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 been a regular on our teaching staff for the past thirty-five years, 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 has studied accordion with Petur Ralchev, Koliu Kolev, Bobby Brown, Steve Riley, and Bois Sec Ardoin, and voice with Tatiana Srbinska. He has performed and produced CDs with Flying Tomatoes, BiCoastal Band, and Pinewoods Band. His Scottish recordings include Scottish in Salem and Live From C Sharp.
Tom publishes the Pinewoods International Collection, a 400-page book of folk dance tunes and songs from around the world. The book has become widely known as a major source of dance music and as a reference volume.
Tom was a harpsichord player and maker between 1977 and 1984. He studied with Gustav Leonhardt and Louis Bagger. He performed throughout the US, made a variety of recordings, and built 18 harpsichords. In 1991, he decided that the accordion was way more fun.
Ralph Iverson (violin, gadulka, saxophone, flute, tambura, kaval) (Bio is coming soon)