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June 2001[Submit Event][Full Schedule][top]
Jun 1 - 3

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"June Camp" in Wisconsin
A weekend of folk dance, music, & song at Beber Camp (outside Mukwonago, WI)
At this year's June Camp, featuring instructors Steve Kotansky (Balkan) and Carol Ormand (contra), with music by Izvor Orchestra (international) and Long Goodies (contra). Traditional June Camp delights include singing led by Sanna Longden, the ever-popular Happy Hour festivities, Ice Cream Social, Night Owl dance marathons, and the good fellowship of dancing folks from all over the place!
Contact Michael Kuharski mk@mailbag.com 608-241-3655 or Tyrone Killebrew tyko@earthlink.net 773-465-9896
Jun 1 - 3

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KY Dance Trance
in Lexington, Kentucky. .Gender balance maintained. Limit 120 dancers. Contra dances Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Workshops Saturday day (Waltz, swing, contra, English, Morris, more). Singing Sunday morning
Featuring the Groovemongers, Keith Cornett, The International Harvesters, and Darlene Underwood
Advance registration required; limited space; $49 postmarked by 5/19/2001; $52 afterwards
Visit the Lexington Schedule call 859-971-9924 or email podet@xinet.com
Jun 2 - 17

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St Louis Shakespeare Festival
In Forest Park.
For further information, please call Patricia Dresler at 314-535-5515 or email Alphadance@aol.com
To volunteer, call 314-361-0101
Jun 2

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Central Illinois Playford Ball in Urbana, IL
The dance will be held in room 314 of the Illini Student Union, 1401 W. Green, Urbana, IL, on the campus of the University of Illinois
Visit www.prairienet.org/ciecd/ , email Jonathan Sivier or call him at 217-359-8225 or Jane Hobgood at 217-328-1708
Jun 8

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Friends of Traditional Music and Dance "In the Bluff"
dances are usually held twice a year on the Dance Deck in the middle of the Shawnee Forest approx 9 miles SW of Carbondale, IL. Take IL 127 South of Murphysboro to Dutch Ridge Road. Camping is available by request.
Mickey Soltys, fiddle with Joe Surdyk caller. Other band members to be announced. $7 requested donation. Pot luck at 6pm & dance starts at 7:30pm. In case of rain the potluck and dance will be held at Murphysboro Seniors center at 17 N. 14th street in downtown Murphysboro
For more info call Barb at 618-549-1595 or email her at Covholgdn@GlobalEyes.net or ftmd2000@hotmail.com
Jun 9 - 10

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Festival of Nations
in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis sponsored by the International Institute
For the International Institue of St Louis, visit www.intlinst.org or call 314-773-9090
Jun 9

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Trio Freddi Reunion Dance
Polka Dance, American Czech Educational Center, 4690 Lansdowne, Saturday June 9th, 7:00 - 11:00 pm, admission $6.00.
Visit www.geocities.com/~acec-stl/events.htm or call Elsie at 314-638-2278 for reservations or more info.
Jun 15 - 16

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Sing for the Cure
The Gateway Menís Chorus and CHARIS, the St. Louis Womenís Chorus, will perform 70-minute, 10-movement original symphonic song cycle complete with narration, dedicated to those affected by breast cancer, specifically breast cancer survivors and their families and friends. It is scored for a mixed chorus with piano and small instrumental ensemble. Published by Shawnee Press the libretto is based on true stories of breast cancer survivors and their families. The performances will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; with 10% of ticket sales going to the St. Louis affiliate of the Foundation.
8:00 pm at Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 N. Union Blvd., St. Louis.
Visit www.singforthecure.com or www.gmc-stl.org
Jun 22 - 24

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Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering
at the Tippecanoe Memorial Battlefield in Battle Ground, IN.
Visit their web site or call 765-742-1419.
Jun 23 - 24

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Fiesta in Florissant
at the Knights of Columbus in Florissant (noon to dark)
Contact bmowrey@smithmoore.com
Jun 24 - 30

