Door County Folk Festival
Karen Tutkowski
(
Milwaukee, WI)
(Staff Announcer, Review Workshop Coordinator, Archivist)

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Karen Tutkowski has invaded over 43 countries and often attempted to dance with the locals before she even knew anything about folk dancing.  Now with 17 years of folk dance experience, the only locals who will dance with her are the Na Lesa Bulgarian Folk Ensemble and Viata Romaneasca, Milwaukee's Bulgarian and Romanian performing groups, and various others who propagate the "distinctive styling" for which Milwaukee is famous.  Karen is famous for losing partners in any dance, including The Gie Gordons. She is a high school English teacher, a member of the Ethnictricity International Folk Band, and the announcer at Milwaukee's Hart Park folk dance group, so she is used to people not listening to her. As co-announcer with Forrest at the evening parties, she is hopeful that the Door County Folk Festival will open new "Doors" for her.  Coincidentally, she is the author of the "Get your foot in the Door" slogan on which Paul is not sharing royalties. Karen is working on improving the state of the DCFF Archives on the website. This project will include a downloadable index to dances taught at the Festival.