World Village Music & Dance Camp


Camp Louise

Labor Day Weekend

August 30 - September 2, 2019

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WORLD VILLAGE MUSIC & DANCE CAMP presents some of the finest bearers of folk music and dance traditions of Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, in a laid-back program emphasizing personalized teaching, with room for jam sessions and other serendipity. We offer accessible dance, singing and instrumental workshops all day and great evening dance parties and concerts featuring live music. This year's program features Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian dance), Alexander Markovic (Serbian and other Balkan dance), Ethel Raim (Croatian and Yiddish singing), Roo Lester(Scandinavian dance), Loretta Kelley (Scandinavian fiddle music and ensemble), Brian Dolphin (Ukrainian singing) and Vaiva Aglinskas (Lithuanian singing). Szikra Banda will play for evening parties.

Balkan Bazaar adds spice to camp life with traditional costumes, jewelry, recordings, travel guides and gently used clothing for your shopping pleasure. Program starts with dinner on Friday and ends Monday after lunch. We welcome beginners and families.

Camp Louise is located in Cascade, MD, near Thurmont and little more than an hour north off the DC Beltway. It's very close to the Pennsylvania border. World Village Music and Dance will share the camp with FootFall Dance Weekend, a mostly contra dance event that also needed to relocate from our prior location. Both camps will take place side-by-side and partiipants from either camp will be able to take classes at the other. We will share meals and housing and our Sunday night party will include a shared program (Romanian, Balkan, Scandinavian, Contra, English, and more.


The ever-popular CRISTIAN FLORESCU and SONIA DION return with their high-energy teaching style! Cristian Florescu was born in Bucharest, Romania. He started dancing in 1982 with different Romanian folk ensembles, and studied with various specialists including the renowned Theodor Vasilescu. Cristian was principal dancer with the National Ensemble Cununa Carpatilor with whom he toured extensively in Europe, Asia and North America. In 1990-91, the Romanian Ministry of Culture and the ACAFR conferred him a certificate as recognized solo dancer and choreographer in the field of folklore. He also was chief répétiteur for the Folk Ensemble Balada in Romania and worked as choreographer for the Academic Ensemble Joc in Moldova. In 1993, he joined Les Sortilèges, a professional folk dance company based in Montreal with whom he was actively involved as a dancer, teacher, répétiteur and choreographer until 2003. Since coming to Canada, Cristian has acquired multiple skills in various dance forms including modern dance, ballroom, jazz, tap as well as French-Canadian clogging and Irish step dancing.

Sonia Dion was born in Québec and has been a professional dancer for over 20 years. She was lead dancer and choreographer for Les Sortilèges dance company, Canada's oldest professional folk dance ensemble, with whom she developed several new productions including Une page d'histoire, un pas de danse, Montréal en danse, and Pour se faire plaisir. Sonia has toured worldwide and has been exposed to a wide range of dance techniques including Romanian folk dance, Scottish highland dancing, French-Canadian clogging and ballroom.

Cristian and Sonia have been guest performers with the Collage International Dance Ensemble of Boston, have been regular teachers at l' École supérieure de danse du Québec and have been selected to be part of the Artists in the Schools program sponsored by the Québec Ministry of Education. In recent years, they have developed a specific interest in working with recreational folk dance groups in Canada and the United States. They have been teaching in Austria, England, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the Netherlands to share their love of Romanian folk traditions.

ALEXANDER MARKOVIC holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Chicago.His general research interests involve music, dance, and ritual in the Balkans, ethnic identity and nationalism, the anthropology of performance, and ethnomusicology. Alex has actively researched, performed, and taught folk dances from Serbia and Greece for the past 10 years. His specialties include Serbian music and dance traditions of southeastern Serbia and Kosovo. In addition, he is also interested in Romani dance traditions from southern Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. His research in Vranje, Serbia allowed him to conduct in-depth fieldwork on dance in both the Romani and Serb communities of the area. Alex also researches and teaches a variety of Greek regional dance traditions.
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. Roo has made numerous trips to Sweden and Norway and her knowledge of these dances and styling is encyclopedic. Her teaching style is very inclusive and accessible to all dancers.

ETHEL RAIM (Croatian and Yiddish singing) is a leading performer and teacher of the unaccompanie women’s Yiddish folksong tradition and is widely recognized for her expertise in both Yiddish and Balkan vocal traditions. She has had a distinguished career as a performer, workshop leader/singing teacher and recording artist for the Elektra/ Nonesuch labels and was the founder and musical director of the renowned Pennywhistlers, an all-women’s vocal ensemble that was among the first to bring traditional women’s singing from the Balkans and EasternEurope to the North American folk music world. Raim received the prestigious NEA Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship in 2018, the highest honor in the traditional arts in the US.

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.

VAIVA AGLINSKAS (Lithuanian sutartines singing) studies and performs sutartinės, an ancient form of two and three voiced polyphony, based on the oldest principles of multivoiced vocal music. Most of the sutartinė repertoire was recorded in the 19th and 20th centuries, but sources from the 16th century and later show that this style of singing was important along with monophonic songs for a considerable period of time. She will teach songs of work, calendar cycle ritual, weddings, family, wartime, historic, and other songs. Vaiva also sings with the groups Ukrainian Voices and Supruli, both based in New York City, where she is an instructor at Baruch College.

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.  

SZIKRA BANDA and BALKANTO are Washington-based groups of musicians specializing in Romanian and Balkan dance music. Members include Emese Prandovsky-ODonnell (furulya, kaval, clarinet), Craig Packard (furulya, kaval, viola, panpipes), Loretta Kelley (violin), Joseph Kroupa (percussion), Melinda McCarthy (koboz, bass), Christopher O'Donnell (doromb), and Joan Dubinsky (cimbalom, tsimbal).

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

EARLY BIRD RATE (postmarked before August 1st)

                Full time             Daily      Evening party (includes dinner)
Adults            $340               $170               $50      
Youth 13-24   $240               $120      free with adult
Children 5-12 $150               $50   

Starting August 1st
                Full time            Daily      Evening party (includes dinner)
Adults            $360               $180              $50
Youth 13-24   $260             $130                $50
Children 5-12   $160          $50               free with adult
Children under 5 are free, but must be registered

Refund requests received by 8/23 will be honored (minus a $10 processing fee) - No refunds after 8/23

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


hrhbetsy@gmail.com or 301-717-4641



Note: The FootFall schedule will occur at the same times starting Saturday



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