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Rhythms & Patterns Folk Art

Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium, JCC Manhattan

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023, USA

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                                 GORANA DANCE Folk Ensemble - 10th Anniversary - GALA Concert

                                       April 2nd, 2016 at 7.00pm 

                                        Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium @ JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, NY

The folk art project “RHYTHMS & PATTERNS”, partially  supported by LMCC Creative Engagement, builds upon and expands the previous creative work of GORANA DANCE folk ensemble in making traditional folk art. The performance invites an audience interested in detailed learning about rhythmic patterning in Bulgarian traditional art. The project's goal is to enhance our cross-cultural ties and to emphasize the fact that Bulgarian traditional culture enriches NYC diverse cultural palette for the past 10 years. 

In 2015-2016 season, GORANA DANCE folk ensemble celebrates its Anniversary of a heartfelt mission to spread the beauty of the Bulgarian folk dances in US, while maintaining Bulgarian folk traditions across borders. GORANA DANCE artists share their artistic expression and nurture a passion for exploring new meanings and relevance of traditional practices in our contemporary world. (

Elissaveta Iordanova established her U.S. teaching, creating and performing practice in 2005 after years of professional dance experience in Bulgaria accumulating in-depth knowledge of the Bulgarian folkloric heritage. Inspired by an ancient culture, rituals, and myths, today, Elissaveta conducts dance residences, creative workshops, and master dance classes for a diverse population of participants, all wit A single vision: The preservation of the Bulgarian folk dance. Elissaveta is a frequent guest teacher at conferences,  numerous communities and college dance programs in New York (Hunter College, Bard College, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College, CUNY Purchase, Lotus Music and Dance, among others).            (

GORANA DANCE folk ensemble naturally evolved throughout the past 10 years, including both Bulgarian and American dancers and uniting several generations around the captivating power of the traditional dance. GORANA DANCE revives the strength and the talent of men and women, through a masterfully woven tapestry of dance. GORANA DANCE features the wealth of all six Bulgarian folkloric regions with their recognizable, different styles and characterized by rhythm complexity, and exciting movement patterns



PERFORMERS: Elissaveta Iordanova, Galina Saharova, Chavdar Dobranov, Venci Petkova, Elena Miteva, Eleonora Andreeva, Inna Ognianova-Chorlev, Vasil Chorlev,  Kristina Hristova, Petya Yankova, Manoel Saharov, Deni Kozic, Aneta Genova, Nikolina Nikolova, Emily Wilson, Margarita Markova, Guergana Stoyancheva, Totka Ognianova, Milena Todorova, Emilia Pironkova, Vlada Harari, Marina Dimova, Alexandra Stoyanova, Katrin Spiridonova, Vivian Georgieva, Petar Petrov.

Renown guest artists will take part in this project: "Bulgarian Voices Trio" - Bulgarian folk a-capella, Miriam Milgram, an ethnographic textstile specialist, among few others. 

Lighting Designer: Kate Ashton

Miriam Milgram maintains a decades long passion about Balkan enthnography, makes her own texstiles and embroideries, based on Bulgarian traditional patterns and teaches others how to learn the skills of embroidery. (see the photo/logo above) (

“Bulgarian Voices Trio & Vlada Tomova" are GORANA DANCE partners for the past several years and continues to collect acclaims not only in U.S, but in Bulgaria as well. (

Gorana Jr. - H.Botev Bulgarian School NY, under the leadership of Elisaveta Iordanova and Galina Saharova (

Map of Event Location
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 7:00 pm –  8:45 pm