Greek, Balkan, international
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Suzanne Rocca-Butler studied both modern dance and folk dance in college and has been teaching folk dance in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977. She has been a guest teacher twice in Brazil (1998 and 1999) and at the first and second Ethnic Music and Dance Symposium sponsered by a university in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
In 1998, at the invitation of the Gifu Folk Dance League, she taught at the 11th National Sports and Recreational Festival in Japan, the first year dance was included in the nationwide event.
In 1998 and 1999, she was a guest teacher in Brazil at the first and second Ethnic Music and Dance Symposium, sponsored by the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in Sao Paulo.
Suzanne taught at Stockton Folk Dance Camp from 1987 to 2003 as an assistant teacher in 1987 and 1988 and then teaching her own non-partner class from 1989 to 2003. She taught at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, California, in 2008 and 2009. She served on the Stockton committee for fifteen years.
She now teaches several classes on a regular basis in the Peninsula south of San Francisco, California, and is a guest teacher in other locations. In 2006, she taught at the California Kolo Festival.
Suzanne is married to Dr. Eric Butler of the Pegasus Foundation.
Suzanne's articles and publications include
- Cultures in Common: Recipes from the cuisines of Turkey, Greece and the Balkans. Suzanne Rocca-Butler and Ayanoglu Eser. Menlo Park: Folkloric Studies TGB Press, 1985.
A few of the more than a thousand dances Suzanne has taught include Abdala, Alunelul ca la Sadova, Alunelul de la Baileşti, At Va'ani, Cigánytánc, Doroshka, Gaida, Godečki Čačak, Goodman of Cambridge, Gulli, Izručanka, Jiana, Kasapsko Horo, Kleftes, Komarevsko Horo, Krivo Plovdivsko Horo, Kulska Šira, Lecha Dodi, Myatalo Lence, Narino, Odeno Oro, Pasarelska, Pembe Oro II, Pentozali, Razložko Horo, Rodopsko Horo, Sa, Sadi Moma, Sârba Bătuta, Sepastia Bar, Siganos, Strandžansko Pajduško, Tikho nad Richkoyu, Trei Păzeşte de la Bistret, Tresenica, Tuluttooq, Valle e Dhardes, and Vidinsko Horo.