by Edith Bourbin
Bulgaria is rich in dance tradition. Many dances have been done for
generations and are still done today when people get together for special
occasions. You can often tell where a person comes from by the style
of their dance. Most of these are line dances, so no partner is required.
Bulgarian music has many unique and complex rhythms and is often combined
with beautiful song. The dances taught will be from different regions
and will vary in tempo. The patterns will be simple but the styling
will add interest.
Edith has always loved to listen to and move with music. A native
of San Francisco, she was exposed early on to many diverse cultures
through schoolmates and neighbors.. Her first formal dance classes
were in Ballet, however, interests in jazz, modern dance and rock n'
roll quickly followed.
In the early eighties, she discovered international folk dancing.
The complex Balkan rhythms fascinated her. Since then, she has attended
many classes and workshops, building a vast repertoire of dance knowledge.
She has studied under internationally renowned exponents of dance such
as: Petur Iliev, Theodor Vasilescu, Steve Kotansky, Jaap Leegwater,
Nina Kavardjikova, Dick Crum, Yves Moreau, David Edery, Joe Graziosi,
Atanas Kolarovski, Zeljko Jergan, Henni Konigs, Mihai David, Germain
Hebert, Michael Ginsburg, Tineke Van Geel and Tanya Kostova.
Edith currently directs Mandala, a Thursday night dance group and
a Sunday morning dance group at Golden Gate Park Senior Center.
She has taught and performed at the Senior Camp at Camp Mather, as
well as heading a small group of her enthusiastic dancers. She has
performed at various nursing homes and special functions throughout
The City. She also has been a guest teacher at various Folk Dance venues
throughout the Bay Area. She has also taught dance to children in public
and private schools and camps.
International Folk Dance is for everyone, young and old. It is her
passion for the music and dance that Edith wishes to share with others.