Music by Gypsy Stringz, Hungarian/Croatian Dance Workshops, Jan 14-15, Harrisburg PA

By Bart Carpenter

In collaboration with the St Lawrence Club of Steelton, the Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is pleased to present a weekend of Hungarian/Croatian music and dance Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, 2012.  Dance classes will be taught by Rick Vukmanic, a Croatian-American from Steelton, and Richard Balazs, a Hungarian citizen now living in the U.S.  Music will be provided by Hungarian-American George Batyi and the Gypsy Stringz Orchestra of Pittsburgh on Saturday and by Bosnian/Croatian pop-folk singer Mate Bulić on Sunday.  The Steelton-based band, Zadnja Stanica, will open for Bulić.

Three dance classes will be held at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, 5501 Locust Lane, Harrisburg.  These are as follows: 10:30 a.m. Croatian dances of Steelton, a repeat of the popular “Steelton 101” dance class held last year; 1:15 dances of the Croatian diaspora, i.e., Croatian communities in Hungary, Slovenia, and Bosnia; and 2:45 Hungarian dancing, focused on the ugros and csardas.  Classes are $16 apiece or $40 for all three. Students are $10.

The evening event is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the St Lawrence Club, 13 Highland Street, Steelton PA. It begins with a concert set by Gypsy Stringz, followed by open dancing from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m.  Both dance instructors will be available to help lead the dancing. Admission is $10 at the door.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, the St Lawrence Club presents a Croatian music spectular.  Zadnja Stanica will play a dance set at 7:00 p.m., with international folk star Mate Bulić performing at 8:30.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the kitchen and bar are open. Admission is $35 at the door, $30 in advance.  Contact Marija Kuren,, 717-649-5409 for advance tickets.

Additional biographic information on the dance teachers and musicians appears on the SFMS website.



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