This is a site for Folk Dancers. I suspect you’re already enjoying this wonderful activity. I’m here to provide context for your dances. What does it mean to be Macedonian, and how does that differ from being Greek, Bulgarian, Roma, or Serbian? How did a particular dance come about – is it a “village” dance, or someone’s creation? What is the relationship between the dance and its music – which is accompanying which? What was the occasion for this dance – a wedding, religious festival, pagan rite, performance? What do the costumes tell about the person wearing them? Have the dances changed over time and location? How did peasants celebrate the agricultural cycle, and do they still?
I enjoy researching the milieu that produced the dances of Southeast Europe, Anatolia, and the Levant, and I like sharing what I’ve discovered. At first glance one would think that Greece, Romania, Armenia and Syria wouldn’t have much in common, but in fact they share millennia of common cultural influences.
As far as the dances themselves are concerned my main interest is, what’s going on today in the place of origin? I watch You Tubes of weddings, festivals, etc to see what the “natives” are dancing, and if they are the same dances we “outsiders” were taught that they danced. Often I find that we and they dance differently, so I post You Tubes of what they are up to.
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I dedicate this website to Ron Houston, of the Society of Folk Dance Historians,
for his invaluable information, enthusiasm, and support throughout the years. He is the driving force behind the Folk Dance Problem Solvers* so often referred to in my postings. The encouragement is his, the opinions and errors are mine. Also to Dale Adamson, she of the boundless energy, Lyrids festival, and gazillion YouTube posts, for suggesting I do this website. And to Susanjane Hamilton, my dance partner of 35+ years, for inspiration, support, valuable advice, and for indulging my eccentricities.
I look forward to your questions or comments (below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). However I will not reply unless you leave your name and email address.
*The Problem Solvers are issued yearly with a membership in the Society. Back issues (31 and counting!) are available to members. Contact the Society via email at: SFDHist@gmail.com
The Society also has, thanks to a huge effort by Dick Oakes, a website chock-a-block with information. See http://sfdh.us/encyclopedia.html