Sunday, April 6, 2014

Big Fun at the Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party!


We had a wonderful, enthusiastic, dancing crowd of over 80 people at the Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party! Folks traveled from Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Berkeley, San Rafael, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Mountain View to come join in the fun.


Plovdiv Party Bus (featuring Greg Jenkins, Dena Bjornlie, Lisa Ekstrom, and Mark Jenkins) played a fabulous set that included Sa, Karamfil, Melnik, Pravo Horo, Daichovo, Kalamatiano, Pomasko Sirto, Les Noto, and more.

  
Monday night dancing at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue in Petaluma continues through May 5 (no class on April 14). Summer dancing will start on June 2 and run through August 5. 



Monday, March 17, 2014


Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party!
Saturday, April 5, 8-11 p.m.
Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma
Admission $10 (includes drinks and snacks)

Dancing to old and new recorded favorites
Live Macedonian, Greek, and Bulgarian music by Plovdiv Party Busy featuring Mark Jenkins on vocals and percussion, Greg Jenkins on vocals and clarinet, Dena Bjornlie on gadulka and vocals, Lisa Ekstrom on accordion and vocals. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dancing into Spring

Daffodil blooming, dancers dancing!
As we move into spring, I'll be teaching some more great dances. 

In Petaluma we'll be learning:
  • Darkeinu - a lovely lyrical Israeli dance choreographed by Gadi Bitton
  • Homey Twist - one of my favorite funky Urban Soul line dances
  • Ikariotikos - the classic island syrto that I learned from the locals when I was in Ikaria in 2007

Plus Sue Williard will be coming to teach some Yves Moreau classics on March 10, and Nadav Nur will teach Hora Lautareasca on March 17.

And at the College of Marin:

  • Narino - a favorite Turkish dance I learned from Ahmet Luceci
  • Plataniatikos Nero - an island syrto from Samos
  • Shourch Bar - to a great new tune by Raffi Madoyan


Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year, New Dances

Happy new year!

Monday night dancing in Petaluma starts up again on January 6. Our winter session will run through May 5 (no class on April 14); cost for the 17-week session is $65, or you can come as a drop-in anytime for $7. Class runs from 7-9:15 p.m. at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma. Newcomers, beginners through advanced dancers, all ages are always welcome; no partner is necessary. I'll start each evening with a beginner lesson at 7 p.m.; intermediate lesson around 8 p.m.; lots of time for dancing to old and new favorites and requests throughout the evening.

I've got a big list of great dances to teach this session including

  • Sej Sej Bob, Zensko Kapansko Horo, Glavisniski Cetvorno, Tervelska Reka, Koga Me Mama Rodila - all Yves Moreau favorites from Bulgaria
  • Hora Femeilor, Alunelul de la Urzica - two very different dances from Rumania, one a slow lyrical women's dance and the other a lively dance with quick steps and stamps
  • Plataniatikos Nero, Ikariatikos - two dances from the Greek islands, the first from Samos and the second from Ikaria
  • Plus a selection from other countries including Gaida Hor (Macedonia), Baros Oj Barica (Croatia), Kost Ar Choad (France), and Darkeinu (Israel).
Hope to see you all on the dance floor.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Music & dancing make me at peace with the world" - Nelson Mandela


"It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world and at peace with myself." Nelson Mandela



Big fun dancing with all of you at the Annual Petaluma Folk Dance Party! Hope to see you all on the dance floor when Monday night dancing resumes on January 6.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hot off the camera: Dzangurica

Hot off the camera - check out this video of the Monday night Petaluma folk dance group doing Yves Moreau's version of Dzangurica:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqgBSypX-MY&feature=youtu.be

Hope you'll all join us on Monday, December 9, 7-9:30 p.m., for our Annual Petaluma Holiday Folk Dance Party at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma. We'll dance to old and new recorded favorites for the first hour, and then to the wonderful live Balkan music by Santa Rosa Vecherinka.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Serbian Cacaks and more in November

I had a great time teaching Yves Moreau's Dzangurica (a favorite dance in Petaluma) at the California Folk Dance Federation Officers' Ball in October!

In November, I'll be focusing on Serbian Cacaks. The word "cacak" means "dirty mud." There are many variations from different towns, but all Cacak-style dances are in 2/4 rhythm.  I'll be teaching a basic 10-count Cacak from Vranje that I learned from Alex Markovic at Balkan Camp,  the 12-count Zaplanjski Cacak, and Sandy's Cacak which has an unusual 17-count phrase. And I'll also be teaching Bregovsko Horo - this is a Bulgarian dance from the town of Bregovo which is right near the Serbian border, and it's essentially a Cacak with a classic 10-count  phrase but some uniquely Bulgarian styling.

Coming up in December:
All-review night on December 2
Annual Holiday Folk Dance Party with live music on December 9