Cane and Snezana Carovski
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Cane Carovski was born in 1958 in the village of Kukurečani, Macedonia. He came to the United States at the age of fourteen and joined his first dance group in 1978. Since then, he has performed a variety of dances (Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian, Serbian, and Turkish) and with a number of dance groups in California (Biljana, the Intersection Dancers, and Kitka).
His passion is Macedonian folk dances, which he has taught to youth and adults in the Macedonian community for over 25 years. As a leader of the Macedonian community, he has organized cultural events and festivals. He believes that folk dancing crosses cultural barriers and there is a folk dancer in everyone. He hopes to teach dancers the everyday dances so that they can join in on any Macedonian event. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, all folk dancers!
There were few good folk dancing places around Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s and unfortunately most of them closed and the folk dancers are now getting older and older and the groups smaller and smaller. Cane was always involved in his Macedonian church community in Whittier with their youth, dancing events, and watching hiw kids, Nick and Svetlana, grow up also folk dancing.
He is always in touch with John Hertz who has been the point man for the Macedonian Old New Year Party for many years and that is one event he gets to see and dance with many of the American folk dancers. Another event is their annual Macedonian festival that Cane started over twenty years ago and he's happy to say it is getting bigger and bigger every year. He also keeps in touch awith John Filcich, Marge Gajicki, and few others.
He and his wife Snezana try to attend some of the folk dancing events such as the Greek Festivals and others when they can. He never considered himself as a folk dancing teacher, but was invited to the Claremont Collage "Balkan Fest" and was happy to help out and to share some of the dances that are done at church events.