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Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC) is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational community of people who enjoy the dances, music, cuisines and cultures of many countries and ethnic groups from around the world. As our motto states, we regard "Dancing As A Second Language". Ethnic Folk Dance a great social mixer and aerobic workout. Using the media of ethnic dance and ethnic music, we provide participants with powerful, memorable and enriching experiences and connections that reach far beyond the scope of many other social dance forms and contribute to the creativity, cultural awareness, social and cultural, physical, and personal and professional development of the community.

This group is for lovers of ethnic dance and ethnic music.

This group is for lovers of folk dance and folk music.

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Special Meetup Balkan Dance Series@Chicago Latvian Center!

Chicago Latvian Association

=====> SPECIAL OFFER FOR MEETUP.COM MEMBERS <===== EDC Dance Class - "Inside Balkan Dance" – 12 Week Series Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC) will offer a Special 12-Week Class of Balkan Dance Instruction running from September 7th through November 23rd. Class Term: January 4th through April 5th – 12 Classes (schedule subject to change) NOTE: No Class on January 25th (for Madison Folk Ball) and March 22nd (for Balkanske Igre Spring Festival) You don't need a partner for Balkan Dancing! Curriculum is designed to allow for missed classes. The full subscription is $100 for 12 classes. We'll calculate a pro-rated subscription fee for registrants who sign up after the start date. 7:30pm - 8:45pm SPECIAL Balkan Dance lessons 8:45pm - 9:15pm - Beyond the Balkans and more Balkan-Related dances 9:15pm - 10:00pm - International dance lessons These Dance Instruction periods are followed by a Dance Party (request dancing) that runs from 10:00pm until midnight. Series Subscription: 12-Week Series: $100 per person Prorated fee for late starters. Register / Pay in Advance for the Series: Online: pay with credit/debit card or paypal: www.ethnicdance.net/registration/ Offline: mail check plus name & contact info for each registrant to: EDC, PO Box 25548, Chicago, IL 60625 If you would like to try a single class, Individual Class Admission is $15 per person, per class (pay at the door). All paid class participants get free admission to EDC’s Ongoing Friday Night Dances Series Subscription includes sets of Dance Music and Dance Descriptions plus EDC's 'Dancing as a Second Language' T-Shirt Series Subscription: -------------------------- The full subscription is $100 for 12 classes. We'll calculate a pro-rated subscription fee for registrants who sign up after the start date. Curriculum is designed to allow for a few missed classes. What to wear: ------------------ Comfortable shoes and clothing. Balkan Dancing --------------------- The Curriculum covers dances of Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosova, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey as well as dances of the Roma People in the Balkans. Fascinating Rhythms ----------------------------- Learning will inckude dances that use the more familiar rhythms and syncopations (2/4, 4/4, 3/4, 6/8), as well as the more complex "crooked rhythms" common to the Balkans (5/8, 7/4, 7/8, 7/16, 9/8, 11/16, 13/16, 15/16, 5/4, etc.) Global Dance Party --------------------------- The Friday following the last class is the Greek & Balkan Global Dance Party at the Old Town School of Folk Music with dance instruction by EDC and live music by Balkana - 11/30/18 - 8:30-11:00pm. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join EDC Friday Night Ethnic Folk Dancing @ the Chicago Latvian Community Center Fridays: 7:45pm until Round About Midnight - First Floor Ballroom (Last Fridays 8:30pm Start - Second or Third Floor Ballroom) 7:45-9:15 – Special class - An Introduction to Balkan Dance 9:15-10:00 – Ongoing EDC Dance lessons 10:00 – Midnight – Open Dance Party – We include your requests! Bring some refreshments to share! Free Admission to Ongoing EDC Dance for "An Intro to Balkan Dance Participants" Suggested Donation for Ongoing EDC Classes: $6.00 / Full Time Students: $5.00 / Youth under 12: $4.00 Email: [masked] Website: www.ethnicdance.net Special Class Schedule: www.ethnicdance.net/balkandanceclass/ Events Schedule: www.ethnicdance.net/schedule/ Regional Events Calendar: www.ethnicdance.net/calendar/ Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/ethnicdance/ Facebook Discussion Group: www.facebook.com/groups/ethnicdance/ Meetup Group: www.meetup.com/ethnicdance/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru/ Contact: Paul Collins Email: [masked] Phone: (847)[masked]

Let's Meetup and Dance @ the Chicago Latvian Center!

