Venmo to Maria-Bebelekova
or Zele to 408-807-0741
Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu
Sonia Dion was born in Quebec and has been a professional dancer for over 20 years. She was lead dancer, choreographer and artistic director, among other roles for Les Sortileges dance company; Canada's oldest professional folk dance ensemble, with whom she developed several new productions. Sonia has toured worldwide and has been exposed to a wide range of dance techniques, including Romanian folk dance, Scottish Highland dancing, French-Canadian step dance and ballroom dance.
Cristian Florescu was born in Bucharest, Romania. He started dancing in 1982 with different Romanian folk ensembles and studied with various specialists, including Theodor Vasilescu. Cristian was principal dancer with the National Ensemble Cununa Carpatilor. In 1990-91, he received his certificate as a recognized solo dancer and choreographer in the field of folklore from the Romanian Ministry of Culture and the ACAFR. In 1993, he joined Les Sortilèges, a professional folk dance company based in Montreal Canada, where he has danced, taught and choreographed. During his time in Canada, Cristian has acquired multiple skills in various dance forms, including modern dance, ballroom, jazz and tap, as well as French-Canadian and Irish step dancing.
It was at Les Sortilèges that the two met and formed a professional and personal partnership. They have taught at l’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec, and have been part of the Artists in the Schools program sponsored by the Quebec Ministry of Education. In recent years, Cristian and Sonia have developed a specific interest in working with recreational folk dance groups. They've been teaching in Brazil, Canada and the United States, Europe (Austria, Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands), Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan) to share their love of Romanian folk traditions. They have taught workshops in Canada and the United States and choreographed Romanian suites for performing groups, including the world-renowned BYU Folk Dance Ensemble in Utah.
Cristian and Sonia’s prior appearance at California Kolo Festival was in 2018 and 2019. They are well-loved for their enthusiasm, style, humor and high energy. Some of their most popular dances include Made in Romania, Dana, Opinca, Opincuţa, Te Aven Baxtale, Încâlcita, Chef and Ina Ina. They present their dances clearly, with intelligence and joy. Sonia and Cristian’s personality and heart are exceptional. it's always fun to be with them!
Ţigăneasca din Arad (open mixed circle)
Purtata de pe Mureş (line of couples)
Maneaua (free, single, or couple)
Joc de bâtă (mixed circle)
Învârtita lui Hossu (couples)
Hora şchioapă (mixed circle)
Hora lui Șerban (open mixed circle)
Hora lăutărească (mixed circle)
Hora de la Soroca (mixed circle)
(Note: you can purchase the Kolo Fest dance program materials for $34 USD)
Dance Teasers: youtu.be/w0o2UV327_0
Tips and Donations: PayPal or Credit/Debit Card
John Filich - Founder of Kolo Fest
Read John (Ivan) Filcich's full biography here.
Friday (1 - 2 pm PST) - Kolo/Texas-camp Joint class
Apano Sti Triandafilla (Poliyiros, Halkidiki 7/16 322)
Ahi Vahi (Thasos Island, North Aegean 2/4)
Sfarlis (Bana, North Thrace 9/8 2223)
Zervodexio (Monastiri, North Thrace)
Friday (5 - 6 pm PST) - Kolo class - Hasapika dances
Hasapiko (Politiko / Tatavliano) medium to fast tempo
Hasapiko (Patrino) medium slow to slow tempo
Saturday (1 - 2 pm PST) - Kolo class - Pontos plus
Omal Aplon (pan-Pontic)
Uchayi / Kunihton (Garasaris)
Diplon Omal (Gumush Maden)
Dhipat (pan-Pontic) time permitting
Saturday (5 - 6 pm PST) - Kolo class - Zeibeikika dances
Zeibekiko Kofto 9/4 qsqssqsqsss
Zeibeikiko 3+3 9/8 sssqqq (Aptaliko qqqsss)on...
Dance Teasers: Tsamiko of Konitsa (Epiros), Starsko Puscheno (Yerondikos Levendikos), Stankena
$20 = 61 SONGS + YT LINKS (JUST UNDER 35 CENTS A SONG!)
$25 = ALL OF ABOVE PLUS SONG TEXTS
$30 = ALL OF THE 2 ABOVE PLUS SURPRISE BONUS
PayPal to horoswithjoeyahoo.com (indicate it is a gift and not a business transaction to avoid fees)
Checks to Joe Graziosi, PO Box 512, W. Hyannisport, MA 02672 (Please INDICATE TEXA-KOLO and include your email address)
Michel will be leading a variety of fun and easy dances appropriate for all ages and gatherings, from solos to small groups.
The Lawson siblings experienced the joy and inclusiveness of these multi-generational community activities as a birthright. Passing on the fun to others became a theme in their own lives. Melanie observed both of her parent's ingenious teaching methods and herself began teaching both folk dancing and belly dancing as a teenager. Over many years of successfully directing a belly dancing school in Topanga Canyon, Melanie honed her particular teaching style which is geared towards the would-be hobbiest experiencing joy and satisfaction quickly.
In 2015 when her dad fell ill, Melanie felt a strong calling to quickly learn ukulele from him so she could carry on his legacy of spreading ukulele joy, the "Johnny Appleseed" way. Melanie's grief did manifest into that mission. She began producing ukulele classes for friends and neighbors who had never before played an insturment. Over the next 11 months Melanie designed and rehearsed a multi-generational show with these brand new ukulele players, including her sister, Marcella. The "World Premier" show of Topanga Ukulele Revival was May 2016, to the delight of the Topanga community. This has created a continous ripple of new ukulele players and community shows. (Use the link below to watch show this show on YouTube.) Chuck Lawson's spirit to provide newcomers an easy pathway to become recreational dancers and musicians lives on in his children.
YouTube Teaser: youtu.be/STICkTbkIHo
Venmo to Melanie-Kareem
PayPal to melaniekareemyahoo.com
Klapa / Croatian Singing
Youtube Teaser: Evening of Sevdah