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Balkan Music and Dance Workshop

The East European Folklife Center is sponsoring two Balkan music and dance workshops this summer, one in Mendicino Woodlands, CA (June 27-July 4) and one in Iroquois Springs, NY (August 8-15).

Since 1977 the West Coast edition of the EEFC’s Balkan Music & Dance Workshop has been gathering amidst the towering redwoods of the Northern California coast. Each year we welcome new friends along with old, as musicians and dancers and those who love them come together with our extraordinary teaching staff for a memorable week.

Family-friendly; children welcome. Highly recommended!

See the EEFC’s website for details.

Kin Ho and Jeanne Cate Teaching

We continue a series of articles featuring the wonderful teaching artists of World Music in the Schools:

Spend some time in San Diego folk dance circles, and there’s someone you’re sure to meet pretty quick. That would be Kin Ho, CWM teaching artist, performer and instructor of traditional folk dance genres from around the world. Everywhere you look in the local folk dance circles, you’ll find Kin as performer, teacher, and organizer. He finds that students in the Center’s World Music in the Schools program respond well to the movement and rhythm (and fun!) of folk dance, and that—when opportunity presents—their parents enjoy joining in.

Kin was born in Canton Province, China. His family moved to Hong Kong when he was a toddler, and he spent his school years in that cosmopolitan city learning and performing international folk dance and Chinese traditional dance, including the Lion dance with drumming. After immigration to the United States, Kin taught and directed the Chinese Folk Dance Troup of Stockton. Moving to San Diego some twenty years ago, he performed with San Diego State University’s yearly International Folk Dance Concerts. He has taught folk dance classes extensively to both adults and children at all levels and at a variety of festivals and events around San Diego. Through San Diego’s International Dance Association, which sponsors the folk dance classes that he teaches in Balboa Park, Kin is involved with the planning and presentation of several annual folk dance festivals at the Balboa Park Club. He also teaches Greek dancing at the Folk Dance Center in North Park.

Kin’s wife and partner in the folk dance scene, Jeanne Cate, is likewise prominent in the San Diego folk dance world. Indeed, Kin and Jeanne were recently featured in an article in the San Diego UT. Jeanne also often helps out in the World Music in the Schools classrooms.

Both enjoy “spreading the old-country spirit” through dance. Everyone who learns one or more of these international dance traditions, Kin says, carries “a little corner of the world” with them.

UT Folk Dancers

Union Tribune San Diego, April 12, 2015

Coverage of a Center for World Music Concert Series event, the International Folk Dance Clubs of Balboa Park’s Springfest 2015.

On a wood-floored ballroom in Balboa Park, a smattering of international folk dance enthusiasts paced their way Sunday through provincial traditions from Quebec, Scandinavia, Scotland, Romania and Greece.

“What makes it fun are the mix of rhythms,” said Diane Baker, a retired physical education teacher who traveled from Newport Beach to participate at the festival. “And you learn about the villages where it originated.”

Read the full article at www.utsandiego.com.

Khmer Classical Dance

An interesting short essay about the survival of dance in post-Pol Pot Cambodia . . .

The dawn of the Khmer Rogue marked the darkest episode in the history of classical dance. The Khmer Rogue sought to exterminate all dancers and artists. Nine in 10 classical dancers died; they took to the grave hundreds of moves and choreographies. The dance virtually disappeared.

After the downfall of the Khmer Rogue, the first efforts to resurrect dance took place in the refugee camps along the Thai border, where communities of dancers organically mushroomed. These refugees were the first ones to begin the seemingly impossible task of reforming the almost obliterated art. They worked hard to remember the lost moves and choreographies, and, little by little, the dance was infused with life again.

Read the full article at TheAdvisorCambodia.com.

 

Cup of Java

Looks like a first-rate performance of Javanese court music and dance, featuring ten dancers from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI), Yogyakarta, and musicians from CalArts, upcoming on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in LA.  Highly recommended!

This program will include a broad range of Javanese works from refined mask dancing, to a duel of elaborately adorned woman warriors, to a male quartet of dynamic strength and dignity — all to the dramatic soundscapes of the gamelan. The culmination of this diverse program is Karna’s Choice — a story about the sorrows of war, the love of a mother, and the loyalty of brothers — as retold from the beloved Indian epic, the Mahabharata.

Check out their interesting blog:

http://www.festivalofsacredmusic.org/category/blog/

Aiko Majikina

The Los Angeles-based Majikina Honryu-Aigen no Kai dance company will present “Nufa Gukuru — My Spirit Dances” on Sunday, November 2, at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, LA, led by artistic director Aiko Majikina.

“[My teacher] Yuko-sensei used to say that he could teach all the forms and techniques of the dance, but it can only come to life when you make it your own. Your spirit has to go into the dance,” remembers Aiko Majikina. “It has been a long-time dream of mine to bring his kumiudui to Los Angeles, and to honor him.”

Read the story at The Rafu Shimpo.

Thai Khon Dance

From the Bangkok Post, a dance master explains how and why he teaches Thai classical dance to children.  The video clip shows children learning to perform the Ramakien, the Thai version of the India’s great epic, the Ramayana.

Welcome to a school that teaches Khon to children – both rich and poor. A Khon teacher explains how this traditional masked dance based on the Ramayana epic can help children in both their personal life and their career.

Read the full article at BangkokPost.com.

 

 

Royal Cambodian Ballet

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs in Long Beach Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00pm.

The show is called “The Stars of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia” and it was inspired by the late Queen Kossamak Nearyrath. The dance form was established in the early Cambodian royal courts for the purpose of entertainment and ceremony. It includes dances of tribute or invocation and the enactment of traditional stories and epic poems. Dancers were considered messengers to the gods and ancestors.

 

Bedaya Sapto

Bedhaya is the sacred classical dance of the courts of Yogyakarta and Suryakarta, Indonesia.  Bedhaya Sapta (or Bedaya Sapto) is unique kind of bedhaya dance, because it is performed by seven (sapta) dancers, instead of the usual nine.  It is not easy for anyone outside the inner circle of the various courts to be invited to witness a ritual bedhaya. Our friend from Bali, Made Wijaya, caught this performance on video while in Yogyakarta.

On YouTube:

 

Fandango

Music & Dance Get Together

Saturday, June 14, 2014 • 6:00 P.M.

Balboa Park Fountain near Park Blvd.

Free Admission

Bring your instruments and food to share! Financial support provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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