen (Scottish), Aaron Alpert (Israeli), Bulgarian singing, Klapa singing, Balkan sing-along, sea shanties. Website: mendocinofolklorecamp.com
East European Folklife Center, Balkan Music and Dance Camp, Mendocino Woodlands, CA; with dance instructors Michael Ginsburg, Petur Iliev, Alex Marković, Caroline Simmonds, instruction in brass, Macedonian makam, Bulgarian kaval, Bulgarian gajda, gudulka, singing, and more. Website: www.eefc.org.
June 28-June 30
Toronto Is Real Dance Festival, Miles Nadal JCC, Toronto, ON; with Eran Bitton and Elad Shtamer. Website: israelidancetoronto.com.
Toronto Diversity Festival, David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West, Toronto; Moksha Foundation presents dance, food, drumming, crafts, art exhibits and more. Website: www.mokshacanada.com/events.
Latvian Festival of Song & Dance in Canada, Toronto, ON. Many events at several venues, including concerts of choirs and orchestras theatre events and more. Folk dance performances each day, with a Folk Dance Spectacle with 1000+ performers! For dance events see: https://latviansongfest.com/dance/ and for full list of events see: https://latviansongfest.com/events/events-calendar/
39th Annual Door County Folk Festival, Baileys Harbor, WI; Details TBA. Website: Door County Folk Festival.
Kentucky Dance Institute, with Ed Austin (International), Paul Henze (Square Dancing), Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish) and Marcie Van Cleave (English, Contra, Balkans). Contact Dawn Schwartz, email@example.com, Website: https://www.knobtiger.com.
Toronto Island Contra Dance by preregistration only; caller: Lisa Greenleaf, music: Tempest. Website: tcdance.org/island.
Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar, Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; instruction in traditional instruments, singing, dancing. Contact: Larry Weiner (USA): 1-301-565-0539. Website: folkseminarplovdiv.net.
July 28-Aug 4
Stockton Folk Dance Camp, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA; with Joe Graziosi (Greek), Gigi Jensen (Argentine couple dances), Gergana Panova (Bulgarian), Tony Parkes (Squares and Contras). Website: Stockton Camp.
July 25-Aug 3
Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar – World Camp 2019, Berovo, Macedonia; Website: goranalachki.com.
New Mexico August Folk Dance Camp, Socorro, NM; with Roberto Bagnoli and Mike Garcia. Website: www.swifdi.org/.
Ti Ti Tabor Hungarian Folk Camp, Gig Harbor, WA: with dance teachers Gábor Norbert Kovács, Nora Gal, László Tihanyi, Viktoria Kovács, Erika Juhasz (singing), Düvö Zenekar (music) and more. Website: tititabor.org.
Balkan Music and Dance Camp, Rock Hill, NY; dance with Joe Graziosi (Greek), Petur Iliev (Bulgarian), Milo Destanovski (Macedonian), Steve Kotansky (Albanian & Balkan), Susan Kotansky (Albanian & Balkan); instruments with Raif Hyseni (Albanian accordion), Catherine Foster (trumpet, brass band), Nicolay Kolev (gudulka & Bitov ensemble) and more; singing with Judith Cohen (Balkan Ladino/Sephardic), Merita Halili (Albanian), Eva Salina (Romani) and more. Website: www.eefc.org.
Algoma Trad Camp, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, ON; traditional Canadian music (guitar, fiddle, flute, banjo and more), dancing, singing, story-telling, arts and crafts, culture. Website: algomatrad.ca.
Mainewoods Dance Camp, Fryeburg, Maine; with Caspar Bik (Georgian), Penny Brichta (Israeli), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), John McIntire (English, Contras), MerakKef Express (International Folk Musicians). Website: Mainewoods Dance Camp.
Folk Camp, Grafton, ON; experience traditions of craft, song, dance and more, youth program. Website: folkcamp.ca.
Klezkanada 2019, Laurentians, QC; registration is open. More information TBA. Website: klezkanada 2019.
