The Folk Dance Scene for April 2006

 

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April 1 (Saturday):  The Balkan Dancers of Marin present a Balkan Plus Folk Dance Party (a Balkan dancing program plus you can request your favorite international dances) at the Masonic Lodge Hall, 1010 Lootens St., San Rafael (Between fourth and fifth) from 8:00  to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00.  You can bring your own tapes or choose dances from their collection. For more information call Irene Croft at  (415) 456-0786 or Anne Arend at  (415) 892-9405.

April 1 (Saturday):  Engler/Crum Celebration, benefit and Dance Party at the Croatian American Cultural Center at 60 Onondaga Avenue, at Alemany, San Francisco from Noon to 11:00 P.M.  Multiple teachers and bands. Admission:  All day pass $45.00 in advance and$50.00 at the door; Workshops are $7.50 each or $20.00 for all four; Dinner, which includes wine and dessert is $20.00 and the evening dance party is $15.00.   For more information send eamil to markforry@baymoon.com or visit http://www.mendocinofolklorecamp.com/fundraiser2.pdf .

April 1 (Saturday): Celebrate Greek Independence Day in San Francisco.  From 11:30 A. M. to 1:30 P.M. there will be a parade down Market Street to the Civic Center and from 1:30 to 4:30 P.M. there will be a reception at City Hall.  This event is free.  For more information visit http://www.hellenicfederation.org .

April 1 (Saturday):  Israeli couple dance and workshop at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View at 8:00 P.M.  for more information send email to ayeledance@gmail.com or visit http://www.ayeledance.com .

April 1 (Saturday): Harmon’s Peak to play music for contradance at St. Cyprian School, 195 Leota Avenue, Sunnyvale from 5:30 to 9:30 P.M.  For more information call (408) 738-3444. or send email to school@saintcyprianschool.org .

April 2 (Sunday): The Stockton-in-Exile Folk Dance group will meet at the Saratoga Dance Studio, Quito Center, 18778 Cox Avenue, Saratoga from 10:00 A.M. to 12 Noon.  Dances are primarily from Stockton Folk Dance Camps.  For more information contact Marion Earl at  MarionEarl@yahoo.com or phone (831) 338-4484.

April 3 (Monday):  Glendi, Greek dancing and music with Turlu at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro Street, between Mariposa and 18th Street, San Francisco from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $10.00.  For more information, contact Mary Ann at macaronis@earthlink.net or call (510) 530-5140.

April 5 (Wednesday): Balkan Folk dancing with lessons at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 7:30 P.M. Edessa will provide music for dancing at 8:30 and Rikki Nicolae will detach dances at 7:30 P.M..  Admission is $9.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

April 9 (Sunday): Rebetika night at Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco played by the Symrna Time Machine and Klezmer by the Red Hot Chachkas at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $7.00.  Fro more information vixit http://www.amnesiathebar.com .

April 9 (Sunday): Santa Rosa Music event brought to you by Absolute Music and performed by Orient Express at the Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa at 3:00 P.M.  Admission is $15.00 general and $5 Students.  For more information call (707) 360-3021.

April 10 (Monday): Greek dance lesson with Vasilis Fourakis on Cretan Dances at the Presidio Dance Academy, 1158 Gorgas Road at Marshall from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M.  Admission is $12.00.  For more information send email to macaronis@earthlink.net or visit http://www.greekfeet.com .

April 11 (Tuesday): Balkan Folk dancing with lessons at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 6:30 P.M. and Lise Liepman will detach dances at 7:30 P.M..  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

April 12 (Wednesday): Women’s Ritual Dances from Ancient Europe (mostly Balkan and Armenian) classes at Sebastopol Dance art Space, in the alley behind Sebastopol Cookie Company, on Main Street, Sebastopol from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M.  Admission is $12.00 or $40.00 for all four classes (if paid in advance)  No-one is turned away for lack of funds.  No partners needed and all dances are taught.  Scent Free.   For more information call Catherine Sutton at  (510) 528-2261.

April 16 (Sunday): The Stockton-in-Exile Folk Dance group will meet at the Saratoga Dance Studio, Quito Center, 18778 Cox Avenue, Saratoga from 10:00 A.M. to 12 Noon.  Dances are primarily from Stockton Folk Dance Camps.  For more information contact Marion Earl at  MarionEarl@yahoo.com or phone (831) 338-4484.

