Sunday, November 17, 2013

Makemie Woods Wedding Anniversary Celebration

The fall Makemie Woods dance weekend was a special event celebrating the anniversary of Judy and Lance.  Twenty years ago Judy and Lance were married at Makemie Woods! It was great to see the pictures from their wedding. Paraphrasing a quote from an interview with Steve Kotansky "What better way to meet your life partner than folk dancing!"

This month Sue C. started teaching  "Ketri, Ketri" an Albanian Roma dance at our regular Wednesday meetings. Even though it was presented to our group as an Albanian Roma dance, the song seems to be Hungarian Gypsy as stated by some authorities.

Below is a video of the way she taught it.

Steve Kotansky is doing a different version in the video below.
The notes for Steve's version are below:
This dance is considered a cocek by some dance authorities.

From the UK come the following comments about the dance!

The other dance that Sue taught was an Albanian dance Valle Pogonishte. She taught is as the way that the group below does it.
The notes for it are below.

Another Blogger has some interesting comments on the dance.

Dance with as many children as you can this week!

Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

" The Beauty of Bulgarian Folk Music and Dance"

Who Knew??? The Library of Congress' National Audio-Visual Conservation Center was in Culpeper, VA?  Practically in our backyard!

Not only do they preserve and present AV materials, they have a theater where other performances can be viewed!

Everyone who attended Saturday's performance was treated to an afternoon of lively music, dance and song! Not only was there singing and dancing on stage, but the audience danced in the aisles and in the lobby to the accompaniment of the musicians. The musicians and singers were from the groups "Kolorit" Orchestra from Chicago, "Duo Kuchevi"  from New York, and Stoyan Kostov now based in Pittsburgh. The resulting music sounded as if they had been playing together all of their lives!

The dances were performed by "Bosilek" an all women's troupe based in New York.  The group has been together since 1979. The energetic and precise dancing was enhanced by the beautiful traditional Bulgarian folk dress.

In addition to the program notes, explanations of Bulgarian traditions and history from each region was given before the performances which added to the appreciation of the performance. The performance ended with the audience dancing with "Bosilek" the traditional Bulgarian folkdance tunes.

A story that evokes the timelessness and the circular history of folk dance was relayed to me by Cathie Springer, the director of "Bosilek".

Yves Moreau, having just been bitten by the folk dance bug, boards a Bulgarian ship in a Canadian Harbor and asks the sailors to teach him some Bulgarian folk dances. A sailor accepts the challenge and teaches Yves how to dance like the Bulgarians of his region.  The daughter of that sailor now dances with "Bosilek" and he was there Saturday to share in the joy of his heritage!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

New Season Begins

A new season of " Another Day, Another Dance" has begun!  An interview with Joe Graziosi and the teaching of Sofka rounded out the show.  This month airs an interview with Yulian Yordanov and Nevesto Caven Trendafil is taught. The program airs Tuesdays at 2:30, Wednesdays at 5:00, and Saturdays at 1:00. The same program airs all month at the above times.  Click the link below and then go to the upper right hand corner and click on live stream to view the program.

This week our group was introduced to ""Miliso" from Thrace as taught by Joe Graziosi.

  and "Ina, Ina"  as taught by Christian and Sonia Florescu.  Below is a video of a group doing  "Ina, Ina". Our group does it the same way .

The notes from Stockton are below.

 I danced with over 30 children this week!  How many have you danced with?

Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wandering Bird, Dancing through the Alphabet

"Wandering Bird",  the title of this post, is what I have felt like this summer!

Sue C. taught the dance.  The search for a dance that started with a "w" began when Bill suggested that we do a night of dances that start with the the letters of the alphabet!  "W" was the letter that was missing a dance. Since Sue  has taught "Wandering Bird",  we can dance through the alphabet with no problem!

As previously mentioned, I have felt like a wandering bird because I traveled to Ohio to visit my sister Rosie, as she recovered from surgery. While in Columbus, I was able to interview dancers from the Tuesday evening Hillel group. They are a very lively group! Wednesday evening I danced with the Columbus Folk Dancers and recorded some more great stories!

While visiting my son in LA, I was able to dance with Beverly Barr's Monday evening group and again hear the stories of many fantastic dancers!

I'm sure that many of you have felt like"Wandering Birds".  I highly recommend visiting the local folk dance groups when you are on vacation because you will meet many great people and have a great time!

Remember to dance with a child every chance you have!

Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Paraliakos and Kune

June has really been a busy month, I can't believe it is almost over!

 We were able to attend the workshops of Iliana Bozhanova in Green Belt and Lancanster PA. The dances she taught were Shirokolashko Horo, Trakushka Ruchenitsa, Choban Georgi, Dona, Irimenche, and Dzhahguritsa(Djanguritsa). A great time was had by all!

This month Susan O. taught Cocek from Macedonia.
The above link to a Dunav rendition is a Cocek similar to what we do.
She also taught Dobrudzanski Buenek  from Bulgaria a dance she learned from Yves Moreau. I was not able to find a video of anyone doing or teaching the dance.

