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February 2018

Festival of the Oaks

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Live Oak Recreation Center, 1301 Shattuck Avenue (at Berryman)
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
$12 - $22

Festival of the Oaks 2018 The 70th annual international Festival of the Oaks features a morning international folk dance workshop with Michael Ginsburg, a hot lunch, exhibition dance performance, and a program of afternoon recreational dances. Fun for all ages! No partner needed. Free refreshments will be served all afternoon. Schedule 9:00-9:30am Registration 9:30am-12:00pm Dance workshop with Michael Ginsburg, $13 12:00-1:00pm Hot lunch, $6 12:00-1:00pm Folk Dance Federation membership meeting. Includes lunch provided to Federation members attending. 1:00pm Exhibition dance…

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Dances with Grapevines Theme Party

February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
First Baptist Event Hall, 305 N. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301-4105 United States
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Have fun doing grapevine theme dances with Katherine Abbott and Cindy and Craig Blackstone, plus your requests. 5:45pmDoors open, warm up dances 6:00-7:00pmCraig Blackstone teaching Opinca (Romania), Kathterine Abbot teaching a fun dance (TBA), and Cindy Blackstone teaching Rav Brachot (Israel) 7:00-10:00pmDancers' requests and theme dances Donation: $10 ($1 donation to Habitat for Humanity). Theme Parties may feature teaching and several notable dances. The remaining dances will be from dancers’ requests. All levels, all countries, all forms. Snack donations always…

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March 2018

Dance Party with Balkanton 340

March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
All Saints’ Episcopal, 555 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Balkanton 340 and its members are Dena Bjornlie (gadulka and vocals), Hector Bezanis (gajda), and Dan Auvil (tupan). As their name implies, they specialize in Bulgarian village music. Bring some light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages to help make it a party, and tips for the band.

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Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Gergana Panova

March 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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The charming Gergana Panova will be teaching a special workshop in Bulgarian dance. She is visiting the US this spring. [youtube] Gergana Panova leads Maleshevsko, excerpt by Blakanitsa-Haifa Dance Group, Israel, 2010 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…

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Workshop with Gergana Panova

March 10 @ 3:30 pm - 10:45 pm
St. Bede’s Church Hall, 2650 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA United States
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$9 - $26

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,…

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April 2018

Spring Folk Dance Party

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue
Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
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The annual Petaluma spring folk dance party featuring live music by Staro Vino. First hour will be dancing to old and new recorded favorites followed by dancing to live music. Staro Vino Staro VinoStaro Vino plays dance tunes and table songs from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia. Staro Vino is Andrew Cohen (accordion), Greg Masaki Jenkins (clarinet and vocals), and Mark Jenkins (percussion and vocals).

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Bay Area Dance Week

April 27 - May 6
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To help promote folk dance, several Bay Area Folk Dance Federation member groups are generously opening their folk dance classes free to the public during Bay Area Dance Week, April 27 to May 6. Bay Area Dance Week Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) is the largest, most vibrant dance week celebration in the country with over 400 free dance performances, workshops, classes, lectures, and open houses during its 10-day celebration. The Bay Area possesses one of the largest active and…

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2018 Blossom Festival

April 29 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112 United States
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The annual Blossom Festival, a featured event of Bay Area Dance Week, includes a folk dance party, short dance workshops, and dance performance by guest company. Free! Save the date. More details coming soon... Dance activities will be held in the Wellness Center, 3rd Floor, Studio 301

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May 2018

Statewide 2018

May 18 - May 20
Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 United States
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"Gateway to the Sierras" includes workshops and parties with master instructors Steve Kotansky and Bruce Hamilton and live dance music by Chubritza. Schedule Friday May 18, 6:30-10:30pm: Evening party with live music by Chubritza Saturday May 19, 9:00am-10:30pm: Workshops, with specially catered Balkan dinner, Croatian dance and singing performances by Skalinada, and evening party with live music by Chubritza. Sunday May 20, 9:30am-5pm: Reviews, special catered Mexican lunch, afternoon party (recorded music) DOWNLOAD, print, and share a flier! Steve KotanskySteve…

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September 2018

Chang’s 80th Birthday Celebration

September 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112 United States
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Save the date! More details coming...

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