yellow highlight = Ontario event


Feb 1-2

Final days of Lithic Innards, a show of new works by Ellen Bleiwas, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON. Website: Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Feb 1-Mar 2

Helena Wehrstein (and other Petroff Gallery artists) Small Works Exhibition, Petroff Gallery, 1016 Eglinton W, Toronto. Website: Petroff Gallery, Helena Wehrstein.

Feb 5-10

Rivieradance! 2020, Balkan and Beyond, Torquay, Devon, England (The English Riviera); Teachers – Erik Bendix (Macedonian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Armenian and beyond and Caspar Bik (dances of Black Sea countries), singing and instruments; Website: Rivieradance 2020.

Feb 8

Winter Party, All Nations Church, Halifax, NS; 6 pm potluck dinner, 7:45 dancing. Website: FANS (Folkdancers Association of Nova Scotia).

Feb 13

The Bride Under the Lemon Tree, the music of Moroccan Jews, with Judith Cohen, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON; lunchtime talk is free with museum admission. Website: Aga Khan Museum.

Feb 13

Beverlie Robertson and Judith Cohen celebrate 150 · Hosted by Drom Taberna, 17:30-20:30 p.m. Forever folk musicians and friends Beverlie and Judith add their last birthdays up to 150 (all numbers ending in zero) and invite you to a folk music party to celebrate! 458 Queen Street West, Toronto. Facebook link:

Feb 14-16

Dance Flurry, Saratoga NY; Dances, workshops, concerts, family events, jam sessions; Schedule, performers TBA. Website: Dance Flurry 2020.

Feb 15

Hayiran Ensemble by Rumi Canada, Aga Khan Museum, Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON; Persian music and whirling Dervish. Website: Aga Khan Museum.

Feb 15

Baroque Dance Workshop with Jocelyne Lépine, Winnipeg Early Music Society, Winnipeg, MB; 9 am-3:45 pm, $50. Website: Winnipeg Early Music.

Feb 21-22

Mixed Repertory Program, A.I.M. (from United States) , Harbourfront Centre, Queens Quay West. Website: Mixed Rep Program – Harbourfront.

Feb 23

Concert Songs of Travel performed by Judith Cohen, 7 p.m. at The 7th International Festival of Jewish Culture. Club EtCetera, 701 Sheppard Ave. West, Toronto, party room., 416-590-0256

Mar 1

Youth Festival of Ukrainian Dance, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON;5 pm to 8 pm, tickets $35-$40. Website: Youth Festival of Ukrainian Dance.

Mar 4-8

National Folk Organization Annual Conference in conjunction with 2019 Laguna Folk Dance Festival (see below), Laguna Woods, CA; with Bill Cope (instruments), Sally Jenkins (bobbin lace making), Martin Koenig (dance workshop), Dick Oakes (locating folk dance resources), Bob Leibman (A Mathematician in Macedonia), France Bourque-Moreau (teaching folkdance to children and beginners) and more; conference registration includes Laguna Folk Dance Festival. Website: NFO Conference.

Mar 6-8

2019 Laguna Folk Dance Festival, Laguna Woods, CA; with Yves Moreau (Bulgarian) and Aaron Alpert (Israeli). Website: Laguna Festival 2020.

Mar 7

Pysanky (@ Common Craft) Workshop, Studio Campina, Elora, ON; More information TBA. Website: Pysanky Workshops.

Mar 13-15, 20-22

The Millionaire: A Musical Murder Mystery, The North Toronto Players, The Papermill Theatre, Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd, Toronto; Tickets: $29, available through website. Website: North Toronto Players.

Mar 13-15

San Antonio Folk Dance Festival (SAFDA), 62nd annual, San Antonio, TX; with Lee Otterholt (International), Ventzi Sotirov (Bulgarian), Andy Taylor-Blenis (International, Scottish, Mexican) and Franklin Houston (Balkan). Website: San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.

Mar 20-21

International Folk Dance Workshop, Winnipeg, MB; with teaching by Patti Cohen (International), Slavica Meric (Serbian), Gina Chodirker (Israeli). Website: Manitoba IFD Weekend.

Mar 20-22

Spring Festival, International House, Chicago, IL; Yannis Constantinou (Greek), Sani Rifati (Roma), Ventzi Sotirov (Pirin Macedonian), Nikolay Tsvetkov (Bulgarian). Website: Chicago .Spring Festival, Balkanski Igri.

