The Directory of Folk Dance Teachers, Groups, Bands and Venues

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Albany "Y" Folk Dance Group has changed its name (and venue) to Bay Area Folk Dancers. For information, see below

Albany Senior Center Woman’s Simple Balkan Dance group

Meets every Wednesday except the first Wednesday 10:15 to 11:30 A.M.

Albany Senior Center

846 Masonic Avenue, at Solano


Admission is $5.00.

Contact Catherine Sutton (510) 528-2261 or

Albany Senior Center Friday Folk Dance Group with Ingrid Talmadge

Meets every Friday 10:15 to 11:30 A.M.

Albany Senior Center

846 Masonic Avenue, at Solano


Admission is $5.00.

Contact: Ingrid Talmadge (510) 524-9122.

Antika Folk Dance Ensemble dance class with Tanya Kostova

Meets every Every Friday 6:00 to 11:00 P.M. and every Sunday 6:30 to 9:00 P.M.

Jazzercise Fitness Center

10837 San Pablo Avenue

El Cerrito

Admission is $40.00 per month or $12.00 per class.

Contact: Tanya Kostova (510) 666-7701.

Argentine Tango taught by Nora Dinzelbacher

Meets: Mondays (intermediate to Advanced Classes 8:15 P.M. to Midnight

Thursdays (Beginning to Intermediate) 8:15 to Midnight

Class from 8:15 P.M. to 9:15 P.M. and Practice from 9:15 to Midnight    

The Beat

2560 – 9th Street


Admission: $10.00 for class (includes practice or $5.00 for practice only

Contact: Nora Dinzelbacher or visit


1317 San Pablo Avenue at Gilman

Berkeley, CA 94702

(510) 525-5054



Ayanoglu, Eser - Teacher and director of Art for Peace and Human Rights.



class="new-listine">Balkan Dance Cabal

Meet: Every Second and Last Monday 7:30 to 9:30 P.M.

Ashkenaz, back studio

1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman


Admission $5.00

Contact: Richard (510) 524-3611 or

East Bay Folk Dancers-

Meets every Friday 7:30 to 10:30 PM.

Piedmont Veteran's Memorial Building

401 Highland Avenue


Admission is $7.00.

Kay James  (925) 376-0727

Bay Area Sacred Circle Dance Group

(Oversees most Bay Area Sacred Circle Dance Groups; see individual group listings on this page)

Contact: Howard Siegel (650) 359-0207 email

Berkeley Folk Dance Club

Meets: every weeknight 7:45 - 9:45 P.M.


Mondays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Teachers: Claire and Al (510) 841-1205


Thursdays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Teachers: Lone (510) 526-5886 Tom (510) 614-5522


Wednesdays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Teachers: Judy (510) 655-3074 Yaqi (510) 525-1865


Tuesdays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Teachers: Louise and Bill (510) 528-9168

Request Night: Fridays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Family Folk Dance every First Friday 7:15 to 8:15 P.M. (Admission $5.00 to $10.00 sliding scale per family).

Dance Night Chair: Peter and Lynne (510) 654-3136

Live Oak Park Recreation Center

1301 Shattuck Ave. at Berryman St.

Berkeley, CA

Contact: Val Simonetti (510) 525-4193, Judy (510) 655-3074, or Norm (510) 525-0174


>Ben Lomond Sacred Circle Dancers

Contact: Barbara Thomas (813) 336-2673.

Berkeley/El Cerrito Sacred Circle Dance Group

Meets: Most Fridays 7:45 - 10:00 P.M.

Finnish Brotherhood Hall

1970 Chestnut St. (at University, 2 blocks up from San Pablo Ave.)


Meets: Fourth Fridays 7:00 P.M. Potluck, 8:00 - 10:00 Dancing

Hillside Church

1422 Navellier St. (off Potrero, 1/2 East from San Pablo Ave.).

El Cerrito

Contact: Aleka Chase (650) 355-6752 email, or Howard Seigel (650) 359-0207 email

Bourbin, Edith - Teacher and Director of the Mandala Folk Dance Center

25 Greenview Ct.

San Francisco, CA 94131-1254

(415) 648-8489


Cabrillo Folk Dancers

Meets: Every Friday, 7:30- 10:00 P.M.

Market Street Senior Center, 222 Market St, Santa Cruz

Live music parties at the Live Oak Grange on occasional Saturdays. (See the web page for schedule and directions)

Admission: $5.00 for regular nights and $10.00 for live music nights.


Café Kineret Israeli Dancers

Meets: Mondays, 7:30 - 11:30 P.M. (7:30 - 8:30 beginner's teaching and 8:30 -9:00 intermediate teaching; requests until 11:30)

Admission is $6.00.

Sunnyvale Recreation Center

550 East Remington


Contact: Loui Tucker (408) 287-9999, or email

80+ dancers Age range 18 – 75.

Cafe Shalom - Israeli Dance

Meets: Every second Saturday (usually), 7:30 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. Admission Members & Public $8 and students $5.00.

Beginning dances 8:00- 9:00 P.M.

Intermediate dances begin at 9:00 P.M.

Bowcock Hall, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

43rd Avenue, at Judah Street

San Francisco


Café Simcha - Israeli Folk Dancing

Meets: Every Wednesday; teaching from 8:00 to Midnight. Admission is $6.00.

Arlington Community Church

52 Arlington Avenue


All levels; Warm-up/Beginner teaching 8:00 to 8:30 P,M,, Intermediate/Advanced teaching 8:30 to 9:15 P.M., Requests until 11:30 P.M. Party (no teaching) every fifth week. You get more of the older dances during party nights.

Contact: David Bergen.

Capitola International Folk Dancers

Meets: Thursdays 10:00 to 11:30 A.M.

Mid County Senior Center

829 Bay Avenue


Admission is $3.50 for members and $4.50 for non-members

Contacts: Norma Jamieson (831) 430-0968 or Gabrile Swanson (831) 646-5453

Carriage House Folk Dancers

Meets: Wednesdays 7:45 - 10:00 P.M. Admission is $9.00.

Holbrook Palmer Park Carriage House

150 Watkins Ave.


Contact: Suzanne Rocca Butler (650) 854-3184 or

Changs International Folk Dancers

Meets: Every Friday 7:30-10:30 PM. (7:00 - 10:00 P.M. on Family Folk Dance Nights, 3rd Fridays of the Month)

Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church

417 - 31st Avenue at Clement Street,

San Francisco

Teaching on the first two Fridays, Family Folk Dancing on the third Friday, and an all-reqest night on fourth Friday. Fifth Fridays are special workshops or all-request nights.

Admission is $4.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members.


Contact: Craig at

City College of San Francisco International Folk Dance Classes

Wellness Center

50 Phelan Ave. (off Ocean Ave.)

San Francisco, CA 94112

Meet: Mondays 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. (Beginning -PE 518A) (during regular school year).

8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P. M. (Production - PE 17A) (During regular school year)

Registration is required.

Contact: Marguerite Fishman at


Cochran, Bruce - Impresario


Congregation B'nai Shalom

Meets: Two Sundays every month 5:30 - 8:30 P.M. (6.00-6:30 beginner's teaching, 6:30 - 8:15 dancing, review and teaching), 8:15 potluck dairy/veggie dinner. Admission is $5.00

74 Eckley Lane

Walnut Creek

Contact: Yardena Brooks (925) 932-0617

Congregation Kol Emeth - Israeli Folk Dancing

Meets: Last Saturday 8:00 - 11:00 P.M. (teaching and requests) Admission is $3.00 students $1.00.

4175 Manuela Ave.

Palo Alto

Contact: Yale Rosenblatt (650) 697-1049.

Croatian American Cultural Center

60 Onondaga, at Alemany

San Francisco, CA 94112

(415) 255-3442

(510) 649-0941


Sababanights - Israeli Dancing

Meets: Every Thursday 7:45 - 11:30 P.M. (7:45 - 815 beginner's teaching, 8:15 - 8:45 intermediate/advanced teaching and requests until 9:30) Admission is $5.00.