Lindy taught Paraliakos from Greece as introduced by Lee Otterholt.  Below is a link to him teaching it.
Kune is another dance Lindy started teaching tonight. She taught it as Iliana Bozhanova does it see the link below.

If you haven't seen the June's installment of the TV  Program  "Another Day, Another Dance", Stream it live at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 29
Hear Jay's interview and see Susan O. teaching "Do Mar Ciften".

Happy Dancing and Dance with a child whenever you get the chance!
"Another Day, Another Dance"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Makemie Woods

Makemie Woods was a success this year!  It was great to see every one and do some "binge dancing"

Mike taught an Israeli Dance called Lamenalseach.  Nothing turned up when I googled this name.

Bill taught Dobro Ljo a Bulgarian Dance he learned from Yves Moreau. The links below may help.
The clip for Dobro Ljo is the one above the name.
Bill also taught Koljovo Horo, another Bulgarian dance he learned from Yves Moreau.
We learned it slightly different from Yves than is demonstrated in the video clip below.

Any time we get together with a big group of people and dance we have a great time!

Dance with a child anytime you get a chance.
Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy dancing!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day and New Show

I hope all the mothers out there had a great day!  It was a beautiful day here.
I remember my Mom dancing the polka at weddings!  She would always listen to the Polka Party on the radio on Saturday and Sunday.  It is always fun to listen and dance to polka music.

This month Bill has been teaching Siri, Siri from Macedonia and Koljovo Horo from Bulgaria.

Bill is also featured on our TV show on Charlottesville Public Access TV channel 13 Another Day, Another Dance teaching Gorache, a version we learned from Steve Kotansky.  If you can't get the program on your television, you can steam it live from the CPATV-13 website.
Tuesdays 2:30
Wednesdays 5:00
Saturdays 1:00

Another Day, Another Dance!
Happy Dancing

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Folk Dance At Piedmont Virginia Community College

Last Wednesday I attended the PVCC Dance Club's monthly meeting and introduced them to several folk dances. The dances we did were For a Birthday, the Troika, Hava Nagila,  Adjon  az Isten, Setnja, Zemer Atik, and Miserlou!  We had a great time! It is always great to dance with college students.

At our last meeting Sue C taught the Bulgarian dance Pravo Cepelarsko Horo

 and Turkish Debka.

Have you danced with a child recently?
Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New Television Show

There has been a lot happening since the end of January!

Our group did a performance at the McGuffey Arts Center for the First Friday happening in March and had a warm reception.
The dances we did were:
Setnja, Garoon, Garoon, Sestorka, Karagouna, Gorache, Sitna Zborenka, Syrtos Kitrinou, Debka Oud,
Milirlou, Rustemul, Dobro Ljo

Since then we have seen some new faces at our weekly dances.
Also,there was a "History Night" at our school and the 7th graders did the Troika, For A Birthday, and D'Hammerschmiedg'selln.  They did a great job and had a lot of fun.

We are also producing a television show for Charlottesville Public Access TV - Channel 13
 The show airs Tuesdays at 2:30, Wednesdays at 5:00 and Saturdays at 1:00 DST.  The same show is played all month at those times.  The last March show will be this Saturday at 1:00.  You can stream it live on your computer from anywhere if you have internet access.
The first show was Susan O.'s interview and her teaching " An Dro Retourne".
April's show features Sue C.'s interview and her teaching a dance she choreographed to Balkanize's "Zarad tebe, Mome Mori"
Until next time!
Dance with a child whenever you can, and remember-
Another Day, Another Dance!
Happy Dancing

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Greek Dance Work Shop with Christos Papakostas

To begin the workshop, Christos started  teaching children Saturday morning. When Christos started playing the flute, a "joke" was made about him being the Pied Piper.  He certainly had the children, and everyone else dancing to his tunes! It was especially inspiring to see the children dancing at the evening dance party. The children also took turns leading the line.  They led the line as natural as if they had been doing it all of their young lives! There was a real "village feel" to the evening with all age groups dancing together!

The music of the evening was provided by the band Karpouzi; who made the dancing even more enjoyable!

The dances he taught were:
Sirtos Sighthistos

Sunday afternoon was especially insightful as Christos reviewed the dances and reinforced the technique and timing.

Bart Carpenter has done it again!  He organized a great weekend of dancing!  It was great to see everyone in Harrisburg again and meet some new faces!

Have you danced with a child lately?
Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Year and New Dances

Happy New Year!

To start the New Year off right Sue C. has created two great new dances!  The choreographies correspond to two songs from the latest CD from Balkanize- For You Are Made of Stars. The dances are Oj, Jovane and Zarad Tebe, Mome Mori. You can hear Balkanize play Oj, Jovane at:

The other dances taught were C'est une Jeune Mariee that Lee Otterholt taught at Mountain Playshop;
Moj Maro and Albanian dance as taught by Steve Kotansky

and last but not least Sedi Donka

Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing!