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2012 Middle Eastern Dance & Music Camp

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Memorial Day weekend Friday May 25th - Monday May 28th 2012

INTRODUCING OUR 9th Annual Folk Tours Middle Eastern Dance & Music Camp.  We welcome all levels of dancers and musicians, from beginner to professional!

Once again we will return to CAMP VACAMAS in the beautiful countryside of western New Jersey,  just outside of NYC.  We have heard all your suggestions from last year and are making many changes to make your camping experience better than ever!

CAMP VACAMOS--- (Located approximately  25 miles from  New York City-- easy to reach by car or bus -- 100 miles From Philadelphia (2 hours drive) and 4.5 hours from Washington DC)

Experience the magic of singing, dancing, and making music in nature. Camp Vacamas is located in Northern New Jersey, only 45 minutes from New York City, on 230 private wooded acres with a spring-fed lake. Their Labadorf Conference Center is the ideal choice for day trips & weekend retreats.  The camp offers an outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the lake, inside fireplace, cozy upstairs balcony area with couches, large front porch with tables & chairs for meals and just hanging out, a kitchenette, large dance class studio areas, and rustic cabins for music classes.  Enjoy three hearty meals a day, dormitory style cabins in the woods, nightly dance parties with extraordinary music (10 musicians + student musicians & guest artists), professional and student cabaret dance performances to live music and, of course, daily music and dance classes 12 dance classes/15 music classes per day, plus special dance classes with musical accompaniment. Also there will be vendors, henna artists, energy healing, tarot & massage therapists.

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Camper pre-show performance showcase -- Sat & Sunday-- 8:30- 9:30 pm- to participate see details

OUR 2012 DANCE TEACHERS SO FAR:

Nourhan Sharif, Asharah (Ca), Zenaide, Aszmara, Blanca, Ayshe, Alexia (NJ), Ibrahim Tunc and Tayyar Akdeniz,

OUR 2012 MUSIC  TEACHERS (so far confirmed-more to come):

Souren Baronian, Ali Kahya, Sami Abu Shumays, Rachid Halihal, Seido Salifoski, Mike Uzatmaciyan, Ossama Farouk, Umut Yasmut, and Tayyar Akdeniz, Soner Cicek

Some PAST teachers and performers have included such luminaries as Artemis Mourat,Tayyar Akdeniz, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Seido Salifoski, Yuri Yunikov, Tamer Pinarbarsi, Hamit Golbasi, Cassandra, Nourhan Sharif, Eva Cernik, Kajira Djoumahna, Dalia Carella, Sahra Saeeda, Paulette Rees-Denis, Steve Kotansky, Mohamed Shahin, Jajouka, Samara, Aszmara, Ara Dinkjian, Sonar Cicek, Karim Nagi, Ali Kahya, Haig Manoukian, Souren Baronian, Ibrahim Tunc, Ede Thurell, Fahtiem, Morocco, Christina King, Rachid Halihal, Sami Abu Shumays, Avram Pengas, Maurice Chedid, Umut Yasmut, Brad Sidwell, Amir Naoum, Rayhana, Azsmara, Ossama Farouk, Ayshe, Nursel , Lee Ali, Darshan, and many other wonderful talents!

EXTENDED EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: NOW APRIL 30th-- $375

REGULAR PRICE AFTER APRIL 30th- $400

Special day rates are available at $110 per day- 10:00am to 6:30pm

LAST DAY TO REGISTER, FOR FULL WEEKEND ATTENDANCE, IS MAY 12, 2012. BALANCE DUE IN FULL MAY 12, 2012 (**REFERS TO ENTIRE WEEKEND CAMPERS ONLY- day trippers can come day of and register at the camp!)

Please come and join our Folk Tours family for an unforgettable experience!

Special offer!  Any camper who sends us 10 people can come to camp FREE! See Registration page for details

*IMPORTANT NOTE*- CAMP HANDBOOK IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT CAMP-- ALL CAMPERS SHOULD DOWNLOAD AND PRINT HANDBOOK FROM THIS WEBSITE.

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NEZIH ANTAKLI

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Turkish Darbuka (Instructor/performer) Born in Germany to Turkish and Syrian parents, Nezih Antakli was introduced from an early age to the fascinating tradition of ...

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AVRAM PENGAS

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Guitar,bouzouki Instructor/ performer (guitar - bouzouki) played lead guitar in the Israel Air Force Band. He is a Greek born musical arranger and virtuoso ...

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Camping

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All those who wish to stay in tents must pitch their tents in the designated area. We regret that the campgrounds policy does not ...

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Camper Performances

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ONCE AGAIN! CAMPER PRE-SHOW PRACTICE SHOWCASE -- Sat & Sunday-- 8:30- 9:30 pm- to participate see details In order to include more performance pr...

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EVA CERNIK

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Turkish Oriental and Turkish Romany (Gypys) Dance Is well known for her sizzling Turkish Oriental dance style. She has danced since her childhood in Brasil. ...

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NAJI HILAL

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Arabic Oud The legacy begins pre-biblical from 1600 BC in an area today called The Middle-East. Passed on from one generation to the next, ...

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MOHAMED SHAHIN

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Reda Style Egyptian Oriental and Folk dances Mohamed is a choreographer and performer from Cairo, Egypt. Mohamed began his studies at the age of ...

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SEIDO SALIFOSKI

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Turkish darbuka (Instructor/ performer) A Roma born to a singer mother and a folk dancer father in Prilep, Macedonia, Seido has palyed darbuka / dumbek in ...

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Teacher Performances

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All our enormously talented instructors will also be performing along with specially invited guests. One night will be Turkish focused and the other will ...

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Dining

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BIG IMPROVEMENTS FOR THIS YEAR-- Delicious, healthy meals will now be served buffet style in the LABADORF CENTER.  Tables will be set up on ...

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Public Transportations

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Airports:Nearest Airports; Newark Airport, LaGuardia Airport Train:AFTER FURTHER RESEARCH WE DISCOVERED THAT IT IS BEST TO TAKE A TRAIN INTO NYC OR PHILLY AND TRA...

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OSSAMA FAROUK

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Arabic tabla (Instructor/performer) Ossama Farouk, known as Farouk to friends and colleagues, is a self-taught performer of Middle Eastern percussion. ...

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SAMI ABU SHUMAYS

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violin, Arabic maqam and singing (Instructor/performer) Studied Arabic violin with Simon Shaheen in New York, Alfred Gamil in Cairo, Abdul-Baset Bakkar and Abdul-Min'im Senkary in Aleppo, ...

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Folk Dance

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The Middle East has a rich tradition of folk dance. Every district has its own local tunes, songs and dances.There is some special song or dance...

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KARIM NAGI

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Arabic Folk Dance Karim is a native Egyptian who has lived in the Boston area for over 20 years. Karim performs primarily Arabic, Turkish and ...

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MIKE UZATMACIYAN

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Turkish oud, singing (Instructor/Performer) Was born in Diyarbakir, Turkey. He took his first music lessons from his father.He played cumbus until he moved the States at ...

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