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Global Folk Dance Party
May 15 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
Connect Globally, Dance Locally. Follow folk dance leaders and dance watching enthusiasts worldwide.
This month we will be joined by Steve Kotansky with a focus on dances we’ve learned from Steve and Susan. In addition, two of our friends from Florida, Pat Henderson and Bobby Quibodeaux, will be dancing from their home studio, with maybe a small group of friends dancing with them!Stephen “Steve” Kotansky was raised in the San Francisco area, moved to Southern California after high school, and danced with the prestigious AMAN Folk Ensemble (aka, AMAN International Music and Dance Company) of Los Angeles, California. He also danced with Vince Evanchuk and his Ukrainian dance troupe, the Westwind Folk Ensemble, and the San Francisco Russian Dance Group, before becoming a dance major at the University of California at Los Angeles. Steve taught folk dance in Western Europe and organized workshops in Hungary, Macedonia, and Serbia. In the late 1970s, Steve returned to Hungary and studied with dance master, Timár Sándor, among others. It was during this time that Steve met his future wife, Susan Snyder. Steve has since taught at every major North American festival and camp, often with his wife, Susy.
Susan “Susy” Snyder-Kotansky studied ballet as a young child and has been dancing ever since. As a young adult she danced with the George Tomov Folk Ensemble, Hungaria, and the Hungarian dance troupe, Hungaresca. Her passion for Hungarian dance and music led her to a dance seminar in Sarospatak in northern Hungary. There she met master teacher, Timár Sándor, who had a large role in initiating the Táncház movement.Susan and her husband Steven Kotansky created and co-directed the Guzsaly Ensemble while teaching weekly classes. They invited master teachers Zoltan Zsuráfszky, Zoltán “Batyu” Farkas, and Ferenc Sára to choreograph and teach their ensemble. In addition, Steve and Susy took many trips to Hungary for the purpose of studying and learning dance. Susy has co-taught couple dances with Steve at many folk dance camps.
Bobby J. Quibodeaux started folk dancing in 1971 shortly after the Orlando International Folk Dance Club started. He was an outstanding member of the club’s performing group for many years. He and his wife, Pat Henderson, have led the Orlando International Folk Dance Club, and Bobby is the main teacher of the club. Bobby and Pat have also danced with the Orlando Israeli Folk Dancers for over 20 years. For the past ten years, Bobby and Pat have taken many folk dance trips including Jim Gold’s first trip to Greece with Lee Otterholt in 2006. Bobby also led the international folk dancing during Jim’s trip to Bulgaria in 2010.
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Then join everybody at the PARTY after this, hosted by Paul Collins and friends
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