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Information: Barry Glass, teacher of Balkan and international dance.
Barry Glass has been involved in music and dance since his early childhood. He danced with several children's ethnic dance troupes and appeared as a keyboard artist. He has continued his music and dance studies ever since.
Barry originally joined the AMAN Folk Ensemble in 1967 and quickly moved into directorial positions. In 1969, he became Vocal Director and a year later, Dance Director, becoming Artistic Director in 1978.
After a three-year hiatus, Barry returned to the company in 1985 to his position of Artistic Director. In addition to his directorial responsibilities, he was one of AMAN's leading soloists, and performed regularly with the company. He also was a founder and director of AMAN's busy smaller performing unit, MEMBERS OF AMAN, a group that was responsible for a large number of special presentations, including hundreds of performances and workshops in schools each year. AMAN closed its doors with the 2007 season, having been in existence for 44 years.
Barry personally conducts many workshops in music, dance, and other forms of folklore and is widely recognized as an educator. He received his undergraduate degree in Classics and French from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated magna cum laude. A Woodrow Wilson Fellowship helped him to pursue his graduate studies in Classics, Folklore, and Mythology at both the Irvine and Los Angeles campuses of the University of California.
Barry has gained national recognition as he serves the Arts community. He has served on several panels for the Dance Program of the National Endowment for the Arts as well as for the California Arts Council. He serves as a consultant to both of these agencies and conducts site visits for them. He also serves on several panels in Los Angeles including the Advisory Council for the International Festival of Masks and as an adjudicator for the Bravo Awards program of the Los Angeles County Music Center Education Division. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Dance / USA and co-chairs their national task force on dance education.
Barry continues to conduct many workshops nationally including several for the Carlisle Project in Pennsylvania. He has been a guest instructor at the summer program of the San Francisco Ballet School. He is recognized as one of the outstanding ballet masters in ethnic dance and has added choreography to his AMAN credits.
For several years, Barry taught Balkan dance on Wednesday nights at the famed Intersection Folk Arts Center in Los Angeles.
Dances Barry taught include Ajde Noga za Nogama, Alaj Imam Curicu, Bačko Kolo, Baroš oj Barica, Bibersko, Bunjevačko Momačko Kolo, Četiri u Krst, Čiček, Cigančica, Ciganka, Coprnice, Deli Agus (Teško), Dorčolka, Dračevka, Draganički Drmeš, Drmeš iz Velika Gorica, Drmaščica - Drmeč, Graovska Râčenica, Grizlica, Hopak, Igra Kolo, Igrajte Nam Muzikaši, Injevsko, Învîrtita, Jeftanovićevo Kolo, Jesam li ti Jelene, Katanka, Kato mi Kato, Kavadarka, Kostenka, Krecavi Ketuš Krivo Panagjursko, Kukurigu Petle, Ḱupurlika, Lele Lele Stanče, Lepa Anka Kolo Vodi, Linđo, Mađarac (Banatsko Kolo), Metlaš, Metovničanka, Mišnjača, Nevestinsko, Oj Rastiču Šušnjati-Mista, Oro Vičanka, Ovčepolsko, Paški Tanac, Ples iz Medimurja - Japa, Podgorac, Podravski Čardaš, Podravski Drmeš, Polomka, Potkolo, Presjekača, Prigorska Polka, Raca, Rezijanka I, Selsko, Silovačko Kolo, Silovačko Oro, Sitno Žensko Horo, Slavonian Medley, Sremčica, Š;roteš, Stara Polkica, Stara Prizrenka, Staro Planinsko Kolo, Sukačica, Šumadijsko Kolo, Svatovska Polka, Tanac iz Mljeta, Toska, Tri Koraka Sim, Trite Pŭti, Tropnalo Oro, Turopolski Drmeš, Vukomerički Drmeš, Žena Ide na Gosti, Žena Isla u Gosti, Žensko Čamče, Žensko Makedonsko, and Žensko Pušteno.
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