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Love, Courage, Determination, Persistence, and Folk Dancing

I remember when my folk dance class attendance, which once was about 20, slowly diminished until we were down to four.  I started losing money with the rental of our dance space.

I thought about ending the class, giving up the group.  Then a strange thing happened:   I got mad.   Then a  small rose voice within me saying  “Never!  I will never give up this class!  Even if no one shows up and I’m teaching dancing all alone and dancing all alone, I won’t give it up.   I’ll just spend the time choreographing new dances, and enjoy dancing the ones I know until someone shows up.  If no one shows up, I’ll keep dancing alone.  But I will never, never will I give up this beautiful class with the beautiful folk dancing that cures and elevates me and others.”

These thoughts gave me peace of mind.  I continued the class.  I also starting promoting our classes in,  sent in press releases to local newspapers, put announcements on Facebook, and, most important, started telephoning our former dancers to both say hello, and see if they wanted to return to our class.

The results: Some evenings we continued having three or four dances showing up.  One evening no one showed up.  Another evening we had only  two.

This “quiet period” lasted about two months.  I kept up the promotions. But slowly, strangely, miraculously, one day a new person showed up.  Another came a few weeks later.  During the next few weeks and months a few former dancers returned. The group continued to grow.  After a year we had 15-20 dancers!

Now the class is bouncing along with 20 or so, depending on the night.

So I learned that love, in this case, of folk dancing. often breeds courage,  determination, and persistence.  And with these four Beauties in place, almost anything will succeed.

Jim Gold Nuggets

Dear Folk Dancers,
Names of folk dances are so much fun!  Their twists and turns on your tongue can be as exciting as the twists and turns on the dance floor.
After reading the names, and viewing the YouTube videos, scroll down to see our International Folk Tours, Folk Dance Classes, and more.
Enjoy your trip!
Wednesday,  February 15,  2017  (11:00-12:30 a.m)
Folk Dance Names                                                                   Countries
1. Hull’s Victory————————————–USA
Folk aerobics: Warm up body and mind with exciting, folk aerobic,  contra dance music.
2. *A La Claire Fontaine——————————-France
Lovely ballade sung by Nana Mouskouri.
Brings peace to the mind and heart.
3. Kucevacko Kolo———————————–Serbia
Lively Ucest walking dance choreographed by Ciga Despotovic
4. Toicevo Kolo————————————-Serbia  Fun twister choreographed by Ciga Despotovic. Good preparation for our trip to Serbia.
5. *Fredo——————————————France
6. Kol Ma She Kadam———————————Israel
7. Ali Pasha—————————————-Turkey
8. Ma Navu—————————————-Israel
9. Ishu Byala Nedo———————————-Bulgaria (Bulgarian chorus)
10. Jacob’s Ladder: Sulam Ya’akov———————–Israel  or
11. Tzadik Katamar———————————-Israel
12. *Gorno Oryahovsko Pravo Horo——————–Bulgaria
13. *Tout va tres bien——————————–France
14. Daichovo Horo———————————-Bulgaria
15. Valle Shqiptare———————————-Albania
    Click on “SHOW MORE” at bottom of the Youtube video.  There you’ll find dance meanings, pronunciation, choreographer, music source, meter, and written choreography.  Enter feedback in “COMMENTS.”
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  • *Folk dances choreographed by Jim Gold

Jim Gold Folk Dance Classes!

Fun! Excitement! Exhilaration! Growth! Expansion!
Friendly people! No partners needed!
Beautiful music to fill your ears and fire your soles!
Learn to soar, while others merely waddle!

MONDAY’S: ENGLEWOOD, NJ: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Church, 113 Engle Street.
Meets every Monday night.

WEDNESDAY: TEANECK, NJ, 11:00 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Meets every Wednesday
Richard Rodda Center, 250 Colonial Court
FRIDAY’S: DARIEN, CT: 8:00-10:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 14 Brookside Drive.
Meets first Friday of every month.

Jim Gold International Folk Tours: 2017

June 13-26, 2017

Led by Lee Otterholt
Oslo, Swedish West Coast, Hamlet’s Castle (Elsinore), Copenhagen and Jutland peninsula, Cruise of Oslo Fjord!    $3495

July 21-August 5, 2017

Led by Richard Schmidt
Kraków, Zakopane, Lódz, Toruñ, Gdansk, Olsztyn, Warsaw.  $3495

ROMANIA  August 5-17, 2017

Led by Jim Gold
Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj, Sighetu Marmatiei, Piatra Neamt, Brasov   $3395
August 7 – 20, 2017
Led by Richard Schmidt
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, St Andrews, Aberdeen  $3995
October 15-29, 2017
Led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt.
Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Montenegro  $3995

Specialty Tours: 2017

July 4-July 15, 2017,  Sept 4-15, 2017
Led by George Vishegonov
Sofia, Sandanski, Plovdiv, Kazanluk, Nessebur, Varna, Veliko Turnovo    $2995
July 13-21, 2017,  Sept 15-23, 2017
Led by George Vishegonov
Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo:

Looking Ahead: 2018-2019

ISRAEL: March 11-22, 2018.
Led by Jim Gold and Joe Freedman. $3995
JAPAN: April 1-14, 2018
Led by Richard Schmidt. $5595
Led by Lee Otterholt. $3495
Led by Jim Gold
SPAIN: October, 2018
Led by Jim and Lee Friedman
ARGENTINA: February, 2019
Led by Jim and TBA
GREEK ISLANDS: Crete and Santorini: October 2019
Led by Jim Gold and Lee Otterholt. $3795 (app)

Free Trip!

I’M OFFERING A FREE TRIP for every 12 people you bring on my Folk Dance tours.  Or you can choose to receive a $200 per person commission.
I’ll send you printable fliers of our tours to Romania, Poland, Scotland, and our Balkan Splendor (Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia/Herzegovina)
1. Print fliers from each country.
2. Initial the fliers (so I know they come from you).
3. Hand out fliers to friends, dance groups, or anyone else.
Any questions? Want to know more?
Please contact me.
Jim Gold: 497 Cumberland Avenue,  Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 836-0362  Email: