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Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble

What started off as a small group of enthusiasts has now become one of the best ensembles performing Bulgarian traditional dances in the British Columbia area. Since opening its doors in 2021, ZORNITZA Dance Ensemble has managed to captivate the hearts of audiences with a variety of quality performances.

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- Vicki Baum

"There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them."

Bulgarian folk dance is so unique!

The unique characteristics of Bulgarian folk dance are deeply rooted in the country's history and cultural heritage. Throughout the centuries, Bulgaria has been influenced by various civilizations, ethnic groups, and historical events, all of which have shaped its dance traditions.

Folklore and Mythology

Bulgarian folk dances often draw inspiration from folklore, mythology, and rituals that have been passed down through generations. These stories and beliefs are woven into the fabric of the dances, reflecting the customs, legends, and traditions of the Bulgarian people.

Complex Rhythms

Bulgarian folk dances often feature intricate rhythms and irregular meters, which can be challenging for dancers to master. This complexity is a result of the region's rich musical heritage and the influence of various cultures over time.

Vibrant Costumes

Bulgarian folk dance costumes are visually striking and play a significant role in enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the dance. The costumes vary by region but commonly feature vibrant colors, intricate embroidery, and embellishments. Accessories like belts, tassels, and bells add an extra element of visual interest and contribute to the rhythmic accompaniment.

Musical Accompaniment

In Bulgarian folk dance, instruments play a crucial role in creating the rhythmic and melodic foundation for the dancers. The dancers rely on them to stay in sync with the music, execute precise footwork, and coordinate their movements with other dancers.

Upcoming Events

Summer Stages Burnaby Day 3

August 21, 2024
Confederation Park

Summer Stages Burnaby Day 2

August 13, 2024
Confederation Park

Summer Stages Burnaby Day 1

August 7, 2024
Confederation Park
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Why do we do Bulgarian Dances?
Customer Testimonails

“Bulgarian dances help me connect with my culture and feel like I am a part of a community. It is a place where I can refresh and socialize, while getting in exercise. I look forward to my dance classes every week! Thank you Sneja for all your hard work!"


Customer Testimonails

"Dancing with Zornitza Ensemble allows me to express myself through the art of dance, while feeling connected to my cultural roots. It allows us to share the beauty of Bulgarian folk dance in a fun and engaging manner."


Customer Testimonails

“I first joined this ensemble 10 years ago as a way to find new friends, a sense of camaraderie, and stay connected to my culture. The effort we put as a group into learning new and authentic Bulgarian folk dances and sharing them with others brings me a great sense of accomplishment and joy.”



Serbian Days

On June 2nd 2024, Zornitza had the pleasure of once again taking the stage at the Annual Serbian Days...


Beginning of the new season

Excited to announce the new dance season for Zornitza Dance Ensemble is starting this September, 2023.