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2018


xxxxxx Thursday to Sunday, September 20 to 23, 2018
TAMBURITZA EXTRAVAGANZA
SPONSORED BY: Zivila2018
     Los Angeles/Burbank Marriott Hotel
     2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank CA 91505
INFORMATION: Damce Teachers: Želko Jergan, Nikola Krčadinac, and Billy Burke. Featured Bands: Braća Tamburitza Orchestra, Chubritza, Jerry Grcević Band, Ponovo Dunav of Chicago, Sidoro Tamburitza Orchestra, Sinovi Seattle Yeseta Brothers, T.S. Fenjer žarena, Zadnja Stanica Sinovi of Chicago. Tiki-Tamburitza Food-Truk Social on Friday Evening. Open-Mic Kafana. Impromptu jams. Kolo/Dance workshops, Tamburitza Sing-along, Silent Auction Fundraiser, Commercial Vendors.
CONTACT: www.zivila2018.com for hotel reservatijons, event pricing, and schedule information.

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Harvest Festival 9/22-9/23, 2018 Saturday and Sunday, September 22 & 23, 2018
INTERNATIONAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: San Diego Park and Recreation Department and International Dance Association of San Diego County
     Balboa Park Club
     2144 Pan American Rd. W., San Diego, CA 92101
TIME: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. both days.
INFORMATION: Dance performances, dance lessions, arts/crafts vendors, food and drinks sales. For the Harvest Masquerade Regency Ball, please come in the style of Jane Austin and party like it's 1799!
COST: $20.00 Jul-Aug (standard price); $25.00 Sep 1-21 (night-owl price); $30.00 Sep 22 (at-the-door price); $5.00 NON-DANCER Admission (including students and military). Mail check (put NAME and EMAIL in comment section) to Ruth Clawson, 6565 Tait St., San Diego, CA 92111. Name will be on door list. A confirmation email will be sent. https://www.facebook.com/events/1943408315670623/.
CONTACT: Email

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Kypseli Friday, September 28, 2018
NIKOS ZOURNATZIDIS AT KYPSELI
SPONSORED BY: Kypseli
     The Tango Room
     4346 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
TIME: 8:15 to 11:30 p.m.
INFORMATION: Niko Zournatzidis is the pre-eminent authority on Pontian dancing. He has conducted research on Pontian dance, culture, and history and is director of Serra, the Pontian dance group in Athens. His dances are accompanied by Nikos Michallidis, a scholar and teacher as well as a musician. He has recorde several CDs with Pontian lyra players in Greece and Trebizond, and contributed to the revival of Pontian-Greek music in Turkey. Nikos has played at PLontian glendia and at other venues in the United States as well as in Greece and Turkeyt..
COST: $20.00
CONTACT: KypseliEmail

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Pontian Society Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018
A WEEKEND OF PONTIAN CULTURE, HISTORY, AND DANCE
SPONSORED BY: SoCalPontians
     Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
     10830 Downey Ave., Downey, CA 90241
TIME: Saturday Dance Seminar: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday Evening Pontial Glendi: 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Sunday Lecture: 1:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: Saturday: Nikos Zournatzidis, dance instructor and researcher from Athens, Greece teaching dances from Pafra and other Pontian regions. 9:00 registration opens. 10:00 to 12:00 morning instruction. 12:00 to 1:00 lunch break on your own or $10.00 boxed lunch. 1:00 to 4:30 afternoon instruction includes Tik Tromahton and Serra. Saturday evening Pontian Glendi from 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. with Dr. Nikos Michailidlis, Vicky Hioureas, and disk jockey Peter Loukatros. Sunday Lecture: Dr. Nikos Michailidis, lecturer in Anthropology and hellenic Studies at Princeton university, lectures on "The Paradox of Pontian-Greek Identity: Cultural Intimacy in a Globalized World.
COST: See flyer.
CONTACT: Dance and Glendi: Anne Sirota – 424-259-3262 – Email

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24th Annual Macedonian Festival Sunday, October 14, 2018
24th ANNUAL MACEDONIAN FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: St. Mary's Macedonian Orthodox Church
     Saint Mary's Macedonian Orthodox Church
     10550 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90606
TIME: Noon to 7:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: Live music by renowned Macedonian musician Chris Bajmakovich. Traditional Macedonian foods for sale. Cultural dance performances and musical guests.
COST: Free admission
CONTACT: Cane Carovski – 323-819-1961 OR St. Mary – 562-695-3323

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Fall Festival Sunday, October 21, 2018
FALL FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.
     Thursday Club in Somis
     5380 Bell St., Somis, CA 93066
TIME: 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.
INFORMATION: Hosted by the Ventura International Folk Dancers. Located on the corner of Lewis Rd. (also known as Somis Rd. or CA-34) and Bell St., north of Interstate 101 but south of CA-118.
COST: $8.00
CONTACT: Valerie Daley – Email

