Dean Avdalas has been a dancer and dance instructor in the Greek community of the Bay Area for 31 years. His passion and love for Greek culture has led him to develop exemplary skills as a dancer, director, choreographer, and researcher. His main areas of research and interest include Epiros, Sarakatsan villages, and Megalo Monastiri (refugees residing in Neo Monastiri, Domokou, Thessalia).
Dean has presented groundbreaking work with the Albanian border villages of Northern Epiros and the customs of the Dodekaimerou in Neo Monastiri. He has amassed a vast collection of field research and music from all areas of Greece.
He served as judge at the Helenic Dance Festival in the Metropolis of Atlanta since 2011 and at the Greek Orthodox dance festival FDF in the Metropolis of San Francisco (2013). His greatest source of inspiration and drive for Greek dance excellence and preservation are his mother and father (may their memories be eternal).
Michael Ginsburg is back -- it’s been too long!
Michael has been teaching Balkan Folk Dance for over 50 years, starting in 1964 with Michael Herman’s Folk Dance House in New York City. He continues to teach a weekly Balkan dance class in New York City. He has taught workshops all over the United States and Canada, as well as in Brazil, Japan, Israel, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Michael has been on the teaching staff of many folk dance camps and seminars, including Stockton Folk Dance Camp, Kolo Festival in San Francisco, the annual Balkan Music and Dance Seminars in Mendocino, CA, and Rock Hill, NY, as well as the Macedonian Pearl Seminars in Berovo, Macedonia.
Michael is the director of Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, and organizes the program for the annual Golden Festival in Brooklyn, NY that occurs on the Friday and Saturday nights of the weekend of the Martin Luther Birthday celebration, and features over sixty musical groups.