The Folk Dance Scene for August 2006

 

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August 2 (Wednesday):  There will be dancing of simple women's Balkan dances in Ives Park, Sebastopol, from 7.30-9.30 P.M.  There is no admission, but a donation of $5.00 to 10.00 is recommended.  For more information send email to: Catherine@sonic.net or call (510) 528-2261.
 
August 4 (Friday): Stanford International Folk Dancers’ first “open mic” night.   The bands are: “Pochni Gotov” (Bulgarian, Macedonian & Serbian); Annie Kanerva, Lani Eames and Sarah Kirton (Scandinavian): Moore, Red & Snyder (Croatian and Klezmer); Ellyn Bush and Mark Jenkins (Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian) at Flex-It Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.  For more information call Barbara at (650) 966-1775.
 
August 6 (Sunday):  Stockton-in-Exile to meet at the Saratog Dance Studio, Quito Center, 18778 Cox Avenue, Saratoga from 10:00 A.M. to Noon.  Request dances from the 2006 and earlier Stockton Folk Dance Camps.   Admission is $5.00.  For more information call Marion Earl at (831) 338-4484 or send email to MarionEarl@yahoo.com .
 
August 6 (Sunday):  Israeli Folk Dance Party at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenu, Mountain View from 8:00 P.M. to Midnight at least.  Admission is $7.00.  For more information bisit http://www.ayeledance.com/ or send email to ayeledance@gmail.com .
 
August 7 to September 18 (Mondays): Halanda Studio, 1062 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, will offer a series of Egyptian  and Middle Eastern Dance classes for children 3-11 and their parents from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.  Admission is $10.00 per class for multiple class registrations or $12.00 per class drop-in.  For more information send email to hala@haladance.com or visit http://www.HalaDance.com .
 
August 7 to September 18 (Mondays): Halanda Studio, 1062 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, will offer a series of Egyptian  and Middle Eastern Dance classes for Intermediate and Advanced dancers  from 8:00 to 9:00 P.M.  Admission is $12.00 per class for multiple class registrations or $15.00 per class drop-in.  For more information send email to hala@haladance.com or visit http://www.HalaDance.com .

August 11 (Friday): Eser Ayanoglu to teach international dances at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00.  For more information visit http://dance.blochg.com .

August 12 (Saturday): Near East/Far West, pre-Middle East Camp event at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M.  Featured will be Edessa and friends, and a Turkish dance lesson presented by Ahmet Lulcei.  Admission is $13.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054

August 12 (Saturday): The Bay Area Country Dance Society presents at Contra Dance Concert and Kid’s dance with band Harmon’s Peak and Clogging by Lee Clarke ath the Palo Alto Farmer’s Market, Gilman Street (behind the Palo Alto Post Office), downtown Palo Alto at 9:30 A.M.  For more information contact Laurne John at (650) 533-4088 or send email to pafmmusic@yahoo.com

August 13 (Sunday):  The Toids and the Disciples of Markos, plus special guests, play rebetika music at Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco at 8:00 P.M.  For more information visit http://www,amnesiathebar.com .

August 13 (Sunday): Bulgarian Folk Festival at St. Mary’s College, Moraga from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Live Bulgarian music provided by Marko Moskov and friends.  Authentic Bulgarian food and drinks will be available.  For more information send email to bau@bulam.com

August 13 (Sunday) Csfe Bellie, belly dance; open stage and benefit to the Women’s daytime Dropin Center of Berkeley at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M.  There will be lessons, a belly dance boutique and performances.  Admission is $10.00.  For more information visit http://www.ashkenaz.com .

August 18 (Friday): Dance presentatin and trial dance selection at Live Oak Park Recreation Center, Shattuck at Berryman, Berkeley from 7:45 to 10:45 P.M.  Admission is free for members and $5.00 for non-members. 

August 19 (Saturday): The North Bay Country Dance Society presents at Contra Dance with caller Andy Wilson and b and Luceo at Monroe Hall, 1400 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa at 8:00 P.M. (a free half-hour dance lesson begins at 7:30 P.M.).  For more information send email to info@nbcds.org ro call (707) 527-9794.

August 20 (Sunday):  Stockton-in-Exile meeting postponed until 27 August (see below).

August 23 (Wednesday):  Balkan Folk dance, a revival of 1970’s style Balkan and some International Folk dances as done in Berkeley at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 7:00 P.M.  This is request dancing to recorded music.  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054

August 23 (Wednesday): Israeli Dance party at Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington from 8:00 to 11:30 P.M. (teaching until 9:15 then request dancing).  Admission $5.00 or $4.00 if you bring food/drink to share. For more information call Loui at (510) 287-9999.

August 25 (Friday): Old First Church Concerts presents Danubius at the Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, at Van Ness, San Francisco at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $15.00 General and $12.00 for Students and Seniors.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org or call (415) 474-1608.

August 25 (Friday): Meze plays Greek, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Turkish, Armenian and Klezmer music for dancing at Cabrillo College, Gym building room 1117, Aptos from 7:30 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00 plus $2.00 plus tips for the musicians.  For more information send email to judyd@mbari.org .

August 26 (Saturday):  The Bay Area Country Dance Society presents a Contra Dance with caller Alan Winston and band Harmon’s Peak at First United Methoddist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue, near Middlefield Road, Palo Alto at 8:00 P.M. (a free half-hur lesson begins at 7:30 P.M.).  For more information send email to bacds@bacds.org .
 
August 28 (Sunday):  Stockton-in-Exile to meet at the Saratog Dance Studio, Quito Center, 18778 Cox Avenue, Saratoga from 10:00 A.M. to Noon.  Request dances from the 2006 and earlier Stockton Folk Dance Camps.   Admission is $5.00.  For more information call Marion Earl at (831) 338-4484 or send email to MarionEarl@yahoo.com .

August 28 (Monday): Class Party and Potluck at the Presidio Dance Academy, 1158 Gorgas Road, at Marshall, Presidio of San Francisco from 7:30 to 9:30 P. M.  For more information call (510) 530-5140 or send email to macaronis@earthlink.net

August 31 )Thursday): Saratoga International Dance Family presents a benefit dance party at Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown San Jose from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.  Proceeds go to their sister church in Transylvania.  For more information email Monty Low at montylow@earthlink.net .

 

 

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 Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington from 8:00 to 11:30 P.M.. 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.

 

The third Saturday of every month:

                Sababanights, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto from 8:00 P.M. till late.  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call (408) 828-0520 or email sababadance@yahoo.com .

 

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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