39th Annual Door County Folk Festival
"Dancing through the Balkans to the Live Music of Balkana"
(Saturday, July 14th - 10:00am-11:30am - Baileys Harbor Town Hall)
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Ethnic dance is any dance form which can be identified as originating with an ethnic culture and expressing the movement aesthetics of that culture. Folk dance requires not only an ethnic identification, but a participatory and aesthetic tradition.  Ethnic Folk Dance may be defined as dance that is an integral and anticipated behavior in a culture and is defined by the aesthetics of that culture whether rural or urban.  Members of the folk dance tradition would include village dances, national dances, ritual dances, social dances, and educational dances.

Dancing through the Balkans to the Live Music of Balkana - Ethnic Dance Workshop:

  • Join us for this special treat and rare opportunity to learn and do dances from the south Balkan regions of Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria to the live music of Balkana.

  • This workshop will feature more fluid dance instruction and will include a good amount of Balkan dance material that will be accessible to newer dancers as well as some more challenging dance material that will be ideal for experienced dancers.

  • This session will also feature open dancing where participants will learn by doing (without instruction). This form of active learning will reinforce participants' experience of dancing material that Balkana will be playing at the Friday and Saturday evening dance parties.

  • The instructors will teach selected dances from the list of dance possibilities for this workshop on Page 4 of the EZ-Echedule-Grid.

  • When / Where:
    • Saturday 10:00am at Baileys Harbor Town Hall
    • Instructors: George Davis & Paul Collins
    • Live Music: Balkana


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George Davis has been folk dancing since the days of the Great Society in the bright lights of Chicago and has learned dances from all of the legends: Crum, Palfi, David, Hebert, Moreau, Koenig, Filcich, Page, Czompo, Wixman, Ozkok, Drury, Mr. J. and Greene. George is a veteran of numerous performances at street fairs, ethnic festivals and picnics, and has danced for international, Turkish, Israeli, Romanian, Latvian and Hungarian folklore groups. Dance research has taken George to exotic locales such as Milan's Lounge, the Rafters, Vi & Coy's and Tulipanos Lada.

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Paul Collins began dancing with his parents at the age of eight and has been an ethnic folk dance leader & square/contra dance caller since high school. Paul has been a guest teacher and caller at dances from the North Country to the Deep South and has even called squares and taught folk dancing for the hearing impaired at Gallaudet University in Washington. DC. Paul led the University of Chicago Folk Dance Club for many years and introduced squares and contras into the group's repertoire. After directing the U of C Folk Dancers' Annual Fall "International Folk Festival" for twelve years, Paul joined Gerhard Bernhard in producing the Door County Folk Festival (www.dcff.net) and two years later became a festival co-director. Through Ethnic Dance Connection, Paul presents ethnic dance programs for students in elementary, middle and high schools, in colleges in universities, and in tutoring programs and scouting and community organizations.

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Balkana has been performing as a formal group since 2016, having collaborated earlier as members of the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society (www.ohfs.org) and having performed for the Annual Balkanski Igri Spring Festival (www.balkanskiigri.com) in Chicago. Members are Izaki Metropoulos (violin/vocals), Sophia Metropoulos (Laouto/Guitar/Vocals), Dusko Simic (percussion) and Jim Stoynoff (clarinet). Balkana's repertoire includes an extensive collection of Greek folk music from the Central and Southern Mainland, Epirus, Macedonia and Thrace, Crete and the Dodecanese and Aegean Islands.