Calendar

yellow highlight = Ontario event

APRIL 2018
April 6-8 Andy Taylor-Blenis, Edmonton International Folk Dancers, Edmonton, AB; Website: www.edmontoninternationalfolkdancers.ca.
April 6-8

A Weekend with Jane Austen, Montgomery’s Inn, Toronto, ON; historical food, dancing, music, fashion, workshops, Regency merchants and more. Website: danceweavers.ca/janeausten.

Apr 7 Balfolk Toronto, Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON; live music, PWYC ($5 to $10 suggested). Website: balfolktoronto.com.
Apr 13-15 Folkdance Workshop, Knoxville, TN; with Ira Weisburd (Israeli and Balkan). Contact: Barbara Taylor at 865 470 9536, email taylorb0@usit.net. Website: oakridgefolkdancers.org.
Apr 20-22 Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, Vancouver BC, with Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian) at The Peretz Centre. Website: lyridsfolkdancefestival.org.
April 20-22 NEFFA Festival, Mansfield, MA; contras, squares International Folk Dance, performances, dances, food, crafts. Website: NEFFA Festival.
Apr 21

Spring Polka! Social European Folk Dance Evening. 7–11 p.m.
St. Vladimir Institute 620 Spadina AvenueToronto, ON, M5S 2H4
http://www.folkcamp.ca/events-1/2018/4/21/spring-polka-social-european-folk-dance-evening

Apr 21

Folkdance Association of Nova Scotia (FANS), Halifax, NS; workshop with Yves Moreau, morning and afternoon sessions, followed by dinner. Contact: folkdancens@gmail.com.

Apr 28 10th Annual NJ Folk Dance Fest, Haworth NJ; Palisades Folk Dancers, $6.00. Contact Karen Shannon: karens667@gmail.com/(201) 768-4268.
MAY 2018
May 4-6 Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Toronto, ON; Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre. Website: flamencos.net.
May 4-5 Fiddle Fern Country Dancers – Spring Fling!, Owen Sound, ON; Sarah VanNorstrand (caller), Andrew VanNorstrand, Anna Patton, Julie Vallimont (music). Website: fiddlefern.ca/spring-fling/.
May 11-13 Cry Freedom, Ballet Creole, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON; Website: www.harbourfrontcentre.com
May 11-13 BeLev Achad 2018, Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society, Vancouver, BC; workshop with Aaron Alpert and Lior Haykeen. Website: vancouverisraelidance.com.
May 11-13 International Folk Dance Camp (IFC), Circle Lodge, Hopewell Junction, NY; with teachers Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu, Maurits Van Geel and Moshe Eskayo. Contact: Joan Hantman, jehdance@gmail.com.
May 12

This Tale of Ours, Labyrinth Ontario, Eastminster United Church, Toronto, ON; Concert, part of the Modal music workshop series. Website: labyrinthontario.com/register

May 12

Apple Blossom Ball, English Country Dance, Clarksburg, ON; Loraine Sutton (caller), Stephen Fuller, Maureen Keating (music). Website: www.lordgreysdanceweebly.com

May 12 Balfolk Toronto, Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON; live music, PWYC ($5 to $10 suggested). Website: balfolktoronto.com.
May 18-21 60th Ontario Folk Dance Camp! University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario; with Yves Moreau (Bulgarian) and Roo Lester (Scandinavian). Info: info@ontariofolkdancecamp.ca, Website: www.ontariofolkdancecamp.ca.
May 18-20

Gateway to the Sierras, 2018 State Wide Folk Dance Festival, Sacramento, CA; with Steve Kotansky (Balkan) and Bruce Hamilton (English Country Dance), music by Chubritza. Website: folkdancesac.org.

May 19

Quraishi and Ahmet Ihvani, Labyrinth Ontario, Eastminster United Church, Toronto, ON; Concert, part of the Modal music workshop series. Website: labyrinthontario.com/register.

