If Every Friday Isn’t Enough

Fall 2020

The ultimate lemonade from lemons! When your coping skills start to fray remember that somewhere someone is dancing. Click on Judith’s Virtual Folk Dance Calendar and find a place to dance — it’s AMAZING.

Judith’s Virtual Folk Dance Calendar


Dear friends of the dance,

We, Prof. Nikolay Tsvetkov and Assoc. Prof. Georgi Garov, would like to remind you that there are only 5 days left until the end of the registration period for our second online dance seminar. Within an hour and a half we will teach dances from different regions of Bulgaria and we invite all friends of Bulgarian folk dances. The event is open to all friends of Bulgarian folk dances and it will be a pleasure for us to dance together even online.

Everyone who has signed up will receive a video of the event with the taught dances.


TIME: 3PM to 4:30PM for Easter European Summer Time (GMT+3)
PRICE: 15€
If you want to receive the music of the individual dances, it is paid an additional 10 euros.
ACCOUNT: tsvetkovinv@gmail.com
NOTE: your first and last name, date

For more information and registration: friendsofthedance@abv.bg or tsvetkovinv@gmail.com
Registrations are open until October 15th

Best wishes and let’s dance,
Nikolay and Veselina Tsvetkovi
George and Mariana Garovi

Spring 2020


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NEFFA Spring Festival

FMI https://www.neffa.org

Balkan Night

FMI http://balkanmusicnight.facone.org

DownEast Country Dance Festival


Fall 2019


Transylvanian Hungarian Youth Folk Dance Troupe and Band 
to Visit Southern Maine, October 28 – 29, 2019
Mark your calendars so as not to miss this unique multi-cultural experience!  
For two days in late October, 15 young dancers and musicians, and 10 adult companions from Romania will visit Southern Maine.  The travelers, all ethnic Hungarians, are from the Transylvanian region of Romania.  The dancers and musicians are members of two performance groups, the Vadrózsák Néptánccsoport (Wild Roses folk dance group) and the Lelkes Zenekar (Enthusiastic Band).  The groups were founded by two teachers at the Unitarian School in Székelykeresztúr, Romania who are passionate about keeping their ethnic Hungarian folk music and dance traditions alive. 
The performances and workshops are fundraisers to help finance the group’s visit to New England.
Your participation is important in welcoming the visitors to Maine, as well as in helping to support the costs of the tour and to ensure similar opportunities in the future.  
Come meet these talented youth and experience the rich culture of Transylvanian Hungarians.
For more info contact Marie Wendt, mwendt@maine.rr.com, or 207-688-2293.
Monday details
Monday, Oct. 28
Traditional Hungarian Dance Performance

at First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress Street.  These Transylvanian Youth Dancers and Musicians, all ethnic Hungarians from the Transylvanian region of Romania, are touring New England for two weeks.   Their performance will be followed by an invitation to learn some simple Hungarian dances.

7:30 pm.  $10 at the door.  FMI: Laurie laurie@maine.rr.com

Tuesday details:
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Saco, Ferry Beach
Traditional Hungarian Dance Performance, Workshops and Community Dance Party   

at Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center, Rowland Hall, 5 Morris Avenue

Come to beautiful Ferry Beach for an exciting afternoon and evening of cultural exchange.  These Transylvanian Youth Dancers and Musicians, all ethnic Hungarians from the Transylvanian region of Romania, are touring New England for two weeks. 

1:30 pm Music for Folk Dance: Workshop/Jam Session for musicians, singers and dancers. 
(Inquire if interested. Details: TBD)

3:30 pm Transylvanian Dance Workshop (beyond the basics) Led by the visiting dancers,  $15 at the door.

6:00 pm Dinner at Ferry Beach (available by advance reservations only, before 10/15, $20)

7:30 pm Performance and Community Dance (a dance party for everyone featuring simple dances (all will be taught) from Transylvania, USA, Canada, England, France, Israel or others.
 Donations at the door, suggested range:  $10 – $25

FMI: Marie 688-2293 or mwendt@maine.rr.com


Maine Yiddish Culture Festival: Kick off on November 2

“It’s not just music – it’s a way of life” 
Hankus Netsky
Dear Friends,
As we were planning the first Maine Yiddish Culture Festival, we knew that Klezmer music had to be a big part of it. From its beginnings in Europe, klezmer had always reflected a unique integration of the music of the Jewish community with that of the surrounding culture. In the U.S, Klezmer music has gone through a vibrant revival and a  leader of that revival has been Hankus Netsky, founder of the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

So we are delighted that our Festival kicks off on Saturday November 2nd at One Longfellow Square

with a Klezmer Concert presented by renowned musicians Hankus Netsky (piano, accordian) and Edie MacAdam Somer (violin, voice).  They will be joined by clarinetist Zilien Birettist, percussionist Grant Smith and Baritone Sax player Zach Meyer for an exhilarating concert of Yiddish songs and Klezmer dance music.

