Cane Carevski is Macedonian folk dancer and teacher of youth and adults. He was born in Macedonia and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. He is passionate about folk dance and appreciates how it exercises the body and mind. Macedonian dances reflect everyday life, include harvesting crops, the life of single men, and brides. There are often line dances, and the lyrics are sung by participants. Many traditional dances also center around the Eastern Orthodox church and religious holidays. Cane learned as a child as many children are incorporated into traditional dances, but also had important mentors along the way.
Cane Carevski believes in cross cultural exchange between Eastern European groups and has helped organized multiple festivals featuring dance and culture from many countries including the now annual SoCal Folk fest held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center. It features performances from a handful of primarily Balkan countries. Cane will continue teaching his culture to younger generations, and sharing that with other groups to create more understanding.
I want my community to be proud of who and what we are. Also be involved with other communities. Understand people who are open. Everyone should help each other. Do the best we can to preserve what we have: our identity, our culture, our dances - Cane Carevski