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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


Across Borders Saturday, October 26, 2019
ACROSS BORDERS CONCERT IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
SPONSORED BY: Congregation Beth David
     Congregation Beth David
     10180 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: California Multicultural Art Institute presents BalkanCentral Women's Folk Choir and Chubritza International Folk Band.
COST: $20.00.
CONTACT: Sully Burke – 818-261-9691 – 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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Bay Osos Sunday, October 27, 2019
CHUBRUTZA FOLK BAND AT LOS OSOS FOLK DANCERS INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE PARTY
SPONSORED BY: Bay Osos Folk Dancers
     South Bay Community Center
     2180 Palisades Ave., Los Osos, CA
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: Live musice for dancing by Chubritza Folk Band. Dances from the Balkans, Eastern Europe, France, Greece, Israel, the Middle East, and more. Recorded music "Requests" during band breaks with Billy Burke, plus special Japanese Obon dance with Craig Kurumada. Light refreshments included!
COST: $20.00 at the door.
CONTACT: Bay Osos Folk Dancers – Email

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Caltech Tuesday, October 29, 2019
BULGARIKA AT CALTECH HALLOWEEN PARTY
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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Narodni Thursday, October 31, 2019
HALLOWEEN KOLO PARTY 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: WEAR A COSTUME! John Filcich celebrates. Singles, couples, and familys welcome! Bring a finger food or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Beautiful wooden Floor and lots of free parking
CONTACT: Narodni International Folkdancers

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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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Laguna Sunday, November 10, 2019
ELENA MACOVEI 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: Elena specializes in folk dances from Moldova where she was born. She studied dance choreography, music, and theater.
COST: $10.00
CONTACT: Laguna International Dancers

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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 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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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
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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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