yellow highlight = Ontario event

Oct 11

Hamilton IFDC Tribute Night in Honour of Dale Hyde, 8 pm, $8.00. Website: Hamilton IFDC.

Oct 11-14

Oktoberfest International Dance and Music, Fairlee, VT; with Gergana Panova (Bulgarian) and Jeremy Carter-Gordon (contras, singing, BalFolk dances), Pinewoods Band. Website: Oktoberfest in Vermont.

Oct 16

World of Dance (from TV) Live Tour Toronto 2019, Sony Centre, 1 Front St. East, Toronto, ON. Website: World of Dance 2019.

Oct 18-20

Master and Commander: A Weekend in Nelson’s Navy, Theme: Jack and Stephen in North America, Montgomery’s Inn, Toronto Brigantine, Toronto, ON; lectures, dancing, music. Website: Master and Commander.

Oct 19

OFDA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration with Dinner, Dance and Live Music provided by Tamar Ilana & Ventanas, Toronto, ON; at the Latvian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Drive. Tickets – OFDA members $50, non-members $75. Website: OFDA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Oct 19

Victorian Dance Workshop and Ball, with Cathy Stephens, 10 am – 5 pm, $45.00, Pickering Museum Village, Pickering, ON. Website: Pickering Victorian Workshop and Dance.

Oct 25

Hamilton IFDC Halloween Party, 8 pm, $8.00. Website: Hamilton IFDC.

Oct 25-27

Pocono Manor Folk Dance Weekend, Pocono Mountains, PA; with Iliana Bozhanova and Todor Yankov (Bulgarian) and Ahmet Lüleci (Turkish). Website:

Oct 26

Celebrity Symphony Orchestra 25th and Polish Canadian Congress 75th Anniversary Celebration; THE VERY BEST of MONIUSZKO – “Prince of Polish Music, …Father of Polish National Opera…Genius, second to Chopin only”.  This concert will feature the most beloved of his songs, arias and dances from his operas Straszny Dwór (The Haunted Manor), Halka and more.
Church on the Queensway (1536 The Queensway Toronto, Ontario) is located across from IKEA. 7 p.m.  Parking is free. Facilities are wheelchair accessible.  Tickets start from $40.00 (HST + service fee Included).

Oct 30

Ashkenaz Foundation/Aga Khan Museum presents Yemen Blues plays “Hallel”; Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, 8:30-10:30 pm. Ticket price includes same day admission to museum. Website: Ashkenaz/Yemen Blues.

Nov 1-3

Autumn Leaves, Nashville International Folk Dancers, Nashville, TN; with Steve Kotansky. Website:

Nov 9-10

Romanian and Moldavian Dance Weekend with Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu, Lachine, QC; at 70, 15e avenue, Montreal (Lachine). Live music with Sergiu Popa, Nicolae Margineanu and Valeriu Ichim; Info: Romanian/Moldavian Weekend with Sonia and Cristian.

Nov 10

Toronto Mandolin Orchestra, Movies by Mandolin, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor West, Toronto, ON; at 3:00 pm, Tickets-$35.00 (adults), $20.00 (students). Website: Shevchenko Music.

Nov 13-23

Duende: Flamenco Festival 2019, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON; flamenco performance, film, reception. Website: Duende: Flamenco Festival 2019.

Nov 15-17

Fall Folk Dance Camp, Brandeis-Bardin Campus, Brandeis, CA; with Erica Goldman (Israeli) and Caspar Bik (dances of Black Sea countries). Website: Fall Camp California.

Nov 16

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company performing at Duende: Flamenco Festival, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON, 6:00 pm. Website: Aga Khan Duende Flamenco.

Nov 21-24

Camp Nirkoda Bakerem, Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, Sanger, CA; with Yaron Malihi, Mitch Ginsburgh. Website: Camp Nirkoda Bakerem.

Nov 22

Hamilton IFDC – Macedonian party with Vlasto Petkovski in honour of Olga Sandolowich’s 90th birthday and Carl Toushan’s 92nd birthday; 8 pm, $8.00. Website: Hamilton IFDC.

Nov 23

OFDA First Nations Dance Café & Potluck Supper, with guest teacher Cotee Harper. This traditional First Nations dance workshop will have a sharing of where the styles originate, the meanings behind them and how they came to be, with a fancy shawl performance and hand drum singing by Jonas McGregor. NEW VENUE: Willowdale Presbyterian Church, 38 Ellerslie Ave., North York. For all details see Flyer.

Nov 28-30

68th Kolo Festival, San Francisco, CA; with Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), John Morovich (Croatian), John Filcich (traditional kolos) and singing with Maria Bebelekova, John Morovich, Michele Simon. Website: Kolo Festival.

Nov 28-Dec 1

Texas Camp 2019, Bruceville, TX; with Tineke and Maurits van Geel (International) and Andy Taylor-Blenis and Ricky César Gaitán Muñoz (dances of Nelda Drury). Website: Texas Dance Camp.

Dec 28-Jan 1

Festival of Christmas and Mid-Winter (72nd annual), Dodgeville, WI; seasonal and cultural celebrations and traditions from around the world, with folk and ethnic dancing, crafts, music, storytelling, culture sessions, fantastic foods, and many other activities; featuring Gayle Armstrong (International). Website: Folklore Village Christmas.

Dec 28-30

Machol Miami, Miami FL; Israeli folk dance workshops with Gadi Bitton. Info: 305-690-4343, website: Machol Miami.

Dec 31

OFDA New Year’s Eve Party Details TBA.


Jan 17-18

Golden Festival, Brooklyn NY; hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band, features 5 stages of live music by dozens of bands. Website: Golden Festival 2020

Jan 25-26

Veselo Festival 2020, Eugene, OR; with Steve Kotansky (Albanian and Balkan). Website: Veselo Festival 2020

Jan 31-Feb 3

Florida FD Winter Workshop, Kissimmee, FL; with Tineke and Maurits van Geel (International). Website: Florida Winter Workshop.

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! 2017.

Feb 14-16

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

Apr 24-26

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

Tours and Cruises

Tours and Cruises


May 7-20

Spain – Andalusia Festival Tour (Malaga, Ronda, Cadiz, Seville, Cordoba, Granada) led by Lee Otterholt. Contact:, 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 9-22

Norway, Denmark, Sweden (Oslo, Gothenberg, Helsinborg, Copenhagen) led by Lee Otterholt

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 2-16

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

Oct 10-23/25

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


June 16-29

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