World Village Music and Dance Camp

Labor Day Weekend September 2-5, 2022



WORLD VILLAGE MUSIC & DANCE CAMP presents some of the finest bearers of folk music and dance traditions of Eastern Europe, 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 Steve Kotansky (Balkan dance), Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian dance), Roo Lester (Scandinavian dance), Carl Linich (Georgian singing), Brian Dolphin (Ukrainian and Appalachian singing), and Loretta Kelley (Scandinavian music).

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 from 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 and English country dance event.  Our schedules are synched and participants 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 (Greek, Balkan, Balfolk, contra, English, and more.

  • For 2022, we are only admitting people who have been fully vaccinated (including booster) for Covid-19.  This means that unvaccinated children and adults will not be admitted.  At this point, we are requiring masks, but we will revisit this as we get closer to the event.  We are still working out the final Covid-19 safety procedures and we will follow CDC guidelines.  We will take necessary precautions to keep our risks to a minimum.  Our policies will be consistent with those of FootFall Dance Weekend, which will be sharing the camp facilities.



Steve began dancing as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area where he taught and performed with the Westwind International Folk Ensemble and the Perfiloff Russian Dance Ensemble. In 1970 he made his first research trip to Hungary and the former Yugoslavia, returning to study dance and Slavic languages at UCLA. Steve danced with AMAN Folk Ensemble and Vincent Evanchuk’s Ukrainian Dance Group while teaching at many of the folk dance coffee houses in Los Angeles. In 1972 he made a research trip to Hungary and the former Yugoslavia to learn and document village dances with Robert H. Leibman (including dances and music from the Albanian village of Krani on Lake Prespa in Macedonia). During this trip he met many dance specialists who would become instrumental in the direction of his life including Pece Atanasovski, Desa Djordević, Dr. Ivan Ivančan, and Dobrijvoje Putnik. Steve would spend the next 8 years living in Munich, Germany where he continued to teach and research ethnic dance. He co-founded, directed, and choreographed for the Gajda Folkore Ensemble, inviting top dancers and teachers from Central and South-Eastern Europe to Germany and led tours to Hungary and the Balkans. In 1980, he returned to the U.S.A. settling in New York. He continued to teach at dance camps throughout North America and Mexico, choreograph for many dance ensembles, and with his wife Susan, co-founded the Guzsaly Hungarian Dance Ensemble. Steve continues to teach and research dances from the Balkans, and he and Susan have made several trips to Albania.




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.

CARL LINICH (Georgian singing) has been a scholar, teacher, and performer of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing since 1990, and is a member of Trio Kavkasia. A fluent Georgian speaker, Carl lived in Georgia for 10 years, and received two prestigious merit awards from the Georgian government in recognition of his work to promote and preserve Georgian folk music. He has worked on numerous publications related to Georgian folk music for the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the State Folklore Center of Georgia, and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song. Carl has led several  Village Harmony camps since 2000. He currently directs the Supruli Ensemble in New York City and a Georgian choir at Bard College, and sings in a family trio with his two sons. He’s a perennial favorite at World Village, and we’re pleased he’s back this year!

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 below.
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)

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                Full time             Daily      Evening party (includes dinner)
Adults            $340               $170      $50             
Youth 13-24   $260              $130      $50
Children 5-12 $160               $80 
(if fully vaccinated)  

Starting August 1st
                Full time            Daily      Evening party (includes dinner)
Adults            $360               $180              $50
Youth 13-24   $260             $130                $50
Children 5-12   $160          $80               free with adult (if fully vaccinated)

Anyone wishing to attend- even for one day or evening- must register in advance and provide proof of vaccination.  

Refund requests received by 8/27 will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee) – No refunds after 8/27

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for participants willing to work during the weekend. To apply, contact us with a short letter telling us why you want or need a scholarship. Applications, along with a check for the scholarship fee ($250), are due by August 15.

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 by completing the camp inquiry form, call  or text 301-466-3018.