Chicago Latvian Association

Join EDC Friday Night Ethnic Folk Dancing @ the Chicago Latvian Community Center Fridays: 8:00pm until Round About Midnight - First Floor Ballroom (Last Fridays 8:30pm Start - Second Floor Ballroom) 7:30pm - 8:45pm early class starts SPECIAL Balkan Dance lessons 8:45pm - 9:15pm - Beyond the Balkans and more Balkan-Related dances 9:15pm - 10:00pm - International dance lessons 10:00pm until Closing – Open Dance Party – We include your requests! Ethnic Dance Chicago's weekly Friday Night Dances are attended by between 20 and 40 people, most of whom are not members of Meetup.com. Since you joined our Meetup Group, you are probably looking for something different and indeed we are. We enjoy doing dance forms from many countries and ethnic groups from all over the world. The music ranges across traditional folk styles, to contemporary styles, through a fusion of folk and contemporary styles. The dances are fun and exciting as the dance rhythms are a blend of the common forms (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8) and of the unique forms (5/16, 11/16, 7/8, 7/16), sometimes called crooked-music because of the odd numbers of beats. You won't need a partner as many of the dances are danced in circles and semi-circles that do not require partners. We also do a some line dances, some partner dances and some set dances that require groups of couples. You'll meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and you'll have a great time. It takes some folks a little time to get used to the different types of dances and music, so don't expect to learn everything on your first night - there is a lot to be learned, and in the end it's worth the effort. Be sure to check our online regional calendar and our downloadable pdf schedule (see website links below) that will provide notice of schedule changes and information about other related ethnic dance & music events. Bring some refreshments to share! Suggested Donation: $6.00 / Full Time Students: $5.00 / Youth under 12: $4.00 Email: [masked] Website: www.ethnicdance.net Events Schedule: www.ethnicdance.net/schedule Regional Events Calendar: www.ethnicdance.net/calendar Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/ethnicdance Facebook Discussion Group: www.facebook.com/groups/ethnicdance Meetup Group: www.meetup.com/ethnicdance Twitter: www.twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru Contact: Paul Collins Email: [masked] Phone: (847)[masked]

Special Meetup Balkan Dance Series@Chicago Latvian Center!

