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2017 Boulder Balkan Bash

Live music for folk dancing by SIX hot local bands specializing in traditional and contemporary music from Eastern Europe. Many of the dances are easy enough to learn on the spot. Everyone’s invited to dance, but no one is required to; the Avalon has plenty of room to sit and watch. In Eastern Europe, live music and dancing are always accompanied by food! So roll up your sleeves, make a great potluck dish and come celebrate!

Live folk dance music starts at 5:30pm and continues until 11:00pm. From 6:00 till 10:00pm the potluck dinner and dessert will be served.  All guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share. (We ourselves are cooking and we would love for everyone to bring food, but if you cannot, we'd much rather have you attend without a dish than stay home!)

The dance music program will feature tunes from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Roma (Gypsy) traditions.  While the majority of dances will be line dances, a few waltzes and other couple dances will also be included. See ensemble line-up below.

Many of the ensemble members have been performing Eastern European folk dance music for the past several decades, at concerts, festivals, benefits, and in collaboration with each other, for the enjoyment of dancers and listeners all over Colorado and the region.  Look for more information about the performers below!

Join us in celebrating Eastern European traditions of live music, dancing, and food at the Avalon Ballroom, on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Don’t know what to bring or don’t like to cook? Please contact Mary Ann, the food coordinator, at for assistance/ideas, etc.