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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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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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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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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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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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YURI YUNAKOV

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Saxophone As one of the founders and biggest stars of Bulgaria's wildly popular "wedding music" scene, Yuri Yunakov is a saxophone player of...

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Drum Circle

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The Drum circle will beat the campfire location Friday,Saturday,Sunday night from ...

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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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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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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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MOROCCO

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Arabic oriental dance Morocco (C. Varga Dinicu) is considered the leading performer & authority in her field internationally, evidenced by frequent invitations to te...

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SOUREN BARONIAN

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clarinet (Instructor/performer) Is an Armenian born artist in NYC. He has performed throughout the US and abroad as a soloist for over 35 years. His ...

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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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FAHTIEM

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

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ARA DINKJIAN

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Ara Dinkjian is best known as the founder of the highly influential and groundbreaking instrumental group, NIGHT ARK, which recorded four CDs for RCA/BMG ...

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Singing Classes

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We will have classes Saturday and Sunday. Class schedules will be handed out at camp upon ...

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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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