April 17 (Monday): Greek dance lesson with Vasilis Fourakis on Cretan Dances at the Presidio Dance Academy, 1158 Gorgas Road at Marshall from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M.  Admission is $12.00.  For more information send email to macaronis@earthlink.net or visit http://www.greekfeet.com .

April 19 (Wednesday): Balkan Folk dancing with lessons at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 6:30 P.M. and Lise Liepman will detach dances at 7:30 P.M..  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

April 23 (Sunday): Blossom Folk Dance Festival at CCSF, North Gym dance studio, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco. Concert at 1:00 P.M. and dancing from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M.  Admission is $3.00 for CCSF students and $5.00 General.   For more information call (415) 452-5353.

April 23 (Sunday): Festival of the Mandolins at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Avenue, at Alemany, San Francisco from 11:00 A.m. to 8:00 P.M.  Workshops with the performers from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.; Concert at 3:00 P.M.    For more information visit http://www.CroatianAmericanWeb.org .

April 26 (Wednesday): Balkan Folk dancing with lessons at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 6:30 P.M. and Lise Liepman will detach dances at 7:30 P.M..  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

April 27 (Thursday): Kitka with Tzvetanka Varimezova to perform Spirit Voices at the First Unitarian Church, 14 th and Castro Streets, Oakland at 8:00 P.M.  For more information call (510) 444.0323 or visit http://www.kitka.org/calendar .

April 28 (Friday): International Folk Dance Party to recorded music and live music by Turlu, sponsored by the Petaluma Snap-y Dancers at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.   Admission is $5.00 to $10.00 on a sliding scale.  For more information call (415) 663-9512 or send eamil to  cjay@horizoncable.com .

April 28 (Friday): Kitka with Tzvetanka Varimezova to perform Spirit Voices at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco.  For more information call (415) 454-5238 or visit http://www.noevalleymusicseries.com .

April 29 & 30 (Friday - Saturday):  KlezCalifornia, a two day program celebrating Klezmer Mus ic and Yiddish Culture.  Friday will have a concert and dance party at the Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $25.00 General, $20.00 students/seniors/ALSJCC members and $5.00 for children and teens (5-18).  Saturday features classes and workshops at Kehillah Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.  Admission is $20.00 General, $15.00 students/seniors/ALSJCC members and $5.00 for children and teens (5 –18). For more information visit http://www.klezcalifornia.org or call (415) 789-7679.

April 29 (Friday): Zaedno to play Macedonian and Bulgarian music for dancing at Cabrillo College, Gym room 1117, Aptos with teaching at 7:30 P.M. and live music from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Bring finger food. Parking is $2.00.  For more information send email to judyd@imbari.org .

April 30 (Saturday): Ensemble AROW performs a program of mujsic byh composers from Eastern Europe and features folk dance music and song from Slovakia, Hungary< Poland, Romania, the Balkans and Russia at All Souls Episcopal Church, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley at 3:00 P.M.  For more information contact: Richard Geisler richgeis@jps.net (530) 471-2293 or Greta Hryciw  hryciw@packbell.net (415) 377-4444.

April 30 (Saturday): Slowind Slavonian Woodwind Quartette to perform a concert at the Church of the Nativity, 240 Fell Street, San Francisco at 3:00 P.M.  Admission is $15.00.  For more information call Joe Sodja (408) 297-8867 or send email to joesodja@yahoo.com and for reservations call Diane Brahney (650) 583-5609 or send email to dbrahney@comcast.net .

April 30 (Saturday): Born to Drone present Music from the Balkans and Beyond at the Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley at 7:00 P.M.   Admission is $10.00.  This is a benefit for Magic of Palo Alto.  For more information (650) 364-8115 or visit http://wwwborntodrone.org .

 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

Regularly scheduled events

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Regularly Scheduled International/Mostly Balkan Events

Sundays:

Ashkenaz, 1-4 PM., 1317 San Pablo Blvd. near Gilman, Berkeley. First Sunday, second and fourth Sundays: Tom Roby, Marjorie Nugent and Ellie Weiner teach Hungarian dance. For more information call (510) 632-3713.

 

Every First and Third Sunday:

Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Room A, Alameda from 1:30 to 3:30 P.M.  All ages are welcome and admission is free.  For more information call Jackie Krause (510) 748-4587.

