All posts by Merry Bee

Kalesh Kate and Djevojcica

I hope everyone is safe and keeping warm this winter.  Dancing keeps me warm physically and spiritually.  I know that is the same with many of you.

This month Bill taught Kalesh Kate as taught by Nikolaj Tsvetkov.  The following video shows Nikolaj leading the line in this dance. We learned the dance from him on his US tour in Washington, DC.

Kalesh kate

Susan O. is teaching the the Croatian dance below. The video shows how we do it also.

Djevojčica Rože Brala

Keep warm and share the joy- dance with a child!

Another  Day, Another Dance,

Happy Dancing!


The Bannerman Thanksgiving Camp

The first installment of the Bannerman Thanksgiving Camp 2014 is being featured on the Charlottesville Public Access TV Station Channel 13. It is aired at the following times the whole month of February.  Tuesdays at 2:30, Wednesdays at 5:00, and Saturdays at 1:00  You can stream it live at those times by clicking the silver TV in the upper right corner.

As I’ve mentioned before, Share the Joy, dance with a child! The Bannerman Thanksgiving Camp is a place where you can experience the joy of dancing with all ages!  Check it out for next year, You won’t regret it!

The Holly Mead Elementary after school program invited me to teach some Icelandic dances last month.  We danced Vikivaki as taught  by Michael Hamblin at the 2012 Pourparler, and at the 2013 Mainewoods Camp by Sanna Longden. We also danced Vorvindar Glaoir as danced in the folowing youtube video.

Happy Dancing!

Another Day, Another Dance!

January Dances

Lindy has been teaching two Romanian dances.  Dansul Fetelor din Bilca is the easier one.  It was taught at Mountain Playshop by Christian and Sonia,

Hora Lautereasca is the other Romanian dance that Lindy was teaching this month. The link below is Dunav performing the dance. 

Or you could follow the link below to find out more information about the music and some groups that have performed the song.

Bill taught Lissavo which he learned from Kyriakos Moisidis.  Below are the notes for the dance.

Share the Joy! Dance with a child!

Another Day, Another Dance,

Happy Dancing!

Incalcita, Hora din Campie

We had an afternoon of intermediate dancing this past Sunday.

Bill taught Incalcita, which means confusing or unclear, a dance from Bessarabia, The Republic of Moldova. Below is a link to the dance notes and a video.  We do it the same way they do it on the video.–Incalcita%20%282008SFDC%29.pdf

Lindy taught Hora din Campie from Romania.  Below are notes from the Evansville group.

We do the dance the same as the following video.

Definitely, if you want a workout Incalcita is the dance for you. Follow it with Hora din Campie for a nice cool down!.

Share the Joy, dance with a child!

Another Day, Another Dance,

Happy Dancing!

Lissavo, Hora Lautereasca

This week Bill taught Lissavo from Goumenissa which is in the central part of Macedonia.  This town has a a folklore museum and is known for producing good wines.

We do the dance a little differently from the following video. The dancers in the video do 2 hops and the version that we do only has one hop.

Lindy taught Hora Lautereasca from Mutenia, Romania.  Below is a video of Dunav performing the dance.  Lindy taught it the same way they perform it.

Speaking of Dunav, did you tune into Yahuda’s broadcast this morning? I didn’t understand the language, but the music spoke to me!

Start the New Year off right and dance with as many children as you can!

Another Day, Another Dance!

Happy Dancing!

Welcome to our New Home!

A New Year and a New Look!

This year you will be able to watch some of the interviews that have aired on the TV Program, view some of the dances taught, and give your input into the project! This is a work in progress, so please be patient! Thank you to Nyssa for your time and hard work.

Check out The Alien Diaries .  There is a lot of information about folk dancing.  If you haven’t danced in the New Year, dance the New Year Dance as seen on the site!

Listen now to Yehuda ben-harush, in Radio harokdim,
He hosts live podcasts Thursday mornings at 6:00 AM EST , one hour of dances from all over the world.

I hope to hear from you this year!

Share the Joy! Dance with a Child!

Another Day, Another Dance!

Happy Dancing!

Bulgarika and TV Show

Just got home from dancing with the Bulgarian group named Bulgarika. The Bulgarian community of Richmond, VA sponsored the event.  It was a great event!

A few of you are interested in the TV program that we produce.  Another Day, Another Dance can be viewed on line at   1:00 PM Saturdays, 2:30 PM Tuesdays, 5:00 PM Wednesdays.

Click the little TV in the upper Right Corner of the computer screen at the above times and you can view the program.  The same program runs all month.

It was great seeing and dancing with everyone!

Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing!

Mary Baldwin College Students

Last week it was great to have Irene Sarnelle and her students from Mary Baldwin College visit.  We always look forward to them dancing with us.  The young ladies brought their enthusiasm, energy, and knowledge of dance to brighten the evening.  They easily picked up the dances we taught. Every student danced almost every dance.

Also a credit to Irene’s teaching,  she was taking her students to visit a local second grade class to teach them some dances.  Just as I say, “Share the joy, dance with a child!!”

Tom Masterson from Boulder, CO visited and taught a few dances.
Levan Polkka – performed here by a Finish Group which reintroduced it
but made a hit by Japanese Anime
Some one demonstrating the whole dance
For the “Rest of the Story” see

Tom also taught Ana Visa, for which I couldn’t find information. I did video Tom teaching the dance.

He also introduced Goralski from Poland.  Below are some notes on the dance.

Just Remember, “Another Day, Another Dance!”
Share the Joy, dance with a child!
Happy Dancing!

National Dance Week 2014

Just a reminder that we are in the midst of National Dance Week,  April 25- May 4, 2014!  Have you planned any special events?  It’s not too late!

Also, check out the Blog Alien Diaries.  It is another great blog about folk dancing.  Below is a link to some information on the accordian player Boris Karlov, you’ll find some great information here!

Share the Joy!
Dance with a child!
Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing

Valle Hajde Merre Furken, Chaj Zibade

Last Wednesday two Albanian dances were taught.
Lindy taught Valle Hajde Merre Furken.  Below are the dance notes and a video.

Vallja Haide Merre Furken is an alternate spelling for the dance.

Bill taught Chaj Zibade. Some abreviated notes are below along with a short bio of Steve Kotansky.
If anyone finds a link to a video of the dance, please let me know.

National Dance Week 2014 is April 25 – May 4! Start to plan your activities now!

Another Day, Another Dance,
Share the Fun, dance with a child!