World Village Music & Dance Camp


Timber Ridge Camp

Labor Day Weekend

September 1-4, 2017




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WORLD VILLAGE MUSIC & DANCE CAMP at TIMBER RIDGE (formerly known as Buffalo on the Danube) presents some of the finest bearers of Europe’s folk music and dance traditions in a laid-back program emphasizing personalized teaching, and room for jam sessions and other serendipity. We offer accessible dance, instrumental and singing workshops all day and great evening dance parties and concerts featuring live music. Music workshop participants have an opportunity to perform.  The program starts with dinner on Friday and ends Monday afternoon. We welcome beginners and families with children of all ages!

TIMBER RIDGE CAMP is located in High View, WV, about two hours west of Washington, DC. Situated on a beautiful property nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Mountains, on the banks of the Cacapon River, the camp has a wide variety of comfortable housing options, a spacious, well-equipped dining hall and an attentive and friendly staff.  The camp features an air-conditioned dance hall with a wood floor. Camp facilities include an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts and lots more.

MUSIC CLASSES Participants provide their own instruments. Campers may bring a recording device, as much of the music is taught by ear. If you need an instrument or have an instrument to share, please let us know.  Check our webpage for updates.

DANCE STAFF (Yes, the 2016 staff is returning--they were THAT good)


Cristian Florescu was born in Bucharest, Romania. He started dancing in 1982 with different Romanian folk ensembles, and studied with various specialists including the renowned Theodor Vasilescu. Cristian was principal dancer with the National Ensemble Cununa Carpatilor with whom he toured extensively in Europe, Asia and North America. In 1990-91, the Romanian Ministry of Culture and the ACAFR conferred him a certificate as recognized solo dancer and choreographer in the field of folklore. He also was chief répétiteur for the Folk Ensemble Balada in Romania and worked as choreographer for the Academic Ensemble Joc in Moldova. In 1993, he joined Les Sortilèges, a professional folk dance company based in Montreal with whom he was actively involved as a dancer, teacher, répétiteur and choreographer until 2003. Since coming to Canada, Cristian has acquired multiple skills in various dance forms including modern dance, ballroom, jazz, tap as well as French-Canadian clogging and Irish step dancing.

Sonia Dion was born in Québec and has been a professional dancer for over 20 years. She was lead dancer and choreographer for Les Sortilèges dance company, Canada's oldest professional folk dance ensemble, with whom she developed several new productions including Une page d'histoire, un pas de danse, Montréal en danse, and Pour se faire plaisir. Sonia has toured worldwide and has been exposed to a wide range of dance techniques including Romanian folk dance, Scottish highland dancing, French-Canadian clogging and ballroom.

Cristian and Sonia have been guest performers with the Collage International Dance Ensemble of Boston, have been regular teachers at l' École supérieure de danse du Québec and have been selected to be part of the Artists in the Schools program sponsored by the Québec Ministry of Education. In recent years, they have developed a specific interest in working with recreational folk dance groups in Canada and the United States. They have been teaching in Austria, England, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the Netherlands to share their love of Romanian folk traditions.

STEVE and SUSI KOTANSKY (Balkan Dance) have made many research trips to the Balkans. Steve has taught at major dance camps all over North America and Europe and has performed and choreographed for many performing ensembles. Steve and Susi have appeared at World Village Music and Dance many times, always to a very happy group of dancers. Steve brings lively in-depth knowledge to his teaching and an intense joy to his dancing

ROO LESTER and HARRY KHAMIS (Scandinavian dance) Roo is one of the most popular and well-known teachers of Scandinavian folk dance in the U.S. She and Harry have a delightful teaching style. Roo has taught at Scandia Camp Mendocino, Scandinavian Week at Buffalo Gap, and at many other camps and workshops throughout the U.S. and Scandinavia. Harry Khamis started international folk dancing in 1978, Scandinavian dancing in 1988, and Scottish Country Dancing in 2004.  He taught folk dancing at Wright State University as a college course for 13 years.  He is a regular teacher at the Miami Valley Folk Dance Club and the Flying Ghillies Scottish Country Dance Club in Dayton Ohio.  He earned his "Big Silver Medal" in Swedish polska dancing in 1999, and completed Part I of his Scottish country dance teaching certificate in 2014. Harry has partnered with Roo at other Scandinavian workshops and festivals.


HA SEGA (Bulgarian band, ensemble, instrumental and vocal workshops). Members include Valeri Georgiev* (kaval), Stoyan Kostov* (tambura), Bruce Sagan* (gadulka), Vlado Mollov* (accordion), Larry Weiner (tupan), and its newest member, Zlatka Slavova* (vocals). Zlatka moved to the US a year ago performed and taught Bulgarian singing at WVMAD last year. She is an experienced singing teacher at various folk music schools, including the one in Kotel. * indicates members who will offer additional workshops. Ha Sega performed at last year's WVMAD to wild acclaim.

