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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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SAHRA SAEEDA

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Egyptian Oriental Dance Sahra C Kent, "Sahra Saeeda," has performed and taught Egyptian style Orientale and Folkloric dance on five continents. Originally from the Los ...

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OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK

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Turkish Kaval, Nay, Zurna and Baglama Omar is now one of the most sought-after musicians, whose work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities inaway ...

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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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FAHTIEM

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Arabic Oriental Dance "Fahtiem brings a touch of class to Oriental Dance, as we...

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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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What to Bring

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ALL DANCERS PLEASE BRING COMFORTABLE DANCE SHOES!  (Dance class rooms have nice floors, so you may also choose to be barefoot) A good ...

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LEE ALI

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Lee Ali was voted Favorite Ethnic Dancer ...

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Music

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We offer small, group instruction in many Middle Eastern instruments. Music classes include information about basic music theory, simple and advanced techniques, Arabic and ...

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AYSHE WINGS

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 Ayshe is a New York dance artist, choreographer and designer. Ayshe blends her Greek and American heritage to create an exotic and unusual dance ...

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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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ALI KAHYA

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Turkish singing, maqam, ensemble class (Instructor/ performer) A longtime professional entertainer, is a diversely skilled musician, playing and singing in both Eastern and Western s...

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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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SEMA YILDIZ

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Turkish Oriental & Romany (Gypsy) Dances  One of the “Ladies” of Oriental Dance in Turkey, was born in Sulukule the gypsy quartier of Istanbul. ...

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Parking

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Parking permits will be issued at registration. All vehicles must be parked in the designated lot according to weekend participants and day/party participants. Temporary loading 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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NOURHAN SHARIF

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Egyptian Oriental Dance Prolific, gifted, and tireless, New York ’s Nourhan Sharif keeps expanding the educational and artistic horizons for Middle Eastern dance. She persistently ...

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