Calendar

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JANUARY 2018

Jan 12-13

Golden Festival, Brooklyn NY; Website: Golden Festival 2018

Jan 19-21

30th Madison Folk Ball 2018, Madison, WI; teachers TBA. Info: For info contact: Michael Kuharski mk@mailbag.com. Website: Madison Folk Ball.

Jan 19-22

DanceWeekend’18 Dance Ontario – 25th Anniversary Event at the Fleck Dance Theatre, 201 Queens Quay West, Toronto, $10 minimum donation. Website: danceontario.ca.

Jan 19-22

Florida Folk Dance Council Winter Weekend with Tineke van Geel (Armenian) and Maurits van Geel (Caucasus) at the Clarion Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Contact: John Daly and john@dalypreservation.com.

Jan 26

34rd Anniversary Party Hamilton IFDC – with Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian). Website: www.hamiltonfolkdance.ca/schedule.

Jan 26-28

Florida Snow Ball – A Contra Dance Weekend on the Beach, Gulfport, FL; with Cis Hinkle and Susan Petrick (callers), Elixir and Gaslight Tinkers (bands). Website: www.FloridaSnowball.com.

FEBRUARY 2018
Feb 3

Latvian Dance and Culture, OFDA Dance Café and Potluck Supper, Ralph Thornton Centre, Toronto, ON; with Mara Simsons and her performance group Dizais Dancis of Toronto. Website: ofda.ca.

Feb 7-12 Rivieradance! 2018, Torquay, Devon, UK; with teachers Susan and Steve Kotansky (Balkan) and Vincent Parodi (Israeli). Website: balkanfolkdance.org
Feb 9-10 Flicker by Dancers of Damelahamid, Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto. Website: www.danceworks.ca.
Feb 16 Hamilton IFDC, Valentine’s Day Party, Hamilton, ON. Website: Hamilton Folk Dance.
Feb 16-18 The Dance Flurry, Saratoga Springs, NY; dancing, family program, singing, jamming, concerts, story-telling. Website: www.flurryfestival.org.
Feb 23-25

Manitoba International Folk Dance Association, Winnipeg, MB; with Rick King teacher of Macedonian, Chaldean, Armenian, Serbian, Assyrian dance and dances from other local ethnic communities in the Detroit area. Info: mbfolkdance@gmail.com or call Jeremy Hull at 204-477-5981.

Feb 24 Balkan by the Beach, Delrey Beach, FL; with Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian). Website: balkanbythebeach
MARCH 2018
March 2-4 48th Laguna Folk Dance Festival, Laguna Beach, CA; with Gergana Panova (Bulgarian) and Roberto Bagnoli (International), music and singing workshops. Website: lagunainternationaldancers.com.
March 9-18

60th Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, San Antonio, TX; with Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian), Campbell (Social and American vintage dances). Website: safdf.org

March 16

Hamilton IFDC, Workshop and Party with Adam Kossowski, Hamilton, ON. Website: Hamilton Folk Dance.

March 17

Balkan Music Night 2018! Concord, MA; with many bands performing for dancing and listening, Balkan Music Night and the Folk Arts Center of New England. Website: balkanmusicnight.com.

March 24

The Best of Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2017, OFDA Dance Café and Potluck Supper, Ralph Thornton Centre, Toronto, ON; with Karen Bennett presenting dances from Georgia, Spain, Bulgaria and Taiwan. Website: ofda.ca

March 23-25

27th annual DownEast Country Dance Festival, Topsham, ME; traditional dance and music, New England contras, international folk dancing, Scandinavian, Cajun, couples dancing and more; dance, singing, instrumental workshops, performances, jam sessions, and family activities. Info: 207-563-8953, Website: deffa.org

March 23-25

53rd Anniversary Spring Festival, International House, Chicago, IL; Dance and music of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, teaching, concert, dance party. Website: balkanskiigri.com.

APRIL 2018
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

April 6-8 Workshop of international dances with world class teacher, Andy Taylor-Blenis, for beginners through Dance Fanatics, Edmonton, Alberta, 10970 – 127th Street, Westmount Community Hall. For more information: www.edmontoninternationalfolkdancers.ca
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

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 11-20 Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar, Folk Music and Dance Tour in Macedonia; led by Goran Alacki, visiting Skopje, Krushevo, Ohrid, Sruga, Berovo, Kochani, Delchevo. Website: goranalachki.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 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

JUNE 2018
Jun 3-12 19th Seminar of Greek Dance with Kyriakos Moisidis in Kefalos on the island of Kos. Info: https://tinyurl.com/ya3shz5u
June 9 OFDA AGM and Camp Review Café at the Ralph Thornton Centre, Toronto, ON; Website: ofda.ca.
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
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: 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/
Jul 27-Aug 4 Lark in the Morning Camp, Mendocino, CA; teaching staff TBA. Website:www.larkcamp.com.
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.

August

Folk Camp, Grafton, ON; early bird registration in February, more info TBA. Website: folkcamp.ca

August

Klez Kanada, Camp B’nai Brith, Lantier, QC; info TBA. Website: klezkanada.org

SEPTEMBER
Sept 20-23

WORLD CAMP – Iroquois Springs, Rock Hill, NY; Details to follow.

OCTOBER
October 26-28

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

2018 Tours
April 4-18 Japan, led by Richard Schmidt – Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com.
April 25-May 11 Balkan Journeys – 7 countries. Contact: info@cobblestonefreeway.ca. Website: www.cobblestonefreeway.ca.
May 12-22 Istanbul Kars Trabzon Ordu Safranbolu Istanbul with Ahmet Luleci, Kyriakos Moisidis, Joe Graziosi. Website: danstur.com
May 22-27 Pontian Horon Camp in Greece optional continuation of May 12-22 tour. 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: http://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.
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 http://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 2019 Argentina, led by Jim Gold and TBA. Contact: jimgold@jimgold.com
October 2019 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