May 26

This Tale of Ours, Labyrinth Ontario, Eastminster United Church, Toronto, ON; Concert, part of the Modal music workshop series. Website: labyrinthontario.com/register

JUNE 2018
June 2 Tzvetanka Varimezova and Bassam Bishara, Labyrinth Ontario, Eastminster United Church, Toronto, ON; Concert, part of the Modal music workshop series. Website: labyrinthontario.com/register.
June 3-12 19th Seminar of Greek Dance with Kyriakos Moisidis in Kefalos on the island of Kos. Info: https://tinyurl.com/ya3shz5u.
Jun 9 OFDA’s AGM Camp Review Café at the Ralph Thornton Centre, Toronto, ON
Time: 6–10 p.m. Potluck Supper at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. East, Toronto.
Door: FREE
June 9-16 Scandia Camp Mendocino, Mendocino, CA. dance and music from Norway and Sweden, dance and music classes, parties and culture sessions by Norwegian and Swedish staff. Website: scandiacampmendocino.org.
June 16-23 Mendocino Folklore Camp, Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA; with Helene Erikson (Middle Eastern), Cesar& Jocelyn Garfiaz (Latin couple), Tanya Kostova (Bulgarian) plus music and singing instruction. Website: mendocinofolklorecamp.com/.
Jun 23-30 Balkan Music and Dance Workshop (west coast), Mendocino, CA; instrument, singing, dance teaching staff TBA. Website: eefc.org.
June 29-July 1 Toronto IsReal Dance Festival, Toronto, ON; More information TBA. Website: israelidancetoronto.com.
JULY 2018
July 6-8 Jane Austen Festival, Port Alberni, BC; Grand promenade, family picnic and Country dance. Website: jane-austen-festival-2.
Jul 7-14 Middle East Camp, Mendocino, CA; instrument, dance teaching staff TBA. www.middleeastcamp.com.
July 11-15

Door County Festival, Bailey’s Harbour WI; details TBA, Website: www.dcff.net.

July 15 Toronto Island Dance, Toronto, ON; Ward’s Island Recreation Association Clubhouse. Website: tcdance.org.
Jul 15-22, 22-29 Stockton Folk Dance Camp, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA; with Aaron Alpert (Israeli), Caspar Bik (International), Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian), Joe Graziosi (Greek), Roo Lester (Scandinavian), Kay Munn (Scottish), Tony Parkes (Squares and Contras). Website: www.folkdancecamp.org.
July 18-24

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 18-28 Macedonian Traditional Music & Dance Seminar, Lake Ohrid, Macedonia; with Stefče Stojkovski, music, dance, singing workshops, evening parties. Website: www.stefcestojkovski.mk/
July 25-Aug 3 Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar, Berovo, Macedonia; Website: Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar
Jul 27-Aug 4 Lark in the Morning Camp, Mendocino, CA. An adult and family camp in 3 areas within campground. Website:www.larkcamp.com.
Jul 27-28 Ontario Open Fiddle and Step Dance Competition, Bobcaygeon, ON; Website: FiddleContest.ca.
July 29-Aug 5 Ti Ti Tabor Hungarian Folk Camp, Raft Island, with dance teachers István (Pisti) Kis and Erika Kis Demeter, Erika Juhasz (singing), Noemi Tokar (beginner dance) and more. Website: tititabor.org.
AUGUST 2018
Aug 2-5 New Mexico August Folk Dance Camp, Montezuma, NM; with Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian) and Roo Lester and Larry Harding (Scandinavian). Website: swifdi.org.
Aug 4-11 Balkan Music and Dance Workshop (east coast), Rock Hill, NY; instrument, singing, dance teaching staff TBA. Website: eefc.org
Aug 12-18, 19-25 Mainewoods Dance Camp, Week 1 with Roberto Bagnoli (Israeli)
Steve Kotansky (Balkan), Richard Schmidt (Polish), music with MreakKef Express; Week 2 with Wim Bekooy (International), France Bourque-Moreau (French-Canadian & more), Yves Moreau (Bulgarian), music with Barbara Pixton & Julia Poirier. Website: www.mainewoodsdancecamp.org
Aug 12-18

Algoma Trad Camp, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, ON; traditional Canadian music, dance, singing, arts and crafts, culture. Website: algomatrad.ca.

Aug 20-26

Folk Camp, Grafton, ON; experience traditions of craft, song, dance and more, early bird registration ends May 31. Website: folkcamp.ca

Aug 20-26

Uprising//Rising Up, Klez Kanada, Camp B’nai Brith, Lantier, QC; registration open, scholarships available, program TBA. Website: klezkanada.org

SEPTEMBER
Sept 1-30

La Grande Rencontre Folk and Traditional Music Dance Festival, Montréal, QC; festival celebrating traditional Québec music and dance; concerts, dances, conferences, workshops and activities for children. Website: espacetrad.org

Sept 7-9

A Balfolk Dance and Music Festival in Honeywood, ON. www.thebigbranchfestival.com The Big Branch is a gathering of folk musicians and dancers, a festival bringing European sounds to the trees along the Bruce Trail near Toronto, Canada. Three days of concerts (bals) with international bands, music and dance workshops, good food, jamming and camping.
Prices, Registration and more Information Join the Facebook Event Here
Early bird prices until May 15!