Mainewoods Dance Camp, Fryeburg, Maine; with Iliana Bozhanova and Todor Yankov (Bulgarian), Miroslav Bata Marcetic (Serbian), Jacqueline Schwab (English), Ajde (International Folk Musicians). Website: Mainewoods Dance Camp.
Aug 30-Sep 2
World Village Music and Dance Camp, Winchester, VA; with Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Alexander Marković (Serbian), Roo Lester (Scandinavian). Website: dancingplanetproductions.com/dancecamp.htm.
Enon Valley Folk Dance Camp, Enon Valley, PA; with Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Iliyana Bozhanova (Bulgarian). Website: www.folkdancepittsburgh.com.
Machol Merkaz, Israeli Dance Weekend, Milwaukee area, WI; Website: www.macholmerkaz.com
World Music and Dance Camp, Rock Hill, NY; with Fusae Carroll (Macedonian), Bianca De Jong (Bulgarian), Rena Karyofylidou (Greek), plus Joe Graziosi (Greek), Ahmet Luleci (Turkish), Rikki Weaver Nicolae (Balkan Basics), music by Edessa, Christos Tiktapanidis. Website: www.worldcamp.us.
OFDA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration with Dinner, Dance and Live Music; Details TBA. Website: www.ofda.ca.
Autumn Leaves, Nashville International Folk Dancers, Nashville, TN; with Steve Kotansky. Website: nifddance.com
Camp Nirkoda Bakerem, Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, Sanger, CA; with Yaron Malihi, Mitch Ginsburgh. Website: Camp Nirkoda Bakerem.
Tours and Cruises
Iran – Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl
May 7-19, 19-21
Armenia – Dance and Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl
Macedonia & Northern Greece with Ira Weisburd (US), Goran Alacki (Macedonia) and Mitko Petrov (Bulgaria), starting in Skopje, MK. Deposit due SAP. Contact: Ira Weisburd at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Facebook Macedonia & Northern Greece tour.
May 25-Jun 6
Bulgaria Rose Festival Tour led by George Vishegonov, visiting Sofia, Veliko Turnovo, Pliska, Madara, Varna, Balchik, Nessebar, Kazanluk, Plovdiv. Contact: email@example.com, website: jimgold.com/folk-tours
May 31-June 10
20th Anniversary Northern Greece Seminar with Kyriakos Moisidis, at Neoi Poroi, near Pieria shore and Mount Olympus. Contact Kyriakos by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook at Kyriakos’ 20th Seminar of Greek Dance.
The Adriatic, Slovenia and Venice led by Folk Dance on the Water. Website: folkdanceonthewater.org/
June 2 – 14
Rose Valley Workshop and Party in Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, led by Donka and Nikolay Kolev. For more information, visit 2019 Rose Valley Workshop & Party
Norway, Sweden Denmark (Oslo, Swedish West Coast, Hamlet’s Castle, (Elsinore), Copenhagen, Jutland peninsula, Cruise of Oslo Fjord!), led by Lee Otterholt. Contact: email@example.com, website: Jim Gold Tours.
Wine tasting tour of Bulgaria, Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo, led by George Vishegonov. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pontos/Black Sea Dance tour (Cappadocia, Yozgat, Gumushane, Trabzon) led by Joe Graziosi, Kyriakos Moisidis and Ahmet Lüleci. Website: danstur.com/september-dance-tour.
Georgia – Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl
Bulgaria – The Land of 1001 Dances – folk and ethnographic tour with Vlasto Petkovski (choreographer) and Gratzian Kolev (musician).
Visit famous Bulgarian landmarks, folk festivals, dancing workshops,
enjoy local food and wines, and plenty of fun.
Trip details: https://youtu.be/zB2pQbzdF74
Sept 23-Oct 2
Armenia – Dance and Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl
October 21-Nov 2
Bulgaria! Koprivshitsa Folk Festival (Sofia, Plovdiv, Bansko, Veliko Turnovo and great Koprivshitsa Folk Festival ! led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact: email@example.com, website: Jim Gold Tours
Cobblestone Freeway, a Canadian company, offers cultural and dance tours to many parts of the world including the Ukraine, Eastern Europe, South America and Canada. Website: cobblestonefreeway.ca