Fri, Dec 5th | 6:30 PM
Friday, February 28, 2014 ♦ 8:30 PM
4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000
The Global Dance Party is a new Friday night series offering an exciting opportunity to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each evening will feature a dance class followed by two hours of music from live bands or DJs in our brand new Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall.
Paul Collins from Ethnic Dance Chicago will teach dance styles from the Balkan area backed by dance ensemble Braća Tamburica Orchestra of Chicago.
The Braća Tamburica Orchestra of Chicago is a nationally prominent band in the ethnic and folk dance communities and well known for their repertoire of songs and dances from the Balkan area. The name Braća (pronounced Bracha - meaning brothers), represents the collaborative sum of expression the three original members have for each other growing up together as friends in the Calumet Region. Frank Mosca, Rudy Grasha, Jr. and Rich Krilich have known each other since they were teenagers and played at different times together in various bands. The most prominent and enduring of bands they performed with was the Krilich Brothers, who played together from the late 1960s to 1990 then reformed in 2009 and the name gradually morphed to Braća, when the other Krilich Brothers, Rob and Pete were no longer performing with the band. The band has a unique European Gypsy style and flavor and has worked with various instrument combinations over the years to achieve an authentic European sound. A quick glimpse at the resume of this band and one can see that it is loaded with talent. The band has three members in the Tamburitza Hall of Fame: John Gornick 1988, Rich Krilich 2011, and Rudy Grasha 2013. Four of the five members have performed for more than 50 years, and the newest member, Joe Riccio, is a past recipient of the Tamburitza Association of America's Founder's Award, which is a prestigious recognition given annually to outstanding young talent in the tamburitza business. If you enjoy dancing to the multitude of regular and irregular rhythms popular in the Balkan Region, then this is your band. They have played for festivals, concerts, dances, camp classes, and parties across the country and have a treasure chest of kolos and dances from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece.
Paul Collins has danced since the age of eight and has been an ethnic folk dance leader & square/contra dance caller since high school. Paul has called contra dances from the North Country to the Deep South and has even called squares and taught ethnic folk dancing for the hearing impaired at Gallaudet University in Washington. DC. While in college, Paul led the University of Chicago Folk Dance Club and directed the University's "International Folk Festival" for many years. Paul later joined Gerhard Bernhard in producing the Door County Folk Festival which is still going strong. Paul and Bill Sasso started the Mid-North Folk Dance Club that evolved into Ethnic Dance Chicago. Paul has developed dance programs for schools, tutoring programs and scouting organizations and has created multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary dance weeks for middle schools such as the Spring Hill School in Wisconsin Dells, WI and the Chaney Monge School in Crest Hill, IL. Paul is one of the featured instructors in the Chicago SummerDance program.