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Folk Dance Scene has a monthly (or bi-monthly) folk dance calendar of events for the Southern California region.

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2019


FallCamp FallCamp Registration Friday to Sunday, November 15 to 17, 2019
FALL FOLK DANCE CAMP
SPONSORED BY: Fall Folk Dance Camp
     Brandeis-Bardin Campus of the American Jewish University, 1101 Pepper Tree Ln., Simi Valley, CA 93064
INFORMATION: Teachers are Caspar Bik and Erica Goldman. Two nights in motel-style rooms. Five meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast).
COST: $225.00 (triple occupancy), $325.00 (double occupancy), $440.00 (single occupancy). Refunds minus $25.00 available until September 1, 2019 (no refunds after September 1).
CONTACT: Email

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Camp Nirkoda Thursday to Sunday, November 21 to 24, 2019
CAMP NIRKODA BA'KEREM 2019 NEAR FRESNO
SPONSORED BY: Nirkoda with Aaron Alpert
     Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, 6450 Elwood Dr., Sanger, CA 93657
INFORMATION: Teachers are Yaaron Malihi, Mitch Ginsburgh, Latishya Steele (disk jockey), and Aaron Alpert (director). The prices include all meals (Thursday dinner to Sunday breakfast) and snacks. All levels include our signature wine tasting experience.
COST: $350.00 (dorm) to $690.00 (single).
CONTACT: Aaron Alpert Email

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Kolo Festival Friday & Saturday, November 29 & 30, 2019
68th ANNUAL KOLO FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: Kolo Festival
     Croatian-American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112
INFORMATION: Teachers: Alex Marković (Serbian, Romani, Greek), Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu (Romanian), John Filcich (kolos), and John Morovich (Croatian). Plus: Tamburitza jam and sing-along, Bulgarian jam and sing-along, singing workshops, live music all evening, great bands in the dance hall & kafana.
CONTACT: Kolo Festival

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Cafe Aman Saturday, December 14, 2019
CAFÉ AMAN END OF YEAR PARTY
SPONSORED BY: Café AMAN
     LA Dancefit Studio, 10936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
TIME: Bonnie Tucker teaching Bulgarian and Macedonian dances at 7:30 p.m. with live Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Greek music following
INFORMATION: Music by Sto Horio and Veselba. Additions to the refreshment table are always welcome.
COST: $20.00
CONTACT: Ian Price – Email

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Pasadena Tuesday, December 31, 2019
NEW YEAR'S EVE CHICAGO STYLE DANCE PARTY AT PASADENA
SPONSORED BY: Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op
     Altadena Community Church, 943 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena, CA 91001
TIME: 7:00 to 10:30 p.m.
INFORMATION: The Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op invites you to come dance with them on New Year's Eve. They will conclude a half hour after New Year's in Chicago! Refreshments and POTLUCK goodie table. Featuring the Fifth Friday Band and an all request program.
COST: $10.00
CONTACT: Website

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2020


Pasadena Sunday, January 12, 2020
PASADENA WINTER FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op
     Pasadena Scottish Rite Center, 150 N. Madison St., Pasadena, CA 91101
CONTACT: Marshall Cates – Email

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Cerritos Sunday, February 2, 2020
LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL AND EAST-WEST WORKSHOP AT CERRITOS FOLK DANCERS
SPONSORED BY: Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.
     Cerritos Senior Center, 12340 South St., Cerritos, CA 90703
TIME: 1:00 to 5:40 p.m.
INFORMATION: Teaching by Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg and Sue Chen & Wen Chiang. Finger foods to share are welcome, but not necessary.
COST: $15.00 suggested donation at the door; $12.00 if prepaid by January 25, 2020.
CONTACT: Sue Chen – 562-338-2298 – Email

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NFO Thursday thru Sunday, March 5 thru 8, 2010
2020 NFO CONFERENCE AT LAGUNA
SPONSORED BY: National Folk Organization
     Ayres Hotel, 24341 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, CA 92637
INFORMATION: Presented in conjunction with the 50th Laguna Folk Dance Festival. Featuring keynote speaker Janet Reineck of World Dance for Humanity. Presenters are Yves Moreau, France Moreau, Dick Oakes, and Bill Cope.
CONTACT: #nfocont2020 – Website

