Location: Arlington, W.V.
Occupation: Teacher, 8th-grade science
Connection to Balkan music/dance: During the rest of the year I attend Balkan events in the area. I am also in a Balkan fusion class that incorporates Balkan music with belly dance. I plan on starting an after-school culture club and include things that I have learned at camp.
Number of times at Balkan camp: I have been coming to camp for three years.
Studied at camp: This year at camp I focused on the Greek dancing and doumbek classes. Joe [Graziosi] and Polly [Tapia Ferber] are two of my favorites, such enthusiastic instructors.
Memorable moment at camp: I am always surprised at the deep bonds of friendship I make at camp each year. I went with a group of friends this year and developed some deeper bonds with them that would have taken months outside of camp. There is something about the camp culture that allows people to open up and reveal things on a deeper level than in daily life. One of the biggest surprises was bonding with a couple who live in my area. I’ve known the wife for a while and had met the husband a few times but I had no idea how close we would get at camp. The camp expedited our friendship which would have taken months outside of camp and produced bonding moments we will cherish. What’s great about them being local is that we can meet up and share in the memories of camp. It helps with the feelings of camp withdrawal that happen each year and gets us pumped up for next year!