 

Every Second and Fourth Sundays:

Dancers for Art’s Sake sponsor Sebastopol Sundays International Folk Dancing at Wischemann Hall (turn North onto Morris Street past the Community Center), Sebastopol from 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.  Easy dances, with instruction followed by other dances by request.  Admission is $4.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members; children under 14 are free.  For more information call (707) 542-2132.

 

 

Every Fourth Sunday:

The Pomander Club presents a Tea Dance from 4:00 to 6:30 P.M. with live music provided by the Paul Price Society Orchestra at Palo Alto Masonic Center, 461 Florence (just north of University, Palo Alto.

 

Every Monday:

Greek Folk Dance Workshops at the Presidio Dance Academy, 1158 Gorgas Road at Marshall (adjacent to Crissy Field), San Francisco  from 8:00 - 10:00 P.M.  For more information call Mary Ann Karonis (510) 530-5140 or send email to: makronis@earthlink.net

Razzmatazz, Black Bean BBQ (formerly Clo’s Parkside Grill  and BBQ), 557 Summerfield Rd., (next to the Rialto Cinema), Santa Rosa from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.  Admission is $3.00.  For more information call (510) 965-9688 or (707) 527-5224.

 

Every Fourth Monday:

John Daley and friends will teach the basic kolos we do at our festivals. 7:30 P.M. at the Croatian Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave., San Francisco. For more information call (415) 255-3442. A donation is requested. Merim Mesic will play music.

 

Every Tuesday:

Palomanians International FD (primarily intermediate) Class meets Tuesdays 8:00 - 10:15 pm.  $6 drop-in fee Menlo Park Recreation Center 700 Alma St, Menlo Park (in the civic center).  Call Al Lisin 408-252-8106.

International Folk Dance Classes with Marcel Vinokur at Menlo Park Recreation  Center, 700 Alma Street,  Menlo Park, 7:00-10:15 P.M

Santa Clara Valley Folk Dancers American Legion Hall, Post 99, 1344 Dell Avenue, Campbell from 7:30 – 9:30 P.M. Call Maxine Burnham (408) 739-0500.

 

Almost every First Tuesday:

Balkan dancing with live and/or recorded music at Ashkenaz. Teaching 7:30 - 8:45 PM and party on into the night. For more information, call the Ashkenaz recording at (510) 525-5450.

 

Every Wednesday:

Carriage House in Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue in Atherton from 7:45 - 10:00 P.M. For more information contact the instructor, Suzanne Rocca-Butler (650) 854-3184.

Novato Folk Dancers, Lynwood School, 1320 Lynwood Drive, Novato 8:00 – 10:00 P.M.  Call (415) 982-9405.

Santa Rosa Folk Dancers, Willowside Hall, 5299 Hall Road, Santa Rosa 1:45 – 3:45 P.M.  Call Frank and Elsa (707) 546-8877

San Francisco International Dance Circle, Harvey Milk Recreation Center, 50 Scott St. at Duboce, San Francisco 10:00 – 11:30 A.M.  Call Mabel Doss (415) 467-9208.

 

Every Thursday:

Mandala meets for International Folk Dance with Edith Bourbin at Bowcock Hall, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue, at Judah, San Francisco  from 7:30 to10:30 P.M.

Marin Balkan Dancers, held 8:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M. at Dance with Sherry Studio, 4140 Redwood Highway, San Rafael. For more information contact Irene Croft (415) 456-0786 or send email to IreneCroft@cs.com.

Mostly Balkan, at Burgess Recreation Center, Menlo Park. Teaching from 7:45 P.M. to 8:45 P.M. and request dancing from 8:45 P.M. to 10:15 P.M. For more information contact Sue (408) 247-2420 or Berek (650) 851-8498 or visit their Website.

Scandinavian Dancing, 7:00 - 10:00 P.M. at 3115 Butters, Monclair District, Oakland. Take Highway 13, exit to Joachin Miller, go East to Butters. For more information, contact Frank Tripi (510) 654-3636.

Saratoga International Folk Dancers, founded April, 1980 -- 25 years at the same location: Saratoga Community Center, 13777 Fruitvale Avenue (across the street from the P.O), Saratoga, California. Time: 8:00-10:00 PM (parties 5 times a year go to 10:30). Admission is $6.00 ($5.00 seniors). Instructor: Loui Tucker 408-287-9999 loui@netcom.com. Usually 1 "beginner" level dance and one "intermediate/advanced".  A group of anywhere from 5-15 goes out to a nearby eatery afterwards until 11:00 PM.