Mar 21

OFDA Line Dances from Around the World Café with teaching by Adam Kossowski and Riki Adivi. 6-10 p.m. Potluck Supper. Willowdale Presbyterian Church, Toronto.

Mar 21

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

Apr 3-5

Call of the Loon, 10th Annual Contra Dance Weekend, Minneapolis, MN; Will Mentor, Ted Hodapp (callers), Stingrays, Northern Aire (music). Website: Tapestry Folkdance Contra.

Apr 17-19

Calgary Folkdance Workshop, St. Peter’s Anglican Cnurch, Calgary, AB; with Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian). Website: Calgary Folkdance.

Apr 23

SOCALLED SINGS DI FROSH, George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yong St., Toronto. Website: Ashkenaz2020.

Apr 24-26

Spring Thaw Weekend! Toronto Contra Dance, St. Barnabas Church, Hampton Ave, Toronto, ON; Sarah van Nostrand, Stomp Rocket, Rick Szumski, Peach Jam (callers and musicians). Website: Spring Thaw Contra.

Apr 24-26

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, Vancouver, BC; with Tineke van Geel (Armenian) and Maurits van Geel (Roma and International). Website: Lyrids Festival 2020.

Apr 25

Folkdancers Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS; workshop with Dan Garvin (Tapestry Folkdance Center). Website: FANS Halifax Workshop.

May 1-3

BeLev Echad Achad 2020, Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society, Vancouver, BC; in conjunction with JCCGV Children’s ‘Festival Ha’rikud’. Website:

May 2-31

Helena Wehrstein, solo show, First Unitarian Church, St. Clair/Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON; Details TBA.

May 8-10

BeLev Achad 2020, Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society, Vancouver, BC; with Marcelo Marianoff. Website: Vancouver Israeli Dance.

May 8-10

Esmerelda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Annual Performance, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON; with guest artists from Spain. Website: EESDC 2020.

May 8-10

IFC Revival 2020, Hopewell Junction, NY; with Caspar Bik (dances of Black Sea countries), Steve Kotansky (Balkan) and Moshe Eskayo (Israeli), music with MerakKef Express. Website: IFC Revival 2020.

May 8-10

Oak Ridge Folk Dancers Spring Workshop, Square Dance Center, Knoxville, TN; with Daniela Ivanova (Bulgarian). Website:

May 15-18

Ontario Folk Dance Camp, Waterloo, ON; teachers Lucia Cordeiro (Brazilian), Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian). Website: Ontario Folk Dance Camp.

June 6

OFDA AGM, Potluck Supper & Camp Review Café. 6 – 10 p.m. at the Willowdale Presbyterian Church, Toronto.

June 20-27

Balkan Music & Dance Workshop, Mendocino, CA; staff TBA. Website: Balkan Music & Dance Workshop.

June 25-July 2

Pinewoods Folklore Week, Plymouth, MA; with Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion (Romanian), Jennifer Brosious & Laine Harris (Scandinavian), Tom PIxton Band (music). Website: Pinewoods Folklore Week.

June 26-28

Israeli Dance Festival, Toronto, ON; details TBA.

July 19-24

Kentucky Dance Institute, Ahmet Lüleci (men’s Tukish), Evren Sytopcu (women’s Turkish) Paul Henze (American Squares), Harry Khamis (Scottish Country), Joe Graziosi (Greek), Contact Dawn Schwartz,, Website:

July 19-25

July 26-Aug 1

Stockton Folk Dance Camp, Stockton, CA; with teachers Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion (Romanian), Richard Powers (Waltz), Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian), Tineke Van Geel (International non-partner/partner), Maurits Van Geel (International Balkan/Roma), Aaron Alpert (Israeli Partner), Tony Parkes (Squares & Contras), Miamon Miller & Free Range Organic (music), Michele Simon (singing), Melanie & Marcella Lawson (Ukulele). Website: Stockton Camp.

July 23-26

New Mexico August Folk Dance Camp, Socorro, NM; with Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Bruce Hamilton (English Country Dance). Website:

Aug 2-9

Ti Ti Tábor Hungarian Folk Camp, Raft Island, WA; staff TBA. Website: TiTiTabor.

