Michael Gelman
Biographical Sketch

Michael Gelman was the first born, in Munich, Germany, to Morry and Nancy Gelman, both folk dancers. Early on at the age of 14, with the help and encouragement of his parents, Michael started folk dancing with the Los Angeles based "Inter-Teens" (International Teen Folk Dancers). By the age of 19 he became the Vorplattler (lead dance teacher) of the Bavarian Trachten Verein "GTEV Oberlandlers of Los Angeles, " all the while continuing to learn and teach other east European Folk Dances. In 1982, Michael began to study the challenging improvisational couple folk dances of Hungary and Romania. Michael traveled in the U.S. and abroad, studying with both masters and local people. He lived in Transylvania for 3 years (1995-98) to observe these dances in their native setting and in the village style. Since moving to Maryland in 1980, Michael has shared his love of folk dance with the Washington and Baltimore area international folk dance groups, and German and Hungarian ethnic groups. He has taught workshops in California, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Canada, and Germany, with dance material including the Bavarian Schplattle, Austrian Landler, Hungarian and Romanian Transylvanian couples dances, and general international line and couples folk dances. Michaelís dance expertise ranges from Bavaria to Bulgaria. He teaches and enjoys dances from the regions and areas of: Bohemia, Beces (Vienna), Budapest, Bihor, Banat, Belgrade, Brasov, Bistrita, Bucharest and Bulgaria. Michael has been a member and/or dance teacher in the following groups:

* GTEV Oberlandlers - Los Angeles, CA
* GTV Immergrun - Baltimore, MD
* Narod Balkan Dancers - Baltimore, MD
* Zemya Balkan Ensemble - Washington, DC
* Tisza Hungarian Dance Ensemble - Washington, DC
* Szamos Transylvanian Ensemble - Baltimore, MD
* Hargita Hungarian Dance Ensemble - Csikszereda, Romania
* Dimitrov Bulgarian Ensemble - Washington, DC

For more information about Michael and to see his Transylvania Tanzhaus please check out his website at:   http://gelmanfolkdance.yolasite.com/

Michael can be contacted at: 410-964-2909 or by email michaelhgelman@yahoo.com