** Priority enrollment for the debut series of Explore Everywhere livecast classes -- 12 weeks of classes -- officially opens on Wednesday, April 8th and closes at the end of the day Wednesday, April 15th...but you can use this form to register now.
Students who sign up for any individual course in that period, at any price, will get priority access to login codes for livecasts and weekly e-mails with special information about each week's featured country and extra perks. **
SING AND DANCE WITH ME IN A KIDS EXPLORE THE KIDS EXPLORE EASTERN EUROPE LIVECAST CLASS FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 11:00 a.m. (U.S. Eastern Time/GMT-4). CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
I'm Jay Sand, musician, children's music teacher and very proud dad of three daughters. I live in Philadelphia where I teach All Around This World global music and world cultures classes to children in my neighborhood. Because of this thing they call the Internet, I can also teach you and your kids anywhere!
While some Eastern European music developed in staid church settings, much literally began in the village square during weddings, festivals and other community celebrations where music was public, joyful and intended to make everybody dance. From the playful, often-mournful Indian-originated music of the Romani to awe-inspiring Balkan Brass, from tongue-in-cheek klezmer to rapid-fire, accordion-rific polka, from trance-like Bulgarian vocal ensembles to Islam-influenced Bosnian sevdalinkas, some Eastern European genres are just plain moving, while others are so rhythmically engaging that when you hear them, your body can’t help but move.
In our lessons we visit:
— Russia: we join the Red Army and kick our legs up high while doing the kalinka.
— The Baltics: we join an imaginary Estonian chorus composed of 30,000 of our closet friends and also wrest our nations free from the Soviet Union by holding hands “the Baltic Way.”
— Belarus: we search for the elusive fern flower during kupalle.
— Ukraine we and the Hutsuls do some wild dancing.
— Czechia/Poland: we get the excuse–and we’ll take any–to polka.
— The Roma and the Jews : we depart from any specific artificial borders and meet the Roma and the Jews who live all over Eastern Europe–or used to–and always found a way to make music
— The Czech Republic we travel trough Czech history with the Plastic People of the Universe.
— Hungary we dance the csaradas, “The Tango of the East.”
— Romania: we try the the tricky cadaneasca.
— The Balkans: we might not be able to make much sense of the complicated conflicts in the region, but at least we can all dance to Balkan Brass and wish each other a happy Vasilica.
— Bulgaria: we end our journey by getting married wedding as Bulgarians have for 500 years–with lots of traditions and asymmetrical dance.
All Around This World courses on Teachable essentially operate on a pay-what-you-can basis. Discounts and scholarshiops are available! Check out the pricing secton below for details. Bottom line: if you want to sing with me, we'll make it happen.