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March 2017
(March 17)
New Date, March 24
Balkan Workshop and Party with Adam Kossowski, Hamilton IFDC. Adam will teach several Bulgarian dances that he learnt from renowned teacher/choreographer Belco Stanev.WebsiteHamilton Folk Dance.
March 18 Balkan Music Night Concord MA, music, dance party and kefana, 7 pm to 1 am. Contact: The Folk Arts Center of New England. Website:
March 24-26 Workshop with Steve Kotansky; Calgary Folkdance Fridays. More information in early 2017. Website: Calgary Folkdance Fridays
March 24-27 Chicago Spring Festival with Ahmet Luleci (Turkish), Ventzi Sotirov (Bulgarian), Keepa Jasim (Assyrian), Nina Kavardjikova (Bulgarian), Chris Bajmakovich (accordion and Macedonian singing), James Stoyanoff (clarinet). Website: Chicago Spring Festival.
March 25

David Yee, Celebration of Life. 7-10 p.m. at the Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. E. Toronto. Potluck Finger Food/Snacks. See Flyer for details.

April 2017
Apr 1 OFDA Tibetan Dance Café with guest teacher Sonam Chokey. Spend a social evening at the OFDA Café.   Enjoy International Dancing and a Potluck Supper (bring your favourite recipe with enough for at least 8 servings). Website: OFDA
April 2 Rikudiyah – 47th Annual Israeli Folk Dance Festival For Children; at Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughn; 2:30-4:30 pm. Contact: Annette Davis,
Apr 7-9 Spring Thaw! Toronto Contra Dancers with Mary Wesley (caller) and Genticorum (music). Website: Toronto Contra Dance.
Apr 14 Twelve Dresses Ball, (Good Friday)  2-5 pm, 7:30-10:30 pm. Potluck supper between dances. Cost:  one price for both dances, $25 members of TECDA, TCD, $30 non members (pay at the door)

Dress code:  Regency preferred for the evening dance.  There will be dressing areas. Address:  13620 Weston Road, in King City (north of King City side road)

Please email to reserve a spot.

Apr 21-23 Fourth Lyrids Festival, Burnaby BC; with Yves Moreau (Bulgarian) and France Bourque-Moreau (International), registration opens in January. Website:  Lyrids Festival .
Apr 21-23 NEFFA Festival, Mansfield, MA (near Boston); contras, squares International Folk Dance, performances, dances, food, crafts. Website: NEFFA Festival.
Apr 22 Dan Garvin Workshop FANS in Halifax, NS. Website: Folkdancers’ Association of Halifax
May 2017
May 5-6 Spring Fling! Fiddlefern Country Dancers, Owen Sound, Ontario; with Will Mentor (caller) and Dance-a-Rama (band). Website: SpringFling!
May 5-7 Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company 35th Anniversary Celebration Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company celebrates its 35 Anniversary, 3 pm at the Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront, Tickets: $32-$48 by phone at 416-975-4000. Website: Esmerelda Enrique Spanish Dance
May 6

Mixers you’ve never heard of
Mixers You’ve Never Heard of — a Workshop with Karen Bennett. Karen will mastermind this afternoon workshop, introducing mixers from many countries (i.e. Taiwan, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Latviaand more).
Location: Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. E., Toronto, 2-5 p.m.

