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Laguna Folk Dance Festival
March 1 - March 3$25 – $110
Southern California’s premier folk dance festival, now in its 49th year! Dance and instrumental workshops with master teachers, parties with live music, the famous Sunday Dance Concert, catered food… what’s not to like? The Laguna Festival is one of Southern California’s premier annual folk dance events. You can bet all your friends will be there. You should be too!
We are proud to announce that our teachers this year are:
Bata Marcetic – Serbian Folk Dances
Miroslav Bata Marcetic was a leading performer, soloist and choreographer, with the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) for seventeen years and is the recipient of several awards for his artistic work. He has attended almost all folk dance seminars held in former Yugoslavia and eventually, he became the instructor of several workshops held in former Yugoslavia, Japan, Israel and currently in Canada and the USA. As a well-known choreographer, he was chosen by the Folk Dance Association of Serbia to be a judge at folklore competitions that were taking place in Serbia and Montenegro from 1980 to 1993. Bata is well-known both from his appearances at Stockton and from his teaching at the Laguna Festival several years ago. He is an energetic teacher with great dances and music and a warm and friendly human being. More details…
Steve Kotansky – International Folk Dances
Steve has 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. Steve has taught at every major North American festival and camp, often with his wife, Susy. Their work continues to be an expression of their love and passion for dance, finding time to teach dance to children K-12 in New York City area public and private schools. Steve also serves as a consultant to several Hungarian folk ensembles. Most recently, Steve has been researching Albanian and Roma dance from the Diaspora and continues his work and research in Balkan and Central European countries. He is particularly interested in dance culture as it has evolved since the “fall of the Wall” in these countries. More details…
Miamon Miller has moved to New Mexico, as many of you know, BUT … he is coming back just to play at our festival. He will be putting together a band of great musicians and playing for us both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, just as in years past. Thank you, Miamon!
Friday evening we will have THREE bands: Madison Avenue Folk will get all who come early dancing, Veselba will fill the middle spot and the energetic Zimzala will keep us dancing at the “after party.”
There will be no organized Balkan music workshops, but everyone who plays an instrument is encouraged to bring an instrument and add to the festivities by playing at sing-a-longs and jamming with others in a room set aside especially for musicians. And yes, Michael Lawson will again be leading his popular sing-alongs at the festival!
Catered food will again be available (must be ordered beforehand) for both Saturday and Sunday lunches and, of course, the Saturday banquet. Meals are purchased separately from the program.
Register before February 20 for all events at $90 ($110 at the door). Mail your check payable to Laguna International Dancers (before Feb. 20) to Folk Dance Festival, 5483 C Paseo del Lago W., Laguna Woods, CA 92637.
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