Sonia & Cristian
Romanian folk dances
Balkanot 2016
Brazil 2014
Japan 2012
Hong Kong 2014
Laguna festival 2011
Chicoutimi 2011
Salt Spring Island 2009
Japan 2008
The Netherlands 2011
Hakone 2008
Stockton 2005
Balkanot 2009
Okinawa 2009
Pinewoods 2015
Romanian next trip: May 30-June 10, 2017
Biographical sketches

Cristian Florescu was born in Bucharest, Romania. He started dancing in 1982 with different Romanian folk ensembles, and studied with various specialists including the renowned Theodor Vasilescu. Cristian was principal dancer with the National Ensemble Cununa Carpatilor with whom he toured extensively in Europe, Asia and North America. In 1990-91, the romanian Ministry of Culture and the ACAFR conferred him a certificate as recognized solo dancer and choreographer in the field of folklore. He also was chief répétiteur for the Folk Ensemble Balada in Romania and worked as choreographer for the Academic Ensemble Joc in Moldova. In 1993, he joined Les Sortilèges, a professional folk dance company based in Montreal with whom he was actively involved as a dancer, teacher, répétiteur and choreographer until 2003. Since coming to Canada, Cristian has acquired multiple skills in various dance forms including modern dance, ballroom, jazz, tap as well as French-Canadian clogging and Irish step dancing.
Sonia Dion was born in Québec and has been a professional dancer for over 20 years. She was lead dancer and choreographer for Les Sortilèges dance company, Canada's oldest professional folk dance ensemble, with whom she developed several new productions including Une page d'histoire, un pas de danse, Montréal en danse, and Pour se faire plaisir. Sonia has toured worldwide and has been exposed to a wide range of dance techniques including Romanian folk dance, Scottish highland dancing, French-Canadian clogging and ballroom. 

Cristian and Sonia have been guest performers with the Collage International Dance Ensemble of Boston, have been regular teachers at l' École supérieure de danse du Québec and have been selected to be part of the Artists in the Schools program sponsored by the Québec Ministry of Education. In recent years, they have developed a specific interest in working with recreational folk dance groups in Canada and the United States. They have been teaching in Austria, England, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the Netherlands to share their love of Romanian folk traditions.


"Extraordinary people as dancers/performers and teachers. I guarantee you that you will love them and you will have a super workshop with them." Ahmet Lüleci

"Wonderful energy and personality. Exciting choice of dances and music." Yves Moreau

Ethnographic trip Romania 2015
Romanian pictures
Romanian playing cards depicting authentic costumes
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