MEET OUR COLLABORATORS
We are proud to work with these outstanding local folk music and dance experts. Their knowledge and passion lends authenticity and richness to our performances.
BALLET FOLKLÓRICO RITMO ALEGRE
Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre is a Southern Oregon dance troupe that teaches and performs regional folk dances of Mexico to instill pride and create cultural bridges. Known for authenticity, empowering youth, preserving and celebrating Mexican folk culture, they strive to validate Mexico’s long and rich folk dance tradition through choreography and costumes. Ballet Folklorico dancers are ambassadors to the Mexican/Latino community of Southern Oregon. Follow them on Facebook!
Omada Kosmos boasts a wealth of talented local musicians, many of whom have been playing international folk music together in the Rogue Valley for over a decade.
UNITY DRUM & DANCE
Unity Drum & Dance is an Ashland-based performance group that celebrates the joyful music and dance traditions of Guinea. They host weekly dance and drum workshops at the Ashland Community Center, and frequently bring guest artists steeped in the music traditions of Guinea to the Rogue Valley as teachers and performers. Follow them on Facebook!
Kevin is one of the Rogue Valley’s most experienced multi-instrumentalists and foremost experts in traditional folk music. Playing fiddle, bagpipes, and a variety of stringed instruments and drawing on Irish, Québécois, and Appalachian roots, Kevin has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada and taught at music camps all over the country, including Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Lark Camp.
A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer/arranger, director, and teacher with over 30 years experience as an early music professional, Pat is a local treasure. A musician with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 1980-90, and Musical Director of the Green Shows for 17 years. During that time she co-founded the Terra Nova Consort, a world class Early Music ensemble, which was in residence at OSF from 1990-2007 and toured the U.S. extensively. She currently coaches traditional Celtic and Early ensembles and teaches voice, viola da gamba, recorders, double reeds and Irish whistle privately in the Rogue Valley.
Jasna has been sharing her joy and knowledge as a teacher and choreographer for over 25 years. Her expertise spans from traditional Balkan music and dance, Congolese drum and dance, and Irish and Scottish reels to ballroom dance, Latin salsa, and modern dance with Gabrielle Roth’s “5 Rhythms”. She has organized dance festivals, choreographed dance performances, and led workshops in international and modern dance and theater for both children and adults. Her latest work was choreographing the traditional dances for Rogue World Ensemble’s Love Songs production in 2014.
Laura has had a passion for traditional folk music from an early age, and studied both traditional song and dance since childhood. She directed Borenya, a West African drum and dance ensemble, and served as Co-Executive Director of World Music Productions, the managing organization for the National Performance Ensembles of the Republic of Guinea. Laura toured extensively with World Music Productions, and has performed and recorded for numerous artists in L.A., Atlanta and Nashville. She is the current Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Chorale and teaches West African percussion to school children throughout the U.S.