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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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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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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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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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Romani (Gypsy) Dance

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The Roma (Gypsies) who now reside in every continent of the world, originally came from India. The Roma (Gypsies) have their own music, dance, ...

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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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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 . ...

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SONER CICEK

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 Turkish Baglama, Saz Soner Cicek was born in Mus, Turkey and grew up in Izmir. At the age of 9, he began playing the Saz ...

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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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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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Vending

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"Enjoy amazing shopping with our wonderful vendors:  Sharifwear Sharifwear, ht...

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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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HAMIT GOLBASI

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Turkish Ney, Mey, Zurna, Sipsi Instructor/ performer (ney, mey, zurna) hails from Ismir, Turkey, where he combined his natural musical proficiency in rhythm and ...

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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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TAYYAR AKDENIZ

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Turkish Folk and Gypsy Dance Tayyar has been involved as a dancer, musician and director of folkloric troupes for 25 years in Turkey. He has ...

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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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