Staff at FAC International Pinewoods 2017

Baykal Doğan, teaching dances from the Balkans and the Caucasus, and drumming classes: Born in Turkey and living in the Netherlands, Baykal came to FAC’s Oktoberfest ’16 highly recommended by Maurits van Geel, who recruited him for Internationaal Danstheater in Amsterdam in 2001 as a dancer, choreographer, and musician. Baykal has a passion for teaching non-professional dancers and for playing traditional percussion instruments. We were very pleased to welcome him back to FAC for Pinewoods!

We also had workshops in the traditional and popular dances of France by expert leaders, as well as workshops in international music and dance favorites.

The Pinewoods Band, led by Tom Pixton, showcases the diverse talents of an eclectic and spirited group that has been playing international folk dance music throughout the US since 1991. Tom, Barbara Pixton, Susan Worland, Patrick Yacono, Ralph Iverson, Julia Poirier, David Skidmore, and Brian Wilson share with us their energy and amazing repertoire (from Romanian to Ragtime) at all the evening folk dance parties.

During each FAC camp session, expert musicians lead singing, rhythm, or instrumental workshops for all ability levels, continuing the FAC Pinewoods tradition of making wonderful music together.