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.