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Tuesdays in June

Toronto Botanical Garden, Scottish Country Dancing at TBG with the Toronto Scottish Country Dancers, 7:00 pm till dusk, music by Scotch Mist. Rainy day location and other information: Scottish Dancing in the Park.


Balfolk continues during the summer at La Rev, 2848 Dundas Street West. Check Toronto Weekly Classes elsewhere in the OFDA online magazine.


Richmond Hill, Sundays, June, July, August, 7:30 to 9:00 International Folk Dancing in Mill Pond Park. Free. Contact:


Toronto, International Folk Dancing, Tuesdays during July and August. Hillcrest Park. NEW TIMES this year: 7–9 p.m. Free. Website:


Hamilton, International Folk Dancing Tuesdays in July, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. On the Hamilton Waterfront at the covered stage next to Williams Fresh Café, 47 Discovery Drive. Rain or shine. Free. Contact:


Out of Province


Montreal, Dancing instruction at Beaver Lake in Mont Royal Park, June 5 to August 28, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Free.


Vancouver, Dancing in Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow, 7:30 – 9:30 PM, mid June to mid August, past the tennis courts, across from the Pitch and Putt, and near Second Beach. Open to everyone, all ages, all skill levels. No previous experience necessary. We teach very easy dances from many countries. And, best of all – it’s FREE!


Victoria – Dancing at the band shell in Beacon Hill Park, Fridays, June 17 to August 12, 7:00 p.m. to dusk. Free.


Montreal, Dancing at Beaver Lake in Mont Royal Park from June 1 to August 31, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Free.


Halifax, Dancing on the docks at the Dartmouth Ferry terminal starting June 15, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Website: Halifax FD

June 1

Hamilton IFDC End of Year Party, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, West Hamilton, 8–11 pm. Website:

June 9

OFDA Café AGM and Waterloo Camp Review at Riki & Stav Adivi’s home, 13620 Weston Road., King City, 6–10 p.m., pot luck dinner 6:30 pm. See Flyer

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:

June 23

Shevchenko Musical Ensemble presents Together, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West, 7 pm. Website:

Jun 23-30

Balkan Music and Dance Workshop (west coast), Mendocino, CA; with dance teachers Petur Iliev (Bulgarian dance), Michael Ginsburg (Balkan dance), Joe Graziosi (Greek), kids’ program, plus eighteen instrument teachers and six vocal instructors. More information on website:

June 29-July 1

Toronto IsReal Dance Festival Celebrating 13 years, Miles Nadal JCC, Toronto, ON; with Elad Shtamer, Rafi Ziv, Eli Segal. Website:

June 29-July 1

Toronto FINN FEST 2018, 78th Finnish Canadian Grand Festival, Tyndale College Campus, 3377 Bayview Avenue; entertainment (including Toronto Swedish Folkdancers), artists, lectures, marketplace. Website:

JULY 2018

July 5-8

Jane Austen Festival, Port Alberni, BC; July 5/6 performance of Persuasion by the Chicago Chamber Opera Tour Company, Grand promenade, family picnic and Country Dance. Website: jane-austen-festival-2.

Jul 7-14

Middle East Camp, Mendocino, CA; instrument and dance instruction. Website;

July 11-15

Door County Festival, Bailey’s Harbour WI; details TBA, Website:

July 14

Flameco guitarist David Sinclair in Toronto for a single performance. 810 p.m. Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company studio venue

401 Richmond Street West, Suite B104 

Tickets $20 + HST  –  Limited Seating

July 15

Toronto Island Dance, Ward’s Island Recreation Association Clubhouse, Toronto, ON; Lisa Greenleaf with Tempest (Rochester), 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm, pre-registration a must. Website:

Jul 15-22, 22-29

Stockton Folk Dance Camp, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA; with Aaron Alpert (Israeli), Caspar Bik (Georgian), Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian), Joe Graziosi (Greek), Roo Lester (Scandinavian), Kay Munn (Scottish), Tony Parkes (Squares and Contras). Website:

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:

July 18-28

Macedonian Traditional Music & Dance Seminar, Lake Ohrid, Macedonia; with Stefče Stojkovski, music, dance, singing workshops, evening parties. Website:

July 21-22

SIFD Balkan Plus Workshop, London, England; with Lee Otterholt (Balkan). Website:

July 25-Aug 3

Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar – World Camp 2018, 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.

