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7 March 2024

Katy Bishop, Editor

Dancing This Week

Thursday Night Folk Dancing

March 7, Arlington, MA

Julie Sussman, programmer

Our first Thursday Dance in March is today, March 7. Come out and dance with us! By popular demand, Jeanne Clifford will review Syrtos Kitrinou (Maurits Van Geel) as well as Ciganko (Michael Ginsburg). Sue Rose will also review Denjovo (Yves Moreau) because there is a rumor that Tom Pixton will play it live when the Pixton-Poirier Band plays for our dance on March 21 (yes, this is a coming attraction)...

Therefore: Plan ahead and bring your friends for our next live music event with Pixton-Poirier on March 21!


Masks are optional (but entirely welcome) at FAC dance events. Our spring dancing schedule is on the FAC website.

--Sue Rose

Victorian Ball

March 9, Berlin, MA

with Spare Parts and Chris Ricciotti

The second annual Victorian Ball is in two days! We invite you to spend a fun-filled evening in the Victorian era, dancing the night away to the music of Spare Parts, enjoying great company, and feasting on scrumptious refreshments!

There will be an afternoon dance workshop starting at 1:00pm, led by the fabulous Chris Ricciotti, to run through the basics of the evening's dances. Chris will also call dances during the ball.

All are welcome; period dress is encouraged but not required. You can find more details and register in advance on the event page.

--Katy Bishop

Coming Soon!

Balkan Music Night

March 16, at the Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA

The 35th annual Balkan Music Night is only a week away! This is the time to reserve your tickets – advance purchase discounts end on March 15 at noon. Click here to purchase yours today!


With so many fabulous musicians all together at Balkan Music Night, it can be difficult to decide who to dance to, or who to hear.  Look at these performers scheduled in the Kefana:


Iveria, an a capella men’s singing group, performing Georgian folk and liturgical music. The rich harmonies and haunting textures of this beautiful music will capture your heart.


Sophia Bilides, long a beloved performer in both folk music and cabaret genres. She will perform songs of her Greek Asia Minor heritage, accompanied by Mal Barsamian; Sophia will transport you with the resonant beauty of her deeply expressive and evocative singing.


And be sure to check out these performers in the Dance Hall:


Conical Cacophony, a Boston-based eight-person brass band that is strongly influenced by Macedonian, Serbian and Bulgarian music. High energy and high spirited, their dance music will not let you sit still!


Niva, a four-woman band playing Izvoren (village style) songs from Macedonia on traditional instruments. Their lovely singing voices will create achingly beautiful songs with closely blended harmonies -- here’s a short clip.


Finally, we have some fabulous news to share: acclaimed Greek clarinetist Lefteris Bournias will be joining Kavala Brass Band for their set of traditional dance music of Northern Greece. Don’t miss it!


For further details, visit the Balkan Music Night website. Tickets are available here.

--the Balkan Music Night Committee


Special Events

Saturday, March 9: Victorian Ball with Spare Parts (Berlin, MA)

Saturday, March 16: Balkan Music Night (Somerville, MA)

March 22-24: Waltz Weekend with Susan de Guardiola (Concord, MA)

Dance & Music Series

Thursday, March 7: Thursday Night Folk Dancing (Arlington, MA)

Friday, March 15: Friday Night Folk Dancing (Arlington, MA)

Sunday, March 17: Cut a Rug (online)

Thursday, March 21: Thursday Night Folk Dancing with the Pixton-Poirier Band (Arlington, MA)

Saturday, March 23: Monthly Dance Party with The Dark-Eyed Devojki (Belmont, MA)

Sunday, March 24: Mostly Waltz with Jacqueline Schwab & Dave Langford (Concord, MA)

Sunday, March 24: Melrose Community Dancing (Melrose, MA)

Friday, March 29: Friday Night Folk Dancing (Arlington, MA)

Camps and Tours

June 20 to 27: Pinewoods International Sessions (Plymouth, MA)

October 2024: Autumn in Bulgaria Cultural Tour with Iliana Bozhanova and Todor Yankov

This week's contributors:

Anna Alter: FAC Program Manager

The Balkan Music Night Committee

Nick Bishop: Tech troubleshooter, Updates proofreader

Diane Gonzales: Mostly Waltz Coordinator

Lynne Janbergs: GASP Committee member, Updates proofreader

Marcie Van Cleave: FAC Executive Director

The Folk Arts Center of New England is a nonprofit organization promoting participation in the traditional dance and music of many cultures. FAC sponsors community dances, annual camps, workshops, and other programs in the greater Boston area, elsewhere in New England, and online.

The Folk Arts Center thanks

the Massachusetts Cultural Council

for its generous support.