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Laguna Laguna Registration Friday to Sunday, March 6 to 8, 2020
LAGUNA FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL – 50th ANNIVERSARY
SPONSORED BY: Laguna International Dancers
     Laguna Woods Village, Clubhouse 2, 24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA 92637
INFORMATION: Teachers include Yves Moreau, Aaron Albert, and cameo teaching by Tom Bozigian and Lee Otterholt. Maimon Miller and Band will perform and Michael Lawson will do the sing-alongs. For gate clearance contact Miriam at 949-770-7026.
CONTACT: Miriam Kahn – 949-770-7026 – Email

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Cerritos Sunday, May 3, 2020
11th ANNUAL CERRITOS FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.
     Cerritos Senior Center, 12340 South St., Cerritos, CA 90703
TIME: 1:00 to 5:40 p.m.
INFORMATION: You are welcome to bring finger food or non-alcoholic beverage to share with others. Your traditional or special costume will add splendid color to the party. Each group is welcome to perform, lead, and/or request one or more dances. (Please let us know in advance to schedule your time.)
COST: $6.00 suggested donation at the door; $5.00 if prepaid by April 26, 2020.
CONTACT: Sue Chen – 562-338-2298 – Email

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Statewide 2020 Friday to Sunday, May 22 to 24, 2020
CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE FESTIVAL: PASTORAL FANDANGO
SPONSORED BY: Folk Dance Federation of California, Inc.
     Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952
INFORMATION: Featuring teachers Bruce Hamilton, Ahmet Lüleçi, & Gergana Panova with music by Chubritza. Save the date!
CONTACT: Marina – Email -OR- Steve – Email

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Rose Valley June 9 to 17, 2020
2020 ROSE VALLEY WORKSHOP AND PARTY
SPONSORED BY: 2020 Rose Valley Workshop
     Village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria
INFORMATION: Daily workshops in Bulgarian dance & singing and workshops in Gaida, Gadulka, Kaval, Tambura, Tŭpan, and Clarinet. Evening parties with local performers, music, and dancing. All indlusive classes, evening parties, lodging, and meals. Karavelovo is a two-hour drive from Sovia airport (pickup on the first and last day may be reserved). Hosted by Nikolav & Donka Kolev.
CONTACT: Email

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Rose Valley July 28 to August 5, 2020
2020 ROSE VALLEY WORKSHOP AND PARTY
SPONSORED BY: 2020 Rose Valley Workshop
     Village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria
INFORMATION: Daily workshops in Bulgarian dance & singing and workshops in Gaida, Gadulka, Kaval, Tambura, Tŭpan, and Clarinet. Evening parties with local performers, music, and dancing. All indlusive classes, evening parties, lodging, and meals. Karavelovo is a two-hour drive from Sovia airport (pickup on the first and last day may be reserved). Hosted by Nikolav & Donka Kolev.
CONTACT: Email

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Koprivshtitsa Folklore Festival Monday to Monday, August 3 to 17, 2020
KOPRIVSHTITSA FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: Iliev Dance
     Bulgaria 2020 Tour with Peter Iliev
INFORMATION: Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo, the Rodopi mountains: Smolyan / Shiroka Luka, Pirin Macedonia: Sandanski / Melnik, the Black Sea Coast: Cape Kaliakra / Balchik. Several quaint places, hidden treasures of Bulgaria, including Dospatski Lake and Yagodina Cave. Many joyful dance parties to live music with some of the most skilled Bulgarian musicians!. My discussion of the contemporary Bulgarian music and dance scene, and how it relates to the old village folk culture we will witness at the festival.
CONTACT: Petur Iliev – EmailFacebook

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Yearly Folk Dance Events

January, Pasadena Winter Festival, Pasadena – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
January or February, Chinese New Year's Festival, Artesia – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
March, Laguna Festival, Laguna Woods – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
April, Westwood's Spring Festival, Culver City – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
May or June, California Statewide Festival – sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South in alternate years
June, Cerritos Folk Dance Festival, Cerritos – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
September, International Harvest Festival, Balboa Park, San Diego – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
October, Balkan Festival, Pomona
November, Fall Folk Dance Camp, Simi Valley – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
December, Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op New Year's Eve Party, Pasadena – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
December, Veselo Selo Folk Dancers New Year's Eve Party, Anaheim – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South