Location: Seattle, Wash.
Occupation: I make pizzas!
Connection to Balkan music/dance: Growing up, I would Greek dance with the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church dance group. Now I just attend several Balkan events throughout the year. My goal is to make the switch from dancing to playing music.
Number of times at Balkan camp: This was my first time at camp.
Experience at camp: Camp was a beautiful experience. From the first night, I immediately felt embraced into this new family. One moment that I will never forget is that I could not for the life of me get this specific part of a song I was playing on violin for the Albanian Ensemble. It was so simple but I just could not do it. Joe [Finn] asked me if he could help me a bit after class. I was very thankful. Then, that night, I saw Joe up on stage IN A BAND. It felt so good that even a well-established musician could break down a silly piece of a song for a newbie. (Thanks Joe!)