Folk Dance Center Event

The Center for World Music would like to alert our audience to the programs of the Folk Dance Center, a San Diego institution with which we’ve had a long relationship. In more cases than not, traditional music and dance forms are inseparable. The missions of our two organizations thus overlap to a great extent. We encourage you to check out their website, especially their monthly newsletters.

We will be promoting special programs of the Folk Dance Center via our Facebook page and other social media. We invite you to stop by their studio on 30th Street for one of their frequent folk dance sessions. Also, be alert for their many fine events and classes! See their current newsletter for details.

The Folk Dance Center (FDC) is a non-profit organization of amateur dancers with a common interest in folk dances from around the world. The FDC seeks to increase understanding of world folk dance and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all.

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Folk Dance Center
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4569 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92116
Message phone: 619-281-5656


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

Ancient Greek Music

A scholar at Oxford University is reconstructing the sound of ancient Greek music, of which we obviously have no recordings . . .

Imagine if we could reconstruct the music, rediscover the instruments that played them, and hear the words once again in their proper setting, how exciting that would be. This is about to happen with the classic texts of ancient Greece.


Great Circle Dance

A photo-essay describing village ritual dances with strong resonances with pre-Christian Greece . . .

It is dark; it is snowing; I am here not as an observer only, but with friends, and so I surrender to the hours and days of drinking and dancing, feeling myself warmed and transformed by this inner and outer fire. . . . By three o’clock, the whole village gathers at the plateia to dance. Hundreds of people spiral into a single circle with one leader, keeping the large center open as a sacred space . . . to enact the ancient ritual dramas of death and resurrection . . .

Read in the KEF Times.

Roza Eskenazi with fellow musicians

Remembering the “Queen of Rembetika,” Roza Eskenazi: a new book and video documentary . . .

She was a prodigious and prolific talent, revered for her soul and her charisma, as well as for giving a voice to the underclass: the displaced, the poor and the desperate. Yet until now, her music and the extraordinary details of her life have remained relatively unknown.

Read the story at The Guardian.

Spyros Zagoraios

His songs were hits throughout Greece for decades . . .

Music was his entire life, he once said in an interview. “I like to sing, my whole life is singing. Even when I walk around I whistle.”

Rebetico (Rebetiko, Rembetiko) is sometimes referred to as the “Greek blues.”  Very much worth a listen, if you’re not familiar with it.

Read the article at

See (and hear) also this YouTube clip.


Folk Music from Greece

A wonderful NY Times Magazine article about folk music in Greece, with photos and audio . . . .

Every year . . . the people of Epirus hold panegyria, multiday, music-intensive events in which they mourn their losses and celebrate what remains. Panegyria are religious festivals, in that they are tied to the patron saint of a village church and are held on a day dedicated to honoring the life of that saint, as determined by the Greek Orthodox calendar.

Full story on


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