Steve and Susan Kotansky

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Steve Kotansky 2008 - Photo by Sylvia Stallings

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Steve Kotansky 2008 - Photo by Gene Woodley Stephen "Steve" Kotansky was raised in the San Francisco area, moved to southern California after high school, and danced with the prestigious AMAN Folk Ensemble (aka, AMAN International Music and Dance Company) of Los Angeles, California. He also danced with Vince Evanchuk and his Ukrainian dance troupe.

Traveling in Germany for over seven years, he worked with ethnic communities (guest workers) in Munich, while teaching dance and performing -- and taking advantage of his proximity to Balkan and eastern European countries to pursue his interest in the study and research of their dances. He also lived in Bucovina for a while, learning local folklore.

In the winter of 1979-80, Steve returned to the United States to give his first workshops. He has since taught at every major North American festival and camp and, with his wife Susan (everyone calls her Susy), continues to do so. He also serves as a consultant to several Hungarian folk ensembles.

Steve has traveled extensively in Romania, especially in Transylvania, and learned a wide variety of original folk material there.

Dances Steve has taught include Adana, Adanali, Aloniotikos, Aptaliko, Ardeleana, Ardelenescu, Arnold's Circle, Bačkovsko Horo, Bakovsko, Banatsko Kolo na dve Strane, Bărbătescu, Batrna, Bartok, Bătuta (Hora la Bataie), Bătuta de la Adincata, Bavnata, Berače, Beratis, Bitolska Gajda, Blagoevo Oro, Bogdanos, Boimitsa, Bombata, Brâul pe Opt, Brâul pe Şase, Brestaška Râčenica, Căluşarii, Chai Zibede, Černevska Rŭčenica, Černi Potök, Cigánytánc, Ciganko, Ciganski Sa Sa, Cigánytaánc, Chocho, Crnevska Râčenica, Csingeralas, Čučuk, Ćkanoto (Večerjaj or Rado), Ćuperlika, Dansuri din Mureş, De se e culo videlo, Délalföldi Ugrós, Devolliçe, Dimitrula, Djal I Ri (čoček), Dobogós, Dobrudžandka Tropanka, Do Mar Çiften, Drumul Dracului, Dunÿntuli, Dunántuli Csárdás, Dunántuli Ugrós, Dzumbus, Erdeljanka, Eski, Fecioreasca, Gajda from Flambouro, Gajda Preshevarë, Gamsovjana, Gankino Horo, Ginka, Ginka (Zurli), Gjigjile, Glava li ta Boli, Glaviniška Kopanica, Gorarče, Graovsko Horo, Grčkoto, Gyimesi Csango Verbunk, Harţag, Hasaposerviko, Haţegana, Hoina, Hora de la Ripca, Hora din Bacau, Hora la Bătaie, Horon-Alta es la Luna, Horos Makedonia, Ibraim Odža, Indijski Čoček, Învîrta, Învîrta din Bonţida, Învîrta din Călata, Învîrta din Mureş, Išu Byala Nedo, Jiana, Jobbágytelki Forgatós, Jocul Băbătescu, Laptaszego Csárdás, Kalajdžisko Oro, Kalavesh Polyebn Fatbardha, Kalotaszegi Csárdás, Kalotaszegi Csárdás éz Szapora, Kalotaszegi Legényes, Karabatakikos, Kasapko, Kcim, Kerkes, Ketri Ketri, Kezes, Kleftikos, Kleftes, Kleftes Epirou, Kleistos, Kočanski Čoček, Kolo Kopogas (Kolo iz Lakócsa), Kolubarsko Vez, Kopačkata, Kopčeto, Koritsa, Krstačkata, Krstačko, Kucano Oro, Ḱuperlika, Lamba Lamba, Langadi Kserolangado, Lassú Pontozó (Szegényes), Leskovačka Četvorka, Levi Jackson Rag, Liakena, Lički Tanac, Lipa Ma Marýca, Lume Lume, Mâško Kočansko Oro, Maškoto, Méhkeréki Dance-Cycle, Memede, Mezöségi Táncok, Midvédaua, Mînînţelul, Moj Hatixhe, Moj Marine Moj Maro, Moj Maro Moj Maro, Mori Chupi Kosturchanki, Na Dvi Strane, Ne Felj Lanyom, Nešo, Nevrokopsko Horo, Nign, Novo Šopsko Horo, Osogovka, Öves, Pajduško, Patrunina, Pembe, Pembe II, Phiravelman Kalyi Phuv, Pitat me Mamo, Plataniotiko Nero, Platiniko Horo, Platiniotiko Nero, Pogonisios, Politiko Syrtos, Ponturi, Popova Kerka, Poti me Dö Po Lipje, Povardarsko Oro, Pravo Šopsko Horo, Pravo Trakijsko Horo, Pravoto Oro, Promoroacâ, Proseta Se, Prorupta, Purtata, Pustaua, Pušćeno, Pyrgousikos, Raikos, Régi Héjsza, Roata, Rodopsko Horo, Rodopsko Pravo Horo, Romski Gajda, Romski Čoček, Romsko Bitolsko Oro, Rožensko Horo, Rukavice, Sa, Sa from Bujanovac, Sa Sa, Sarakatsani Tsamikos, Saranda Palikaria, Serény Magyaros, Sfarlis, Šira, Sherianqe, Síma Héjsza, Site Mome, Slavej me Peje, Sojanca, Šopski Šošek, Sorocul, Staro Erkečko Horo, Staro Oro, Staro Velesko Oro, Šutka (Čoček), Syngathistos, Syrtos, Syrtos from Samos, Syrtos Syngathistos, Szapora, Ta Lipauška, Ta Midvédaua, Ta Puštaua, Ta Zagátina, Tardonai Karikázó, Teško Kavadarsko Oro, Tobošanka, Topansko Oro, Tripazašč;e, Trite Pŭti, Tsamikos Kleftikos, Tsamikos Menelaidos, Tsamikos Vlachikos, Tsardonai Karikázó, Vallja e Gjilanit, Valla e Osman Takës, Valle Dangellište, Valle e Bradasheshit "Elbasan," Valle e Dhardes, Valle e Miratovces, Valle Jarnana, Valle Korcare, Valle nga Konispol, Valle Shota, Valle Xinxile, Vallja e Osman Takës, Varnensko Horo, Vasil'arhontissa, Veliko Kolo iz Deske, Vesela je Šokadija, Vlach Tsamikos, Xhimixhi-Nesho, Zagatina, Zaharoula, Zajko Kokorajko, Zamfirica, Žensko Pušteno, Zeybekiko, Zgouri Arni, and Zonaradikos.