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Learn and enjoy folk dances, music from around the world

Guest teacher Sue Williard, popular dance teacher of the Lark-in-the-Morning camp, comes to Nevada City on Saturday, March 31, to teach dances from the Caucasus and Balkan regions.

Willard will teach to all skill and experience levels, with easier ones first and harder ones later. One of the easy pieces is set to the gentle and haunting Armenian song, “Erzroomi Shoror,” that was brought to the United States by immigrants from the region near the Black Sea. Willard also brings pieces from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey, most of them never before seen in this area. “Berance” from Macedonia, a bouncing dance, is popular in the Bay Area among the emigrant community and local dancers.

Partners aren’t needed for these circle and line dances. A donation will be requested – $5 to $10 is typical. Hours of this workshop, which is being held in the Fellowship Hall of Nevada City United Methodist Church at 433 Broad St., are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Later that evening, local ethnic musicians, the “Village Folk Orkestra,” will play for listening and dancing, including many of the pieces from the workshop. Their repertoire spans from Canada to the Mideast. Beginning dancers are able to enjoy many of their pieces. Music starts around 7:30 p.m. in the same place as the workshop. A potluck will take place at 6 p.m. Donations are also requested for the evening program.

Contact 272-2149 or dance7@sbcglobal.net for more information.

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