Northwest Folklife Festival May 28-31

50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

The 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival is taking place virtually all weekend long (May 28-31, 2021). Throughout Memorial Day weekend, explore over 6 program channels, participate in live Zoom workshops and dances, and stream a variety of performances at your convenience through the On-Demand channel.

Watch the livestreams here on our websiteFacebook, and Twitch!

Of note:


By |2021-05-28T10:43:52-07:00May 28th, 2021|Anytime, Culture, Dance, International, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Sharing Dance Older Adults with Canada’s National Ballet School

The new Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Older Adults website and app are now live!

This also means that the first batch of classes for the Spring session is now available! On this new platform, you’ll find more, easier-to-access content. In addition, you’ll be able to temporarily download classes within the app so that you can dance offline.

To access the newest classes, please head over to and create an account. The process of creating an account on our new website is much simpler, but if you need any assistance in creating an account, please see our how-to guides or email me directly. My colleagues and I are standing by and ready to help you create a new account so that you can keep on dancing!

Once you log in to the Sharing Dance Older Adults website, you’ll notice that there are several new classes now available for you to dance along with. Moving forward, classes will be released in batches, approximately every six weeks, rather than a single class once a week.

You’ll also notice a few other changes:

  • Seated has become In Your Seat
  • Standing with Seated Options has become On Your Feet (with seated options)

It’s still the same teachers, classes and content you’ve grown to enjoy, just presented a little […]

By |2021-03-19T15:52:19-07:00March 19th, 2021|Anytime, Dance, Workshop|0 Comments

Watch Anytime! Romanian Dancing with Camelia and Neluțu on YouTube

Missed the Romanian Dancing with Camelia and Neluțu?

No worries! You can watch it on YouTube anytime at this YouTube link.

Online Romanian Dance Party with Camelia and Neluțu Motoc –

By |2020-12-26T11:56:58-08:00December 26th, 2020|Anytime, Culture, Dance, Party, Romanian|0 Comments

Cirque du Soleil Exercise Classes and Performances

At Cirque du Soleil, we offer an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of our shows. Let us welcome you into our world where awe-inspiring show footage and fan favorite videos will transport you. Just for you, from us. Enjoy!

Huge selection here:

Exercise classes and Yoga here:

By |2020-11-09T18:37:20-08:00November 9th, 2020|Anytime, Exercise|0 Comments

Balkan Mondays Online workshop series starts Nov 2

Balkan Mondays Online workshop series

Monday, 2 November⋅18:45 – 21:00 ET
Weekly on Monday, 5 times
$50 per participant for all 5 classes, or $15 per class

Balkan Mondays Online workshop series.
Every Monday evening in November (Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2020)


Videos are already posted and ready to watch here:

Learn to sing or play for a selection of Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Rom, and Serbian dances

Hour-long bilingual (French/English) classes, live via Zoom
Instructor: Dina Cindrić, (vocal); Sergiu Popa (instrumental music)

Link / Location:

Session 1:   


Register for the:

By |2020-10-21T14:40:20-07:00October 21st, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Dance at Home this Fall with Canada’s National Ballet School

We are excited to announce the launch of the six-week Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors – At Home class this Fall.

Bring dance into your home with 20-minute classes taught by NBS faculty and accompanied by a live musician. No experience is necessary, and classes are designed to be accessible for older adults with varied physical and cognitive abilities.

This Fall, we will be offering two exciting at-home dance options, one fully-seated class, and one class with seated and standing options. Sign up here, and you will be able to have access to a new class each week. Each class begins with a warm-up and moves through a set of dances where we encourage you to make artistic choices and move in the way that feels best for you.

If you have younger children in your life who may also enjoy the benefits of dancing at home, we are excited to announce the launch of NBS Kids – Dance On Demand, a comprehensive instructor-facilitated dance resource for kids. Click here or e-mail ac.bne-sbn@ssac.enna for more information.

Happy dancing!

Anne Cass (she/her) | Community Dance Teacher, Coordinator of Online Learning Resources
Canada’s National Ballet School | L’École nationale de […]

By |2020-10-21T12:20:31-07:00October 21st, 2020|Anytime, Dance, Workshop|0 Comments

Seated Dance to Music with the National Ballet of Canada

Dance your way through the summer – at home! Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) are pleased to offer a free six-week dance course as a pilot this summer, which can be accessed from your home or wherever you are. Log in at your convenience to access a new seated dance class each week.

Classes are free during this pilot phase, and they are gathering feedback from participants for future iterations.

Join them anytime to embrace the transformative power of dance!

