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Dance: Balkan Folk Dance Workshop with John Kuo and Balkanski Igri

Feb 20, 2011
Ida Noyes, 3rd floor Theater
Balkan Folk Dance Workshop with John Kuo and Balkanski Igri

The event is part of the Balkan Folklore class but is free and open to the public.

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“Balkan Rhythms” Lecture by John Kuo

“Balkan Rhythms,” Lecture by John Kuo, the leader of Chicago-based Folk Ensemble “Balkanski Igri” at 12 pm (noon) in Weiboldt 111

The event if part of UChicago Balkan Folklore class, but is free and open to the public.

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Workshop: Klezmer Dancing and Golosa, University of Chicago Folk Festival, February 11-13

Check out the University of Chicago Folk Festival this weekend. Come out to support Golosa Russian Choir on Saturday at 4pm at Ida Noyes Theater. Then stop by Cloister Club on Sunday at 1pm to learn some Klezmer Dancing from Steve Weintraub.

A message from our friends at Golosa:

Dear Friends of Golosa,

One of our favorite performances of the year is coming right up this weekend: the 51st annual University of Chicago Folk Festival!

Golosa will perform at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, in Ida Noyes Hall. We’ll be in the pretty theater on the third floor, so there should be plenty of room for everyone this year! We are the last performance of the afternoon, so save your strength for us.

If you have never been to the Folk Fest, it is a two-day affair that consists of free daytime workshops and performances in Ida Noyes Hall, followed by ticketed concerts each evening in Mandel Hall. We perform in the daytime half, so no ticket is required, but we do tend to fill up the room, so come early to get a seat.

We’ve been learning some new songs and dances that we can’t wait to perform. We’ll also be including a short question-and-answer session for any burning inquiries you’ve been harboring, and we have some great news to share about our spring tour. Please come and bring your friends!

Ida Noyes Hall is located at 1212 E. 59th St. in Hyde Park.

Visit: to view a map of the area around Ida Noyes Hall.

We hope to see you there!

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Dance: Dances of the Balkans: Kolo, Oro, Horo, and Cocek, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, February 27

Sunday, February 27: Dances of the Balkans: Kolo, Oro, Horo, and Cocek
Instructors: Galia Miloucheva & John Kuo
Live Music: Orchestra Balkana

More info and other dances here:

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46th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music, International House, March 25-27

March 25-27th

46th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music

A Folkdancing Extravaganza at International House. Fearured teachers this year include Atranas Kolarovski, Ahmet Luleci, Ventzi Sotirov, Chris Bajmakovich, Ljupco Milenkovski, James Stoyanoff, and others.

International House


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Dance: Nutcracker Suite, Academy of Dance, Joffrey Ballet, December 17-19

Academy of Dance students in the Trainee Program and Pre-Professional Division will be performing in the Black Box Theatre at Joffrey Tower.

• December 17, 7:30pm
• December 18, 4:00pm and 7:30pm
• December 19, 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Contact Academy Reception at or 312.784.4600 to RSVP today!
Limited seats available!

$10 suggested donation per ticket.

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Folk: Mazowsze: Christmas in Poland, Symphony Center

From our friends at the Chicago Symphony Center:

Celebrate Polish National Independence Day!

Internationally recognized as Poland’s cultural ambassadors, Mazowsze has performed more than 6,000 shows around the world over the last six decades. The incomparable National Song and Dance Ensemble of Poland returns to Chicago with a festive holiday program of Polish carols and dances presented in an amazing kaleidoscopic display of dazzling movement, vibrant color and stunning beauty. The New York Times says, “There is nothing greater than Mazowsze!” Call 312-294-3000 or visit to purchase your tickets today!

Symphony Center Presents Special

Saturday, November 27, 3:00
Sunday, November 28, 3:00
Sunday, November 28, 7:00

Buy Now »

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R.E.M./Dreamscapes Dance Film Screenings, October 12, October 13


Claudia Cassidy Theater
FREE Admission
Tuesday, October 12
6pm: Networking Reception
7pm: Dance Film Screening

Wednesday, October 13
6pm: Dance Film Screening
7pm: Dance & Dreams Discussion

Hedwig Dances and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs present the fourth annual Dance for the Camera festival featuring dance films that blur the lines between reality and dreams. Co-curated by Jan Bartoszek, Artistic Director of Hedwig Dances, and Sarah Best, independent artist and curator, this selection of dance films arouses, puzzles, frightens, and delights. Expressing fears and desires, the films demonstrate that poetic work can often contain deeper meaning and more clarity than narrative work.

(BLACK) LIGHT (world premiere)
Deirdre Towers, USA, 2010; 5:42
In a space you’d rather not be? Shed a few layers of darkness and embrace the light.

A screen adaptation for Katherine Crockett, principal of Martha Graham Dance Company, based on a flamenco solo choreographed by Deirdre Towers set to the music of Paul Jared Newman with a sculpture by Macedonian artist Bojan Mitrevski and cinematography by Dikayl Rimmasch, director of the American Masters documentary on the Cuban bass player Cachao.

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“A Serbian Story,” Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by 80 member Openlac, May 23

A Serbian Story
Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by the 80 member SCA Oplenac of Toronto with guest soloists from the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” of Belgrade, Serbia, May 23, 7pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park

Come experience the most beautiful past, a present and future!

Travel through beautiful and inspirational moments while childhood memories of young Serbian bride, tales told, songs and dances from the past come alive on the stage! On this magical journey through tradition you will end up at the wedding and party afterwards in a big explosion of energy and emotions in the form of a dance!

An experience you will love, enjoy and remember!

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Spring Festival at International House, March 19-21

SPRING FESTIVAL, March 19-21, 2010
International House,1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637
workshops, concert, parties, culture sessions featuring the dance and music of Eastern Europe and Mediterranean

FRIDAY EVE PARTY, 8pm-midnight, dance workshop plus party with Jim Stoyanoff & Orch Chalgija
SATURDAY EVE, 6pm-1am, Dinner, Concert, & Dance Party with artists below ($25/$30/$40)
featuring Chris Bajmakovich & Muzika4U, Ljupčo Milenkovski & Orchestra Legenda,
plus ethnic Bulgarian, Macedonian, Polish, Serbian, etc. dance groups and more…

INFORMATION: 773-324-1247 (24-hours) or 847-331-7842-eves & weekends Balkanske Igre, PO Box 1157, Chicago, IL 60690

For more information, please visit:

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