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Caltech Wednesday, October 30, 2018
HALLOWEEN PARTY WITH BULGARIKA AT CALTECH
SPONSORED BY: Caltech Folkdancers
     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: Bulgarika performeres are Donka Koleva, Nikolay Kolev, Stoyan Kostov and Michael Ginsberg. Wear a costume – ethnic or scary – win a prize! All kids get prizes! To get on the Caltech email list, send a blank email to Caltechfolkdance-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Free parking on campus after 5:00 p.m. or street parking. Campus map: https://www.parking.caltech.edu/documents/35-interactive_parking_map.pdf
COST: As always, there is no admission charge, but all contributions to support the club will be received with gratitude.
CONTACT: Nancy Milligan – 626-797-5157 -or- John Hertz – 213-384-6622 – Fran Prevas Email

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Laguna Thursday, November 1, 2018
BULGARIKA 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: 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 2, 2018
BULGARIKA AT L.I.F.E. BALKAN DANCERS
SPONSORED BY: Friday Night L.I.F.E. Balkan Dancers
     LA DanceFit Studio
     10936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025 (One block east of Veteran Ave.)
TIME: 8:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: A Balkan dance workshop with Michael Ginsberg is a part of this great event.
COST: $15.00

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Veselo Saturday, November 3, 2018
DANCE FOR LIFE PARTY: HENRIETTA BEMIS
SPONSORED BY: xxxxxx
     Woman's Club of Bellflower
     9402 Oak St., Bellflower,CA 90706
TIME: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
INFORMATION: Celebrating the life of Henrietta Bemis. Dancing, live music by Veselba, performances! Use the parking lot on Clark Ave. No parking on Oak St. is allowed. Ethnic dress and finger foods encouraged.
COST: Free admission.

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2019


xxxxxx Saturday, February 16, 2019
CERRITOS LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: Cerritos Folk Dancers
     Cerritos Senior Center
     12340 South St., Cerritos, CA 90703
TIME: 1:00 to 5:40 p.m.
INFORMATION: East-West workshop by Amet Lüleci and Everen Soytopçu Kiyak. You are welcome to bring finger food or non-alcoholic beverage to share with others, but not necessary.
COST: $12.00 suggested donation per person at the door (non-refundable $10.00 if prpaid by February 9, 2019).
CONTACT: Sue Chen – 562-338-2298 – Email

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49th Annual Laguna Folk Dance Festival Fridau to Sunday, March 1 to 3, 2019
49th ANNUAL LAGUNA FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: Laguna International Dancers
     Clubhouse 2
     24112 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Woods, CA 92637
INFORMATION: Teachers: Steve Kotansky (International Folk Dances), Bata Marcetić (Serbian dances). Live music by Maimon Miller & Friends. Singing classes and sing-alongs with Micharl Lawson. Informal jam sessions. Parties. Fine catered meals (optional).
CONTACT: Miriam for gate clearance – 949-770-7026

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Statewide 2019 Friday to Monday, May 31 to June 2, 2019
"ETHNIC TREASURES" STATEWIDE FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: The Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.
     Edmunds Ballroom, Pomona College
     170 E. 6th St., Claremont, CA 91711
INFORMATION: The Host Hotel is the Doubletree Hilton in Claremont. <-- Click this link to reserve your room at the festival price! Guest teachers will be Sevi Bayraktar, Yoni Carr, Mihai David, Petur Iliev, and Israel Yakovee, plus Sunday Salsa Rueda with Cesar Garfiaz.
CONTACT: Statewide or call 949 675-2199.

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xxxxxx Saturday, June 8, 2019
CERRITOS TENTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
SPONSORED BY: Cerritos Folk Dancers
     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 traditijonal or special costume will add splendid color to the party. Each group is welcome, lead, and/or request one or more dances. Please let us know in avance to schedule your time.
COST: Sue Chen – $6.00 suggested donation at the door ($5.00 if prepaid by June 1, 2019)
CONTACT: Sue Chen – 562-338-2298 – Email

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Friday to Sunday, November 1 to 3, 2019
BEVERLY AND IRWIN BARR FOLK DANCE CAMP AT HESS KRAMER
SPONSORED BY: Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.
     Camp Hess Kramer
     11495 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265
INFORMATION: Schedule and teaching to be announced.
CONTACT: DanceHessKramer@gmail.com

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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, including 2019 in Claremont
June, Cerritos Folk Dance Festival, Cerritos – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
September, International Harvest Festival, Balboa Park, San Diego
October, Beverly and Irwin Barr Folk Dance Camp at Hess-Kramer, Malibu – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
October, Officer's Ball & Beginner's Festival, Somis – co-sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation, South
October, Balkan Festival, Pomona
December, Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op New Year's Eve Party, Pasadena
December, Veselo Selo Folk Dancers New Year's Eve Party, Anaheim