If Fridays Aren’t Enough

Fall 2017



barbara m teaches balkanBalkan Dance Class – 3-Week Class for Everyone

Dates: September 7-28, 2017 (No class 9/21)
Times: Thursdays 6:45-7:45 PM

Rate: $35/three-week class till 8/31, $45 after
Location: Bright Star World Dance, 108 High Street, Portland ME 04101
Join us for a special 3-week Balkan dance class and learn line dances from Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, and more!
All are welcome. No dance experience necessary. Experienced instructor Barbara Merson will guide us through the steps and music of these engaging dances.
Attire is loose street clothes/exercise clothes, and indoor-only dance shoes/dance sneakers. Kids accompanied by an adult are most welcome.
Sign up by 8/31 to get the early bird rate of just $35 for this 3-week class, $45 after. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!



Performance: New York Balalaika Duo

Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The New York Balalaika Duo performs on Russian folk instruments, the balalaika (a triangular stringed instrument) and garmoshka (button accordion). Performers Mikhail Smirnov and Elina Karokhina will present a concert of favorite Russian songs like “Kalinka”, “Korobushka”, and “Ochi Chernye” (Dark Eyes), as well as lesser-known authentic folk songs collected in many different regions of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk, Belgorod, and the Don River region.

Garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov is adept on a variety of Russian folk instruments including the balalaika-contrabass, balalaika, and gusli in addition to the garmoshka. He is the author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music, and instruments in both English and Russian; he received his master’s degree from Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina earned her doctoral degree in balalaika performance at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory; together with founding director Mikhail Smirnov, she is a member of the New York-based Russian music, song, and dance ensemble Barynya. As a balalaika soloist, she has toured all over the world; recently she has performed with the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of the famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, as well as at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

The New York Balalaika Duo will present a pre-concert talk at 6:30 in Studzinski Concert Hall in which they will discuss their instruments, the music they will perform, and the rich and varied history of folk music and dance in Russia, followed by the concert at 7:30.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Russian Department, and with the generous support of a loyal Bowdoin family.




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 2017/2018:
Friday, September 1 to Tuesday, September 5: FAC Labor Weekend at Pinewoods
Saturday, September 2, 7:30 pm: Kabile in concert, followed by dancing. Becky and Leni’s Attic, 47 Bassett Road, Shelburne, MA 01370. Contact beckyashenden@gmail.com for more information. (Note that Kabile will be in Amherst on September 16 and in Boston on November 18.)
Friday, September 8: FAC Friday night dance begins
Saturday, September 16 to Sunday, September 17: Serbian Festival at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Cambridge.
Saturday, September 16: Zdravets, Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge St., Newton Corner, MA
Saturday, September 23: The 3rd Annual Balkan Soul Fest at ONCE, 156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts
Saturday, September 23: FAC Monthly Party
Saturday, September 24: 3rd Annual A Taste of Bosnia & Herzegovina Festival, 10 Harvey St., Cambridge
Friday, October 6 to Monday, October 9: FAC Oktoberfest International Dance and Music Weekend in Fairlee, Vermont, with Alex Marković teaching Serbian and Romani dance, and music by Orkestar Banitsa, directed by Becky Ashenden
Henry Goldberg sometimes sends a more extensive list of upcoming events to the tnrtalk mailing list; if you’d like to be on the tnrtalk mailing list (and aren’t), see below for how to sign up. 

Here is our upcoming schedule, with programmers when known. All are Saturdays except for April 6, 2018.

September 2: Jeanne Clifford
October 14: Syrie Fried
November 4: Henry Goldberg
December 2: Barbara Gottfried
December 16: Martha Cohen

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”.



2 thoughts on “If Fridays Aren’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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