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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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Dance

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Middle Eastern Dance is one of the oldest known dance forms. This tradition is an ancient art that has lasted throughout the centuries.The captivating ...

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Accomodations

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Cabins: Labadorf Center dormitories: There are dormitory rooms for 80 people in the center.  Group bathroom facilities are separate for men and women SUMMER CABINS:  Eac...

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LEE ALI

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Lee Ali was voted Favorite Ethnic Dancer ...

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NIKOLAI RUSKIN

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Taiko, Violin, Riffs Nikolai Ruskin is a multi instrumentalist known for his skill ...

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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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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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MIMI FONTANA

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American Tribal Style Dance A life-long dancer, athlete and musician, Mimi has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe .  Upon herintroduction to belly ...

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NURSEL

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Balkan Romany and Oriental style Dances. Life is a dance. Dance is a ritual of breathing, movement, harmony of the body and expression of ...

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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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HAIG MANOUKIAN

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Oud Instructor/performer (oud) an American-Armenian, is one of this country's finest oudists. Haig has played with many of the best musicians in Turkey, Armenia a...

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DARSHAN

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American Tribal Style DanceDarshan aka Cammi Vance chose the dancer's path in 1991 as she began the avid study and practice ofbellydance. Oh, there ...

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RACHID HALIHAL

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Arabic oud, Arabic singing (Instructor/performer) Is a world class musician who began his studies in his native land of Morocco as a child. He ...

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Swap Meet

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On Saturday evening only during dinner and until the show, we will have a swap meet for anyone who wishes to sell their music/dance/ethnic ...

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Dance Classes

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We will have classes all day Saturday and ...

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CHRISTINA KING

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American Tribal Style DanceChristina King, A dancer of many styles since childhood, Christina discovered Middle-Eastern folkloric dance and began her studies in 1992 with Tahjah of ...

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TAMER PINARBASI

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Turkish Kanun: (Performer guest musician) Tamer; born in Karaman, Turkey in 1970, Tamer Pinarbasi attended the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory of Turkish Music, where he ...

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