Course duration: 6 weeks (one class per week)
Length of each class: About 20 minutes

These sessions are pre-recorded and can be accessed anytime. Registration is free and is required.

By |2020-10-08T12:49:16-07:00October 8th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, Exercise, Workshop|0 Comments

Osem I Devet Concert from Michael Lawson’s deck

Osem I Devet (minus David Bilides), with Tedy Dimitrova and Dina Trageser, broadcasting from Michael’s back deck at 6 pm on 2020-09-19.
The link for this 1 hour recording is below, no Facebook account required. Definitely worth watching!

For real this time! The awning is up, the camera ready. Tune in for an hour of Osem (minus Devet) with Tedy and Dina tonight.

Posted by Osem i Devet on Friday, September 18, 2020

By |2020-09-19T22:35:03-07:00September 19th, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Music, Singing|0 Comments

Chicago SummerDance in Place on YouTube

An at-home version of this Chicago summertime tradition is on YouTube. Presented by DCASE with the Chicago Park District, the reimagined series was filmed in Millennium Park and at Chicago Park district locations, featuring skyline views and iconic imagery.

Following the traditional SummerDance model, each program starts with a 30-minute dance lesson, followed by 60 minutes of music performed by local artists. Dance and music styles are Line Dance (copyright issues have blocked this video in Canada), Cumbia, Swing, Bollywood & Bhangra, Salsa, and House.

All programs can be viewed on the Chicago DCASE site here.

By |2020-08-08T10:43:30-07:00August 8th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, International, Workshop|0 Comments

Special Israeli Dances – “Virtual Harkadot” for Shavuot holiday

imageShavuot will apply on Friday May 29, 20
In honor of the holiday, I prepared for you 2 special dance sessions – “Virtual Harkadot” – on this topic:

* Harkada 43 * – Shavuot Dances, Circles:
* Harkada 44 * – Shavuot Dances, Couples:

These “virtual Harkadot” join over 50 “Virtual Harkadot” on various topics that you can watch your leisure, on the ROKDIM Website:
One click on the image at Rokdim homepage opens the dance list and a second click on the Red Button opens the dance video for your dancing enjoyment.

Yaron Meishar, Rokdim

By |2020-05-24T12:42:20-07:00May 24th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, Israeli|0 Comments

Northwest Folklife Festival May 23-25

Presented by Seattle Cancer Care AllianceFrom Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival will take place online May 23-25, 2020 at Created in partnership with Seattle Center, From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival is a virtual festival that features multiple program channels and a virtual marketplace that will bring together local culture bearers, artists, creatives, sponsors, and merchants all on one platform.

Full List of Program Channels
Meet the Artists
View the Full Schedule

Of note:
– Helen Eriksen & Anar Dana: Saturday, 11 AM
– Dromeno live dance party: Sunday, 5:35 PM
– Dunava Balkan Women’s Choir video premier: Sunday, 6:10 PM

Suggested Daily Donation: $20 per person | $30 per family
Committed to Access for All | Powered by Your Donations

By |2020-05-22T17:29:35-07:00May 22nd, 2020|Anytime, Culture, Dance, International, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Dragi Spasovski podcast episode 45 published

Interested in discussions and samples of Macedonian folk songs?
David Bilides and Dragi Spasovski are back with another podcast for you in their series of expanded discussions for each of the 54 songs in Dragi’s 3-CD set.

Episode 45: Neli si se naspalo

This is a love song of the Macedonian Muslims living in the greater Šar Planina area. Dragi talks about the Isjanovska sisters, describes the Macedonian Muslim dialect, and discusses that singing tradition, both its continuity and its evolution.

You can…

1) Download the podcast directly from the site:
2) Listen to the podcast without downloading it, as an audio stream from the same page on the site;
3) Subscribe to the entire series from the same page on the site or through iTunes or similar software.
4) Get more information about the 3-CD set here:

Episodes on the site have additional audio and links discussed in the podcast.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.
Have fun listening!

By |2020-05-04T21:49:12-07:00May 4th, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Culture, Information, Singing|0 Comments

Dancin’ in the Seats

Steve Weintraub is offering Facebook Live sessions –

Dancin’ in the Seats is a unique program of seated dances to a variety of music. They are simple, fun, and get the whole body moving. Because they are seated, there is no worry about losing one’s balance, or bumping into things or tripping while moving around. All ages and abilites find these dances delightful.

These are all seated dances!

