Calendar

yellow highlight = Ontario event

Nov 22-25

Texas Camp, Texas International Folk Dancers, Bruceville, TX – Teachers Lee Otterholt (Balkan), Michael Seider and Anna Sapozhnikova (Cajun and Zydeco). Website: Texas Camp.

Nov 23

Macedonian Party with Vlasto Petkovski, Hamilton IFDC, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1140 King St W, West Hamilton. Website: www.hamiltonfolkdance.ca/schedule.

NOV 23-24

2018 Kolo Festival, San Francisco, CA; with Gergana Panova (Bulgarian), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), John Morovich & John Filcich (Kolos), Maria Bebelekova (singing). Website: Kolo Festival.

Nov 24

OFDA Hungarian Dance Café and Potluck Supper with guests Peter Horvath and Czango musicians. Ralph Thornton Centre, Toronto, ON. Website: ofda.ca

Nov 24

Saturday Night Dance Toronto Contra Dance with Martha Cooper (caller), Evelyn Stam and friends (music). Website: tcdance.org.

Nov 24-25

Toronto Swedish Folkdancers and Singers, Harbourfront Christmas Fair, York Quay, Toronto, ON. Website: Harbourfront Centre.

DECEMBER

Dec 8

Vancouver International Folk Dancers, Moberley Arts Community Centre, Vancouver, BC. Live music with Osem I Devet with Dina, $15, 7:30 pm to 11:00. Website: VancouverSeasonalParty

Dec 9

Toronto Swedish Folkdancers and Singers, Agricola Church, Toronto, ON; choral concert and folkdancing, 7 pm.

Dec 14-15

WinterSong – Dances for a sacred season, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Fleck Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, $38. Website: WinterSong.

Dec 22-24

Machol Miami, North Miami Beach; Israeli folk dance workshop with Elad Shtamer. Website: Machol Miami.

Dec 27

Christmas Dance – Take Back the Light – Techno-Contra Toronto Contra Dance with Chuck Abell (caller), Chuck Abell Techno Music (music). Website: tcdance.org.

DEC 28-JAN 1

Winter Dance Week, Brasstown, NC; Contras, squares, English dancing, percussive dance, waltz, singing, jam sessions, a gala New Year’s Eve Dance and more. Website: Winter Dance Week.

Dec 31

OFDA New Year’s Eve Party at the home of Riki and Stav Adivi in King, ON.  For all details see Flyer.

JANUARY

2019

Jan 3-6

Balkanot – Balkan and Israeli Dance Camp, Castelletto di Brenzone (Verona), Italy; with Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Roberto Bagnoli (International/Israeli). Website: Balkanot Dance Camp.

Jan 18-19

Golden Festival, The Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn, NY; Two nights of Balkan music and dance. Website: Golden Festival.

Jan 25

35th Anniversary Party, Hamilton IFDC, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1140 King St W, West Hamilton. Website: www.hamiltonfolkdance.ca/schedule.

Jan 25-27

Folk Ball 2019, Madison, WI; With Steve Kotansky and Susan Snyder-Kotansky; Contra, Hungarian, International dancing, live music. See schedule at website: Madison Folk Ball.

Jan 26-27

Dance Ontario DanceWeekend’19, Showcase, Harbourfront Centre, Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay West, $15 by donation. Website: danceontario.ca.

FEBRUARY

Feb 6-11

Rivieradance 2019, Torquay, Devon, UK; Yves Moreau (Bulgarian), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), France Bourque-Moreau (International Folk dance). Email: Cathy Meunier at cathy-meunier@hotmail.com, Website: balkanfolkdance.org.

Feb 8-11

Winter Weekend – Orlando, FL; Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish), Evren Soytopcu Kiyak (Turkish), Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian). Contact: Florida Folk Dance Council, president@folkdance.org, website: http://www.folkdance.org.

Feb 15-17

The Flurry 2019, Saratoga Springs, NY; dance teachers Michael Ginsburg (International), Martha Griffin (Vintage), plus contra, English country, and squares, live music. Website: Flurry 2019.

MARCH

Mar 1-3

2019 Laguna Folk Dance Festival, Laguna Woods, CA; with Steve Kotansky (International) and Bata Marcetic (Serbian dance). Website: Laguna Folk Dance

Mar 15-17

San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDA), 61st annual, San Antonio, TX; Teachers TBA. Website: San Antonio FDF.

Mar 16

Balkan Music Night, Concord. MA. Dancing to live music 7:00 pm to 1 am. Website: BalkanMusicNight

Mar 22

Workshop with Adam Kossowski, Hamilton IFDC, St Paul’s Anglican Church, 1140 King St W, West Hamilton. Website: www.hamiltonfolkdance.ca/schedule.

