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October 2018

Croatian Heritage Festival

October 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Croatian Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94708 United States
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$15

The Croatian Heritage Festival (formerly the Marko Polo Festival) is a celebration of Croatian music, dance, food, and heritage. Marko Polo, the famed Croatian explorer, was born on the island of Korcula, off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. To highlight his achievements as one of the men to open the Far East to trade, the Slavonic Cultural Center celebrates an annual Marko Polo Day in October with a festival of Croatian and international music, dance, and ethnic food. The Sinovi…

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Bulgarian Workshop with Michael Ginsburg and Party with Bulgarika

October 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
First Baptist Event Hall, 305 N. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301-4105 United States
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$25

Enjoy a Bulgarian folk dance workshop with master instructor Michael Ginsburg then stay to dance to traditional Bulgarian dance music played by Bulgarika! Schedule 1:00 pm Doors open 1:30-3:30 pm Bulgarian Folk Dance Workshop with Michael Ginsburg, $12 3:30-4:00 pm Social time with refreshments and dancing to recorded music. 4:00-7:00 pm Dance party with music by Bulgarika, $18 Both sessions: $25 For the workshop, as time permits, Michael will teach from the following dances: Shira Horo Trite Pate from Kermen…

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November 2018

Pre-Kolo Festival Workshop with Sue Williard and Party with Zabava!

November 17, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 11:00 pm
All Saints’ Episcopal, 555 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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$16

Get ready for Kolo Festival by preparing with a workshop by Sue Willard and party with live music by Zabava! Bring tips for the band! Snacks greatly appreciated for the Kafana. DOWNLOAD, print, and share a flier. 6:45 pm Doors open. Warm up and request dances 7:00 pm Sue Willard teaching Berance and Maleshevsko 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Dancing party to music by Zabava Bill CopeZabava!Energetic, soulful, and rhythmically dazzling music played from the center of the dance floor--music…

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Kolo Festival 2018

November 23, 2018 - November 24, 2018
Croatian Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94708 United States
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Free – $100

The 67th Kolo Festival with Dance Teachers Gergana Panova - Bulgarian Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu- Romanian couple and non-couple John Morovich & John Filcich - Kolos Singing Teachers Maria Bebelekova, Michele Simon & John Morovich Bands 15+ bands on the main dance floor and in the Kafana, playing live music from: Albania, America, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Norway, Romani, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey!   Online Registration Mail-in Registration

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December 2018

Christmas Folk Dance Party

December 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monroe Hall, 1400 W. College Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401 United States
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Razzmatazz's annual Christmas folk dance party. Includes a reading of A Night Before Christmas and a visit from Santa! Dancing to recorded and live music.

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Holiday Folk Dance Party

December 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue
Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
$12

The annual Petaluma holiday folk dance party with live music. The evening will include dancing to new and old recorded favorites, plus live Balkan music with Peter Bonos and Friends including members of Fanfare Zambaleta and Staro Vino. Everyone is welcome to come and dance and/or just listen to the fabulous music. Please bring drinks or snacks to share. DOWNLOAD, print, and share a flier. For more info contact: Carol Friedman, 415-663-9512,

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Orkestar Cope-a-Cabana Dance Party

December 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
All Saints’ Episcopal, 555 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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$12

Live music and dancing to Bill Cope and his friends: Orkestar Cope-a-Cabana Bring some light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages to help make it a party, and tips for the band! Orkestar Cope-a-Cabana Orkestar Cope-a-Cabana is a group of talented local musicians playing Balkan and Greek music, and led by well-known multi-instrumentalist Bill Cope. Bill Cope, an all-around multi-instrumentalist whose music folk dancers have loved to dance to for many years. He performs internationally as well as with many local Bay…

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GreekFeet Year-End Party

December 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Il Pirata, 2007 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10

GreekFeet loves to throw a party and this year our Year-End party is at our favorite old-time sports bar Il Pirata with live music featuring Greg Jenkins on Clarinet, Dan Cantrell on Accordion and Michael Garibaldi on Percussion. We will have a private room with access to the bar to quench our thirst between dances. Music will start at 8:00 pm. Social hour from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm with appetizers, please bring an appetizer to share. Great fun, hope…

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January 2019

Dance to Live French Music

January 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$12

French dance fun for all ages!Gary Breitbard & Jena Rauti Dance with us through France—and never leave the Bay Area! Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti will help teach and lead French dances to the live music of Fête Musette. We will take you to Alsace, Brittany, Gascony, Provence, and the Massif Central in a period where the waltz, mazurka, polka, scottish, bourree, and rondeau ruled. Join us for an evening of called dances for all ages – no experience required!…

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Dance Party with Da! Mozhem

January 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Strawberry Recreation Center, 118 E. Strawberry Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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$12

Dance to your favorite international tunes with Da! Mozhem all on a spacious sprung floor! Admission: $12. Students half-price, kids free with adult. DOWNLOAD, print, and share a flier. Da! Mozhem Da! Mozhem is quite possibly the largest folk dance band popular today in the Bay Area. Its members for this party are John Burke (accordion, vocals), Joyce Clyde (gadulka, vocals), Sonne Lemke (vocals), Paul Litsky (tambura), Alan Moore (accordion, kaval), Barbara Saxton (vocals), Lew Smith (doumbek, tupan), Ginny Snyder…

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