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Mainewoods Teachers for 2013
Susan Anderson, Lucia Cordeiro, George Fogg, Zeljko Jergan, Jaap Leegwater, Sanna Longden, Kay Munn, Barbara Pixton, Julia Poirier, Danny Pollock, Sandy Starkman, Bill Wadlinger, Carol Wadlinger
Susan Anderson (International Folk Musician)
has been actively involved in the folk dance
community since 1962 as an international folk dancer and musician.
She has led international singing workshops for groups, festivals and
schools and has taught folk dancing in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
Her talents are many: she sings and plays fiddle, gaida, balalaika,
keyboard, guitar and tambura. Along with Carol Wadlinger, Susan is a
member of the International
Folk Sounds, a folk dance band that plays for folk dances, festivals,
concerts and special events. In addition, Susan is the president of the
Folk Dance Council of the Delaware Valley, leads a weekly dance and a
monthly international music jam, performs Appalachian clogging with
the Fiddlekicks, and sings with Svitanya, a women's Eastern European vocal ensemble.
Lucia Cordeiro (Brazilian) is a world-renowned dance therapist, choreographer and performing artist. She founded the Integrated Center for Art and Natural Therapies in Rio de Janeiro, and for the past 30 years has dedicated her life to taking individuals into the rich heritage of Afro-Brazilian culture and the healing power of sacred dances from around the world. Lucia has performed and led workshops in Germany, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York and all over South America. She makes her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lucia appeared on the Stockton faculty in 2012 as a one-day workshop teacher, and was asked to return in 2013 as a full member of the faculty.
George Fogg (English Country Dance) has been teaching English Country Dance for over 45 years. He is a member of the Pinewoods Morris Men and Black Jokers, and his knowledge of Playford, early American, morris, and sword dances is notable. Since 1984 he has presented semiannual English Country Dance Balls in the Boston area. George is the coauthor of Country Dances from Colonial New York and Social Dances from 18th-Century Virginia: The Richmond Assemblies 1790-1797 and No Kissing Allowed In School 1784. In addition to offering a first-rate English Country Dance class, George can be counted on for wonderful contributions to our evening dance parties. In 2012 George received the coveted Country Dance and Song Society Lifetime Contribution Award for his many contributions to traditional English and American dance.
Željko Jergan (Croatian) is a renowned choreographer and teacher throughout the world. Since moving to the United States in 1986, Željko has created over 500 original choreographies for 95 different amateur, semi-professional and professional ensembles, including Les Sortileges, Brigham Young University, and the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. When he's not researching and creating new choreographies, Željko stays extremely busy working with the international folk dance community, where he is in popular demand for his depth and style in teaching Croatian folk dancing. He has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad, teaching at folk dance seminars and workshops in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Taiwan. A native of Varaždin, Croatia, Željko was a leading performer with the Croatian National Folk Ensemble LADO for twelve years. He also performed with the Zagreb National Ballet and Modern Dance Companies for several years.
Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian) is known by many folk dancers worldwide for his fun teachings and dances like Karamfil, Dobrudzanska Pandela and Mari Marijko. He started his dance career in his native country, The Netherlands, where he earned degrees in both education and international folk dance. Fascinated with the irregular Balkan rhythms and drawn to the expressiveness of its movements, Jaap specialized in Bulgarian dance and choreography. He was one of the first non-Bulgarians invited to study at the State Choreographer's Schools in Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Maine Folk Dance Camp was Jaap's first camp in the U.S. in the 1980s. Since then he has returned many times.
Sanna Longden (International Folk Dance) has been teaching international dancing for more than thirty-five years. She was an IFD group leader and performer in the Chicago area from 1969 to 1999, an instructor at camps and festivals, dance teacher on Mel Mann's cruises, as well as other international teaching and performing events and community dance gigs. She is still an active member of the Chicagoland folk dance community. Known for her relaxed and amusing workshops, Sanna has been a world dance educator since 1980, teaching in schools and presenting professional development workshops and courses around North America, as well as in Taiwan and China. She is author and clinician for the Silver Burdett/Pearson music education textbooks and new interactive music program, co-author of two books on world dances, an editor of the National Folk Organization News, and writer for educational and folkways publications. Sanna's CDs and DVDs in her Folk Dances for Kids & Teachers series are sold worldwide (www.FolkStyle.com). She is also creator of the “traditional” dance, “The Matzorena,” and founder of the Pourparler, the annual gathering of people who teach dance in schools and communities. Sanna has been honored with the 2006 Service Recognition Award for Dance Artist by the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, and the 2012 Preserving Our Heritage Award by the National Folk Organization.