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Flying Cloud Vintage Dance Week
in Oxford, OH. Tuition $340 for the week ($295 before April 30/).
Visit www.vintagedance.net , email Ruth Anne or call her at 513-731-2268.
Jun 25 - 27

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Cahokia Park Monday Night Concerts
Project forming to have a summer concert series in the Cahokia Park, Cahokia, Illinois. Performers needed to take the stage from 7 to 8:30 on Monday evenings. Choirs, Singer/Songwriters, Folk, Chorus's, Trio's, anything that is not too loud, and enjoyable for the whole family, from Grandpartents to Grandchildren. We may even enjoy an open mike night from time to time.
If this sounds interesting to you, email Robb518@msn.com or visit http://communities.msn.com/RobertLeeBledsoe

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Jul 1 - 14

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Bulgarian Folklore seminar near Sofia
Practical seminar for bulgarian folk dances, musical instruments, Bulgarian folklore singing and bulgarian language studying.
The seminar will be organized in a resort centre about 50 km. from Sofia.
Bulgarian dances - group - 90 min
Bulgarian folklore instruments - individual - 60 min
Bulgarian folklore singing - ind. or group - 60 min
Bulgarian language - ind. or group - 60 min
Bulgaria, Sofia, "Mladost 2" bl.222 ent.9 ap.152;
Sofia 1594, str." Krastio Pastuhov" No.23
Tel: 359/2 749638;
mob. phone 359/88441419;
tel/fax: 359/2 798191
Jul 1 - 7

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Rocky Mountain Dance Roundup
(RMDR) near Colorado Springs, CO. Exciting annual dance week featuring Contra's and a mixture of traditional dance forms including squares, english, scottish, swing, ballroom and more. The camp is held at the La Foret Conference and Retreat Center north east of Colorado Springs, CO
This years featured leaders are Bill Litchman, Rusty Wright and DeWayne Young.
Visit www.LloydShaw.org for more info. Or email email Bob or Allynn Riggs or call Bob or Allynn at 303-741-6375.
Jul 8 - 15

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Swannanoa Celtic Week
in Asheville, NC at Warren-Wilson College.
Visit www.swangathering.org e-mail Swannanoa or phone them at 828-298-3434 or FAX 828-299-3326.
Jul 11 - 15

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National Storytelling Conference
in Providence, RI
Visit www.storynet.org or call NSA 800-525-4514
Jul 14 - 27

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Balkanfolk in Bulgaria
Program includes the study of Bulgarian, Macedonian and Rumanian folk dances, musical folk instruments - gaida, kaval, dvoyanka, duduk, gadoulka, tamboura, tapan and tarambouka, Bulgarian folk singing and Bulgarian language.
Visit www.balkanfolk.com
Jul 15 - 21

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Swannanoa Dulcimer Week
in Asheville, NC at Warren-Wilson College.
Visit www.swangathering.org e-mail Swannanoa or phone them at 828-298-3434 or FAX 828-299-3326.
Jul 16 - 29

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MAZOXI: Folk Dance Conference on the Island of Crete
14 days in the remote 16th century mountain village of Roustika Hosted by KETY KAREKLA & ANDREAS FRAGIADAKIS 2001 is its twelfth year, the MAZOXI Folklore and Dance Conference will once again feature instruction in the colorful folk traditions of various Greek provinces and islands. Instructors are regional experts who have devoted their lives to promoting authentic styles of Greek music, song and dance.
Space is limited. Reserve now!
$700 (triple occupancy) - * $840 (double occupancy) - *$980 (single occupancy) Per person for TWO WEEKS including room, board, seminar, and excursions! excluding airfare and transportation to Roustika
For further information and details contact
In Greece:
ANDREAS FRAGIADAKIS 81A Egialias Street, Byron 162 33 Athens
Tel: (011-30-1) 7661-949 or Fax: (011-30-1) 38 43 953 email: fragiad@yahoo.com
In USA:
ATHAN KARRAS/ 19300 Palomar Place Tarzana, California 91356 USA
Tel/Fax: 818-609-1386 email: Xasapiko@aol.com
Jul 21