May 12-14 BeLev Achad 2017, Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society dance workshop with Yaron Carmel. Website:
May 19-22 Ontario Folk Dance Camp University of Waterloo, Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Ann Leach (International). Website: OFDCamp
May 19-22 Laografia Greek Dance Conferencepresented by La Troupe Folklorique Grecque Syrtaki of Montreal, McGill University. Website: Laografia
May 27 Toronto English Country Dance Assembly/Contra Dance – Saturday Special Dance. Website: TECDA Saturday Dance or Toronto Contra Dance.
June 2017
June 10 OFDA AGM & Camp Review
June 17-July 24 Mendocino Folklore Camp, Mendocino Woodlands, Northern California with Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian), Roo Lester (Scandinavian), Yiannis Konstantinou (Greek) plus music and singing instruction. Website:
June 24-July 1 West Coast Music and Dance Balkan Camp at Mendocino Woodlands, Northern California, instructors TBA. Website: West Coast Balkan Camp
July 2017
July 7-9 Mariposa Folk Festival, Tudhope Park, Orillia ON. Details TBA. Website: Mariposa Folk Festival.
July 12-16 Door County Folk Festival, north-east Wisconsin between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, folk, contra, square and Israeli dance teaching, singing. Website: DCFF.
July 16-23, 23-30 Stockton Folk Dance Camp (Wk 1/Wk 2) at University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, with Roberto Bagnoli (International), Caspar Bik (Georgian), Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian), Bruce Hamilton (English Country), Radboud Koop (Russian), France Bourque-Moreau (French Canadian, International), Tony Parkes (American Squares and Contras), music directed by Miamon Miller. Website: Stockton Folk Dance Camp
July 23-29 Bulgarian Folk Music and Dance Seminar, Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Iliana Bozhanova (Dance Program Coordinator). Website: Bulgarian Folk Music and Dance.
July 25-Aug 3 Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar – World Camp 2017 at Berovo, Macedonia, instruction in Macedonian dance, music and singing. Website: Macedonian Pearl Folk Seminar.
Aug 13-19 Mainewoods Dance Camp, Session 1 with Tom Bozigian (Armenian), Miriam Handler (Israeli), Steve Kotansky (Balkan), MerakKef Express: Joe Blumenthal, Kitty Kagay, Karen Klevanosky, Barb McLean, Bob Schulz, Debby Szajnsberg (International Folk Musicians), plus English, Contra and Squares with John McIntire. Website:
Aug 20-26 Mainewoods Dance Camp, Session 2 with Harry Khamis (Scottish), Lee Otterholt (Balkan & Beyond), Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian), Susan Anderson, Carol Wadlinger, Bill Wadlinger, Anne Ehrhart (International Folk Musicians)Website:
Aug 21-27 KlezKanada – Yiddish Rennaisance; workshops, dance parties, concerts, lectures, films and Yiddish language instruction; Website:

2017 Tours and Cruises
Culture & Folklore Trip to Albania
  June 3-16 Led by Yves Moreau and France Bourque Moreau with Kujtim and Pjereta Ismaili

Transylvania May 30-June 10 An ethnographic and cultural tour with Sonia and Cristian in collaboration with Camelia and Nelutu Motoc. Contact: Sonia_dion@hotmail.com2017 Tours and Cruises

Norway, Sweden & Denmark (Full) – June 7-19 Led by Lee Otterholt – A Jim Gold tour

Wine Tasting Tour of Bulgaria!  June 10 – 17, 2017 OR September 23-30, 2017 A Jim Gold tour led by George Vishegonov

Greece – 18th Seminar of Greek Dance, June 27 to July 5, 2017 with Kyriakos Moisidis – Papa Nero, Pilion, Thessaly, Greece. Kyriakos will be teaching dances from Macedonia and Thrace, as well as Pontic dances. Contact:

Europe from A to Z, Amsterdam to Zurich along the Rhine July 3-17, 2017 – led by Marija Hillis of Dance on the Water

Turkey/Greece with Ahmet Luleci, July 16-23, travelling in northwestern Turkey and northern Greece. For complete tour information contact Ahmet at Danstur.

GREECE: GIANNINA /IPIROS PROJECT! with Kyriakos Moisidis, July 18-28. Picturesque villages, high mountains, rich culture, music, songs and dances. The best researchers, the best musicians, the best dancers of the area will be with us in this unique part of Greece to present the traditions of the Giannina area in Epirus. Contact:

Poland! July 21 to August 5, 2017 Led by Richard Schmidt – A Jim Gold tour, Krakow, Zakopane, Lodz, Gdansk, Olsztyn, Warsaw

World Camp in Ohrid, Macedonia Norway, Sweden, Denmark! July 23-29, 2017 with Yannis Konstantinou (Greek), Ljupko Manevski (Macedonian), Mariana Paunova (Bulgarian) and Evren Soytopcu-Ahmet Luleci (Turkish). For complete tour information contact Ahmet at Danstur.

Bulgarian Folk Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, July 23-29, 2017.

Bulgaria July 28-August 8, 2017 Led by Belčo Stanev, dance seminar and International Folk Festivals in Veliko Tarnovo and Varna. E-mail:

Romania! August 5-17, 2017 Led by Jim Gold, Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj and more

Transylvania September 12-23, 2017 An ethnographic and cultural tour with Sonia and Cristian in collaboration with Camelia and Nelutu Motoc. Contact:

Balkan Splendour October 15-29, 2017 Led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Montenegro

Hungary: Dance and Cultural Tour October 5-17, 2017 with Steve and Susan Kotansky. Details to follow. Contact: Website: Dance Tour to Hungary.

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