Statewide 2024 is a weekend festival of folk dance workshops and parties including
- Dance workshops
- Dance performances
- Evening Parties with Orkestar Unbound
- Sunday Square Dance Hoedown called by Kurt Gollhardt
- Culture Corners
- Request Dancing
- Meeting friends – Old and New
All events take place at the Newark Pavilion, Newark, CA.
Instructors and Band
Yannis Konstantinou – Greek/Macedonian
is an internationally renowned instructor and ethnologist of Greek Macedonian dance and culture. His passion for traditional music and dance began in his childhood, dancing with his family in his parents’ villages of Alona and Akrites in the Florina region of Greece. Today, his knowledge extends beyond that of the Greek Macedonian people indigenous to the area. Since 1990 he has conducted research on the impacts on Florina dances due to the migration of social groups and ethnic minorities to northwest Greece, such as Vlachs, Sarakatsani, and refugees from Thrace and Asia Minor. He also has participated in comparative research studies of Macedonian communities beyond the Greek borders. In 1994 Yannis produced The Musical Tradition of Florina, a long-playing album, in collaboration with the Center of Greek Tradition.
Yannis is President and Artistic Director of the “Lygkistes” Cultural Association and a founding member of The Academy of Traditional Folklore Dance and Music located in Athens, Greece. He is actively involved with the “Association for the Preservation and Dissemination of Traditional Dance and Music” whose members are dedicated to sharing with children and youth living in urban areas an appreciation of traditional lifestyles of the outlying areas of Greece. Since 2001, he has been the Director of the student dance association of the Balkan Studies department of the Aristotle University of Thessalonika. Yannis Konstantinou is very well-known as a teacher of Greek Macedonian dance and culture throughout Greece and Europe and among those North Americans who have had the good fortune to experience the dance seminars he organizes annually in Agios Germanos, overlooking Lake Prespa.
Cesar Garfiaz – Salsa Rueda and More
was born and raised in Los Angeles , CA (Hollywood). He has been hyperactive since early childhood, and has always enjoyed moving. Being partly raised by his aunt, Garfiaz was influenced by her affinity for Salsa. He began dancing Salsa at the young age of seven, going on Sundays to Steven’s Steakhouse with his Tia Raquel. In high school, he was part of a performing arts class for two years, where he learned of his passion for performing. Garfiaz joined UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures in the Fall of 2004. In the Spring of 2003, Garfiaz began working and collaborating with Ana Maria Alvarez and was a cast member of her original thesis concert “contra-tiempo”. Over the past seven years he has studied various styles including modern, hip hop, house, tai chi, Ghanaian, Mexican Folklorico & Afro-Cuban. As a part of UCLA’s Repertory Tour Ensemble, Cesar performed and inspired young people in high schools all over Los Angeles. Through his work with Rep Tour, he became passionate about youth arts education, and is continuing this important work with his involvement in CONTRA-TIEMPO. He currently teaches Salsa and Latin Dance at Cal Poly Pamona and at several studios around Los Angeles. As a founding member of the company, he is committed to seeing this group actualize its’ full potential as an agent for change. Garfiaz is dedicated to being a leader in this important work and sharing with others his absolute love for movement.
Kurt Gollhardt – Square Dance
is President of the Santa Clara Valley Callers Association and has been calling in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2006. He began calling square dances in 1996 and frequently calls for weekend hoedowns. He has been very active in promoting new approaches to teaching and supporting newer dancers, most recently as a champion of CALLERLAB’s new Social Square Dance (SSD) program. Kurt has been voted a Top Ten Caller by the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association (SCVSDA) since 2017.
Bill Cope will be assembling Orkestar Unbound for Statewide 2024. Bill is a multi-instrumentalist who is drawn to play music without borders, that will get people on their feet, dancing! Orkestar Unbound guest artists include Dan Auvil, Janie Cowan, Ralph Iverson, Asaf Ophir and Emily Saletan, playing international folk music from the Balkans and beyond!
Statewide 2024 will be happening May 17-19 in Newark the weekend prior Memorial Day Weekend. Please book your rooms early.
Chase Suite Hotel
Spacious extended stay suites, with separate living room and individual bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Plus a full kitchen! More details…
There is a very low rate on the hotel rooms (Chase Suite Hotel in Newark), but it is only good until March 31 (now extended from December 31). If you know you’ll be going to Statewide this year, grab one of these rooms now. The room is only $120 per night (plus tax). It’s the “Signature King Suite” that includes a king-size bed, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a pull-out couch in the living room for two more people — plus a grab-and-go breakfast. Four friends could easily share this suite.
To book discounted rate, visit Chase Suite Hotel online, click the “Book Your Stay” button, select the date May 17, 2024 (2 nights), and use discount code “Folk2024” under Group Code. The first option should be the Signature King Suite for $120 per night (plus tax). Look for the two-bedroom suite which comes with a complete kitchen. Use the button for the May 17, 2 nights, booking and correct the number of adults staying.
Book May 17 Discount
Lodging should be purchased separately. Recommended group pricing available at Chase Suite Hotel, Newark, CA.
Children under 13 are admitted free with a paying adult. Young adults aged 13-21 will receive a 50% discount, but may be required to volunteer from 1-2 hours during the festival.
Print and Mail Registration Form
Print and complete registration form and send with your check (made payable to Folk Dance Federation) to:
153 Race Street
San Jose, CA 95126.
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