Opening the concert will be The Casco Bay Tummlers who are based in Portland and have been performing klezmer music since 1988. The band’s repertoire ranges from original music to traditional dances and songs of the Yiddish theater and Jewish ghetto – all with original arrangements.
We know one thing for sure – in the intimate space at One Longfellow Square, this show will raise the roof. And it’s likely to sell out. So don’t miss out – Buy Tickets here
Don’t forget the Sunday portion of our Festival and our upcoming film and music event in December at the PMA (see below).
Finally on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at the Maine Jewish Film Festival best wishes for a happy and sweet New Year.
The Yiddish Culture Festival continues on Sunday, Nov 3 at the JCA with a full day of fun events:
Michael Wex
At 10:30 AM: Novelist, lecturer, performer Michael Wex,author of Born to Kvetch, Just Say Nu, How to Be a Mentsh (& not a schmuck)  More info
RabbiSruli & Lisa
At Noon, families are invited to a special program with Rabbi Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer in partnership with PJ Library. This event is free. More info
At 2 PM Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer will present a lecture and an afternoon of Yiddish and Hassidic song and klezmer dance tunes. More info
At 4 PM the film, Chewdaism, A Jewish Taste of Montreal followed by a reception catered by Rose Foods and Tin Pan Bakery. More info
Thank you to the Onion Foundation, The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, One Longfellow Square, Rose Foods, and Tin Pan Bakery for helping us make the Yiddish Culture Festival possible.
Mike Bloomfield & Paul Butterfield
Horn From the Heart: the Paul Butterfield Story
A feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield – followed by a performance and discussion by musicians Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin More Info Here
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Maine Jewish Film Festival
2020 Maine Jewish Film Festival March 28-April 5
Here’s a link to the upcoming at events at Cadenza, the new music venue in Freeport:


Winter 2019

Belfast International Folkdance
All Tuesday nights Jan, Feb, and March, we will folkdance 6:30 to 8:30
at the Belfast CoHousing Common House on Village Rd., Belfast.

Barbara Merson is teaching Israeli dances in Biddeford!

Time: Sundays 2:30 – 4 pm

  • February 3 & 24
  • March 3 & 31 (avoiding the MJFF)
  • April 14 & 28 (avoiding Passover which is evening of the 19th until the 26th)
  • May 5 Dance Party with the Casco Bay Tummlers

Teacher: Barbara Merson, Executive Director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival and avid Israeli & International Folk Dancer.

Fees: $50 for all 7 sessions, if you signup & pay up before Feb 1 OR $10 each time you come

Make your check out to: Congregation Etz Chaim and put “Israeli Dancing” in the “For” line and mail to: Congregation Etz Chaim. PO Box 905 Kennebunk, ME 04043. Please put: Attn: Israeli Dancing on the envelope

Questions? Call Beth at 590-1368

An interesting movie on Feb. 23 in Biddeford


Fall 2018

Here’s a reminder pianist JACQUELINE SCHWAB will be joining our ECD class on Wednesday, October 24. The dance will run from 6:00-8:30pm at the Freeport Harraseeket Grange in Freeport (13 Elm Street, near the L.L Bean flagship store). This dance is included in your Fall Session class tuition, and is open to others for a $12 drop in fee.
Jacqueline will also be performing a solo piano concert, info below, on Friday, October 26, 7:00PM at the First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth. Tickets are available online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3617166 or at the front desk at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth – 846-9559.
Please feel free to share this information with others who might be interested.

43065444_10156844348374781_6027920526159118336_oOctober 24–27 Jacqueline Schwab comes to Maine for a concert, English country dance, and workshop. 

“Our Oct 24 ECD class will have a special guest: Pianist Jacqueline Schwab from the group Bare Necessities will sit in with our regular (sizeable!) band for an evening of social dancing. For this week only, our dance will be held at the Harraseeket Grange in Freeport, and will run from 6 to 8:30, including a brief snack break as we usually do.

This evening is one in the ECD series presented by 317 Maine three times a year. If not registered for a full series, the drop in fee is $12 for the evening. See the 317 web site for more information on the class itself. ( http://www.317main.org/learning/english-country-dance/ )

Jacquie will also be presenting a solo piano concert at 7 pm on Friday the 26th, at the Yarmouth First Parish Church. (http://www.317main.org/event/jacqueline-schwab-concert-at-first-parish-church/) . You will  most likely have heard her playing on several Ken Burns documentaries, starting with The Civil War.”

Here’s dancing on other nights in Maine:

*Check out swing dancing!  Lindy Maine website

*Interested in dancing in Pownal and Portland? Contact mwendt@maine.rr.com for dates and details.

*Looking for contra? Check out deffa.org for complete listings.


Elsewhere in New England

Folk Arts Center of New England

“Tuesday Night Revival” group

The “Tuesday Night Revival” group meets monthly and has occasional workshops in Arlington, MA. They’ve posted their schedule (and more information) at http://tuesdaynightrevival.com/. Here’s the information they are sharing for 2018:
January 6: Jane Katz 
February 3: Patrick Yacono
March 3: Sara and Ed Pokrass
April 6 (Friday!): TBA
May 5: Paula Rosenstock
June 2: TBA
June 16: TBA

To protect the wooden floors, please change from street shoes to clean, soft-soled shoes before dancing.

All of our dances are at the Church of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon St. in Arlington. For directions (and schedule and other information), see our web page at http://tuesdaynightrevival.com/.

Please don’t park on Warwick St., the small street next to the church perpendicular to Marathon St.
(There’s usually plenty of space on Marathon Street.)

In addition to this email list, which is just for announcements, we also have a discussion list, where we discuss things like scheduling, special events, and whatever people want to talk about. If you want to sign up, send a  message to sympa@lists.brandeis.edu with the body “subscribe tnrtalk”.

3 thoughts on “If Every Friday Isn’t Enough


    Folk Dance Brunswick Friends-
    I’ve learned of a St. Patrick’s Day party involving live Irish music and dance at St. Charles Borromeo Church that sounded like it could be of interest to some of us.
    The party will be held on Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen Street in Brunswick. Performing will be John Murphy and his wife and daughters, who have been playing and dancing in this style for a decade or more. John is a psychiatrist colleague and friend of mine, and he tells me that he is hoping to teach an Irish dance or two with the expectation that this will be new to most or all attending. This is NOT a touring group or a dance workshop, but might be fun- FYI.
    FMI 725-2624. Suggested donation $10.
    Ed Pontius

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