See Steve’s Facebook page:

Times: M/W at 11:00 AM and T/Th at 3:00 PM ET

By |2020-04-28T22:30:16-07:00April 28th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, Live, Workshop|1 Comment

Folk Dance with Henry on YouTube

Henry’s new YouTube channel offers International Folk Music and Dance videos. Everyone can learn and dance these folk dances without attending a formal session or if there are no opportunities in your area. This channel is hosted by Henry Temchin, a long time folk dancer currently living in Greenacres, Florida.

Henry has uploaded over 100 folk dance videos in only one month (since 2 March 2020).

By |2020-04-28T21:07:46-07:00April 28th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, International|0 Comments

Memorial Day and Israeli Independence Day dances

In honor of Israel Independence Day, I have compiled 5 special Israeli dance NEW collections at:

  1. Harkada #24 (, Dances in honor of Israeli Memorial Day. Please read the description when the image is clicked.
  2. Harkada #25 ( and #26 (, are dances that correspond to the songs about the Israeli Independence Day evening celebrations.
  3. Harkada #27 ( and #28 ( are dances about Israeli Independence Day itself. Join us as we take a “virtual dance trip” to Israel: we begin in the Galilee/north of the country and continue south along the Jordan River, to the Sea of Galilee, passing to Mt Gilboa and then south through the Jordan valley to the Dead Sea and then going up to Jerusalem. (“Harkada #19” is dedicated solely to Jerusalem)
  4. Our trip continues at Harkada #28 as we go down south from Jerusalem through Beer Sheva to Eilat and Sharm A-Sheich (we will not return to […]
By |2020-04-27T12:37:00-07:00April 27th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, Israeli|0 Comments

World Dance For Humanity Building Community During The Covid Crisis

During normal times, World Dance offers daily classes in Santa Barbara, with all proceeds going to our work in Rwanda, where we are helping 11,500 genocide survivors lift themselves out of poverty.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, we suspended our regular classes, but we were determined to help people sheltering at home by providing a fun, free, uplifting daily dance experience.
Since the start of the shut-down, we’ve been offering daily dance classes on Zoom. It’s been wonderful, bringing together people isolated at home…through dance! Many of us are dancing every day now, increasing our stamina, strength, and flexibility. Beyond that, we’re enjoying a big dose of community, social connection, and joy!

We offer a new array of music and dance styles each day, from belly dance to Bhangra, mambo to Motown, samba to swing. The dances are simple enough for beginners to follow, but varied and challenging enough to keep experienced dancers interested and inspired. The participants come from Santa Barbara (where we’re based), and from Italy, England, France, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Africa!

We have also put our classes on YouTube so people can follow along at home anytime—beginner to more advanced dances. Our latest offering is a “gentle” class: […]

By |2020-04-25T22:40:21-07:00April 25th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, Exercise, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Dancing Well At Home Especially for Kids

Dancing Well at Home

Come Join Us and have fun with “Dancing Well at Home”

Here are dance sessions Especially For Kids of veteran and military families, but ALL ARE WELCOME! These recorded videos are available free of charge 24 hours each day. To join the live fun, tune in to Facebook/DancingWell Wednesdays at 4pm EST.

For further information see the dancing well at home website.

By |2020-04-24T10:10:28-07:00April 24th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Virtual Dancing for Disabilities

Helen Winkler and her daughter Rita (who has Down syndrome) are regularly posting a series of Youtube and Facebook dances that they call Living Room Dances because they occur in their living room.  These dances all come from an adapted dance program that Helen teaches in Toronto for people who have intellectual disabilities.  Some are modified folk dances and others are dances that they have created within their dance community to suit their participants.  They intend to continue with their weekly postings until they have recorded all the dances that their group has done over the past 14 years: is the site where they archive everything.

By |2020-04-24T10:48:39-07:00April 18th, 2020|Anytime, Dance, International|0 Comments

Yves Moreau Posted Videos

Yves Moreau is posting videos regularly on his Facebook page. What a treat!

Today’s dance (#5) is KRIVO PLOVDIVSKO HORO (11/8), from the region of Plovdiv in West Trakiya, Bulgaria. Presented in February 2015 at the Rivieradance! workshop organized by Cathy Meunier in Torquay (England). Videotaping of the review session by Ron Wilks. See video here.

Today's dance (#5) is KRIVO PLOVDIVSKO HORO (11/8), from the region of Plovdiv in West Trakiya, Bulgaria. Presented in February 2015 at the Rivieradance! workshop organized by Cathy Meunier in Torquay (England). Videotaping of the review session by Ron Wilks.

Posted by Yves Moreau on Monday, April 13, 2020

By |2020-04-24T10:54:11-07:00April 13th, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Dance|0 Comments
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