LORETTA KELLEY (Scandinavian music & ensemble) is acknowledged as the foremost American-born Hardanger fiddle player. She studied Hardanger fiddle (hardingfele in Norwegian) during 1979-80 at the folk high school in Western Telemark and was a member of the local fiddlers' group. She has since returned to Norway many times for extended visits to learn from some of Norway's best fiddlers. She has played in many competitions there, including Norway's most prestigious national competition. Loretta is a regular featured fiddler at Scandia D.C. events. She was nominated for a Grammy award, along with Andrea Hoag and Charlie Pilzer, for her latest recording, Hambo in the Snow


VAIVA AGLINSKAS (Lithuanian singing) studies and performs sutartines, an ancient form of two- and three-voiced polyphony. Most of the sutartine repertoire was recorded in the 19th and 20th centuries, but some have been traced back as far as the 1500s. She will teach songs of work, calendar-cycle ritual, weddings, family, wartime and history. Vaiva also sings with Supruli and Ukrainian Voices in NYC. This is her third time at WVMAD. We love her.

CARL LINICH (Georgian singing) is North America's most popular exponent of traditional vocal harmony of the Republic of Georgia. A scholar, teacher and performer of Georgian polyphonic singing for more than 20 years, he is a member of Trio Kavkasia, as well as director of New York's Supruli Ensemble and instrctor/Georgian choir director at Bard College. Carl lived in Georgia for 10 years, speaks fluent Georgian, and leads singing tours in Georgia, as well as workshops in North America and elsewhere. For his work in preserving and promoting Georgian folk song, Carl has received prestigious honors from the Georgian government. He has worked on several CDs and publications related to Georgian folk song.

ZLATKA SLAVOVA (Bulgarian singing)--see above

The staff is still growing. More to be added soon.

bg clip 1BALKAN BAZAAR From traditional costumes and jewelry to gently pre-owned clothing, travel guides, gift items and a great selection of CDs, Balkan Bazaar adds spice to camp life!

Registration fee includes meals, snacks, cabin or tent space, use of camp facilities, and admission to all events.
EARLY BIRD RATE (postmarked until JULY 15)
                        Full time    Daily      Evening party
Adults             $340           $170                $40
Teens 13-18    $240          $120             free with adult
Children 5-12   $150         $50               free with adult

REGULAR RATE (postmarked after JULY 15)
              Full time             Daily      Evening party
Adults              $360...... $175...............$50
Teens 13-18    $260        $130           $50

Children 5-12   $160         $50           free with adult

Children under 5 are free, but must be registered

Refund requests received by 8/25 will be honored (minus a $5 processing fee) - No refunds after 8/25

A limited number of full and partial scholarships is available for participants willing to work during the weekend. To apply, contact us with a short letter telling why you want or need a scholarship. Applications, along with a check for the scholarship fee ($250), are due by August 1.

World Music & Dance Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization presenting and promoting traditional music & dance from around the world.

For more information, please contact us at or 301-717-4641



Campers start arriving 5pm
Registration begins at 6:30 in the Playhouse

Dinner 7:30 – 8:30 pm (food will be left out for latecomers until 10)

Dance Party in the playhouse: 8:30 pm – midnight with short demonstrations by instructors

Does your cabin need a repair, a light bulb, etc.? If so, please fill out a service request form and leave it in the slot on the front door of the Dining Hall. Camp staff check frequently and respond promptly. 



Breakfast 7:30 – 8:45 am


Dance studio




9:00 – 10:15am


Scandinavian dance

Lithuanian singing


10:20 – 11:35am

intro Dumbek

Balkan dance

Georgian singing

Bulgarian ensemble

11:40 – 12:50pm

Swedish fiddle

Romanian dance

Bulgarian singing


Lunch 1:00 – 1:50 pm

2:00 – 3:15pm


Scandinavian dance

Bulgarian  singing


3:20– 4:35 pm


Balkan dance

Lithuanian singing

Scandinavian Ensemble 

4:40 – 5:55 pm

Int/adv. Dumbek

Romanian dance

Georgian singing


Dinner  6:00 – 7:15 pm



Culture Corner TBA 8:00pm
Dance Party  9:15pm-12:30am
Sing swap in the Canteen


Student Concert 8:00 pm 
Scandinavian Ensemble with Loretta
Romanian Dance
Bulgarian Ensemble with Ha Sega
Sing swap in the Canteen



Breakfast 7:45 – 8:45 am


Front Room




9:00 – 10:15 am



Bulgarian singing

10:25 – 11:40am


Romanian Dance

Georgian singing

Bulgarian ensemble

11:45am – 1:00pm


Balkan Dance

Lithuanian singing


Lunch 1-2pm


Recorded music for dancing/Swimming/Fill out evaluations/Pack/Check lost & found box
We leave camp by 4pm

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