June Camp is excited to welcome Steve Kotansky to teach dances of the Southern Balkans. More specifically, he will focus on new material from Bulgaria, Macedonia, the Roma, Albania, Greece, NE Turkey and Armenia, as well as Hungary. Steve Kotansky, known widely as a versatile dancer and teacher, has made many research trips to Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Romania, Hungary and Greece. He has taught at major folk dance camps all over North America and Europe and has performed and choreographed for many performing ensembles throughout the U.S. and Europe. Steve is active as a teacher and researcher of dance in North American Albanian and Macedonian Roma communities. He also conducts world dance programs for grades K-12 in New York-area public and private schools. Steve brings a lively, in-depth knowledge to his teaching, and an intense joy to his dancing.
Live music parties EVERY EVENING by members of the Pinewoods Band:
Tom Pixton, Ralph Iverson, & Patrick Yacono!
Tom Pixton is one of Boston’s most active International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musicians. He has worked with many of today's most accomplished dance teachers and musicians as accordionist, pianist, band leader, music arranger, and CD producer. As a soloist or with the Pinewoods Band, he has provided dance music for dance camps, workshops, and special events in the US, Canada, and Japan. He has provided music leadership for theBoston Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society, Cambridge Revels, and the Folk Arts Center of New England. Tom is thrilled to once again be leading the live music at this year’s June Camp in Beloit, Wisconsin.
violin, gadulka, saxophone, flute, tambura, kaval) Ralph Iverson started playing for international folk dancing in 1985. He has been a member of many folk dance groups including Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble (orchestra director), Cambridge Folk Orchestra, Pinewoods Band, Pajdashi, Rakija, Zdravets, and Zornitsa. He plays many instruments including violin, gadulka, tambura, and penny whistle. Ralph also plays violin with the New England Philharmic and with MIT Gilbert and Sullivan
Players. He recently submitted a winning composition for gadulka and accompaniment to a "7/8" competition in Bulgaria.
clarinet, kaval, gajda, vocals)
Patrick Yacono has been active in the Boston international folk dance music scene for many years. He currently plays in several bands, including the Cambridge Folk Orchestra, the Pinewoods Band, Rakiya, Shining Moon, Zdravets, and Zornitsa, performing frequently at folk dance events and festivals throughout New England, in addition to appearances elsewhere in the US, Canada, and Bulgaria. He currently teaches the instrumental section of the International Music Club, a group of musicians that meet and rehearse under the auspices of the Folk Arts Center of New England to play for folk dances. An accomplished pianist, Patrick earned his doctorate from Boston University in Collaborative Piano, writing his thesis on the songs of the Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov, and performs frequently as a piano accompanist and as principal keyboard player of the New England Philharmonic. In his "spare time," Patrick works as a research assistant at the Harvard Medical School.
YOU can also join the Band! Practice sessions will be scheduled during camp so that anyone who wants to be part of the band can join in for select numbers. Stay tuned for more information.