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November 1-3,2019

Steve Kotansky

​     Steve Kotansky began dancing as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area where he taught and performed with the Westwind International Folk Ensemble and the Perfiloff Russian Dance Ensemble. In 1970 he made his first research trip to Hungary and the former Yugoslavia, returning to study dance and Slavic languages at UCLA. Steve danced with AMAN Folk Ensemble and Vincent Evanchuk’s Ukrainian Dance Group while teaching at many of the folk dance coffee houses in Los Angeles. In 1972 he made a research trip to Hungary and the former Yugoslavia to learn and document village dances with Robert H. Leibman (including dances and music from the Albanian village of Krani on Lake Prespa in Macedonia). During this trip he met many dance specialists who would become instrumental in the direction of his life including Pece Atanasovski, Desa Djordević, Dr. Ivan Ivančan, and Dobrijvoje Putnik. Steve would spend the next 8 years living in Munich, Germany where he continued to teach and research ethnic dance.

     He co-founded, directed, and choreographed for the Gajda Folkore Ensemble, inviting top dancers and teachers from Central and South-Eastern Europe to Germany and led tours to Hungary and the Balkans. In 1980, he returned to the U.S.A. settling in New York. He continued to teach at dance camps throughout North America and Mexico, choreograph for many dance ensembles, and with his wife Susan, co-founded the Guzsaly Hungarian Dance Ensemble. Steve continues to teach and research dances from the Balkans, and with his wife Susan, has made two trips to Albania. Most recently, Steve has been researching Albanian and Roma dance from the Diaspora and continues his work and research in Balkan and Central European countries. He is particularly interested in dance culture as it has evolved since the "fall of the Wall" in these countries.

     NIFD is pleased to welcome Steve back for his second Autumn Leaves workshop. He will teach a variety of Balkan dances from many of the countries listed above.

Casa Azafran
2195 Nolensville Pike, Suite 3 | Nashville, TN 37211 | Phone: 615-291-4672

We’ll hold our thirty-sixth anniversary Autumn Leaves at Casa Azafran in Nashville, just a quick hop off interstate I-24. Please join us at Autumn Leaves XXXVI for a fabulous weekend of dance, music, fellowship, and FUN! In the interest of cutting down on plastic waste, we encourage participants to bring a reusable water bottle or cup. Thanks.

Parking: If the parking is full in front of Casa Azafran on Friday night, there is a back parking lot. Access to it is on Nolensville Road, just past Casa Azafran if you are traveling towards downtown (North). There is a driveway on the left, just past the building and before the sign that reads Park at Melrose Place. I am told the back lot is well lit and safe. If that lot is full, there is additional parking on Nolensville road going away from town (South) on the same side of Nolensville as Casa Azafran. It is a little grassy lot, just past Payless Auto Sales, we are advised to pull all the way in and around to face out at the front of the lot.

Below is a map to the dance site:

Schedule and Fees:

Cost: Registration for all sessions and dance party: $90 ($100 if paid after Oct.11)
Individual Sessions are prorated as follows:
Session I, $18; Session II, lIl, and IV, $28; Dance Party, $10
A video DVD will be made of the review for purchase.

To pay for registration, you can do so either by our PayPal link (near the bottom of the page) or by clicking on the PDF registration file and printing out and mailing the registration form.

Click to download a PDF registration form
2019 registration

Send your check payable to "NIFD" or "Nashville International Folk Dancers" and the above PDF registration form (or equivalent info) to:

Kate Croy
PO Box 148784
Nashville, TN 37214

Autumn Leaves XXXVI Schedule
(Times below are Central Standard Time)

Friday, November 1
6:30pm - 8:00pm Registration & Request Dancing
8:00pm - 9:30pm Session 1: Teaching ($18 if you are a walk-in)
9:30pm - 10:30pm Extra Request Dancing

Saturday, November 2
9:15am - 11:45am Session II: Teaching ($28 if you are a walk-in)
11:45am - 1:30pm Lunch Break (On your own)
1:30pm - 2:00pm Cultural session
2:00pm - 4:00pm Session III: Teaching ($28 if you are a walk-in)
4:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Break (On your own)
7:00pm - 11:00pm Dance Party ($10 if you are a walk-in) with live music from Tantsova Grupa

No after party is scheduled this year. Daylight Savings time ends at 2 AM, Sunday, Nov. 3. Turn clocks back one hour.

Sunday, November 3
9:30am - 11:30am Session IV: Review ($28 if you are a walk-in)

Requesting Dances for Saturday night dance party: We have around 600 dances in our MP3 collection with which to play your requests. If you have a particular favorite request dance, consider checking our updated dance list at the following link: NIFD Playlist. If you don't see it there, we probably don't have it, so please bring a CD or MP3 containing your request and we will be glad to play it and also add it to our collection.

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Contact information:

For more information, email Sara Tuck at nifddance@gmail.com

For those who would prefer to pay online, the following Paypal link is provided for the registration payment.
(Please note there is a 3% processing fee to pay online using Paypal.)