Monday, September 19, 2016

Old & New Dances for Fall 2016

Fall is approaching, fall classes are underway, and I'm having fun teaching some dances that are new for me plus some old favorites:

Kotsakia is a wonderful Greek island syrto from Naxos; it was my favorite new dance that I learned from Joe Graziosi at Balkan Music and Dance Camp this past summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=015lEGCdUqg


Kostursko Oro is an lovely old Macedonian favorite that's beautiful and quirky and fun to dance, with a 6-count dance phrase done against standard 4/4 rhythm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzkJCpfiIP8


Enigma is a lively, complex, contemporary Israeli dance choreographed by Robert Haddon in 2001: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esf7czzN_is


Ashrei Ha'ish is a longtime favorite Israeli dance choreographed in 1982 by Dani Dassa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6anDvmDQUE8

Newcomers, beginners to advanced dancers, all ages, and drop-ins are always welcome in the International Folk Dance Class on Mondays 7-9:15 p.m at Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma and the Israeli Folk Dancing class on Thursdays 1:30-4 p.m. at the JCC in San Rafael. Come dance!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fall Folk Dance Schedule

Hope you're all having a fabulous summer!

I'm looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor after Labor Day when all of my classes start up again. Here's the schedule:

  • Mondays 7-9:15 p.m.-- Petaluma International Folk Dancing starts September 12 and goes through December 12 at Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma. Cost: a mere $65 for the 14-week session, or $7 drop-in. Beginner lesson at 7 p.m., intermediate lesson at 8 p.m., and lots of time for dancing to requests. You can register for the session at the first class
  • Wednesdays 2:10-3:30 p.m. -- International Folk Dance at the College of Marin; first fall session is September 7-October 19 (no class October 12), second is November 2-December 7. Cost is $54 per 6-week session (for ESCOM members); no drop-ins. Please register in advance no later than September 1 at http://marincommunityed.com.
  • Thursdays 1:30-4 p.m. -- Israeli Folk Dancing at Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. First fall session is September 8-October 13, second session is October 27-December 8 (no class on November 24). Cost is $30 per 6-week session, $7 drop-ins (cheaper for JCC members). To register, call 415-444-8000.
Beginners through advanced dancers, newcomers, all ages always welcome.

And mark your fall calendars for these special events:
  • Monday, October 20, 7-9:30 p.m. -- Folk Dance Party with live music by Bulgarika
  • Monday, December 12, 7-9:30 p.m. -- Annual Petaluma Holiday Folk Dance Party with live music by Santa Rosa Vecherinka.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Great Dances, Great Crowd, Great Music!

Our Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party was a big success! Over 75 dancers came from as far north as Napa and as far south as Watsonville to dance to old and new recorded favorites as well as fabulous live Balkan music by Staro Vino:


Barbara Bevin leading a lively Cocek with Risa Aratyr and Gay Knight:



Wonderful selection of music from Greece, Bulgaria, and Macedonia with Peter Bonos on trumpet, Greg Jenkins on clarinet, Andrew Cohen on accordion, and Mark Jenkins on percussion:

Summer dancing in Petaluma starts up on Monday, June 1, 7-9:15 p.m., and runs through August 1 at Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma. My College of Marin class is taking a break for the summer, but you can dip into Israeli dancing at the Osher JCC, 200 N. Pedro Road, San Rafael on Thursdays 1:30-4 p.m. through mid-July. Newcomers, drop-ins, all ages, beginners through advanced dancers always welcome!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Party time in Petaluma!

It's party week at Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma:

We're having our end-of-session party on Monday, May 2, 7-9:15 p.m. All requests, and lots of fun. Admission for drop-ins is $7; refreshments provided.

And you're invited to our Annual Spring Folk Dance Party on Saturday, May 7, 7:30-10:30 p.m. The first hour will be dancing to old and new recorded favorites. After the, we'll be dancing to the lively and beautiful Macedonian, Bulgarian, and Greek sounds with live music by Staro Vino featuring Greg Jenkins (clarinet and vocals), Mark Jenkins (percussion and vocals), and Andrew Cohen (accordion and vocals). Admission $10; refreshments provided.

Put on your dancing shoes and come join us!



Friday, February 19, 2016

More great dances!


Here's a great photo of Bob, Paul, and Steve dancing in Petaluma. We started off this month by traveling to Northern Greece with these dances that I learned from Yannis Constantinou:

  • Sofka, a wonderful lively dance from the Florina area
  • Tsotso, also known as Aloniotikos
  • Baidushkino, a Greek version of paidushko that typically alternates between lift-steps and step-steps, but in 2/4 rhythm rather than the Bulgarian 5/8

Next we'll be digging into the repertoire with these old favorites:

  • Sestorka ("Dance in Six"), a wildly aerobic dance from east Serbia that gets faster and faster
  • Mogilce, a two-part Macedonian wedding dance in 11/16 rhythm introduced by Atanas Kolarovski
  • Koljovo Horo ("Kolyo's Dance"), a Tropanka-style dance from Dobrudza introduced by Yves Moreau

In the Israeli dance class in San Rafael, we've been tackling the complex but so very fun Bati Elecha, choreographed in 2011 by Eyal Ozari - and at the College of Marin we're working on Ciganskoto ("The Gypsy's Dance") which is a a big new favorite in the Bulgarian dance scene.

Note that beginners,and newcomers are always welcome in all my classes; and you can drop-in any time on Monday nights at Herman Songs Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma or Thursday afternoons at the Osher JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 


Monday, December 28, 2015

Lots of great dances on the list for 2016!

Monday night dancing in Petaluma will start on January 4 and run through May 2 (no class April 18) from 7-9:15 p.m. at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma. I'm planning to teach Abdala, Kulsko Horo, Dramskoto (Bulgaria); Skudrinka (Macedonia); Malhao (Portugal); TsotsoSofka (Greece), and Passa Torrau (Italy). Cost is $65 for the 17-week session, or $7 drop-in. You can register for the session at the first class.

Israeli Folk Dancing at Osher Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael will resume the first week in January on Thursdays 1:30-4 p.m. with two 6-week sessions: January 7-February 18 (no class January 21) and March 3-April 7. I'll be teaching two favorites: Or Chadash and Bati Elecha. Cost is $30 per 6-week session, or $7 drop-in. You can register and pay at the JCC front desk.

The College of Marin International Folk Dance Class is on Wednesdays 2:10-3:30 p.m. at PE#22 on the Kentfield Campus. Sessions are scheduled February 3-March 16 ($60 for the 7-week session), and March 30-May 11 (no class April 13 or 20; $45 for the 5-week session). You can register at: http://marincommunityed.comhttp://marincommunityed.com

Looking forward to dancing with you!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Da! Mozhem Rocked the House!

Fabulous music, wonderful crowd, and great dancing 
at our Annual Petaluma Holiday Folk Dance Party 
with live music by Da! Mozhem:




Happy holidays, and I hope to see you all on the dance floor when classes resume in Petaluma, at College of Marin, and at the Osher Jewish Community Center in 2016!