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BULGARIAN SCHOOL OTETS PAISSII

Shareni Chorapi Children's Ensemble

The Shareni Chorapi dance group emerged from the culture and dance programs offered by the BMNECC to its members. The children perform dances from different ethnographic regions of Bulgaria, such as Shopluk, Trakia, Dobrudja, and Northern Bulgaria. The group has performed in BMNECC programs and various festival events including the annual Bulgarian Folk Festival, Na Megdana, held in Pittsburgh, and Verea Folk Festival in Chicago.

While our current group members have Bulgarian background, our doors are open to all children who are interested in learning Bulgarian traditional dances and advancing their skills! In the spirit of connecting with others regardless of ethnic background, in 2020 the group initiated a new Junior Festival welcoming ethnic ensembles from around the Pittsburgh area to share their culture and dance/music traditions. It was the start of a great tradition on our end and we are committed to hosting it as an annual event!

The group currently has 3 different levels based on the children’s age and dance experience. Our youngest participants are 4 years old and our oldest are budding teenagers. The skills gained with our group lay a solid foundation for future dance experience – a number of the Shareni Chorapi members have ‘graduated’ into performing with the BMNECC adult folk ensemble, “Otets Paissii.’

For more information, please email us at bgschoolpitt@gmail.com.

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