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International Fall Weekend Folkdance with Steve Kotansky and Orkestar Bez Ime

November 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Once on November 4, 2017,
and Once on November 5, 2017
International Dance in the Large Studio

Friday, November 3rd:

Registration/Check-in: 7 – 7:30 pm
Workshop Session 1: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Request International Dance: 9:30 to 11:30 pm, included with workshop 1

Saturday, November 4th:

Registration/Check-in on Saturday: 9:30 – 10 am
Workshop Session II: 10 am to noon
Potluck lunch and culture talk: noon to 2 pm
Workshop Session III: 2 – 4 pm
Dance Party with Live Music by Orkestar Bez Ime: 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Sunday, November 5th:

Brunch: 10 – 11 am (open to all)
Workshop Session IV (reviews): 11 am to 2 pm

Steve Kotansky

Steve Kotansky is a world-renown teacher and choreographer of dances from Central and Southeastern Europe, including Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. His exciting teaching and energy, along with his wide knowledge of dance styles, have made him one of the most popular instructors on the international folkdance scene today.

Orkestar Bez Ime

Raised in the San Francisco area, Steve moved to Los Angeles where he danced with the Aman Folk Ensemble and taught at the folkdance cafes in the area. In 1972, he received a scholarship form Rubi Vucheta Memorial Fund to study in the former Yugoslavia. he then lived in Munich for 7 years, where he continued his teachings and research into Balkan dance, both at ethnic communities in Munich and the surrounding countries.

Orkestar Bez Ime means “orchestra without a name” in Bulgarian. OBI was formed in 2002 and focuses on Eastern Europe and the music of the Roma (Gypsy) people. OBI’s repertoire of festive village music from Albania to the Ukraine has earned them numerous awards. Performers include Colleen Bertsch, Scott Keever, Matt Miller, Katrina Mundinger, Natalie Nowytski and Eric Ray.

What is International Folkdance?

Discover heritage and dance roots! International folk dances teach ethnic dances from around the world including Eastern Europe, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Armenia, Scandinavia, Brittany, East Asia and a little English Country. We encourage dancers to try out dances by following the leader. The dance instructors rotate every few weeks with a wide variety of talented and experienced teachers.

International Request Dance

After the International Folkdance lesson there is a request dance from 8:30-11:00pm. Dancers can choose dances taught both recently, or any time since the beginning of Tapestry, since they are alphabetically listed in a notebook available to dancers – so what gets requested is a mix of old and new. There are dances from every continent, and the most-requested dances are from eastern European countries like Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Greece. We also do Israeli dances, and couple dances from (western) Europe and the Americas – but you don’t need to bring a partner.

How to register

Register at the door or print and fill out this registration flier and mail it to:

Tapestry Folkdance Center
3748 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406

There are also brochures available in the Tapestry Lobby.

Contact the Tapestry office about volunteer opportunities. Some workshop scholarships available for some duties – Tapestry passes for others.



Check out our International Folkdance Page. If you can’t find your answers there check out FAQ page or contact us.


November 5
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
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