Welcome to the web site dedicated to
Romanian Folk Dances, and not only!
Vasilescu - teaches Romanian folklore dances at courses / workshops / master
lessons organized by INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE GROUPS, by DANCE ACADEMIES and also by
SCHOOL GROUPS in countries such as Holland, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland,
Switzerland, Japan, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
Theodor made choreographies at professional dance ensembles such as:
"INTERNATIONAL DANSTHEATER" from AMSTERDAM - HOLLAND, L' ensemble National de
Folklore "LES SORTILEGES" from MONTREAL - CANADA, "AMAN" from U.S.A.,
"BUDLET" Folk Dance Ensemble from Hong Kong, for several amateur dance ensembles
in U.S.A. Norway, Holland, Germany as well as big international performances in open air
such as World Folklore Festival of C.I.O.F.F FOLKLORIADA,
International Folklore Festival in Vierhouten, The Netherlands and festivities
of Nile in Sudan.
In Romania, numerous folklore performances and choreographies at professional and amateur
dance ensembles, currently in their repertoire, are the creation of Theodor. After leading
for several years the Romanian National Professional Ensemble "RAPSODIA ROMANA",
being head of Choreographic Section at the National Center for the Preservation and
Promotion of Folklore, head choreographer at "Cununa Carpatilor" Folklore
Ensemble - Bucharest and teacher of Romanian folk dance/character dance course at Theater
and Film Academy of Bucharest, at present Theodor is independent
choreographer, lecturer and dance teacher and President of National Association of
Folklore Choreographers of Romania.
Theodor is the author of a dance notation system currently used by
professional and amateur choreographers throughout Romania (54 volumes of folklore dances
collections were published in this system) and also used in other countries. He is the
author of "Folclor coregrafic romanesc" (Romanian Folklore Dances), based on
several years of research throughout Romania, a collection of 130 dances from all parts of
the country, author of numerous technical papers on methods and practice of teaching
folklore dance and editor of a series of 40 volumes of collections of Romanian folk dances
from most of the counties of Romania. Theodor is the author of a system
of Romanian Characterdance studies used in various dance ensembles from Romania and
Theodor graduated as dipl. chemical engineer but decided in 1964 to follow folklore
research and dance as a full time profession.
Lia Vasilescu - was born in Sibiu an old town and important
cultural center of Transylvania region. After the high school in her birthplace she
attended the University in Bucharest, Faculty of Philology which she graduated as an
Even during school in Sibiu she was attracted by music and dance, studying classical music
and taking ballet lessons at the local Art School. When Lia started her
studies in Bucharest she began her approach towards the folk dance, becoming an amateur
dancer in the folklore dance group "Cununa Carpatilor". There she met Theodor
Vasilescu, the choreographer and dance teacher of this group. They married in 1959. They
have a son, Florin, whos profession is dipl. engineer, and is also an amateur folk
dancer. Now, they have two grand children.
Since they met, they worked together in the field of research, enriching their knowledge
about the traditional life and creation of Romanian villages. She was of great help by her
methodical spirit of organization. With "Cununa Carpatilor", as a dancer, Lia
made numerous tours in Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, China, Vietnam,
Russia and many other countries in Europe. She danced in this group for 24 years.
Since 1990 she started to teach together with Theodor, workshops, week-ends, camps in USA
(Stockton, Mainewoods Camp, Mendochino, at different groups in California, New Mexico,
Texas, Washington DC and New York), Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Taiwan and Hong Kong.