 

Every Friday:

Albany "Y" International Folk Dancing with Kay James 8-11 P.M.

The Kopachka Dancers  meet at Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley at 8:00 P.M.  For more information send email to jcduke@sfsu.edu . .  

 

First four Fridays:

Changs International Folk Dancers: Meets the first four Fridays of each month at 8 P.M. at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, 31st Avenue at Clement Street, San Francisco. Teaching on the first two Fridays, party night on the third Friday, and family folk dancing on the fourth Friday; call ahead as the schedule varies at times. Admission is $2.00; $3.00 on party nights; first time is free. *All* are welcome, no partner necessary. For more information, call (415) 332-1020 or e-mail: paperwings@earthlink.net.

 

Every first Friday:

Family folk dancing by Denise Weiss at Croatian Cultural Center at 60 Onondaga St., in San Francisco. Call Croatian Center at (415) 255-3442 or call Denise at (510) 841-0934.

 

Every Friday (except for occasional three-day weekends):

Stanford International Dancers at Flex-It Aerobics Studio, Mountain View. Live music party monthly.

 

Every first Saturday:

Family folk dancing by Nancy McGhee at Albany YMCA. Call (510) 528-4410.

 

Every third Saturday:

International Folk Dance party at Hermann Sons Hall, Petaluma at 2-6 P.M. For more information, call (707) 546-8877.

 

Daily:

3:00 to 5:30 P.M. Mideast/Gypsy/Near eastern/Indian/Rom/Sephardic Jewish etc. song/.melody Sharing Circle in a Magick temple-like space. Free to those who have at least three songs/melodies to share, otherwise $30 in advance for 6 month membership. Local perfumers teaching (Mimi Spencer, Members of Kitka etc). Will also include occssional dance party with live acoustic music the DJ’ing later in Albany within walking distance from El Cerrito BART station.  For more information: http://server3001freeyellow.com/whimsyum/mideast.html

 

Regularly Scheduled Israeli Folk Dance Events (Thanks to Asha Goldberg)

 

Every Monday:

Cafe Kineret, Sunnyvale Recreation Center, 550 Remington, $4. 7:30-8:30 teaching for beginners, 8:30-9 Intermediate/Advanced level teaching. Requests till 11:30. For more information contact Loui Tucker, (408) 287-9999, loui@netcom.com

Monday morning Israeli folk dancing with Ayelet for wormen only at Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Avenue, San Jose from 10:00 A.M. till Noon.  Admission is $5.00. For more information call Ayelet at (408) 739-2233 send her email ayeledance@gmail.com or visit http://www.ayeledance.com .

 

Every Tuesday:

Dancing at the Friedman Center of Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa by Lee Newland from 6:30 to 10:00 P.M. For more information call (707) 923-8859.

Sababa!  Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame .7:30 P.M. beginners, 8:30 intermediate and 9:00 - Midnight requests. Admission is $5.00. For more information call Shirley Burr (925) 274-1264.

 

Every Wednesday:

Cafe Simcha, Israeli Folk Dancing at the El Cerrito Veterans Memorial Hall, 6401 Stockton Street, $5. Teaching from 8-9:30, requests until midnight. All levels, come earlier for the older and easier dances. Party - no teaching - every fifth week. You get more of the older dances during party nights. For more information contact Loui Tucker, (408) 287-9999, loui@netcom.com; or Yonit Levy, (510) 231-0959, yonitlevy@hotmail.com.

Ayelet Bukai teaches beginning and intermediate dances at Cupertino Middle School, Multi-purpose Room, 1650 S. Bernardo Avenue, Sunnyvale from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M.  For more information contact Ayelet Bukai

 

Every Thursday:

The Dancing Chevra, at the San Rafael Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, free, 10:15AM-12:30 P.M. Beginning and intermediate level. No partners necessary. For more information contact Rachel Kay and Ruth Browns (415) 492-1605, or the JCC at (415) 479-2000.

Dance with Mark, 625 Hamilton (off Webster), Palo Alto, $5. 7:45 PM -8:15 teaching for beginners, 8:15-8:45 intermediate/advanced level teaching. Requests till 11:30. Bring earplugs. For more information contact Mark Tischler, (408) 749-9285.

