World Village Music & Dance Camp
Labor Day Weekend
September 3-6, 2021
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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), Joe Graziosi (Greek dance), Lynn Baumeister (Balfolk), Carl Linich (Georgian singing), Petya Maglova (Bulgarian singing) Brian Dolphin (Ukrainian and Appalachian singing), Lyuti Chushki (Bulgarian music), and Izumi Fairbanks (Pontic lyra).
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 2021, we are only admitting people who have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19. At this point, masks are optional. We are still working out the final Covid-19 safety procedures and we will follow CDC guidelines. This means that unvaccinated children and adults will not be admitted. No exceptions. Our registration is being capped at 120 participants/staff. Our policies will match those of FootFall Dance Weekend, which will be sharing the camp facilities.
Joseph Kaloyanides Graziosi was born and raised in the greater Boston area. Of Greek and Italian ancestry, Joe was exposed at an early age to Greek music and dance through both family contacts and participation in Greek American social and cultural events. He received a B.A. (cum laude) in History from Brandeis University in 1976. In 1979 he moved to New York City and later, after a few years in the San Francisco Bay Area starting in 1996, he moved back east to live on Cape Cod, where he currently resides.
Joe began his formal pursuit of the study, documentation and promulgation of traditional Greek dance in 1975 during a semester-abroad program in Athens where he worked with the noted folklorist, Ted Petrides. Since then he has done extensive independent research in folk music and dance in Greece, the former Greek areas of the Anatolian Peninsula, and the Greek American communities in New England and New York. He has compiled an exhaustive library of scholarly research as well as a comprehensive video library and musical archive. Concurrent with his research he has danced for and advised several Greek American performing groups.
In 1982, under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ethnic Folk Arts Center, he directed the Greek Music Tour, composed of highly esteemed practitioners of traditional music from both Greece and the immigrant community in the States who performed throughout the northeastern U.S. In conjunction with the tour he was principal editor and author of an accompanying booklet on Greek music, dance and instrumentation, as well as advisor to studio recordings now archived in the New York City-based Center for Traditional Arts.
Joe, along with the late Paul Ginis, co-founded the Greek American Folklore Society (GAFS) in Astoria, NY, where he taught throughout the 80s. Since 1984, he has taught traditional folk and urban dances of the Greek peoples for various organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including at major dance camps, weekend seminars and retreats for both professional and amateur dance troupes as well as for social clubs, community and church groups and folk dance organizations throughout the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska. In 1990, Joe was invited to teach Greek dance in Japan and Taiwan, and returned to Japan in 2017 for his twelfth visit. He has also introduced people to Greek dance in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, England, and Brazil; and last year, for the first time, in Mexico. He has been a guest lecturer on Greek dance and music for the ethnomusicology departments of the Universities of California Los Angeles and Santa Barbara (UCLA and UCSB).
Since 1985 he has served as advisor and judge for the annual Folk Dance Festival (FDF), held under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of San Francisco, which encompasses the western U.S.; since 2002 for the annual HDF (Hellenic Dance Festival) of the Atlanta diocese; and more recently for the short-lived Chicago-based AGDC (America’s Greek Dance Competition).
Joe is the co-founder and former co-director with Ahmet Lüleci of the annual World Music & Dance Camp, formerly on Cape Cod, MA, now held at Iroquois Springs, NY. Joe has produced numerous anthology CDs of dances from recorded sources not widely available in the United States, which he makes available to students in his classes.
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 with his wife Susan, has made several trips to Albania.
LYNN BAUMEISTER (Balfolk)
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!
PETYA MAGLOVA was born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She started taking Bulgarian folklore vocal lessons at the age of 6 in the class of the talented folklore singer Elena Dobreva. At the age of 10 Petya won the first prize in all age groups at a singing competition in Seleminovo. Two years later, she won the Bulgarian National Radio’s singing competition for young talents. Subsequently, she was invited to record at the Bulgarian National Radio with the renowned musicians Nedyalko Nedyalkov and Peyo Peev. At the age of 14, Petya became the youngest ever member of the Academic Folk Choir at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv. In 2002, she toured Europe as soloist of folklore ensemble “Geo Milev”. After she relocated in the USA, Petya became the musical director of the non- profit cultural organization “Young Bulgarian Voices NY” where she has been teaching Bulgarian folklore singing to kids and adults for the past six years. Some special soloist performances include the Verea Festival in Chicago (2015), the Bulgarian festival in Bensalen, PA with Ivan Milev (2017), the Bulgarian cultural festival in San Francisco with Rumen Sali Shopov (2017), the Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” Pittsburg, PA with the Vlado Mollov Band (2019) and the 30th annual Golden Festival in New York with Lyuti Chushki (2020). With almost 20 years of professional vocal experience, she has performed songs from all folklore regions in Bulgaria.
LYUTI CHUSHKI with Petya Maglova (vocals). Lyuti Chushki are “hot peppers” and you can’t have a feast without them! They have been playing for weddings, concerts, festivals, dance parties and workshops since 1997. They have appeared multiple times at WVMAD playing traditional Bulgarian instruments in modes and rhythms of ancient provenance with vocal stylings now world renowned. The musicians are Valery Georgiev (kaval and gaida), Boril Peychinov (accordion), and Bryndyn Weiner (tupan and dumbek). Joining them will be Petya Maglova. Valery Georgiev will be leading a Bulgarian ensemble class. The following video is from the 2020 Golden Festival and includes additional musicians.
IZUMI FAIRBANKS (Pontic lyra) grew up in Turkey and Japan, and began studying
traditional folk music after moving to Seattle. She has traveled to Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and New York to study percussion and string instruments (tupan/davul, doli, kemence, gudulka, panduri, baglama). She
has studied Bulgarian music with the late Alexander Eppler and Pontic Greek
music with Christos Tiktapanidis and various other masters. Apart from playing kemence/Pontic lyra, she collaborates with the Georgian polyphonic choir “onefourfive,” with whom she sang for eight years, and the
ensemble “Anadolu Folkdancers” where she studied and performed Turkish folk dances for three seasons. Izumi spent a good part of the last two years on the music, dances and songs from the Black Sea, leading weekly informal Black Sea (Pontic Greek and Turkish Karadeniz) dance sessions since December 2019.
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)
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
WORK EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIPS
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.