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Balkan Bash II: Gogofski Returns!

On June 29, our “Balkan Bash II” dance night will feature live music by the Boston band Gogofski with vocalist Kasia Sokalla. All are welcome. [Photo courtesy of George Simonson.]
We’ll be hosting “Balkan Bash II” dance night with live music by the Boston band Gogofski on Friday, June 29, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the People Plus community center, 35 Union Street, one block west of Maine Street, in downtown Brunswick. All are welcome. Donation $10.

Gogofski is a four-person Balkan-style band with vocalist Kasia Sokalla of Poland, Dave Golber on clarinet, Gawain Thomas on accordion, and Henry Goldberg on the Balkan tupan drum. The band has played throughout the Northeast and been acclaimed as “awesome” for providing “a wonderful evening.”

“We’re very excited to dance again to the music of Gogofski,” says Folk Dance Brunswick president Mary Brennan of Harpswell. “The last time they were here they blew the roof off. It’ll be another great night of dancing!”

Clarinetist Dave Golber adds, “We play intensely emotional, grab-you-by-the-heart music, drawing on older and newer traditional music from all over the Western edge of the Ottoman Empire to create a repertoire of powerful songs — songs of unrequited love, songs of seduction and deception, songs of the promise of happiness held against the pain of loss.” You can read more about the band at

In the early part of the evening, selected dances will be taught for newcomers.

No street shoes on the dance floor. Please bring a spare pair!

See you soon.


May 12 — International Folk Dance Workshop and Dance Party with Marcie Van Cleave


Folk Dance Brunswick will host a special “International Folk Dance Workshop and Dance” led by noted folk dance teacher Marcie Van Cleave of Massachusetts.

The nonprofit event will be held on Saturday, May 12, in two parts — a teaching session from 1:00 to about 5:00 p.m. and an evening dance from 7:00 to about 10:00 p.m. — at the People Plus community center, 35 Union Street, one block west of Maine Street, in downtown Brunswick. All are welcome for both parts of the event. Suggested donation $10.

“Marcie is a fantastic teacher — clear, kind, easy to understand, and very energizing,” says Solange Kellerman, chair of the Folk Dance Brunswick entertainment committee that organized the event. “She also has a great sense of humor. These are beautiful dances, with beautiful music — and people love learning them. It’s going to be a great night!”

Van Cleave is the executive director of the Folk Arts Center of New England in Stoneham, Massachusetts. She has been teaching and leading traditional dances in the Boston area and throughout New England since the mid-1980s. In recent years her reputation as a teacher and caller has spread beyond New England, and she now regularly teaches at camps, events and festivals around the U.S. and in Europe — notably in the Czech Republic, where she has an annual engagement with the traditional Czech dance group Dvorana in Prague and has co-led several cultural tours of the country.

She also has extensive expertise as a contra dance caller and English dance leader and in developing and running music and dance camps, including the Folk Arts Center’s International Weekend and Folk Days at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Massachusetts; its Pinewoods Cape Breton Weekend; and the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor.

Folk Dance Brunswick is a nonprofit organization offering world music and international folk dancing in Maine. The group meets weekly at People Plus on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

“Folk dancing is good exercise — and good fun for all ages,” Kellerman concludes. “No partner is needed, and it’s a nice way to help build global community through local action.”

No street shoes on the dance floor, please.

For more information, contact 207-200-7577, @, or


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On Saturday, May 12, Folk Dance Brunswick’s “International Folk Dance Workshop and Dance” will feature noted folk dance teacher Marcie Van Cleave of Massachusetts. All are welcome. [Photo courtesy of Marcie Van Cleave.]