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Workshop, Potluck, and Party with Gergana Panova

March 10, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 10:45 pm

$9 – $26

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Afternoon workshop, potluck dinner, and evening dance party featuring Gergana Panova. Gergana is visiting the US this March 2018 and we are fortunate to have her present her material to us. In June 2016 among the many wonderful dances Gergana taught were Chukaj Chukaj Pironche, Cerkezko, Boalijsko, Maleshevsko, and Kopano Horo.

3:00pm Doors open
3:30-6:30pm Workshop focused on dances of Pirin, Shopluk, and Trakia sponsored by the Moveable Feet Club. $15 donation.
6:30-8:00pm Potluck. Bring dishes to serve 8-10 dancers, greatly appreciated.
8:00-10:45pm Party sponsored by the Peninsula Council. Adony Beniares and Ken Kaye emcee the party. Send your party dance requests to Hollis Radin or Lucy Chang.

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Gergana Panova

Dr. Gergana Panova-Tekath

Dr. Gergana Panova-Tekath was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. From 1988 to 1993, she danced with the Filip Kutev Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble. She studied dance ethnology in Bulgaria and obtained her Ph.D. in dance from Dortmund University (Germany).

She regularly commutes between Bulgaria, where she heads the Ethnochoreology Department at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Germany, where she is Professor of Dance at Folkwang University in Essen.

She has published numerous articles and has written two books on various aspects of Bulgarian traditional dance. Besides organizing annual summer seminars in Bulgaria, Gergana has taught workshops in many countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Israel, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina and North America.

She graduated in Dance Pedagogy, Ethnochoreology, Choreography and Direction (Bulgaria), and Kinetography and Communicative Sciences (Germany) and has completed a Doctorate with “Summa cum laude” and awarded the prize “Dissertation 2004” from the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany) in the area of Cultural Philosophy. The title of her thesis is “Dance after Perestroika. The Communication between Eastern and Western Europe through the Bulgarian Folkdances.” Gergana qualified in Ethnochoreology and Communication in 2011 in Sofia.

She performed as a solo dancer and choreographer at the National Ensemble for Folksongs and Folkdances (Philip Koutev) in Sofia from 1988 to 1994, was a Choreographer for different Bulgarian and international Theater Projects, was a Senior Fellow and Associate Professor for Ethnochoreology at the Institute for Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, and has lectured at the Technical University of Dortmund, the Humboldt University, Berlin, the University in Zurich, the University of Music, Vienna, and the New Bulgarian University, Sofia.

Starting in 1994, she has conducted over 300 seminars and summer academies in folk dances in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.

Gergana has published over 50 Articles and two books about dancing, nonverbal communication, ethnology, etcetera in Bulgarian, German, English, and Russian.


March 10, 2018
3:30 pm - 10:45 pm
$9 – $26
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Moveable Feet Club
Peninsula Council


St. Bede’s Church Hall
2650 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA United States
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