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:

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:

Nov 24

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

Nov 24-25

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


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:

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.



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:

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:


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, Website:

Feb 8-11

Winter Weekend – Orlando, FL; Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish), Evren Soytopcu Kiyak (Turkish), Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian). Contact: Florida Folk Dance Council,, website:

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.


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:

Mar 22-24

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


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 3-5

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

May 10-12

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

May 10-12

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


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.


Save this date! OFDA’s 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION with dinner, dance & live music. See for more details, as they become available.

Tours and Cruises

December 5-14

Winter Markets in Europe Tour, Contact: Website:


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:, website: Jim Gold Tours

May 3-14

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

May 14-24

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

May 7-19, 19-21

Albania and Kosovo (Tirana, Durres, Vlora, Kruja, 
Saranda, Berat, Shkodra, Gjirokastra) led by Lee Otterholt. Contact:, 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, 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 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:

June 2 – 14

Macedonian Folk Tour led by Vlasto Petkovski. Contact Vlasto: Click to view the Itinerary. Click to view the Registration Form.

June 4-12

Rose Valley Workshop and Party in Karavelovo, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, led by Donka and Nikolay Kolev. For more information, visit

June 10-24

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

July 13-21

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

July 13-25

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

Aug 9-19

Ukraine – Dance and Culture Festival. Contact: Website:

Sept 13-23

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

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.
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Sept 23-Oct 2

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

October 12-24

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


August 2-16

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