Hopa Trop – History and More

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In Bulgaria, folklore and dancing are integral parts of life. From generation to generation, through dance we express our cultural genius, and celebrate our heritage with love and respect. Folk dancing represents the essence of Bulgarian history, culture, and life.

Traditional dance is an excellent medium for appreciating other folk arts such as music, song, storytelling, weaving, embroidery, and other crafts. We synchronize them with music, feel the stories in the songs’ lyrics, and re-enact history in our dancing steps. Dance is an expression of the aspirational Bulgarian character– free and beautiful, strong and enduring, intense and relaxed, agile and dexterous, wise and humorous, desirous and joyful.

Dani Makedonska, Master Choreographer of Bulgarian Dance, formed Hopa Trop, a children’s folk dance ensemble in the Bulgarian community in Seattle in 2013.
The program consists of a weekly class of singing, dancing, and education for children ages 5 to 15.

The goal of this program is to educate children about Bulgarian culture: language, geography, customs, musical instruments, songs, dances, folklore, and games. Along with having fun with their peers and teacher, children will also develop the ability to work and perform together both in the studio and on stage.

Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons 3:00-6:00pm at:

LaVida Dance Studio
13620 NE 20th St., Bellevue, WA 98005

If you wish to register your child, please send an email to Dani Makedonska at: vedalu@hotmail.com, or call her at: (206) 940-3085
Visit us at: http://hopatropa.com/
Like us at: https://www.facebook.com/Seattle.HopaTrop

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Етнография / Ongoing Workshops

Етнография / Ongoing Workshops

Запознаване с цялостната традиционна култура на българите, бит, занаяти, песни и танци, музика, музикални инструменти, диалекти, ритуали и празници, словесно творчество..

Explore the meaning of Bulgarian customs, rituals, musical instruments, carnivals, dialects and holidays.

 

05/21/2017
–Летните празници и фестивали на българите/ Bulgarian summer festivals and special holidays
04/ 23/2017
–Плетене на плитка, цветен венец, правене на китка, украсите за главаta на българката, на къщите и животни / decorative braids, flower braids, wreaths and decoration for Bulgarian woman hear, house and animals; for holidays and everyday use.
03/19/2017
–Пролетните празниции фестивали на българите/ Bulgarian special spring holidays & festivals.
02/26/2017
–Запознаване със словестното творчество на българина: поговорки, гатанки, приказки/ Gain knowledge about Bulgarian proverbs, old tales, fairy tales , riddles.
01/8/2017
–Ръченицата популярна, обичана играна, къде кога и как, оцветяване на играещи ръченица мома и момък/ Ruchenitcata popular & exciting, history and difference. Coloring in detail, dancing girl and a boy in traditional costumes.

 

—- 2016 —————————————-

12/11/16
–Урок по пеене с народната певица Цветанка Варимезова/ Singing workshop with Tzvetanka Varimezova.
11/13/16
–Оцветяване на схеми на фолкорни бродерии от северна и централна България/ Coloring, Bulgarian embroidery set from Northern and Central Bulgaria.
10/15/16
–Урок по пеене с народната певица Донка Колева и битов оркестър Българика/ Singing workshop with Donka Koleva & BulgarIka
09/18/ 2016
–Научихме се да тъчем с красиви цветове и въображение/ weaving in the Bulgarian colored heritage
05/ 15/2016
–Етнографски региони, прилики и разлики/ Bulgarian folk regions & the difference between them
04/17/2016
–Приносът на седянката в българският бит, нрави и творческото вдъхновение която носи/ The importance of Bulgarian gatherings/ sedianka/ around the fireplace.
04/03/2016
–Bulgarian embroidery symbols, colors magic and heritage memories. Днешният урок за Хопа Троп; Шевицата приказно наследство, какво носи в паметта си, цветове и символи 2 част. Децата проявиха огромен интерес към така наречената магнетична писменост върху дрехите на прадедите ни.
03/08/2016
–We created a surprise event for the  International Mother’s day, March 8, with songs poetry and dancing The children hand made a special cards for the Mam’s, and learned the traditional way to make the most popular Bulgarian bean soup.  Обичам те мила мамо, написа всяко дете на ръчно изработена картичка, след което децата на Хопа Троп, поздравиха от сърце и просълзиха майките си с стихотворения и песен. Празникът в чест на МАМА, продължи с приготвянето на вкусната българска чорба, Боб от самите деца за покажат, че вече са мамина отмяна и разбира се, накрая ръка за ръка се завъртя и традиционното българско хоро
02/28/2016
–How to make Martenica

 

—- 2015 —————————————-

05/03/2015
— Пoминък, народно изкуство и занаяти/ Еveryone to his trade
04/19/2015
— Популярни хора’ прилики и разлики по райони/ Regions popular chain dances
03/01/2015
–Да си направим Пижо и Пенда/ Make your own Pijo I Penda
02/01/2015
— Етнографски области/ Bulgarian folkore regions
01/04/2015
— Коледни и новогодишни празници/Winter Holidays

 

—- 2014 —————————————-

12/14/2014
— Кукерски игри и маски/ Kukeri, mask and rituals
11/02/2014
— Музикални инструменти и размери/ Bulgarian musical instruments and rhythms
10/04/2014
–Значението на домашното огнище/ Hearth and home
09/14/2014
— България, граници, по-големи реки, планини, градове/ Knowing Bulgaria
05/04/2014
–Пролени и летни фестивали / Spring& Summer festivals and rituals
04/06/2014
— Обикновенни бодове и ресни,/ Simple sawing techniques
03/23/2014
— Великден, Цветница и Лазаруване/ Lazaruvane, Cvetnica, Easter- meaning, dancig and songs
03/02/2014
–Да се научим да правим мартенички/ Make your own martenica
02/02/2014
–Ролята на селскостопанските животни у дома/ The little farm in Bulgarian household
01/05/2014
–От зрънцето до хляба/ How the little seed, become a bread, bread making history

 

—- 2013 —————————————-

12/08/2013
— Кукерски игри и маски/ Kukeri, mask and rituals
11/03/2013
— Музикални инструменти и размери/ Bulgarian musical instruments and rhythms
10/06/2013
–Значението на домашното огнище/ Hearth and home
09/15/2013
— България, граници, по-големи реки, планини, градове/ Knowing Bulgaria

 

 

Vision

In Bulgaria folklore and dancing are integral parts of life. From generation to generation, through dance we express our national cultural genius, and celebrate our heritage with love and respect. Folk dancing represents the essence of Bulgarian history, culture and life.

Traditional dance is an excellent medium for appreciating other folk arts such as music, song, storytelling, embroidery, weaving and other handcrafts. We synchronize them with the music, feel the stories in the songs’ lyrics again and again, and re-enact history in our dancing steps. Dancing is an expression of the aspirational Bulgarian character — free and beautiful, strong and enduring, intense and relaxed, agile and dexterous, wise and humorous, desirous and joyful.

The Bulgarian choreographer, Daniela Makedonska, has formed the Children’s Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble for ages 5 to 15. This once a week class educates children about Bulgarian culture, language, geography, customs, traditions, musical instruments, songs, dances, folk proverbs, and games. In addition to having fun with peers and their teacher, children also develop the ability to work and perform together both in the studio and on stage.

Please feel free to visit us at the LaVida Dance Studio during any Sunday rehearsal.

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