Sept 8

Canada Open Fiddle and Step Dance Competition, Dundalk, ON; Website: DundalkDance.com.

Sept 20-23

WORLD CAMP, Iroquois Springs, Rock Hill, NY; Ahmet Luleci (Turkish), Joe Graziosi (Greek), Kyriakos Moisidis (Greek), Alex Markovic (Serbian and Roma), music with Edessa, Zlatne Uste, Chris Tiktapanidis. Website: worldcamp.us.

OCTOBER
Oct 18-21

Machol Merkaz Israeli Folk Dance Weekend, Chicago, IL area; Contact: macholmerkez@gmail.com. Website: MacholMerkez.com.

Oct 19-21

Master and Commander: A Weekend in Nelson’s Navy, Montgomery’s Inn, Fort York, Toronto Brigantine, Toronto, ON; lectures, dancing, music. Website: Danceweavers.ca-MasterandCommander.

Oct 20

50th Anniversary Ottawa International Folk Dancers, Ottawa Convention and Events Centre, Ottawa, ON; Yves Moreau (Bulgarian) and Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian). Contact: Lucette Lepage, lllepage@hotmail.com. Website: IFDO Calendar.

October 26-28

International Folk Dance Weekend, Poconos Mountains, PA; with Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion (Romanian) and Joe Graziosi (Greek). Details to follow. Website: folkdancecouncil.org/.

 

2018 Tours
May 17-27 Istanbul Kars Trabzon Ordu Safranbolu Istanbul with Ahmet Luleci, Kyriakos Moisidis, Joe Graziosi. Website: danstur.com
May 22-June 6 Romania and Bulgaria with Nina Kavardjikova. Contact: ninalk20@hotmail.com.
May – October Eight Bulgarian singing and dance tours with Jaap van Beelen and Galina Durmushliyska, based in Veliko Tarnovo, BG. Website: www.gokotel.com, Facebook: gokotel.
June 1-12 Bulgaria Folk Dance Tour led by Ira Weisburd and Mitko Petrov with Goran Alachki. Info at Facebook: Bulgaria with Ira Weisburd.
June 7-17 Rome to Athens with Folkdance on the Water. Contact: info@folkdanceonthewater. Website: www.folkdanceonthewater.com.
June 11-25 Poland, led by Richard Schmidt – Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
June 12-20

Rose Valley Workshop & Party, Karavelovo, Bulgaria. Daily workshops in Bulgarian dance, singing, and traditional instruments. Organized and hosted by Nikolay and Donka Kolev. Nightly parties. Website: www.gadular.com.

June 19-30 Trip to Transylvania and Bucovina organized and led by Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu. Contact Sonia at sonia_dion@hotmail.com.
June 12-25 Norway/Denmark/Sweden, led by Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com
July 4-15 Culinary tour of Bulgaria, led by George Vishegonov. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
July 13-21 Wine tasting tour of Bulgaria, led by George Vishegonov. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
July 29-Aug 12 Wow! 5 Balkan Countries Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Greece! led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
August 19-26 Jewish Heritage Tour 8-Day, 7-Night to Macedonia. Website: Jewish-heritage-tour-to-macedonia/.
September 4-15 Culinary tour of Bulgaria, led by George Vishegonov. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
September 9-22 Scotland, led by Richard Schmidt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
September 10-23

Dance & Cultural Tour to Albania and Kosovo led by Steve & Susan Kotansky and Kujtim & Pjereta Ismaili. For details, visit www.sskotansky.com/

September 15-23 Wine tasting tour of Bulgaria, led by George Vishegonov. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
October 12-24 Spain, led by Jim Gold and Lee Friedman. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
December 5-14 Winter Markets in Europe Tour, Contact: info@cobblestonefreeway.ca. Website: www.cobblestonefreeway.ca.
2019 Tours
February Argentina, led by Jim Gold and TBA. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com
April 4-16 Hungary Folk Tour led by Steve and Susan Kotansky. Website: Hungary Folk Tour
October Greek Islands: Crete and Santorini, led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.

 

Evening Cruise Hungarian Folk Dance Budapest, Hungary, Dinner tours and Hungarian Folkdance show, year-round