Kay Munn (Scottish) grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where she was introduced to Scottish Country Dancing in school. She emigrated to Canada in 1986, and has lived in the Toronto area, South Carolina and upstate New York. Following a chance remark at a Burns night celebration in Binghamton, NY, she was reintroduced to the dance in 1998 and enjoyed classes with renowned devisor Terry Glasspool and at Cornell. Kay returned to live in Canada in 2001, in Kingston, ON, where the local RSCDS Branch immediately adopted her. With support from the Branch and an RSCDS scholarship, she obtained her Teachers Certificate in St. Andrews, Scotland. Kay has taught classes at all levels and currently teaches the advanced class in Kingston. She is a proud Scot who is as comfortable baking shortbread, clootie dumpling or scones, knitting kilt hose, or addressing haggis…but has little time for much of this…because she's usually dancing!
Barbara Pixton (International Folk Musician) began playing her mother's button accordion at the age of eight. She moved on to the piano, obtaining a degree in piano performance from Boston University. A folk dancer for many years, in the early 1990's she and her husband Tom Pixton began playing for dances. Since then they have put together several bands, played at music festivals and dance camps all over the US, published a music book, and made several recordings. Barbara has picked up skills on many other instruments including double bass, santouri, guitar, flute, violin and panflute. In 1994 she started the International Music Club under the sponsorship of the Folk Arts Center of New England. She is known for her wonderful ability to pull together amateur musicians for music-making and merriment.
Julia Poirier (International Folk Musician) has been singing and playing in Boston-area choruses and folk dance bands for more than 20 years. During that time she has led numerous groups in singing a variety of music ranging from Christmas choral arrangements to folk dance songs to a cappella pop. In 2009, she completed an MA in Ethnomusicology, focusing on Bulgarian traditional song. Julia plays rhythm guitar for The Pinewoods Band and The All-Girl Band, two of Boston's many folk dance bands. She also plays recorders and tenor viol, and sings with the Tufts Early Music Ensemble.
Danny Pollock (Israeli) has been teaching and performing Israeli folk dance throughout the NY Metropolitan area and beyond for nearly 30 years. Danny has led his own classes and sessions, as well as regularly guest taught at other folk dance sessions. He has taught at numerous folk dance camps and weekends including "Hora Keff," "Shorashim," Ellen Golann's "International & Israeli Folk Dance Weekend," and "Maine Folk Dance Camp" (1994). Danny has also led teacher training workshops and has choreographed more than a dozen dances for children. Danny has performed with a number of Israeli dance troupes, as well as doing his own solo performances. Danny has been involved with NY's Annual Israeli Folk Dance Festival through the years in numerous capacities, serving as dance assistant to the director, performer, festival group choreographer, festival finale director & choreographer, and as community dance leader. Currently, Danny is based at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, where, for many years, he has served as folk dance instructor in the Y's Sixty-Plus Program, dance instructor for the Y's "Nesher Afterschool Program" for special needs children, and "Israeli Dance Specialist" for the Y's Summer Camp Programs.
Sandy Starkman (International Folk Dance) has taught folk dance classes and workshops in Canada and the U.S., has been the featured teacher on several of Mel Mann's Dance on the Water cruises, teaches every year at the Kentucky Dance Institute, and has taught folk dance teacher training courses at the university level. Sandy is well known for the easy way she breaks down a dance, for getting everyone moving quickly and for running an outstanding evening program. She joined the staff of our predecessor, Maine Folk Dance Camp, in 1980 and has also served as President of the Mainewoods Board of Directors. She is also Chair of the Ontario Folk Dance Camp.
Bill Wadlinger (International Folk Musician) founded Beaver College Folk Dancing with his wife Carol in 1977. He was a founding member and first president of the Folk Dance Council of the Delaware Valley. Over the years he organized countless Philly Area dance and music events in addition to teaching dance classes and workshops, and leading the weekly Beaver group with Carol. Then in the 90's, Bill dusted off his guitar and later acquired a mandolin, tamburas, and a charango. With his wife Carol, Susan Anderson and other musicians, Bill plays with International Folk Sounds (the IFS). He occasionally plays with pickup bands such as the Philly area contra dance band SPUDs. He currently teaches a weekly international dance class, “Folk Dance on Fridays,” in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
Carol Wadlinger (International Folk Musician) has been active in the folk dance community since the 70's. She is a member of the International Folk Sounds, a folk dance band. She plays flute, piano, English concertina and a smattering of other instruments. In addition to playing for folk dancers, she plays contra, klezmer, English, etc. She enjoys teaching and encouraging adults to make music for dancers. When she is not busy playing music (or working), she is on the floor dancing. She and her husband Bill started and ran the Beaver Folk Dance group in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years.