Jul 27-28

Ontario Open Fiddle and Step Dance Competition, Bobcaygeon Community Centre, Bobcaygeon, ON; Website:

July 29-Aug 5

Ti Ti Tabor Hungarian Folk Camp, Gig Harbor, WA: with dance teachers István (Pisti) Kis and Erika Kis Demeter, Erika Juhasz (singing), Noemi Tokar (beginner dance) and more. Website:


Aug 2-5

New Mexico August Folk Dance Camp, Montezuma, NM; with Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion (Romanian) and Roo Lester and Larry Harding (Scandinavian). Website:

Aug 4-11

Balkan Music and Dance Workshop (east coast), Rock Hill, NY; with dance teachers Tanya Dimitrov (Bulgarian), Joe Graziosi (Greek), Rena Karyofyllidou (Greek), Steve Kotansky (Albanian & Balkan dance), Susan Kotansky (Albanian & Balkan dance), kids program, plus instrument teachers and vocal instructors. Website:

Aug 12-18, 19-25

Mainewoods Dance Camp, Week 1 with Roberto Bagnoli (Israeli)
Steve Kotansky (Balkan), Richard Schmidt (Polish), music with merakKef Express; Week 2 with Wim Bekooy (International), France Bourque-Moreau (French-Canadian & more), Yves Moreau (Bulgarian), music with Barbara Pixton & Julia Poirier. Website:

Aug 12-18

Algoma Trad Camp, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, ON; Drake Meadows (Community dance), traditional Canadian music (guitar, fiddle, flute, banjo and more), singing, arts and crafts, culture. Website:

Aug 20-26

Folk Camp, Grafton, ON; experience traditions of craft, song, dance and more, Youth program. Website:

Aug 20-26

Uprising//Rising Up, Klez Kanada, Camp B’nai Brith, Lantier, QC; staff includes Marilyn Lerner, Ethel Raim, Alicia Svigals, Michael Wex, Steven Weintraub; registration open, scholarships available. Website:


Sept 7-9

A Balfolk Dance and Music Festival in Honeywood, ON. 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 Info. Join the Facebook Event Here

Sept 8

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

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:


Oct 25-28

Machol Merkaz Israeli Folk Dance Weekend, Chicago, IL area; with Dror Davidi, Yaron Malihi, Eran Bitton. Contact: Website: Machol Merkaz 2018.

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:

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, Website: IFDO Calendar.

October 26-28

International Folk Dance Weekend, Poconos Mountains, PA; with Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion (Romanian) and Joe Graziosi (Greek). 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:


2018 Tours

June – October

Eight Bulgarian singing and dance tours with Jaap van Beelen and Galina Durmushliyska, based in Veliko Tarnovo, BG. Website:, Facebook: gokotel.

July 4-15

Culinary tour of Bulgaria, led by George Vishegonov. Contact:

July 13-21

Wine tasting tour of Bulgaria, led by George Vishegonov. Contact:

July 29-Aug 12

Wow! 5 Balkan Countries Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Greece! led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact:

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:

September 9-22

Scotland, led by Richard Schmidt. Contact:

September 10-23

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

September 15-23

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

October 12-24

Spain, led by Jim Gold and Lee Friedman. Contact:

December 5-14

Winter Markets in Europe Tour, Contact: Website:

2019 Tours


Argentina, led by Jim Gold and TBA. Contact:

April 4-16

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

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 at  Facebook Macedonia & Northern Greece tour.

July 13-21

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

Aug 9-19

Ukraine – Dance and Culture Festival. Contact: Website:


Greek Islands: Crete and Santorini, led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. Contact:

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