Iliana Bozhanova steps up Bulgarian dance at Fermilab
Iliana Bozhanova, renowned Bulgarian folk dance instructor
A renowned Bulgarian dance instructor will offer tips at Fermilab tonight during her only stop in the Chicagoland area.
As part of her U.S. tour, Iliana Bozhanova has agreed to teach a master class on Bulgarian folk dance at Fermilab’s Kuhn Village Barn from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Bozhanova has worked as a choreographer for groups all across Europe and is currently a choreographer for the Ensemble Voivodintsi in Bulgaria.
Bulgarian dancing is one of the favorite styles practiced by Fermilab’s International Folk Dance Group because it doesn't require partners and offers a choice of musical rhythms.
“Bulgaria is at a crossroads. There are a lot of interesting rhythms in that part of the world, and within Bulgaria, from challenging and aggressive music in the North to the more melodic style in the South,” said PPD’s Doug Jensen, who has participated in the international folk group since it started more than 20 years ago.
Many Bulgarian dances are line dances where people cross their arms in a ‘W’ across their chest, or in a low ‘V’ in front of them. Footwork is characterized as very quick and heavy or slow and “cat-like”.
Mady Newfield, who runs Fermilab’s International Folk Dance Group, invited Bozhanova to come to Fermilab after meeting her at the annual Folk Ball in Madison, Wis., a few years ago. Tonight’s class is free but suggested donations are $8 for adults and $4 for students. No pre-registration is required.
Bulgarian dancer Nina Kavardzikova will give another workshop on March 19.
For more information on the International Folk Dance group, call (630)584-0835, or (630)804-8194, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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