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Dances from Servia, Bulgaria, Albania, Israel, Greece and more

By Iman Bluhm

Hauntingly beautiful vocals, strange curious sounding indigenous instruments, slow lyrical dances that touch the heart and stir the sense of one’s own beauty, dances with simple repetitive steps that create a mesmerizing sense of unity in a group, dances that ignite childlike exuberance, and hyper-kinetic intricate dances for those who welcome a challenge to mind and body – a juicy mix that has rekindled in me a passion for folk dancing.

Dances from Servia, Bulgaria, Albania, Israel, Greece and more
A challenge to those who think folk dancing isn’t juicy
Mon, 1-2:30pm
Pedro’s Gym
Cri Cri 28
Col. Guadalupe

Returning to San Miguel I knew I could find yoga, tai chi, zumba and once here thanks to the recent boxing match even found two boxing instructors – but nowhere could I find any mention of folk dancing, so I figured if I wanted to folk dance here I would have to start it. As a novice with one year’s experience compared to the 20 to 40 of most of my fellow dancers and with a slow learning curve, I figured if I brought the music and had the support of YouTube, which has videos for most of the dances, I’d go for it.

I arranged with Pedro to rent a space in his gym. It is a great open space with a large wood dance floor and full length mirrors on two adjoining walls. The first week one person came, the second two and the third week four. I don’t know how many will have come by the time this article appears. The important thing to me was that everyone had fun. Whether you think you have two left feet or that Latin dances are the only ones that will get your mojo moving, keep an open mind and an open heart. You can reach me at if you have questions. Instruction is in Spanish and English. You need to wear soft soled shoes to protect the floor and arrive by 1:10 at the latest to ensure entry, as Pedro closes the gym to regular patrons then for his lunch break. I hope you come, enjoy the music and get in on what people in Serbia, Bulgaria, Israel etc. have been digging for years.

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