A monthly Monday-evening workshop on Balkan dance and music,
Presented in collaboration with and on The premises of the
During each workshop you can dance, sing, and/or play music (for dancers)..
Whether you are a dancer, instrumentalist, or singer, and no matter what your level of experience or instrument, you are welcome to join us.
Sergiu Popa will lead the music while a guest dance teacher leads the dances.
Workshop #6 Monday, March 4, 2019
Dance teacher: Monika Valeva
Monika Valeva was born in Yambol, Bulgaria, in the historical region of Thrace. She has been in love with Bulgarian folklore since a child, and studied it in university, Since moving to Montreal in 2001 she has created a Bulgarian-Canadian cultural centre, founded and danced in the Bulgari dance ensemble, founded two folklore clubs, and regularly teaches Bulgarian dances.
We will focus on Bulgarian repertoire, including:
Music director Sergiu Popa
Originally from Moldova, Sergiu is now a key figure in Montreal's world-music scene. A conservatory-trained virtuoso accordionist from a Roma family dynasty of musicians, he is a specialist in the traditional music of SouthEastern Europe.
Workshop #3 Monday, December 10, 2018
Dance teacher: Jocelyne Vaillancourt
Workshop #5 Monday, February 5, 2019
Dance teacher: Benôit Côté
Benoît has been fascinated by folkdance since his boyhood days in Lac St-Jean. He was a member of several dance groups in the 1970s. After a break of more than 20 years, he has returned to dance, his passion intact, and now teaches at the Centre Communautaire de Loisir de la Côte-des-Neiges.
We will focus on Macedonian repertoire, including: