The Folk Dance Scene for December 2007

 

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December 1 (Saturday):  Cretan Glendi with live music for dancing at Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco with cocktails at 6:00 P.M., dinner at 7:00 P.M. and music and dancing at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $45.00 for adults and $35.00 for children under 12 by November 19 and $50.00 for adults and $40.00 for children after November 11.  Proceeds to benefit Annunciation Cathedral Dance Groups.  Mail cheques to Tessie Calligeros, P.O. Box 30310, Montara, CA 94037.  For more information send email to macaronis@earthlink.net.

December 1 (Saturday): UC Berkeley Israeli Folk Dancing DeCal and Berkeley Hillel present an Israeli Folk Dance Marathon with David Dassa teaching at Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.  Admission is free (a tzedakah box will be available) and refreshments will be available at no cost.  For more information send email to Alpert8@berkeley.edu or JELevine@berkeley or Rosannah@earthlink.net or visit http://IFDecal.berkeley.edu .

December 5 (Wednesday):  Gypsy Roma workshop with Amy Luna at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  Admission is $45.00 per workshop or $120 for the series.  For more information send email to luna@lunabelly.com .

December 5 (Wednesday): Zoyres/Symrna Time Machine to play at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley with a lesson at 7:30 P.M. and the show starts at 8:30 P.M.  Admission is $10.00. 

December 7 (Friday): Stanford International Folk Dancers present at folk dance party with Vecrenica playing music for dancing at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $7.00.  For more information visit http://dance.blochg.com .

December 7 (Friday): Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble celebrates Chanukah at Russian River Community Senior Center, 15010 Armstrong Redwoods Road, Guerneville at 6:00 P.M.  Admission is $6.00.  Bring a potluck dish.

December 8 (Saturday): One half of the Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble plays at the Montgomery Village Copperfields Books store, 2316 Montgomery Street, Santa Rosa from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.  Admission is free. For more information call (707) 538-8938.

December 8 (Saturday): Zoyres with Sandor Elix Katz to perform at SOL (Sustaining Ourselves Locally), 1236 – 23rd Avenue, at International Blvd., Oakland at 7:30 P.M.

December 8 (Saturday): Indigo to perform and Brass Menazeri to play at the Sebastiani Theater, 476 First Street east, Sonoma from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M.  Admission is $15.00 in advance, $17.00 at the door and kids are $10.00.  For more information call (707) 996-9756.

December 9 (Sunday): Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble plays at Oakmont Gardens Retirement Community Center, 301 White Oak Drive, on St. Rt. 12, south of Santa Rosa from 6:45 P.M. to 7:45 P.M.  Admission is free.  For more information (707) 538-1914.

December 9 (Sunday): Indigo to perform and Brass Menazeri to play at Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco at 9:00 P.M.  Admission is $6.00 to $8.00.  For more information visit http://www.amnesiathebar.com/ .

December 12 (Wednesday):  Gypsy Roma workshop with Amy Luna at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  Admission is $45.00 per workshop or $120 for the series.  For more information send email to luna@lunabelly.com .

December 14 (Friday):  Christmas Folk Dance Party at the Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial building, across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00.  For more information call (510) 965-9688 or send email to marilynmsmith@sbcglobal.net .

December 14 (Friday): Mosaic to play music for dancing at the Cabrillo College Gym, room 1117, Aptos at 7:30 P.M.  Admission is $10.00. Bring finger food to share.  For more information send email to calqua@sbcglobal.net .

December 15 (Saturday): Sixth Annual International Bagpipe Festival, Drone Magic, at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco with mini concerts and videos at 4:00 P.M., at Women’s Piper Concert at 5:30 P.M. and a Gala Concert at 7:30 P.M.  Admission is $15.00 and children are free.  For more information send email to tobak@mindspring.com .

December 16 (Sunday):  Rumen Shopov and the Band soon to be know as Sexy Time to play Albanian, Romani, and Greek music at the French Garden Resurant and Brasserie, 8050 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $12.00.  Also there will be a Romani dance workshop  from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Admission is $10.00.  For more information call (707) 824-2030.

December 16 (Sunday): Advanced Balkan Dance class with Dan Unger and Davida Munkres at the Back Studio at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00.  For more information call Gary Anderson at (415) 488-9197 weekdays or Irene Croft/Gary Anderson at (415) 456-0786 or send email to Gary at editor@letsdancemag.net .

December 19 (Wednesday):  Gypsy Roma workshop with Amy Luna at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  Admission is $45.00 per workshop or $120 for the series.  For more information send email to luna@lunabelly.com .

December 19 (Wednesday): Balkan folk dance to recorded music at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley doors open at 6:30 P.M. lessons at 7:00 and 7:30 P.M. and dance at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $7.00.  For more information visit http://www.ashkenaz.com .

December 21 (Friday): David Nadel Memorial at the back studio of Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  For more information call (510) 525-5099.

December 21 (Friday): Stanford International Dancers present a Kolo Festival Review evening at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $6.00, $4.00 for students and children under 12 are free.  For more information visit http://gbloch.9f.com/Stanford/Folkdance.html .

December 22 (Saturday): Bulgarian Christmas celebration (Koleda) at SS. Kiril and Metodi Bulgarian Church at Danville Grange 85, 743 Diablo Road, Danville at 7:00 P.M.  Nestinari will play Bulgarian folk music and also disco music.  Admission is $5.00 and dinner is $15.00.

December 27 (Thursday): Pochti Gotov to play music for dancing at the Mandala, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Bowcock Hall, 43rd Avenue, at Judah, San Francisco from 7:30 to 10:30 P.M.  Admission is $8.00. For more information visit http://www.themandala.org or send email to paulbourbin@hotmail.com .

December 29 (Saturday):  Channukah Party featuring Israeli dancing at Café Shalom, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue, at Judah, San Francisco with a potluck at 6:00 P.M. and dancing begins at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00 and children under 12 are free.  For more information send email to rosannah@earthlink.net .

December 31 (Monday): Menlo Park Folk Dancers New Year’s Eve party at the Menlo Park Recreation Center, 700 Alma, at Mielke, Menlo Park from 8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.  Dancing in two halls.  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call Marcel Vinokur at (650) 327-0759. 

December 31 (Monday):  New Year’s Eve party featuring Edessa, Brass Menaseri and Joe Finn at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley   Admission is $20.00.  For more information visit http://www.ashkenaz.com .

December 31 (Monday): Bay Area Circle Dancers New Year’s Eve dance at Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00.  For more information send email to john.bear@mac.com .

 

 

Regularly scheduled events

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Regularly Scheduled International/Mostly Balkan Events

First and Third Sundays:

Ashkenaz, 7:00 – 9:30 PM., 1317 San Pablo Blvd. near Gilman, Berkeley. First and third Sundays: Tom Roby, Marjorie Nugent and Ellie Weiner teach Hungarian dance. Admission is $8.00. For more information call (510) 632-3713 or (408) 452-1890.

 

Every Third Sunday:

                Ashkenaz, 7:00 – 9:30 PM., 1317 San Pablo Blvd. near Gilman, Berkeley.  Advanced Balkan Dance class, 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.  Admission is

                $5.00.  For more information contact editor@letsdancemag.net .

 

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.

Argentine Tango intermediate to advanced classes by Nora Dinzlebacher at The Beat, 2560 – 9th Street, Berkeley from 8:15 P.M. to Midnight. $10 for class (includes practice and $5. for practice only. For more information visit http://www.organictangosf.info/index_sf.shtml

Snap-Y Dancers Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma from 7:00 – 9:15 P.M. Contact Carol Friedman (415) 663-9512 or cjay@horiconcable.com .

Hellenic Heritage Institute Greek dance class, San Jose Historical Park, Kelly Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose from 6:30 to 10:00 P.M.  Admission is $150 for instruction and open dance (10 sessions) and $50.00 for just open dancing (10 sessions).  For information call (408) 247-4685 or visit http://www.hhisj.org/classes_dancing.htm .

 

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.

Albany Senior Center women’s simple Balkan dances taught at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue, at Solano, Albany from 10:15 to 11:30 A.M.  Admission is $5.00.      For more information call Catherine Sutton (510) 528-2261.

Point Reyes Folk Dancers The Dance Palace Community Center, Corner of 5th and B Streets, Point Reyes Station 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.  Contact Carol Friedman (415) 663-9512.

 

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.

St. Archangel Michael International Folklore in Saratoga; sponsored by St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, 18870 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, California 95070. Time: 7:30-10:00 PM Suggested donation is $8.00 ($6.00 seniors). Instructor: Loui Tucker 408-287-9999 loui@louitucker.com. Webpage is http://saratoga.serbian-church.net/international-dance-group.html .  The first half hour is  dedicated to  "beginner" and  "intermediate/advanced" lessons. The ramainder of the class is dedicated to preacice.   A group of anywhere from 5-15 goes out to a nearby eatery afterwards until 11:00 PM. 40+ people Age Range: 24-90 with the majority 40 –65.  Visitors welcomed.

Argentine Tango beginning to intermediate classes by Nora Dinzlebacher at The Beat, 2560 – 9th Street, Berkeley from 8:15 P.M. to Midnight. $10 for class (includes practice and $5. for practice only. For more information visit http://www.organictangosf.info/index_sf.shtml .

 

 

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.

El Cerrito Senior Center meet at the El Cerrito Senior Center, 6500 Stockton Avenue, one block east of San Pablo from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Class taught by Mel Harte.  Admission is $5.00 for non-residents and less for residents.  For more information visit melharte@yahoo.com .

Albany Senior Center meet at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic, at Solano, Albany from 10:15 to 11:30 A.M.  Admission is $5.00.  For more information contact Ingrid Talmadge at (510) 524-9122.   

 

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 last Saturday:

International folk dance party hosted by Marcel Vinokur at Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street, Menlo Park from 8:00 P.M. to midnight

 

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 (In Memory of Asha Goldberg)

 

Every Sunday:

Dance with Moshany at the Masonic Temple, 890 Church St., at Franklin, Mountain View at 8:15 P.M.  For more information send email to id@moshany.com

 

Every Monday:

Cafe Kineret, Sunnyvale Recreation Center, 550 Remington, $6.00. 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@louitucker.com or visit http://louitucker.com 80+ dancers Age range 18-75.

 

Every Wednesday:

Cafe Simcha, Israeli Folk Dancing at the 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@louitucker.com, or visit http://louitucker.com or Yonit Levy, (510) 231-0959, yonitlevy@hotmail.com.

 

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 Ruth Browns (415) 492-1605, or the JCC at (415) 479-2000.

Dance with Shirley Burr, 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 Shirley Burr at sababadance@yahoo.com or visit http://wwwsababanights.com/ .

 

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.

 

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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