Statewide 2018 is a weekend of workshops with master instructors Steve Kotansky and Bruce Hamilton and parties including live dance music by Chubritza. Steve Kotansky will teach Balkan line dances and Bruce Hamilton will teach English Country Dances. Special events include Saturday Balkan party with an exhibition of Croatian dances and singing by Skalinada.
This year's theme is Gateway to the Sierras!
Steve Kotansky Balkan Line Dances
Steve has taught folk dance in Western Europe and organized workshops in Hungary, Macedonia, and Serbia. In the late 1970s, Steve returned to Hungary and studied with dance master, Timár Sándor, among others. Steve has taught at every major North American festival and camp, often with his wife, Susy. Their work continues to be an expression of their love and passion for dance, finding time to teach dance to children K-12 in New York City area public and private schools. Steve also serves as a consultant to several Hungarian folk ensembles. Most recently, Steve has been researching Albanian and Roma dance from the Diaspora and continues his work and research in Balkan and Central European countries. He is particularly interested in dance culture as it has evolved since the fall of the Wall in these countries.
Bruce Hamilton English Country Dances
Bruce has taught English and Scottish country dancing in the Bay Area for many years. He has become one of the countrys most popular English dance leaders, with invitations to many festivals and summer dance camps each year. In the spring of 1993, Bruce was featured dance leader with the band Bare Necessities on a sell-out dance tour of England. He has served on the board of directors of the Country Dance and Song Society since the 1990s and is the current president of the organization.
Chubritza Traditional Balkan and International Folk Music
Chubritza is well known throughout California as they have been featured in several dance camps as well as past Statewide Festivals. They are known for their variety and mixture of international musical tastes and textures, while retaining a Balkan and Eastern European emphasis. Chubritza is Janet Finney-Krull, Meadow Lo, Jim Case, Linnea Mandell, Rick Kruse, and Craig Kurumada.
6:30 pm - Doors open
7:00 pm - Warm-up dances
7:30 pm - Chubritza starts. Teachers will be introduced during the evening
10:30 pm - Doors close
9:00 am - Doors open
9:15 am - Warm-up
9:45 am - Steve Kotansky
11:15 am - Bruce Hamilton
12:25 pm - Lunch, on your own. Many restaurants nearby
2:00 pm - Bruce Hamilton
3:30 pm - Steve Kotansky
5:00 pm - Past President's Reception
6:00 pm - Balkan Dinner, catered meal with an emphasis on Russian cuisine. Purchase in advance separately.
7:15 pm - Balkan Party with Chubritza and other special events. Following the Balkan Dinner will be an exhibition of Croatian dances and singing by Skalinada. Chubritza will then start the dance program. Several of the dances introduced by our guest teachers will be done during the evening. Be sure to wear something Balkan for the program. It will be a party to remember!
10:30 pm - doors close
9:30 am - Doors open and warm-up
10:00 am - 12:20 pm Teacher reviews
12:20 pm - Mexican Luncheon
2:00 - 5:00 pm - All Request program
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