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Festival of the Oaks
February 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm$12 – $24
The 71st annual international Festival of the Oaks features a morning international folk dance workshop with Lee Otterholt, a hot lunch, exhibition dance performance, and a program of afternoon recreational dances. Includes a pre-owned folk dance costume sale in the dance hall. Fun for all ages! No partner needed. Free refreshments will be served all afternoon.
9:30am-12:00pm Dance workshop with Lee Otterholt, $14
12:00-1:00pm Hot lunch, $6
12:00-1:00pm Folk Dance Federation meeting. Includes lunch provided to Federation members attending.
1:00pm Exhibition dance performance
1:00-5:00pm International dance party, $12
Lee Otterholt Workshop and Folk Dance Party both $24
Workshop only $14
International Folk Dance Party only $12
Lee Otterholt, born in the USA of Norwegian-American parents, has lived and worked most of his life in Norway as a professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer.
He founded and led the Center for International Folk Dance in Oslo, Norway. He was a professor of folkloristic dance at the Norwegian National College of Ballet and at the University College of Oslo. He was responsible for the establishment of four, still-active, folk dance clubs, and three performing groups in Norway. He led these groups to festivals all over Europe. He also produced teaching materials (videos, books and CDs) on folk dance for use in the Norwegian school system. He has a professional education in choreography and was one of the choreographers of the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994.
For the last 20 years Lee has been active on the international scene, teaching international folk dance (“Balkan and Beyond”) at festivals, workshops and camps in Europe, the US and Asia, and leading folk dance cruises and tours to many parts of the world. He moved to the USA, to Laguna Beach, California in 2003. There he founded and led the international folk dance performing group “SYRTAKI,” and he is the lead singer in the Balkan Beat band “Zimzala.” He teaches regularly at local folkdance clubs in the area, and teaches his own recreational folk dance group every Wednesday evening at Laguna Woods. He is the chairman of the Laguna Folk Dance Festival. In 2015 he received the National Dance Award, presented at the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival. More details…
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