Greek Dance
by Edith Bourbin

Greek folk dance can be experienced at many different levels. Simply moving with the line in rhythm is enjoyable for those with two left feet. The many different patterns and improvisations, which can be added to simple dances, keep the more skilled dancers interested and a good time is had by all. Greek folk dancing is very dynamic and enjoyable!

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.


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