The 2016-2017 World Music & Dance Series presents...

Iliana Bozhanova & Todor Yankov

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Music & Dance Workshop 2 pm
Dance Party 6:30 pm
at The Movement Center

Dance master Iliana Bozhanova and accordionist Todor Yankov return for a day of Bulgarian music and dance.

Iliana Bozhanova & Todor Yankov

Dance master Iliana Bozhanova and accordionist Todor Yankov return for a day of Bulgarian music and dance. More about the performers...»

In the afternoon workshop, they will teach village-style dances and basic Bulgarian singing, appropriate to the skill level of the class group. Sheet music available on request.

The evening session will be follow-the-leader Bulgarian dancing, with Iliana leading to Todor's music. It will include review of material from the afternoon.

The Movement Center

2134 N Second St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Music & Dance Workshop: 2pm

Dance Party 6:30pm

  • $12 General Admission

  • Admission for both events is at the door. No advance registration required.
  • For more information, call Bart at 717-234-3844
    or email bart.carpenter (at)

About the Performers

Iliana Bozhanova is a native of Gulubovo, Bulgaria, and comes from a family of musicians and singers in Southern Thrace. She toured as a principal dancer and singer with Ensemble Ruchenitsa of Plovdiv as a youth; graduated from the National School for Amateur Art Instructors; and later received her Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees from the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv. She has worked as a choreographer with a number of ensembles, including the Children's Ensemble for Folk Dances in Bulgaria, Zarove in Holland, and Bosilek in New York City. She has taught at most major U.S. dance camps, including Stockton, Mendocino, Old World Music & Dance Camp, Beloit, and Mainewoods. She currently serves as Artistic Director of Ensemble Voivodintsi, the 70-person multi-generational folk dance ensemble from the village of Voivodinovo (near Plovdiv), and is the dance program coordinator for the annual Bulgarian Folk Music and Dance Seminar at the Music Academy in Plovdiv.

Todor Yankov (accordion) grew up Dobralak in the Rhodopi Mountains. His father, Vasil Yankov, was a well-known gaida player in the area. Todor began to play gaida, like his father, then he took up kaval at age 10 and accordion at age 16. He is also a noted singer. For many years he played with the Hisar folk orchestra and has been the accordionist for the following folk dance ensembles: Rûchenitsa, Hebar, Pûldin and Voivodintsi.

Iliana and Todor met in 1984 in Ensemble Ruchenitsa, then their professional paths diverged. In 2004, they reunited to found Ensemble Voivodintsi, a music and dance ensemble based in Voivodinovo, just north of Plovdiv. The ensemble has grown from 32 performers to more than 100 dancers, singers, and accompanists.

With support from Your Name In Lights sponsor Kate Carpenter.

Presented in cooperation with the Capital Area Folk Dancers.

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Funding Acknowledgments

logos: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Cultural Alliance of York County, Cultural Enrichment Fund

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

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