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13 March 2024

Katy Bishop, Editor

Dancing This Week

It’s a Hat-Trick Kind of Weekend!

According to Wikipedia: hat-trick or hat trick is the achievement of a generally positive feat three times in a match, or another achievement based on the number three.

However, this august source had a typo in its definition, and should correct the spelling from “feat” to “feet”! This weekend, we are offering you the opportunity to score your own hat-trick on a variety of dance floors:

A hat-trick is an accomplishment in many sports: soccer, baseball, hockey, and cricket, to name a few. But if you score a hat-trick this weekend on the dance floor it would not be cricket …. It would be WICKED!


Balkan Music Night

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

The 35th annual Balkan Music Night is finally here! 

If you haven’t already, please purchase your tickets now, as the online discounts will end this Friday, March 15, at noon. Buying in advance will also speed up entry to the event, so click here and reserve your spot today. 

Balkan Music Night FAQs:



Tickets will be sold at the door, and we are accepting payment via cash, Venmo, and credit cards. 



There is ample FREE parking available near the Arts at the Armory, with parking lots within walking distance of the venue, as well as limited metered parking on Highland Ave (free after 8pm). Please view a summary of all transportation options here, and set your GPS in advance.



As is our tradition, we will provide complimentary food and drink, with a selection of light snacks to nosh on the mezzanine level. Water stations will be available in the Dance Hall to quench your thirst.


More substantial food will be available for purchase in the Armory’s ROOTED Café, with a menu that includes a variety of small plate options (soup, salad, sandwiches, hummus, flatbread pizza, etc.)


The Armory provides cash bars serving beer and wine, plus an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages. The bars are located in both the Dance Hall and the Kafana. Due to state regulations, you may not carry alcohol outside of these rooms (or between the rooms).



The doors will open at 5:30pm, with the fun starting at 6:00pm in the Dance Hall, and the music in the Kafana at 6:45pm.

Please join us for a fantastic evening at Balkan Music Night! Visit the Balkan Music Night website for full details.

--the Balkan Music Night Committee

From the Executive Director



A community is created by interests shared

Relationships made by passions declared.

The stories collect as the years fly by,

And we don’t give much thought to that final good bye.


Whether it comes as moving on or passing away

There will come the bad news, to our great dismay.

We will pause in sadness, say their name, say farewell,

And keep our memories as a sprig of immortelle.


Make that call, write that note, don’t put it off

Always to your friends, the proverbial hat doff.

Dancing is life, and not just for the the moves,

It’s those with whom we share it is how our life improves.


I’ve said it before, and I must say it again

You make my life richer …. thank you …. amen.


Special Events

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

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

Dance & Music Series

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: Melrose Community Dancing (Melrose, MA)

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

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.