The Society of Folk Dance Historians
Erik Bendix began folk dancing in Europe at age 10 and has now been teaching folk dance for 26 years. A long-time student of the late Pece Atanasovski, he performed Macedonian dance with Mile Kolarov's Vardar Ensemble in the 1970s and Romanian dance with the Banat community in Philadelphia. More recently he studied Northern Bulgarian dance with Ivan Donkov in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria, and also performed Appalachian clogging with the Green Grass Cloggers in North Carolina. For the last 20 years he has been a major teacher of international folk dance in Switzerland and the American Southeast and was instrumental in promoting live music in those communities. Since 1991, he has befriended the Klezmer ensemble Brave Old World, co-taught with them, and begun teaching their repertoire of traditional Yiddish dance to wider audiences. In 1996, he choreographed a suite of this almost-forgotten dance form for the West Wind International Folk Ensemble in San Francisco. He has taught in London, Paris, New York, Geneva, and many other locations, and is known for his user-friendly teaching and his attention to style.