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January 2018

Balkan Dance Party with Svirači

January 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$12

Balkan Dance Party with Svirači Svirači features Jim Little (gajda, fiddle & tambura), Melissa Miller (kaval, vocals & percussion) and Lew Smith (tambura & percussion). Svirači specializes in Macedonian and Bulgarian dance music. More details... Bring some light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages to help make it a party, and tips for the band!

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February 2018

Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Prof. Anton Andonov

February 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$15

Stanford International Dancers hosts a Bulgarian folk dance workshop with choreographer and dance ethnologist Prof. Anton Andonov Dr. Anton Andonov Prof. Anton Andonov is lecturer and director of the Department of Choreography at the Academy for Music, Dance and Fine Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He is also a member of numerous scientific committees, a dance competition judge, and has been a guest choreographer in ensembles across Bulgaria. He is visiting the US for the first time. Accomplishments: • Principle soloist…

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Balkan Dance Workshop with Michael Ginsburg

February 9 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301-1721 United States
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$15

Stanford International Dancers is proud to present a Balkan folk dance workshop with master instructor Michael Ginsburg. Michael Ginsburg Michael has been teaching Balkan Folk Dance for over 50 years starting in 1964 with Michael Herman’s Folk Dance House in New York City. He continues to teach a weekly Balkan dance class in New York City. He has taught workshops all over the United States and Canada, as well as in Brazil, Japan, Israel, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Michael has…

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Lew Smith & Melissa Miller

February 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$5

Lew Smith & Melissa Miller will lead reviews of recent workshop dances the first hour. Request dancing will follow until 10pm. Lew Smith started folk dancing in 1966 and led folk dancing at UCSB in the late '60's and at SJSU in the early '70's. Lew is also a member of the Balkan band Svirači. Melissa Miller (aka Ghanima Gaditana) has been folk dancing since childhood, and teaches and performs belly dance in the Bay Area and beyond. She also…

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Lew Smith & Melissa Miller

February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$5

Lew Smith & Melissa Miller will lead reviews of recent workshop dances the first hour. Request dancing will follow until 10pm. Lew Smith started folk dancing in 1966 and led folk dancing at UCSB in the late '60's and at SJSU in the early '70's. Lew is also a member of the Balkan band Svirači. Melissa Miller (aka Ghanima Gaditana) has been folk dancing since childhood, and teaches and performs belly dance in the Bay Area and beyond. She also…

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March 2018

Dance Party with Balkanton 340

March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Garden House, 400 University Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
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$12

Balkanton 340 and its members are Dena Bjornlie (gadulka and vocals), Hector Bezanis (gajda), Ann Cleveland (vocals), 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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$15

The charming Gergana Panova will be teaching a special workshop in Bulgarian dance. She is visiting the US this spring. 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 she heads…

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Adony Beniares

March 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$5

Dancing since 2005, Adony is a charming dance generalist, enjoying all genres and folk dance types, with a current fondness for Israeli, Greek, Scottish and English. A frequent and renowned favorite among many Peninsula folk dance groups for many years, together Becky and Adony dance 2-3 times a week and attend a party or two per month in the Bay Area. Adony seeks to continually improve his technique in improvisation and couple dancing. In dance related activities, Becky and Adony…

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Adony Beniares

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$5

Dancing since 2005, Adony is a charming dance generalist, enjoying all genres and folk dance types, with a current fondness for Israeli, Greek, Scottish and English. A frequent and renowned favorite among many Peninsula folk dance groups for many years, together Becky and Adony dance 2-3 times a week and attend a party or two per month in the Bay Area. Adony seeks to continually improve his technique in improvisation and couple dancing. In dance related activities, Becky and Adony…

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April 2018

Dance Party with Da! Mozem

April 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301-1721 United States
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$12

International Dance Party with Da! MozemDance to your favorite international tunes with Da! Mozem. Bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to help make it a party, and tips for the band! 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…

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