The VDR sadly notes the passing of Chicago Folk Dance Legend John Kuo
Long-time Chicago Area dancer, instructor and event promoter John Kuo passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2023.
John was returning home on Sunday night after rehearsing his Macedonian Youth group (Kitka) in Indiana. His car hit a building near home, but it is not known what caused this accident. Circumstances of John's death are still unclear at this time.
John had just produced the Balkanske Igre Spring Festival on the next-to-last weekend of April.
A memorial service for John will be held on Sunday, May 28 at 2:30pm at Morizzo Funeral Home, 2550 Hassel Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
February 2020 Dance Theme was that all dances in Sets 100 and 500 for 2/18 and for Set 100 on 2/25 used the common musical instrument known as the Human Voice - i.e. all songs played for theme dances were vocals!
March 11, 2022 - Tribute and Life Celebration for Atanas Kolarovski
March 11 & March 18 2022 - Atanas Kolarovski Theme + Mystery Dance Program Theme
In honor of International Women's Month (March), most March Mystery Theme dances were introduced to the IFD community by women. The remaining songs/dances were performed by women musicians.
It appears that we had a winner on March 18th
Dierdre Rees (Belmont, MA) says that she said a "WILD GUESS" of WOMEN on 3/18, but did not put her guess in CHAT.
So Dierdre won the marvelous prize this time around and will tell you about it when she receives it.
April 8 & 15, 2022 - Dance Program Themes
For Set 400 of the VDR dance program for April 8th Barbara Merson's Theme was a Tribute to and Celebration for Moshe Eskayo who choreographed many dances that became popular in International Folk Dance Circles.
Moshe moved back to Israel in 2020 and passed away on April 5th at the age of 90.
I forgot to announce last week;s dance theme in the newsletter, but I did send out a supplemental email announcing that there was a common theme throughout the music/dances played for Sets 50, 100-A, 100-B, 300, 500 and 600.
There were some instances of alternative music and some Halloween-like music, but last week's theme was something else. Some folks made guesses, but did not get the theme.
I announced the theme around 10:00pm
The music played in my programmed sets was all modal music - i.e. all music was in a minor key or a diatonic mode - i.e. no music played was in a major key. By chance, many of the dances played by Sharon Flory and Tom Ott also had this characteristic.
Since no one guessed this theme, the phenomenal prizes awarded for the next theme will be doubled.
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Door County Folk Festival (DCFF) Information
Door County Folk Festival (DCFF) Information
Jul 7-9 (Fri-Sun) - In-Person Event - Parties & Discussions, Presentations will be Zoomed
44th Annual Door County Folk Festival in Egg Harbor, WI and Online
Workshops with the "Best of" Regional Dance Leaders
Thu June 30 - Fri Jul 1, 2022 - 43rd Annual Door County Folk Festival (Online/Virtual)
DCFF 2022 Materials are ready to be downloaded from the DCFF website.
All donors have been emailed a link to the appropriate download page.
If you are a donor and you did not receive an emailed link, please contact me immediately – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you donated less than $50 you’ll be able to download the dance descriptions and any bonus materials posted.
If you donated $50 or more, or if you wre on staff or volunteered to help at the Festival, you’ll be able to download the dance descriptions, dance music and dance videos, and any bonus materials posted.
NOTE 1: IF YOU’VE ALREADY DOWNLOADED “INITIAL RELEASE (v01)” FOR DANCE DESCRIPTIONS AND/OR MUSIC, THEN YOU ONLY NEED TO DOWNLOAD UPDATE RELEASE (v02) TO GET THE UPDATED MATERIALS.
NOTE 2: IF YOU’VE NOT YET DOWNLOADED ANYTHING YET, THEN PLEASE DOWLOAD “INITIAL RELEASE (v01) - CORRECTED” TO GET THE FULL PACKAGE TO DATE.
DCFF 2022 Dance Descriptions are in 2 types of Zip files – Select the option that works best for you:
1. Dance descriptions are zipped into a single folder in alpha order by dance name. 2. Dance descriptions are in zipped into a single folder with 14 sub-folders (one folder for each instructor by first name), then within each instructor’s folder in alpha order by dance name.
DCFF 2022 Dance Music is in 3 Zip files:
1. Dance music is split into three 3 zip files, grouped by instructor first name:
a. Zip File 1 (A-H) b. Zip File 2 (I-R)
c. Zip File 3 (S-Z)
2. Then within each instructor’s folder in alpha order by dance name.
DCFF 2022 Dance Videos are in individual Zip files by instructor – one folder for each instructor:
1. Dance descriptions are zipped into 14 separate sub folders – (one folder for each instructor by instructor first name) – then within each instructor’s folder in alpha order by dance name.