Door County Folk Festival
Michael Kuharski
Madison, WI)
(Fish Boil Coordinator, Dance Instructor)

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Michael Kuharski, the perpetrator of Istanbul Bar, started folk dancing in Madison in 1969 & has been leading & teaching in that community ever since. He speaks Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, some Macedonian, a little Romanian, less Albanian, & a smattering of “MwaukeeTalk”. He has made 12 trips to the Balkans and regular journeys to Milwaukee to study the folklore, language and culture of the people (particularly Kosovo Albanians, Macedonians, Bulgarians, & Wauwatosans) as well as to collect dances, music, instruments, costumes, friends, red scarves, & anecdotes. Michael is Artistic Director of Ensemble Narodno, the main man behind Folk Ball, a June Camp organizer, & adds energy almost anywhere. He teaches weekly at Madison Folkdance Unlimited, annually at Door County Folk Festival, and elsewhere upon invitation. Michael plays accordion, lugs a tupan around, & transcribes folk songs by the score. Beware of his edited versions of favorite folkdance recordings and try to catch him sitting down!