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Ranging from Romania to Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria, the Balkans have a rich tradition of dance and music with something for everyone. From the gentle meditative 'Lesno, danced in a simple circle to a 7/8 that really just feels like a waltz with a slight 'pause' in it, even children can enjoy these dances. But for the active, we've got the Triti Puti, Cocek and Syrtos to get you going. Mostly done in circles holding hands, some are in lines holding belts, and some are for women only or men only, though we'll frequently mix them still. If you're tired of the same old 2/4 and 3/4 rythms, this is the place for you - ever tried an 11/8? Or a 12? (Which is really a 5 with a 7 right after it). The melodies are often haunting, the instrumentation unique, including dobras, tambouras, gudulkas, and various drums with skins. Once you've tried it, you may never go back;). Wear comfortable clothing that you can move around freely in and shoes friendly to dance floors. Costumes not required, though welcome if you have any from the regions. See for more information on the rich cultural traditions of this beautiful part of the world.