Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Occupation: Student; I did my undergrad in applied linguistics at UVic and am now working toward a master’s in speech pathology at UBC. Before that I was trained in Russian ballet in Mexico. I teach ESL and Spanish at a language school and also teach circle dancing.
Connection to Balkan music/dance: I went to a circle dance camp in Mexico, where I met Steve and Susan Kotansky. They told me about Balkan camp and about the possibility of getting a scholarship.
Number of times at Balkan camp: This was my first time.
Studied at camp: All of the dance classes except one session, when I took frame drum with Polly [Ferber]. I was there mainly for dancing.
Memorable moment at camp: I loved the intergeneration community vibe. There were 80-year-old people and 2-year-old children all eating in same dining hall—amazing food and musical parties every night. I loved the community atmosphere; you could feel that it’s been going on for a long time.