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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
    • In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Eastern European Folklore Society at: https://gofund.me/e175d543
    • If you'd like to send an e-card or send/mail a card to John's wife Galia and daughter Maria:
    • The VDR will again dedicate a portion of its May Friday programs to celebrate the Life of John Kuo.

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Links to MANY Other virtual and in-person Folk Dance Sessions

  • A VERY COMPREHENSIVE list of many Virtual and In-Person Folk Dance Events can be found on Dale Adamson's Website - https://daleadamson.com/

 

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Upcoming VDR & Other Dance Events - Save These Dates

Upcoming VDR & Other Dance Events - Save These Dates

  • May 19 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event
    • Weekly VDR Dance Party + Post-Dance Discussion
    • Hybrid Dance - Online and In Person
    • Guest Hosts: Melissa Boutell, Barbara Merson, Shirley Johnson (Live Music) and John Parrish (Live Music)
    • Join the VDR Friday Dance Party
  • May 20/21 (Sat/Sun) - 8:30pm-3:00am CDT
    • Dance More at VDR's Late Night Global Dance After-Party + Post Dance Discussion
    • Hybrid Dance - Online and In Person
    • May Themes:
      • May Day - Couple Appreciation Day - Mother's Day
      • International Drum Month - World Belly Dance Day
      • National Two Different Colored Shoes Day - Cinco De Mayo - Join Hands Day
    • Late Night Global Dance After-Party Announcement
    • Click for After-Party Playlist
    • NOTE: THE AFTER-PARTY IS A 1-DAY EVENT THAT STARTS SATURDAY EVENING AND ENDS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING
    • WE SHOW SAT/SUN DAYS FOR OUR OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS BECAUSE FOR THEM, THE EVENT STARTS ON SUNDAY
  • May 19-21 (Fri-Sun) - In Person Event
  • May 26 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event
    • Weekly VDR Dance Party + Post-Dance Discussion
    • Hybrid Dance - Online and In Person
    • Guest Hosts: Guest Hosts: Barbara Bleisch, Nairy Digris / Terry Mc Gibbon, John Parrish (Live Music) and Paul Collins
    • Join the VDR Friday Dance Party
  • Jun 2 (Fri) - No VDR Dance This Evening VDR Merges with Regional June Camp Friday Party
    • Details for June Camp Below
  • Jun 1-4 (Thu-Sun) - In Person Event Annual June Camp - In Person
    • Workshop with Tineke & Maurits van Geel Presenting Roma, Armenian & International Dances
    • Live Music for parties with Tom Pixton and the June Camp Trio
    • Registration/Details: http://sites.google.com/site/junecampifd/
  • Jun 3 (Sat) - 8:00-11:00pm EDT - Hybrid Event
  • Jun 9 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event
  • Jun 16 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event
  • Jun 17/18 (Sat/Sun) - 8:30pm-3:00am CDT
    • Dance More at VDR's Late Night Global Dance After-Party + Post Dance Discussion
  • Jun 23 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event
  • Jun 30 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event
  • Jul 3 (Sat) - 8:00-11:00pm EDT - Hybrid Event
  • Jul 7 (Fri) - No VDR Dance This Evening VDR Merges with DCFF Fri, Sat & Sun Parties
    • Details for DCFF Below
  • Jul 14 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event
  • Jul 21 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event
  • Jul 22/23 (Sat/Sun) - 8:30pm-3:00am CDT
    • Dance More at VDR's Late Night Global Dance After-Party + Post Dance Discussion
  • Jul 28 (Fri) - 7:30pm - to 11:30pm-ish CDT - Hybrid Event

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Virtual Dance Room Followups

  • March 11, 2022 - Tribute and Life Celebration for Atanas Kolarovski
  • 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.
    • For a brief bio of Moshe Eskayo, visit: https://socalfolkdance.org/master_teachers/eskayo_m.htm
    • The Mystery Dance Program Theme for Set 100 from the April 8th dance program continued for Set 100 for April 15th.
    • The Mystery Theme was the percussive elements of Snaps, Claps and Slaps!
    • Martha Awdziewicz (San Diego, CA) proposed that most of the dances in Set 100 had claps and/or snaps.
      • Martha's missing component was slaps, but that's close enough for folk.
    • Martha guessed 2/3 of the Dance Program Theme from April 8th and 15th so she and her dancing cat Alfred will get a 2/3 prize.
    • So Martha and Alfred won the marvelous prize this time around and will tell you about it when they receive it.
  • June 10, 2022 - Dance Program Theme
    • For Set 100 of there was a theme where most dances shared the same first letter. The issue was not what the theme was, but why.
    • Don Weeda guessed this theme was that we were honoring "D-Day", June 6, 1944, and has won a fabulous prize
  • June 17, 2022 - Dance Program Theme
    • For Set 100 of there was a theme
    • Tom Ott guessed that this theme was that the first letter of each dance spelled out "Door County Folk Festival", and has won a fabulous prize
  • Dance Tributes to Bora Özkök - Fri Sep 2 (and Aug 19/20/21/26)
    • At the VDR Session of Friday, September 2, 2022 we will again celebrate the life of Bora Özkök who introduced many Turkish dances into the IFD Community
    • At Friday's VDR Dance, some more of Bora's dances have been scheduled throughout Dance Sets 50, 100, 200 and 500
  • October 28, 2022 Dance Program Theme
    • 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
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Jul 7-9 (Fri-Sun) - In-Person Event - Parties & Discussions, Presentations will be Zoomed

Celebrating the Life of Richard "Dick" Miller

  • We invite you to celebrate the life of Richard "Dick" Miller (Middleton, Wisconsin) who passed away on January 7, 2023 while on vacation visiting relatives and friends in Nevada.
  • Dick and Miriam Miller played VERY IMPORTANT ROLES by leading extremely fun and creative Youth/Children's Activities for the Festival.
  • Please visit the "Celebrating the Life of Dick Miller" Page on the DCFF website, where you'll find Miriam's email address if you'd like to share your memories and thoughts.
  • Click: https://www.dcff.net/dickmiller/

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 – pcollins@dcff.net.
  • 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.

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  • Thanks for attending the 2021 Door County Folk Festival Online and making it tons of fun!
    • DCFF Dance Workshop Materials Download Page Links Have Been Emailed to Donors
    • Version 04 of the Download Page is Now Available.
    • If you're a donor who has not yet received this link, contact:
    • Click for DCFF Website
    • Click to view the "2021 Taste of DCFF Video Collage" (2:22)

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