2020 instructional workshops

Registration will open soon for 2020 online workshops! 


This year, all workshops will be held online, using Zoom.  Participants must have a Zoom account, which is free; sign up at zoom.us..  Zoom links for workshops will be sent with confirmation, after you register.

Please do not share the links; the income from the workshop goes to the instructors, so if you do share, it comes out of the instructor's pocket. 


Tuition is $25 per workshop.  This year, we are also offering an ALL-ACCESS workshop pass ---- this entitles you to attend as many workshops as you want, for the all-inclusive price of $100.  For that, you can go to as many as 8 workshops..

To register for a workshop, click on the title of the workshop you want. Credit card only this year. 

Material will be taught by ear; we hope to be able to record/video the workshops and make the recordings/videos available to participants, but we're still working that out. 


Sat. Sept 26

In the Dance Hall:


11:00 am   - Flatfooting Fundamentals - Beginning Clogging workshop - Charmaine Slaven


In the Fiddle Room:

12:00 noon   Fiddle workshop - Alice Gerrard  - a visit with Alice: fiddle tunes, stories and songs

2:00  Fiddle Workshop - Eddie Bond  (tentative)

4:00  Fiddle Workshop - Gabrielle Macrae  


In the Banjo Room:

12:00 noon   Banjo workshop  Joseph Decosimo

2:00  Banjo workshop   Barry Southern

4:00  Singing Workshop - Cajun songs - David Greely  

Sun. Sept. 27


In the Dance Hall:

11 am - Clogging workshop -  Evie Ladin

Clogaerobics - Kicking off your Sunday with an old-time skill building dance workout.


In the Fiddle Room:


12:00 noon  Fiddle workshop - Earl White 

2:00  Cajun Fiddle Workshop - David Greely  

4:00  Fiddle Workshop - Jake Blount 


In the Banjo Room: 

12:00 noon  Banjo workshop  Jake Blount 

2:00  Banjo workshop   Ivy Sheppard 

4:00  Singing Workshop - Duet singing  Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin - Demo-style workshop, with plenty of time for questions and answers.

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OUR FUNDERS:  We greatly appreciate the generous support of Ed Littlefield, Jr.; Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation; the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission; the Alameda County Art Commission; and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. 

 Thanks also to our nonprofit sponsors:  Freight & SalvageKPFA-FMAshkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, and the California Bluegrass Association


Extra-special thanks to our Valiant Volunteer Coordinator, Lael Sigal, and of course to all our volunteers – they make the BOTMC possible!


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