More on our teachers

After an initial appearance as faculty for the 60th Texas Camp in 2007, Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion have returned to Texas to teach for TIFD.  Beginning in 1987 Richard Powers has taught at TIFD’s Texas Camp several times, notably for the 50th Texas Camp celebration.  Learn more about why we keep asking these dynamic and knowledgeable teachers back to Texas Camp!

Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion

Cristian Florescu was born in Bucharest, Romania. In 1982, he began dancing with Romanian folk ensembles and studying with specialists, including the renowned Theodor Vasilescu. As a principal dancer with the National Ensemble Cununa Carpatilor, Cristian toured worldwide. He was chief répétiteur for the Folk Ensemble Balada in Romania, as well as choreographer for Academic Ensemble Joc in Moldova.

Quebec native Sonia Dion, a professional dancer for more than 20 years, was lead dancer and choreographer for Les Sortilèges, Canada’s oldest professional folk dance ensemble. During much global touring, Sonia has studied and come to love a wide range of dance techniques including Romanian folk dance, Scottish highland dancing, French-Canadian clogging, and ballroom dancing.

In recent years, pursuing a joint interest in working with recreational folk dance groups, the pair has taught throughout Europe, Asia and North America, sharing their love of Romanian folk traditions.

Richard Powers

Richard Powers is a full-time instructor in contemporary social dancing and dance history at the Stanford University Dance Division, Department of Theater and Performance Studies. His principal focus since 1975 has been social dance forms from the Renaissance era to the present. Specializations include 19th century American and European social dance, dances of the Ragtime Era and Jazz Ages, and the evolving vernacular dance forms of today.

He founded the Clifton Court Dancers, the Flying Cloud Academy of Vintage Dance, the Flying Cloud Troupe, and the Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble. Richard’s choreography and direction credits for television and stage include 19th century ballroom dance for the Warner Brothers/ABC film North and South, and Victorian ballroom dance for the public television film Mrs. Perkins’ Ball.

The many workshops of period dance in Richard’s career include those sponsored by Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome; Lincoln Center, New York; Early Dance Circle, London; Sano Dance Center, Tokyo; Arts et Mouvement, Paris; and the City of Kharkiv, Ukraine.