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By Mirjana Lausevic

In Balkan Fascination, ethnomusicologist Mirjana Lausevic, a local of the Balkans, investigates why such a lot of american citizens actively perform particular Balkan cultural practices to which they've got no kinfolk or ethnic connection. Going past conventional interpretations, she demanding situations the inspiration that participation in Balkan tradition in North the USA is simply a really expert offshoot of the Nineteen Sixties American folks tune scene. as an alternative, her exploration of the connection among the stark sounds and full of life dances of the Balkan area and the americans who love them unearths that Balkan dance and track has a lot deeper roots in America's rules approximately itself, its position on the earth, and where of the world's cultures within the melting pot.

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It was at Stanford University, dancing outside. Two girlfriends of mine for some reason dragged me there. I loved it. LOUIS I remember quite distinctly. I was a freshman in college, University of California, Santa Barbara. . There was this little building there and these people were dancing inside, and I kind of stood in the door and watched and they came out and were welcoming and said please come in and join us, and one year later I was teaching the group in the presidential club. Clearly, stumbling upon a folk dance class was a formative moment in many people’s lives.

Drumming classes, whether dumbek or tapan, are often the largest classes at camp since there is a widespread belief that drums are the easiest instruments to play. As a Bulgarian teacher pointed out to me, it is not that students simply want to do the easiest things, but that “they do not have time. ” Camp attendees have wide-ranging attitudes toward learning and interests to pursue while at camp. Most of the campers (79 percent of my sample) first became involved in the Balkan music and dance scene through dancing.

The accumulation of these time markers provides a sense of continuity, and even a sense of belonging to a particular place. Although the camp in Mendocino Woodlands, for example, is rented to the EEFC for a week’s use, the annual return to the place gives to the campers a sense of permanence. ’” The exclusion of the camp experience from the everyday lives of the campers makes them perceive the time lapse between the camps as nonexistent. Personal interactions with fellow campers, although often at least a calendar year apart, also appear to be continuous, as Melissa’s statement shows: “These are friends that I have had for twenty-plus years.

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