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Flamenco at the Sheldon
Authentic Dinner and Flamenco show at the Sheldon Ballroom, 3648 Washington Ave. Dinner at 7:30 pm, Show will start at 9:00 pm. Latin music for dancing. Tickets are $30.00, $ 40.00 at the door, show only $20.00. Cash bar
Tickets available at Metrotix 314-534-1111 or Tropicana Market 314-353-7328. You may also send a check and self-addressed envelope to:
St Louis Cultural Flamenco Soc,
P.O. Box 21818
St. Louis, Mo. 63109
Jul 28 - 29

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Illinois Storytelling Festival
Spring Grove, IL. A full weekend of sharing stories under 5 big tents. The biggest storytelling festival in the midwest.
This is our 18th year! Nationally known storytellers Doug Elliott, Angela Lloyd, Barbara McBride-Smith, Jamal Koram, and Beth Horner are our featured tellers this year, with dozens more regional tellers too!
Visit www.storytelling.org or call 815-344-0181 or email info@storytelling.org for more info.
Jul 29

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Annual Old Time Porch Music Fete
in Cahokia, IL. Last Sunday of each July is the date for the Old Time Music Fete held at the Historic Cahokia Court House. Jam sessions under every tree, folk art on display, and a professional sound system for the main stage (the court house porch) for the enjoyment of all. Located one block south and one block west of the intersection of Illinois Rt 3 and Illinois Rt 157. (Cahokia Camp ground.) Noon to 5, rain or shine.
Call 618-332-1782 for more info
Jul 29 - 3

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Lloyd Shaw Foundation Cumberland Family Dance Camp
Week long family camp held in hotel/lodge style facilities at the Kentucky Leadership center in central Kentucky. With contra, square, english, morris, rapper sword, couple, swing, all with live music. Dance classes for adults and for children. Dance band class for musicians. Activities and care for all ages of children
This year we welcome Glen and Judy Morningstar in addition to an excellent roster of callers, musicians, and storytellers.
Visit www.lloydshaw.org/cumbframe.htm . For registration, contact Bob Tomlinson 740-633-2395 bobtomoh@earthlink.net
Jul 29

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Hawaiian S.H.I.R.T. Polka Dance
at Polish Hall in Madison, IL. Music provided by Polka Connection and Larry Hallar's Two-Star Final. Music from 1:00 - 7:00, Admission is $7.00. Food is available.
Visit www.folkfire.org/polka/ for more info.

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Aug 1 - 5

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Dvorana Summer Folkdance Week
offers 3 days of Czech and Moravian folkdance in Prague and 4 days of Slovak Folkdance in the High Tatras, Piestany, Slovakia.
For info visit www.dvorana.cz or call +420 (2) 301-8267
Aug 3 - 5

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St. Louis Strassenfest
downtown at Memorial Plaza on Market St. west of Tucker (12th). Entertainment includes continuous music by local and German bands, arts and crafts, rides and children's stage. Admission is FREE. Proceeds go to charity and scholorship funds.
Visit www.strassenfest.org or call 314-849-6322 for more info.
Aug 4 - 3

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Mainewoods Dance Camp
Five sessions:
Session 1: August 4 - August 10 Shawn Donaldson - Balkan Arlene Segal - Israeli Ann Smith - Scottish
Session 2: August 11 - August 17 France Moreau - French Canadian Yves Moreau - Bulgarian Carolyn Rapkievian - Armenian
Session 3: August 18 - August 24 Roo Lester - Scandinavian Rina Singha - East Indian Theodor Vasilescu - Romanian
Session 4: August 25 - August 31 Miroslav Bata Marcetic - Serbian Jacqueline Schwab - English Theodor Vasilescu - Romanian
Labor Day Session: August 31 - September 3 Ada Dziewanowska - Polish Sandy Starkman - International Marie Wendt - French
Visit Mainewoods' website, email Mainewoods or call Kathryn Demos at 908-647-2936.
Aug 10 - 12