Aug 8-15

Balkan Music & Dance Workshop, Rock Hill, NY; staff TBA. Website: Balkan Music & Dance Workshop.

Aug 16-22

Session 1

Mainewoods Dance Camp, Fryeburg ME; with Penny Brichta (Israeli), Ercüment Kiliç (Turkish, Azerbaijani, Circassian), Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian), Patricia Williams (Scottish), music with Barbara Pixton, Julia Poirier, Tom Pixton. Website: Mainewoods Dance Camp 2020.

Aug 23-29

Session 2

Mainewoods Dance Camp, Fryeburg, ME; with Roberto Bagnoli (International), Paty Rios (Mexican), Nikolay Svetkov (Bulgarian), music with MerakKef Express. Website: Mainewoods Dance Camp.

Aug 23-30

Folk Camp, Grafton, ON; Registration opens March 1. Website: FolkCamp Summer 2020.

Aug 24-30

Klez Kanada, Camp B’nai Brith, Lantier, QC; details TBA. Website: KlezKanada.

Oct 1-4

World Camp, Rock Hill, NY; staff TBA. Website: World Camp.

Tours and Cruises

Tours and Cruises


May 23-June 4

Peru, Bolivia, Chile (Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Quecha Village, Lake Titicaca, Uyuni, La Paz, Atacama Desert), led by Martha Travera. Website: Jim Gold Tours.

June 2-15

Balkan Folk Tour 2020, Macedonia, Albania and Greece! Led by Vlasto Petkovski. Contact: Vlasto Petkovski at

June 5-15

21st Seminar of Greek Dance with Kyriakos Moisidis on the Greek island of Kos. Contact:

June 9-17

Rose Valley Workshop & Party Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, daily lessons in traditional Bulgarian music and dance, organized by Donka (singer) and Nikolay Kolev (gadulka), lodging in the Kuria Mahala in the village of Karavelovo. Website: Rose Valley Workshop.

June 9-23

Norway, Denmark, Sweden (Oslo, Gothenberg, Helsinborg, Copenhagen) led by Lee Otterholt. Website: Jim Gold Tours.

June 10-23

Poland (Warszawa, Żelazowa Wola, Olsztyn, Malbork, Gdańsk Gdynia, Sopot, Toruń, Oświęcim, Kraków,  Zakopane) led by Richard Schmidt. Website: Jim Gold Tours.

June 14-27

Provence, The Rhone and Marseille Cruise with David & Marija Hillis of Dance on the Water. Website: Dance on the Water.

July 28-Aug 5

Rose Valley Workshop & Party Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, daily lessons in traditional Bulgarian music and dance, organized by Donka (singer) and Nikolay Kolev (gadulka), lodging in the Kuria Mahala in the village of Karavelovo. Website: Rose Valley Workshop.

August 3-16

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

Sep 23-Oct 4

Hungary Dance & Folklore Tour III with Steve and Susan Kotansky, Batyu Farkas & Ildiko Toth and Jeff O’Connor. Website: Hungary Dance & Folk Tour.

Oct 10-23/25

Greece and the Greek Islands – with Santorini extension led by Jim Gold and/or Lee Otterholt. Contact:, website:

Oct 13-24

JAPAN with Ahmet Luleci and Fusae Carroll. Website: Japan Tour with Ahmet Luleci and Fusae Carroll.


June 16-29, 2021

Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland – Folk Dance and Yodeling Tour led by Jim Gold. Contact:, Website: Jim Gold Tours.

Aug 7-19, 2021

Ireland Galway, Connemara, Aran Islands, Doolin, Killarney, Kerry, Cork, Blarney, Dublin) led by Jim Gold and Lee Friedman

Sep 16-29, 2021

Spain – Andalusia Festival Tour (Malaga, Ronda, Cadiz, Seville, Cordoba, Granada) led by Lee Otterholt. Website: Jim Gold Tours.

Oct 4-17, 2021

Romania: Klezmer and Folk Dance Tour (Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Sinaia), led by Jim Gold, Nancy, Hoffman, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Carl Dimow, Lee Friedman. Website: Jim Gold Tours.


March 13-24, 2022

Israel (Jerusalem, Masada, Tel Aviv, Galilee, Haifa, Tiberias, Safed, Golann Heights), led by Jim Gold, Joe Freedman and Lee Friedman. Website: Jim Gold Tours.