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January 2019

Rumyana Filkova: Songs and Dances of Bulgaria

January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$15

Rumyana Filkova, an accomplished teacher and performer from Plovdiv and a member of the folkloric ensemble “Trakia”, will lead a Bulgarian dance and singing workshop. She will present at least one Bulgarian dance that we will join in song as we dance it. She will teach additional dances with songs and songs for dancing as there is time and interest. Rumyana Filkova Rumyana Filkova is a professional Bulgarian folk singer, educator, and researcher. She has been on the stage for…

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2019 Scholarship Ball

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Polish-American Hall, 327 Main Street
Roseville, CA 95678 United States
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$10

​​We are happy to announce the theme of our next FUN-Raising SIFDAC Scholarship Ball will be a Good Vibrations Beach Party! An indoor Beach Party will be held the first hour from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (indoors in winter to help keep us warm) with a picnic-style pot luck, games, and a genuine sing-along (including non-dance songs). ​Then the Dance Party will be from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Each year the SIFDAC sponsors a Scholaship Ball and raises funds for…

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February 2019

Balkan Dance Party with Zabava!

February 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$12

Live Balkan music and dancing to Bill Cope and Zabava! Bring some light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages to help make it a party, and tips for the band! Bill CopeZabava!Energetic, soulful, and rhythmically dazzling music played from the center of the dance floor--music from Bulgarian, Greek, Macedonian, and Romani traditions. The musicians recreate the vibrant interplay of traditional music and dance from the cultural crossroads. Michele Simon (vocals, tupan, hand drum) Juliana Graffagna (vocals, tambura) Bill Cope (gajda, bouzouki, tambura,…

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Cretan Glendi with Live Music

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama at 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$20

Live music featuring Manolis Skoutelis playing Lyra/Askomandura and Spyros Skouradakis on Laouto from Rethymno, Crete. GreekFeet is pleased to host Manolis and Spyros for our first Cretan Glendi bringing you the spirit of Crete. Join us for a lively night full of traditional Cretan music and dancing. Can’t make our event on the 4th? You can hear Manolis and Spyros at the Belmont Greek Church Dinner and Glendi on February 9. Saturday, February 9, 2019 Cretan Glendi Dinner and FDF…

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Festival of the Oaks

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Live Oak Recreation Center, 1301 Shattuck Avenue (at Berryman)
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $24

The 71tst annual international Festival of the Oaks features a morning international folk dance workshop with Lee Otterholt, a hot lunch, exhibition dance performance, and a program of afternoon recreational dances. Includes a pre-owned folk dance costume sale in the dance hall. 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 Lee Otterholt, $14 12:00-1:00pm Hot lunch, $6 12:00-1:00pm Folk Dance Federation meeting. Includes lunch provided to Federation…

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Folk Dance and Tea Party

February 10 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Garden House, 400 University Ave.
Los Altos, CA United States
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This event is on a SUNDAY afternoon! It’s a chance for those dancers who don’t like to drive at night to join one of these parties, and to try teas and snacks from around the world! MC'd by Lon and Hollis. E-mail requests to Lon and he will incorporate them into the program. DOWNLOAD, print, and share a flier.

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Valentine’s Eve Dance Party

February 13 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Holbrook Palmer Park, Carriage House, 150 Watkins Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027 United States
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$9

Join Suzanne Rocca-Butler and the Carriage House Folk Dancers for a Valentine's Day folk dance party. Bring your dancing shoes and good cheer. Snacks or beverages to share are also appreciated if you are able. Looking forward to seeing you!

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Lunar New Year Festival

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cerritos Senior Center, 12340 South Street
Cerritos, CA United States
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The ninth annual Cerritos Folk Dancers Lunar New Year Festival will feature guest instructors Ahmet Lüleci and Evren Soytopçu Kiyak who will teach both western and eastern culture dances. The theme of the workshop is "East meets West". A lion dance will start at 12:55 pm to celebrate the Year of the Pig/Boar.

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Introduction to International Folk Dance

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
DC Dance Center, 1555 Washington Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577 United States
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$8

Instructors Gigi and Warren Jensen invite new dancers to learn international folk dance in the East Bay in three monthly 90min sessions. Future classes are on March 17. Sign up for all three lessons in advance and it’s a total of $15. Free parking in the area and it's only a short 4 block walk from the San Leandro Bart station to the studio. To join or for more details e-mail Gigi Jensen or call (510) 326-6415. The DC Dance…

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Mardi Gras Shuffle

February 18 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
St. Bede’s Church Hall, 2650 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA United States
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$9

iTunes Shuffle mode will determine which of your advanced dance requests is played next. Send your favorite dance names to Karen and we will assemble a list of 100 favorite dances for iTunes Shuffle to select for playing. We may do 3 Romanian dances in a row! Snack contributions appreciated. DOWNLOAD, print, or share a flier!

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