Staff at FAC International Pinewoods sessions

Folk dance and music Weekend and FolkDays, June 25–July 2, 2020

Teachers

Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion, teaching Romanian dance
Jennifer Brosious and Laine Harris, teaching Scandinavian dance
plus additional expert leaders teaching workshops in music and dance favorites

Cristian and Sonia

Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu were first introduced to the Boston-area folk dance scene through Yves and France Moreau and they first taught at FAC’s International Pinewoods sessions in 2008. In the intervening years, many of their dances have become repertoire favorites and they have added a multitude of memories to our village’s collective conscious!

Cristian was born in Bucharest, Romania, while Sonia was raised in Québec, Canada where they make their home today. They both have an extensive list of dance accomplishments, and their interest, ability, and research in many types of dancing, including not only Romanian dance but also ballroom, jazz, French Canadian clogging, Scottish highland, and Irish step dancing, makes them a very sought-after couple. They teach regularly in Hong Kong and Japan, at Stockton Folk Dance Camp, and at Balkanot, to name just a few camps. We are pleased to welcome them back to Pinewoods!

Jennifer and Laine

Jen Brosious and Laine Harris first met as a “tour romance” through a professional folk dance troupe – the AMAN International Folk Ensemble – in Southern California many, many moons ago. For decades they immersed themselves in Scandinavian dance culture, in particular the dances of Sweden and Norway. Taking advantage of numerous opportunities to study with master teachers and tradition bearers, they have attended numerous week-long dance camps on both the East and West Coasts of the United States as well as traveling for workshops abroad.

One summer, Jennifer had the opportunity to participate in the Hälsingehambo competition in Sweden with a Norwegian partner, who also happened to be a King’s Medal Winner. Competing with 1500 couples, they were among the few honored with a prize for their dancing.

Closer to home, Laine and Jennifer have taught Scandinavian dances, and the Hambo in particular, throughout New England, including nine years running at the Dance Flurry held annually in Saratoga Springs, NY. They are fluid dancers and experienced teachers with a light-hearted sense of humor —you’re sure to enjoy learning from them.

Musicians

Live music at all of the evening dance parties!

Weekend session:

The Pinewoods BandTom Pixton, director; Ralph Iverson, Barbara Pixton, Julia Poirier, David Skidmore, Brian Wilson, Susan Worland, and Patrick Yacono

FolkDays session:

The Flying Squirrels Orchestra– Patrick Yacono, director; Joe Blumenthal, lydia ievins, Ralph Iverson, Robert Penny, Julia Poirier, David Skidmore, and Susan Worland

Administrative staff

Marcie Van Cleave, FAC Executive Director
Sue Flint, volunteer International Pinewoods coordinator