 

Every Second Saturday of every month:

Cafe Shalom at Bowcock Hall, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue, at Judah, San Francisco.  Call Darron Feldstein for more details: (415) 566-0896.

 

The last Saturday of each month:

Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave, Palo Alto, $3 ($1 students) 8 PM - 11 teaching and requests, all levels. For more information contact Yale Rosenblatt, (650) 697-1049.

 

Every Sunday:

Congregation B'nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, $5. 5:30-6:30 teaching for beginners. 6:30-8:30 dancing, review, teaching, and refreshments. For more information contact Yardena Brooks, (510) 934-9446.

 

 

Regularly Scheduled Sacred Circle Dance Events

 

First and third Sundays:

Marin Sacred Circle Dancers at Almonte Clubhouse, Mill Valley 5:45 to 8:00 P.M. Call Kelli (415) 507-0376.

 

First Sundays:

Pacifica Sacred Circle Dancers at the Library, Pacifica 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Call Howard (650) 359-0207 or Aleka (650) 355-6752.

 

Last Sunday afternoon:

Mendocino Sacred Circle Dancers at the Community Center, School and Pine Streets, Mendocino. Call Maggie (707) 937-4800 or Devora (707) 937-1077.

 

First and Third Tuesday evenings:

Sebastopol/Santa Rosa Sacred Circle Dancers. Call Catherine Sutton (707) 792-1331.

 

Most Fridays:

Berkeley/El Cerrito Sacred Circle Dancers at Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut St., Berkeley 7:45 - 10:00 P.M. Call Howard (650) 359-0207 or Aleka (650) 355-6752.

 

Second Fridays:

Mendocino Sacred Circle Dancers at the Community Center, School and Pine Streets, Mendocino. Call Maggie (707) 937-4800 or Devora (707) 937-1077.

 

Fourth Fridays:

Berkeley/El Cerrito Sacred Circle Dancers at Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier St., El Cerrito; potluck at 7:00 P.M., dancing 8:00 - 10:00 P.M. Call Howard (650) 359-0207 or Aleka (650) 355-6752.

 

Second Saturdays:

Hayward Sacred Circle Dancers at Starr King Church, 22577 Bayview St., Hayward 8:00 - 10:00 P.M. Call Stephanie (510) 537-8003.

 

Third Saturdays:

Pacifica Sacred Circle Dancers at the Library, Pacifica 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Call Howard (650) 359-0207 or Aleka (650) 355-6752.

 

One Saturday a month:

San Leandro Sacred Circle Dancers. Call (510) 351-4312.

 

Regularly Scheduled West Coast Swing Dance Events

 

Every Second Sunday:

Michelle’s West Coast Swing Dance Class at the Imperial Dance Club, Carpenter’s Hall, 2nd Floor, 822 Cassia St (at Broadway), Redwood City from 6:00 to 10:00 P.M.  Admission is $8.00 and refreshments are included.  For more information call (415) 585-6282, send email to wcdancer@ix.netcom.com, or visit their website http://www.netcom.com/~wcdancer.

 

First two Mondays:

Michelle’s West Coast Swing Dance Class at the Monte Cristo Dance Club, 136 Missouri St. (between 17th and Mariposa Sts.), San Francisco (Basic class 7:30 P.M. and intermediate class 8:30 P.M.)  In this two week series, a specific dance is taught.  For more information call (415) 585-6282, send email to wcdancer@ix.netcom.com, or visit their website http://www.netcom.com/~wcdancer.

 

Every Tuesday:

Michelle’s West Coast Swing Dance Class at the Monte Cristo Dance Club, 136 Missouri St. (between 17th and Mariposa Sts.), San Francisco (Intermediate West Coast Swing class 7:30 P.M. and Advanced class 8:30 P.M.). This is a four week series.   For more information call (415) 585-6282, send email to wcdancer@ix.netcom.com, or visit their website http://www.netcom.com/~wcdancer.

 

Every Thursday:

Michelle’s West Coast Swing Dance Class at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View (just 3 blocks south of Castro St. (7:45P.M. Basics Plus West Coast Swing, 7:45 P.M. Intermediate West Coast Swing, and 8:45 P.M. Advanced West Coast Swing).  For more information call (415) 585-6282, send email to wcdancer@ix.netcom.com, or visit their website http://www.netcom.com/~wcdancer.

 

 

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