Mar 22-24

Spring Festival, International House, Chicago, IL; Date to be confirmed. Website: Spring Festival – Balkanski Igri

APRIL

Apr 12-14

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.

Apr 19

Annual Twelve Dresses Dance, Adivi residence, 13620 Weston Rd., King City, ON; Website: Toronto English Country Dance.

MAY

May 3-5

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, Peretz Centre, Vancouver, BC; Lee Otterholt (International), Jaap Leegwater & Mea Nordenfelt (Bulgarian). Website: lyridsfolkdancefestival.org.

May 10-12

BeLev Achad 2019, Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society, Vancouver, BC; in conjunction with JCCGV Children’s ‘Festival Ha’rikud’. Website: vancouverisraelidance.com.

May 10-12

IFDC Revival 2019, Hopewell Junction, NY; with Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Israel Yakovee (Yemenite) and Moshe Eskayo (Israeli)

Website: http://ifc-ny.com

May 17-20

Ontario Folk Dance Camp, Waterloo, ON; with Roberto Bagnoli (Israeli), Tara Bolker (English Country and Contra Dance). Website: Ontario Folk Dance Camp.

June 14-16

Colin Hume weekend, English caller, choreographer and composer; TECDA. Website: Toronto English.

OCTOBER 19

Save this date! OFDA’s 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION with dinner, dance & live music. See http://ofda.ca/wp/50th-anniversary-celebration/ for more details, as they become available.

Tours and Cruises

December 5-14

Winter Markets in Europe Tour, Contact: info@cobblestonefreeway.ca. Website: www.cobblestonefreeway.ca.

2019

April 4-16

Hungary Folk Tour led by Steve and Susan Kotansky. Website: Hungary Folk Tour

April 5-15, 15-17

Argentina, led by Jim Gold, April 15-17 to Chile.

Buenos Aires, Salta, San Antonia de los Cobres, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Mendoza. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours

May 3-14

Iran – Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl

May 14-24

Armenia – Dance and Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl

May 7-19, 19-21

Albania and Kosovo (Tirana, Durres, Vlora, Kruja, 
Saranda, Berat, Shkodra, Gjirokastra) led by Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours

May 14-26

Macedonia & Northern Greece with Ira Weisburd (US), Goran Alacki (Macedonia) and Mitko Petrov (Bulgaria), starting in Skopje, MK. Depostit due SAP. Contact: Ira Weisburd at dancewithira@comcast.net, or  Facebook Macedonia & Northern Greece tour.

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 moisidiskyriakos@gmail.com or Facebook at Kyriakos’ 20th Seminar of Greek Dance.

June 1-15

The Adriatic, Slovenia and Venice led by Folk Dance on the Water. Website: folkdanceonthewater.org/

June 2 – 14

Macedonian Folk Tour led by Vlasto Petkovski. Contact Vlasto: sunstagecompany@gmail.com. Click to view the Itinerary. Click to view the Registration Form.http://ofda.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2019-Macedonian-Tour-Prelim-Itinerary.pdf

June 4-12

Rose Valley Workshop and Party in Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, led by Donka and Nikolay Kolev. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/ya7h7cka.

June 10-24

Poland, led by Richard Schmidt (Kraków, Zakopane, Lódz, Toruñ, Gdansk, Olsztyn, Warsaw). Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours

June 11-24

Norway, Sweden Denmark (Oslo, Swedish West Coast, Hamlet’s Castle, (Elsinore),  Copenhagen, Jutland peninsula,  Cruise of Oslo Fjord!), led by Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours.

July 13-21

Wine tasting tour of Bulgaria, Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo, led by George Vishegonov. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.

July 13-25

Ireland (Galway, Connemara, Aran Islands, Dingle, Killarney, Kerry, Cork, Blarney, Dublin), led by Jim Gold and Lee Friedman. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours.

Aug 9-19

Ukraine – Dance and Culture Festival. Contact: info@cobblestonefreeway.ca. Website: www.cobblestonefreeway.ca.

Sept 13-23

Georgia – Culture Tour with Tineke and Maurits van Geel. Website: tinekevangeel.nl

Sept 19-30

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.
Contact: sunstagecompany@gmail.com or gratziank@gmail.com
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 12-24

Romania (Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj, Sighetu Marmatiei, Piatra Neamt, Brasov), led by Jim Gold. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com, website: Jim Gold Tours.

2020

August 2-16

Bulgaria! Koprivshitsa Folk Festival (Sofia, Plovdiv, Bansko, Veliko Turnovo and great Koprivshitsa Folk Festival ! led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt