Dunav was founded in 2000 by the Balkan dancers in Jerusalem to continue a long tradition of Thursday night folk dancing. The idea behind the non-profit organization was to funnel income from dancing back into the organization as means for additional activities.
Today Dunav sponsors and runs a number of events. The income from the weekly dancing is used to back this web site, to produce Dunav folklore products, to sponsor the folklore database, and to fund additional music and folkdance events. Our goal is to further the joy of dancing by sharing and exchanging our knowledge with people all over the world.
The Dunav web site
With this web site, Dunav is now a global organization, with many people contributing first hand research, music, and dance videos. The web site has created a lot of buzz in the folk dance community and beyond:
- 2,000,000+ downloads of music, videos, and music scores
- 2000+ average daily visits, from 126 countries
- 1700+ members on Dunav's mailing list, from more than 80 countries
Dunav digital folklore database
The Dunav database now has more than 20,000 digital music files and more than 7000 digital video clips. The video is a mix of commercial material, videos from our trips to the Balkans, and videos that we film and produce for the database archive.
Dunav has just released its sixth dance DVD, its third 3 CD set of Balkan music, and its fourth T-shirt.