University of Rochester

EVENT: Folk Dance Party with Ezher Uremez and the Karamfil Balkan Folk Orchestra

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, in Spurrier Dance Studio on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: $5; tickets on sale at the Common Market in Wilson Commons on the University's River Campus and at the door

March 17, 2006

Uremez, a folk dancer who has been teaching and performing throughout the United States for more than 30 years, will lead circle, line, and group dances from Turkey, Israel, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Italy, Germany, Mexico, and other countries. The public will also be able to dance to Bulgarian village music performed by Karamfil.

Uremez started her folk dance training at age 16 in Istanbul as a member of the Turkish National Folk Dance Ensemble. She has founded numerous folk dance performance groups in the United States and has held workshops both in the community and in schools such as the University of Virginia. She has taught courses titled "Folk Dances from Around the World" and "Sacred Dance" in the University of Rochester's Program of Movement and Dance.

Karamfil plays traditional instruments such as the flute-like kaval; the gadulka, a fiddle; gajda, a bagpipe; the tambura, a mandolin; and the tupan, a two-headed bass drum. The group has been performing throughout the northeastern United States and Canada for two decades.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Program of Movement and Dance, (585) 273-5150.