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Mainewoods 2020 E-vent!
Celebrating 25 years of International Understanding Through Dance


Labor Day Sunday, September 6, 2020

2021 Preview Workshop
3:00-5:00pm EDT / 12:00-2:00pm PDT / 9:00 to 11:00pm Central Europe

We will kick off our E-vent with three dances from the fabulous MerakKef Express, one of our featured 2021 bands.

During the workshop, six featured guests for the 2021 camp will each teach one of their dances.

If you would like access to the workshop video, dance music, and notes, please Donate $20 to the 2021 Preview Workshop. The link will be sent to you after the E-vent.

Roberto Bagnoli Roberto Bagnoli (International) grew up in Rome, where he was first introduced to folk music and dance, eventually taking part in several performances and teaching dance classes. He subsequently studied various forms of folk dance in workshops throughout Europe, Israel, and North America under the guidance of renowned choreographers and teachers. From 1995 to 2003, he performed as a dancer and choreographer with the Terra di Danza Dance Company and was involved in the production of Raggi di luna Italiana and Capriccio Italiano (Italian dances), GiroGiroMondo (dances from around the world), Keltic Emotion (Celtic dances), Mazal Tov (Israeli dances), and Ethnos (international folk dances). He currently organizes two dance camps in Europe: Balkanot (Balkan and Israeli dance) and Camp Yofi (Israeli dance). He is the founder of Folk Atelier Reggio Emilia (FARE), devoted to the development and conservation of folk dance heritage. He has also lectured and conducted workshops throughout Europe as well as on numerous occasions in North America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Roberto lives in Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy, which is considered to have one of the most important dance communities in Italy. Dances Roberto has taught include Ballo in Dodici, Courento, Do Pasi, Gigo, Mazurka sor Cesare, Muneco, Passu Torrau, Saltarello, Sbrando, Su Ballitu, and Su Dillo.

Penny Brichta Penny Brichta (Israeli) has been an avid Israeli dancer since college, spending her junior year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem dancing far more than studying. She has attended dance workshops in the US and abroad learning from the top choreographers in Israeli dance. She performed with Nitzanim, Chicago's premier Israeli Folk Dance Troupe for 20 years. More recently, Penny attended the Karmiel Dance festival and was thrilled to be selected to perform in the new dance competition. Penny has been teaching the beginner's session at the popular Chicago Israeli Dance group for 25 years.  She is a regular teacher at the Door County Folk Dance Festival and has taught Israeli dance at Madison Folk Ball and in Harrisburg, PA. Penny is a certified Jazzercise aerobic dance instructor and teaches several Jazzercise classes each week. She works full time in Human Resources.

Ercüment Kiliç Ercüment Kiliç (Turkish, Azebaijani and Circassian) was born in Ankara, Turkey, and comes from a family of dancers and musicians. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Economics and International Relations. He is one of the founding members of the Turkish State National Dance Ensemble and also specializes in Turkish, Azerbaijani and Circassian dances. He has taught in the US, Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, the Russian Republic, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. As a musician, Ercüment has produced a series of records and CDs in the US with his band. As a researcher, his research papers and articles on the Turkish, Azerbaijani and Circassian cultures have been published in many international newspapers and periodicals, and he has been featured in more than 100 TV shows and radio programs around the world. Ercüment has also been a civic activist. Due to his nationwide recognition as president of a Washington-based NGO for promoting Turkey politically and culturally, he is the only non-governmental Turk or Turkish-American in US history to be invited to the White House by a US President. Currently, he is a lecturer at a university in Turkey, teaching in the International Relations and Law Departments. He is also a published author in Turkey. He has written 3 books on Turkish-American relations, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Emperor Meiji of Japan.

Vlasto Petkovski Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian) was born on July 29th, 1957 in Romanovce, Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia. In 1977, Vlasto auditioned for "Tanec," and was hired to work as a professional folk dancer and singer. Vlasto worked in Tanec until 1995, when he emigrated to Canada. In May 1996, he restarted the Macedonian folk dance group "Ilinden" from Mississauga, ON. Vlasto also taught at St. Bogorodica in Cambridge, ON, and "Tanec" and "Vezilka" from St. Nedela in Ajax, ON. Since November 2014, Vlasto manages the adult folk dance group "Zdravec" in Markham, ON. In November 2014, Vlasto joined the international folk dance groups for adults in Hamilton, Toronto, and King City, ON. Vlasto has been a featured guest at Mainewoods International Folk Dance Camp, Stockton International Folk Dance Camp, and Florida Folk Dance Club in Orlando. In November 2019, Vlasto will hold a workshop at the Hamilton International Folk Dance Club, and in 2020 at the Waterloo International Folk Dance Camp. Vlasto is the director of Sunstage Company. He has organized folk tours to Macedonia in 2018 and Bulgaria in 2019. He is organizing a third tour to Macedonia, Albania and Greece in 2020. Vlasto continues to represent the Macedonian folklore and culture.

Paty Rios Paty Rios (Mexican) Paty Rios is a native Mexican whose life mission is to study, teach, and preserve the traditional dances of her country. Paty focuses on authentic dances of ordinary people, some of which are still being done today. Paty has 20 years of dance experience. She trained with the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez and toured, performed, choreographed, and taught stage dances for many years. She has recently introduced Mexican dancing to the World Movement of Circle Dancing and has taught at international festivals in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Paty deeply loves Mexico and is thrilled to share its unique culture with the world. She has a bachelor's degree in tourism with a focus on Mexico, and a master's degree in social responsibility. Don't miss Paty's debut in the United States.

Nikolay Tsvetkov Nikolay Tsvetkov (Bulgarian) Nikolay Tsvetkov was born in Petrich, in the Pirin region of Bulgaria. At age 4, he began his studies at the Bulgarian Choreographic School in Sofia as a student of the well-known Krasimir Petrov. After graduating with honors in 1979, Nikolay toured with the Bulgarian National Opera for two years. Nikolay studied at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv from 1981 to 1985. After finishing his studies, he performed with the State Folk Ensemble Trakia in Plovdiv from 1985 to 1989 and with the Pirin State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances from 1985 to 1996 where he also served as choreographer and rehearsal master. He performed as a soloist and created numerous choreographies, some of which remain part of the company's basic repertoire. In 1996 Nikolay became a Professor of Dance and Chair of the Choreography Department at South-West University Neofit Rilski in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, where he has taught dance composition, Bulgarian folk dance, and teaching methods. He is an internationally known folklorist and dance pedagogue and is an international authority on dance and folklore of Pirin, Macedonia. In recent years he has also performed with Bulgarie, a company of fifty ensemble dancers and thirty soloists performing as actors, stuntmen, ballet dancers, singers, and musicians. Created in 2003, the dance spectacle is one of Bulgaria's contemporary grand folklore projects. In addition to his work in Bulgaria, Nikolay has taught and presented at dance seminars in Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Israel, Japan, Sweden, the United States, and across Western Europe.