World Village Music & Dance Camp


New Location: Camp Louise

Labor Day Weekend

August 31-September 3, 2018



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WORLD VILLAGE MUSIC & DANCE presents some of the finest bearers of Europe’s folk music and dance traditions in a program emphasizing personalized teaching, and room for jam sessions and other serendipity. We offer accessible dance, instrumental and singing workshops all day and great evening dance parties and concerts featuring live music. Music workshop participants have an opportunity to perform.  The program starts with dinner on Friday and ends Monday afternoon. We welcome beginners and families with children of all ages!

CAMP LOUISE is located in Cascade, MD, about 90 minutes North of Washington, DC, situated on a beautiful property nestled in the heart of the Catoctin Mountains. The social hall has a sprung wood dance floor. Click here for pictures and information about Camp Louise facilities. This is definitely a step up from previous years — yet our prices remain the same.

MUSIC CLASSES Participants provide their own instruments and may wish to bring a recording device, as much of the music is taught by ear. If you need an instrument or have an instrument to share, please let us know.  Check our webpage for updates.


ERCŰMENT KILIÇ (Turkish dance) was born in Ankara, Turkey, to parents of Turkish-Azerbaijani background from the village of Iğdir, a town near Mt. Ararat where he spent his summers with his extended family of musicians and dancers. At the age of four, he began dancing with his uncle, Selahattin Kılıç, one of the foremost authorities on Azerbaijani dance. Ercüment soon started performing at weddings and other life cycle events. By the age of nine Ercüment had his own group. He inherited his musical talent from his father who was an outstanding accordionist. Ercüment was a member of the Turkish Folklore Ensemble of Ankara in 1976, and a member of the Turkish National Ensemble. He has taught and performed throughout the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. He teaches a selection of Turkish dances from central Anatolia and the Black Sea area and Azerbaijan.

MIROSLAV “BATA” MARCETIĆ (Serbian dance) was a leading performer, soloist, and choreographer with the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) for seventeen years and is the recipient of several awards for his artistic work. As a well-known choreographer, he was chosen by the Folk Dance Association of Serbia to be a judge at folklore competitions that were taking place in Serbia and Montenegro from 1980 to 1993. Now director of his own folk school in Toronto, he is a very popular teacher in former Yugoslavia, Japan, Israel Canada and the US, including Stockton, Mainewoods, Balkanalia, Pinewoods and many others.

ROO LESTER (Scandinavian dance) Roo is one of the  most popular and well-known dance teachers of Scandinavian folk dance in the U.S. Roo has taught at Scandia camp Mendocino and Buffalo Gap and at many other camps and workshops. She has also been a regular at World Village Music and Dance. She has a delightful teaching style.

CARL LINICH (Georgian singing) is North America’s most popular exponent of the traditional vocal harmony of Georgia. He is a scholar, teacher, and performer of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing and a member of Trio Kavkasia.  Carl lived in Georgia for 10 years, and has led numerous singing tours in Georgia since 2001, and many workshops in the US and elsewhere. Carl has received several prestigious honors from the Georgian government for preserving Georgian folk music – most recently for the best singing group outside of Georgia. He has worked on many CDs and publications of Georgian music. He directs the Supruli Ensemble in New York, and sings in a family trio with his two young sons.

BRIAN DOLPHIN (Ukrainian singing) is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Fulbright recipient, and doctoral student of Ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has studied under and performed with master singers from all over Ukraine. Brian has also done ethnography and performed at various festivals throughout Ukraine. He is co-founder of Ukrainian Village Voices in New York City and under his musical direction, UVV has performed at the Brooklyn Folk Festival, Golden Fest, and the Saint George Ukrainian Festival; UVV parades around the East Village every year to bless the local community with traditional carols. Brian's approach to singing this music is both inclusive and fun, and always striving for excellence, "authenticity", understanding, and a depth of feeling.

LYUTI CHUSHKI (Bulgarian band, ensemble, instrumental and vocal workshops) has played together since 1997 and appears throughout the east coast at festivals, dance weekends and celebrations. Members include *Tzvety Dosseva Weiner (vocals), *Valery Georgiev (kaval)*, Boril Peychinov (accordion) and Bryndyn Weiner (tupan). * indicates members who will offer additional workshops.

LORETTA KELLEY (Scandinavian music & ensemble) is acknowledged as the foremost American-born Hardanger fiddle player. She studied Hardanger fiddle (hardingfele in Norwegian) during 1979-80 at the folk high school in Western Telemark and was a member of the local fiddlers' group. She has since returned to Norway many times for extended visits to learn from some of Norway's best fiddlers. She has played in many competitions there, including Norway's most prestigious national competition. Loretta is a regular featured fiddler at Scandia D.C. events. She was nominated for a Grammy award, along with Andrea Hoag and Charlie Pilzer, for her Hambo in the Snow album.  

BALKAN BAZAAR From traditional costumes and jewelry to gently pre-owned clothing, travel guides, gift items and a great selection of CDs, Balkan Bazaar adds spice to camp life!


Registration fee includes meals, snacks, cabin or tent space, use of camp facilities, and admission to all events.

                Full time            Daily      Evening party
Adults            $360               $180                $50
Teens 13-18    $260             $130                $50
Children 5-12   $160          $50               free with adult
Children under 5 are free, but must be registered

Refund requests received by 8/25 will be honored (minus a $5 processing fee) - No refunds after 8/25

A limited number of full and partial scholarships is available for participants willing to work during the weekend. To apply, contact us with a short letter telling why you want or need a scholarship. Applications, along with a check for the scholarship fee ($250), are due by August 1.

World Music & Dance Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization presenting and promoting traditional music & dance from around the world.

For more information, please contact us at: or 301-717-4641


Campers start arriving 5pm
Registration begins at 6:30 in the Social Hall

Dinner 7:30 – 8:30 pm (food will be left out for latecomers until 10)

Dance Party in the Social Hall: 8:30 pm – midnight with short demonstrations by instructors


Breakfast 7:30 – 8:45 am


Social Hall

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

9:00 – 10:15am

Scandinavian dance

Ukrainian singing


10:20 – 11:35am

Turkish dance

Georgian singing

Bulgarian ensemble

11:40 – 12:50pm

Serbian dance

Bulgarian singing


Lunch 1:00 – 1:50 pm

2:00 – 3:15pm

Scandinavian dance

Bulgarian  singing


3:20– 4:35 pm

Turkish dance

Ukrainian singing

Scandinavian Ensemble 

4:40 – 5:55 pm

Serbian dance

Georgian singing


Dinner  6:00 – 7:15 pm


Culture Corner TBA 8:00pm
Dance Party  9:15pm-12:30am
Sing swap in location TBA


Student Concert 8:00 pm 
Scandinavian Ensemble with Loretta
Bulgarian Ensemble with Lyuti Chushki
Serbian and Turkish dances
Sing swap in the location TBA


Breakfast 7:45 – 8:45 am


Social Hall

location TBA

Location TBA

9:00 – 10:15 am

Scandinavian Dance

Bulgarian singing

10:25 – 11:40am

Turkish Dance

Georgian singing

Bulgarian ensemble

11:45am – 1:00pm

Serbian Dance

Ukrainian singing


Lunch 1-2pm

Fill out evaluations / Pack / Check lost & found box
We leave camp by 2pm

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