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Middle Eastern Dance In North America
Desert Moon Dance Academy of St. Louis presents internationally renowned belly dancer, Hadia from Calgary, Canada, the featured performer and master instructor at this dance extravaganza called MEDINA. (MEDINA means City in Arabic and is Desert Moon's acronym for "Middle Eastern Dance In North America".) MEDINA will include a competition on Friday, a full-length performance by Hadia on Saturday complemented by dancing by the competition winners, Saturday and Sunday instruction with Hadia and a Hafla Sunday. The event will be in the ballroom at Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Rd.
Visit www.desertmoondance.com or contact Arleah@desertmoondance.com or call 314-432-2281
Aug 11 - 12

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Hispanic Fair at Jefferson Barracks Park
in South St Louis County (noon to dark)
Contact bmowrey@smithmoore.com
Aug 17 - 19

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Sugar Hill Contra Dance Weekend,
Ransburg Reservation Scout Camp, south of Bloomington, IN. $35 before Aug. ($10 kids), $40 after Aug. 1st ($15 kids). No dogs or alcohol.
Visit the Sugar Hill Site email jung@indian.edu or call 812-334-0225.
Aug 31 - 3

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Buffalo on the Danube (West Virginia)
International Folk Dance weekend at Buffalo Gap, Capon Bridge, WV
Contact dancingplanet@erols.com or call 301-320-7099, For the general schedule: www.buffalogapcamp.com

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Sep 1 - 3

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Japanese Festival
at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Theater, drumming, dancing and martial arts along with bonsai, kites, crafts, fashions, lectures, food and much more. 10 am to 10 pm (till 5 on Mon).
Visit The MoBot Gardens web site or email Delle or call 314-577-9400 for more info.
Sep 14 - 16

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Balance the Belle
Louisville Country Dancers' Contra dance weekend. Dance on a sternwheel driven steamboat! Limit 200!
Visit the Louisville Country Dancers web page or email contracorners@cs.com or call 812-246-5314

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Oct 12 - 14

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International Folk Fest
at Greensfelder Center in Queeny Park, West St. Louis county. More than 70 organizations, 100 acts featuring ethnic dance and music, and 30 craftspersons provide a look at St. Louis's rich cultural background. 4$ or less
For the International Institue of St Louis, visit www.intlinst.org or call 314-773-9090
Oct 19 - 21

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LEAF, the Lake Eden Arts Festival,
Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. Music, dance, workshops, poetry, storytelling, drumming, crafts, healing arts, much more. Cost is $60 before ??, $70 at gate (includes camping).
e-mail for info or visit www.theleaf.com or call 704-68-MUSIC (704-686-8742).
Oct 26 - 28

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SoleFest 2001, Springfield, MO
Dance Weekend on the last weekend of October (Friday-Sunday) featuring inspiring bands, notable callers, and Ozarks hospitality, including a famous Sunday brunch.
Featuring old-time Canadian bush swing by Flapjack and the inimitable calling of Cis Hinkle. Friday night concert & dance starting at 7:30. Saturday workshops and costume (optional) dance. Sunday brunch & farewell dance. $40 before October 12, $45 at the door.
More info: http://home.att.net/~solefest or email heyfoot@hotmail.com or phone 417-864-6238
Registration: Jean Stehle, 1780 N. Hill Top Dr., Nixa, MO 65714 417-725-1904
Housing: Karla Gilmore: kgilmore@atlascomm.net or 417-883-6393
Oct 27 - 28

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Gypsy Moon Ball, Indianapolis
Costumed Contra dance at (Boy Scout) Camp Belzer, Indianapolis, beginning at 8 pm, pitch-in/potluck at 6:30 pm; Sunday brunch
featuring Chris Bischoff, caller, and Critter Du Jour, the band.
Questions: email Barry or call 317-388-0632 or visit http://members.nbci.com/dancegypsy/index.html

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Nov 16 - 18

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Pilgrim's Progression Dance Weekend
in Lawrence, KS
7th Annual weekend featuring the Groovemongers with caller Kathy Anderson
Visit www.lawrencebarndance.org, email info@lawrencebarndance.org , or call 913-865-FOLK or 785-749-1356,