Chicago Latvian Association

=====> SPECIAL OFFER FOR MEETUP.COM MEMBERS <===== EDC Dance Class - "Inside Balkan Dance" – 12 Week Series Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC) will offer a Special 12-Week Class of Balkan Dance Instruction running from September 7th through November 23rd. Class Term: January 4th through April 5th – 12 Classes (schedule subject to change) NOTE: No Class on January 25th (for Madison Folk Ball) and March 22nd (for Balkanske Igre Spring Festival) You don't need a partner for Balkan Dancing! Curriculum is designed to allow for missed classes. The full subscription is $100 for 12 classes. We'll calculate a pro-rated subscription fee for registrants who sign up after the start date. 7:30pm - 8:45pm SPECIAL Balkan Dance lessons 8:45pm - 9:15pm - Beyond the Balkans and more Balkan-Related dances 9:15pm - 10:00pm - International dance lessons These Dance Instruction periods are followed by a Dance Party (request dancing) that runs from 10:00pm until midnight. Series Subscription: 12-Week Series: $100 per person Prorated fee for late starters. Register / Pay in Advance for the Series: Online: pay with credit/debit card or paypal: www.ethnicdance.net/registration/ Offline: mail check plus name & contact info for each registrant to: EDC, PO Box 25548, Chicago, IL 60625 If you would like to try a single class, Individual Class Admission is $15 per person, per class (pay at the door). All paid class participants get free admission to EDC’s Ongoing Friday Night Dances Series Subscription includes sets of Dance Music and Dance Descriptions plus EDC's 'Dancing as a Second Language' T-Shirt Series Subscription: -------------------------- The full subscription is $100 for 12 classes. We'll calculate a pro-rated subscription fee for registrants who sign up after the start date. Curriculum is designed to allow for a few missed classes. What to wear: ------------------ Comfortable shoes and clothing. Balkan Dancing --------------------- The Curriculum covers dances of Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosova, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey as well as dances of the Roma People in the Balkans. Fascinating Rhythms ----------------------------- Learning will inckude dances that use the more familiar rhythms and syncopations (2/4, 4/4, 3/4, 6/8), as well as the more complex "crooked rhythms" common to the Balkans (5/8, 7/4, 7/8, 7/16, 9/8, 11/16, 13/16, 15/16, 5/4, etc.) Global Dance Party --------------------------- The Friday following the last class is the Greek & Balkan Global Dance Party at the Old Town School of Folk Music with dance instruction by EDC and live music by Balkana - 11/30/18 - 8:30-11:00pm. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join EDC Friday Night Ethnic Folk Dancing @ the Chicago Latvian Community Center Fridays: 7:45pm until Round About Midnight - First Floor Ballroom (Last Fridays 8:30pm Start - Second or Third Floor Ballroom) 7:45-9:15 – Special class - An Introduction to Balkan Dance 9:15-10:00 – Ongoing EDC Dance lessons 10:00 – Midnight – Open Dance Party – We include your requests! Bring some refreshments to share! Free Admission to Ongoing EDC Dance for "An Intro to Balkan Dance Participants" Suggested Donation for Ongoing EDC Classes: $6.00 / Full Time Students: $5.00 / Youth under 12: $4.00 Email: [masked] Website: www.ethnicdance.net Special Class Schedule: www.ethnicdance.net/balkandanceclass/ Events Schedule: www.ethnicdance.net/schedule/ Regional Events Calendar: www.ethnicdance.net/calendar/ Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/ethnicdance/ Facebook Discussion Group: www.facebook.com/groups/ethnicdance/ Meetup Group: www.meetup.com/ethnicdance/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru/ Contact: Paul Collins Email: [masked] Phone: (847)[masked]

Let's Meetup and Dance @ the Chicago Latvian Center!

Chicago Latvian Association

Join EDC Friday Night Ethnic Folk Dancing @ the Chicago Latvian Community Center Fridays: 8:00pm until Round About Midnight - First Floor Ballroom (Last Fridays 8:30pm Start - Second Floor Ballroom) 7:30pm - 8:45pm early class starts SPECIAL Balkan Dance lessons 8:45pm - 9:15pm - Beyond the Balkans and more Balkan-Related dances 9:15pm - 10:00pm - International dance lessons 10:00pm until Closing – Open Dance Party – We include your requests! Ethnic Dance Chicago's weekly Friday Night Dances are attended by between 20 and 40 people, most of whom are not members of Meetup.com. Since you joined our Meetup Group, you are probably looking for something different and indeed we are. We enjoy doing dance forms from many countries and ethnic groups from all over the world. The music ranges across traditional folk styles, to contemporary styles, through a fusion of folk and contemporary styles. The dances are fun and exciting as the dance rhythms are a blend of the common forms (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8) and of the unique forms (5/16, 11/16, 7/8, 7/16), sometimes called crooked-music because of the odd numbers of beats. You won't need a partner as many of the dances are danced in circles and semi-circles that do not require partners. We also do a some line dances, some partner dances and some set dances that require groups of couples. You'll meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and you'll have a great time. It takes some folks a little time to get used to the different types of dances and music, so don't expect to learn everything on your first night - there is a lot to be learned, and in the end it's worth the effort. Be sure to check our online regional calendar and our downloadable pdf schedule (see website links below) that will provide notice of schedule changes and information about other related ethnic dance & music events. Bring some refreshments to share! Suggested Donation: $6.00 / Full Time Students: $5.00 / Youth under 12: $4.00 Email: [masked] Website: www.ethnicdance.net Events Schedule: www.ethnicdance.net/schedule Regional Events Calendar: www.ethnicdance.net/calendar Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/ethnicdance Facebook Discussion Group: www.facebook.com/groups/ethnicdance Meetup Group: www.meetup.com/ethnicdance Twitter: www.twitter.com/ethnicdanceguru Contact: Paul Collins Email: [masked] Phone: (847)[masked]

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