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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


Harvest Festival Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2019
INTERNATIONAL HARVEST FESTIVAL IN SAN DIEGO
SPONSORED BY: Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc. IDA SDC, and The International Folk Dancers of Balboa Park.
     Balboa Park Club
     2144 Pan American Rd. W., San Diego, CA 92101
TIME: Saturday: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: PLUS: Harvest Masquerade Regency Ball, Saturday, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $25.00 (9/1 to 22), $30.00 (at the door). PayPal preferred to srojas@ucsd.edu or checks to Ruth Clawson, 6565 Tait St., San Diego, CA 92111 (put name and email in comments).
CONTACT: 619-287-5014 – Email, or Website

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Narodni Thursday, September 26, 2019
HOMECOMING AT NARODNI
SPONSORED BY: Narodni International Folkdancers
     Woman's Club of Bellflower
     9402 Oak St., Bellflower, CA 90706
TIME: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
INFORMATION: Music by Interfolk. Singles, couples, and familys welcome! Bring a finger food or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Beautiful wooden Floor and lots of free parking
COST: $5.00 Donation; $7.00 Non-members
CONTACT: Narodni International Folkdancers

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Kypseli Friday, September 27, 2019
HOHLAX TRIO AT KYPSELI
SPONSORED BY: Kypseli Greek Dance Center
     The Tango Room
     4346 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
TIME: 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
INFORMATION: HoHLaX returns to take everyone on a unique musical journey, from Asia to the islands, from the countryside to the dark and shadowy streets of Piraeus. Traditional and urban songs spanning 20th century Greece. Plus your D.J. favorites.
COST: $20.00
CONTACT: Email

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Laguna Sunday, September 29, 2019
ILIANA BOZHANOVA AND TODOR YANKOV WORKSHOP AT LAGUNA
SPONSORED BY: Laguna International Dancers
     Clubhouse 2
     24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA 92637
TIME: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
INFORMATION: Iliana Bozhanova is well known all over the United States as a Bulgarian dancer, teacher, and performer. Todor Yankove plays accordion, gaida, and kaval and is a noted Bulgarian singer.
COST: $15:00
CONTACT: FOR LAGUNA WOODS RESIDENTS AND THEIR GUESTS ONLY

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Macedonian Festival Sunday, October 13, 2019
25th ANNUAL MACEDONIAN FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: St. Mary's Macedonian Orthodox Church
     St. Mary's Macedonian Orthodox Church
     10550 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90606
TIME: Noon to 7:00 p.m
INFORMATION: Live Macedonian music with maestro Chris Bajmakovich and other musical guests. Traditional Macedonian foods for sale. Cultural dance performances.
COST: Free admission
CONTACT: Cane Carovski – 323-819-1961 -OR- St. Mary – 562-695-3323

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Kypseli Friday, October 18, 2019
TOM BOZIGIAN AND SHREE KING WORKSHOP AT KYPSELI
SPONSORED BY: Kypseli Greek Dance Center
     The Tango Room
     4346 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
TIME: 8:00 to 12:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: Tom Bozigian is well known in Southern California and all over the world for his expertise and knowledge about Armenian music and dances. Tom and Sheree King will teach a class of Armenian dances, then Tom and his band will play music for the rest of the evening. Armenian meza, appetizers, and desserts. Armenian and Greek D.J. dance favorites.
COST: $20.00
CONTACT: Email

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BULGARIKA SCHEDULE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND PHOENIX Bulgarika 2019

BULGARIKA 2019 (Click for full schedule!)

Bulgarika is a group of five maestros with decades of performing experience. They are all steeped in Bulgarian music and rhythms from a young age. In their performances they draw on formal and informal training, as well as their experience as teachers. The band maintains extensive contact with other Balkan natives, from the Black Sea to the Adriatic, and bring the very best of the Bulgarian folk-music tradition for your enjoyment.

Sun, Oct 27 -     International Folk Dance Club, Laguna Woods, CA
Mon, Oct. 28 -   (TENTATIVE) UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Tue, Oct 29 -     CalTech International Folk Dancers, Pasadena, CA
Fri, Nov. 1 -       L.I.F.E Balkan Dancers, Los Angeles, CA
Sat, Nov. 2 -      Folk Dance Center, San Diego, CA
Sun, Nov. 3 -     Bulgarian Education and Culture Society Pchela, Irvine, CA
Tue, Nov. 5 -     Phoenix International Folk Dancers, Phoenix, AZ

Extensive biographical history and music samples can be found at http://balkandance.net/Bulgarika2019/.


Laguna International Dancers Sunday, October 27, 2019
BULGARIKA AT LAGUNA HALLOWEEN DANCE/COSTUME PARTY
SPONSORED BY: Laguna International Dancers
     Clubhouse 2
     24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA 92637
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: Music, dancing, costumes, prizes, and POTLUCK. For gate clearance contact Miriam at 949-770-7026.
COST: $15:00
CONTACT: Miriam Kahn – 949-770-7026 – Email

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Caltech Tuesday, October 29, 2019
BULGARIKA AT CALTECH
SPONSORED BY: CalTech International Folk Dancers
     Dabney Lounge
     Caltech Bldg. 40, across from Fairchild Library, near California Blvd. & Arden Rd., Pasadena, CA
TIME: 7:30 p.m.; band starts at 8:30 p.m.
INFORMATION: Free parking on campus after 5:00 p.m. or street parking. Wear a costume, win a prize!
     Dance lesson by John Herz at 7:30 p.m., band starts at 8:30 p.m. We accept CA recycleable plastic bottles, and all glass and aluminum cans
     To be added to the email list send a blank email to Caltechfolkdance-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
     Campus map: https://www.parking.caltech.edu/documents/35-interactive_parking_map.pdf
COST: NO ADMISSION but donations gratefully received!
CONTACT: Nancy Milligan – 626-797-5157 -OR- John Hertz – 213-384-6622 – Fran Prevas Email

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L.I.F.E. Friday, November 1, 2019
BULGARIKA AT FRIDAY NIGHT L.I.F.E.
SPONSORED BY: L.I.F.E. Balkan Dancers
     LA Dance Studio
     10936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025
TIME: 8:00 p.m. teaching, band starts at 9:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: Bulgarika is a group of five master musicians with decades of performing expreience, all of them steeped in Bulgarian music and rhythms from a young age.
COST: $20.00
CONTACT: Sherry – Email

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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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2020


Cerritos Saturday, February 1, 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: Finger foods to share are welcome, but not necessary.
COST: $15.00 suggested donation at the door; $12.00 non-refundable 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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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