625 Hamilton (off Webster)

Palo Alto

Contact: Shirley Burr or visit .

Bring earplugs.

Dance with Anastasia

Meet: Every Sunday at 10:00 A.M.

St. Kiril and Metodi

1551 Shell Avenue


Admission is $5.00 per person.

Contact: Anastasia at (925) 395-7075

The Osher Marin JCC - Israeli Folk Dancing

Meets: Every Thursday 1:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Beginning and intermediate level) $3.00 members and $5.00 non-members.

Marin Jewish Community Center

200 N. San Pedro Road

San Rafael

Contact: Jill Breslauer at the JCC at (415) 479-8000.


Edessa - Band: Balkan and Beyond

Contact: Lise Liepman or George Chittenden (510) 525-4342


El Cerrito Folk Dancers

Meets: Fridays 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.

El Cerrito Midtown Activity Center

10940 San Pablo Avenue

El Cerrito

Admission is $6.00 for non-residents and $5.00 for residents.

Contact: Mel Harte

Family Folk Dancing at Albany YMCA

Albany YMCA

921 Kains St. at Solano Ave.


Contact: Nancy McGhee (510) 528-4410

Folk Dance Federation of California

Publisher of "Let's Dance" magazine

Phone: (510) 558-6862


Greek and Beyond Folk Dancing

Meets: Every Wednesday 10:00 to Noon

Monclair Recreation Center

6300 Moraga Avenue


Contacts: Eileen or Pauline

GreekFeet; Greek Folk Dancing Workshops at Project Artaud

Meets: Every Monday 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.

Joe Goode Annex, Project Artaud

401 Alabama Street, at 17th Street

San Francisco

Cost: $20.00/month or $10.00/drop-in

Contact: Mary Ann Karonis (510) 530-5140 or email


Hayward Sacred Circle Dancers

Meets: Second Saturdays 8:00 - 10:00 P.M.

Starr King Church

22577 Bayview St.


Contact: Stephanie (510) 537-8003

Hirsh, Carol -- Balkan Dance Teacher

(707) 833-2055

Hot Flying Plates - Balkan Band

Contact: Mathew Fass (415) 282-2536, email or visit their Website:

Israeli Beginning Dance Class

Meets: Every Tuesday 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.

St. Francis Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)

399 San Fernando Way (off Ocean Avenue; near Junipero Serra Boulevard)

San Francisco

Contact: Udy at or (408) 406-6766.

Kitka - Bulgarian Woman's Chorus

Contact: Shiva Cion (510) 444-0323 email:

Klein, Nancy - Teacher


Kopachka Dancers

Meets: Fridays 7:30 -10:30 P.M. (Closed during the Summer months)

to ALMONTE CLUBHOUSE, 105 Wisteria Way

Mill Valley

Contact: Naday Nur (415)497-4890 or Susie Shoaf

[Photo of Tanya Kostova taken at Kolo Festival]

Kostova, Tanya - Teacher of Bulgarian and Macedonian Dances and authentic songs; event producer.

Phone: (510) 624-2323



Michelle Laidlaw – West Coast Swing Dance teacher

Phone: (415) 585-6282; email:; website:

Leegwater, Jaap - specialist Bulgarian & Dutch Folk Dance

Zwanenwater 8

1187 LB Amstelveen

The Netherlands

Phone: +31-2025024416

+31-20-3471261 / work


[Mandala Folk Dance Center]

Meets: every Thursday 7:30-10:30 P.M.

St Paul's Presbyterian Church

43rd Avenue at Judah St.

San Francisco

Contact: Edith Bourbin (415) 648-8489 voice and FAX or E-mail

Web Page

Marin Sacred Circle Dancers

Meets: First and Third Sundays 5:45 - 8:00 P.M.

Almonte District Improvement Club (Almonte Hall; behind Tamalpias High School)

105 Wisteria Way at Almonte Blvd.

Mill Valley

Contact: Kelli Lincoln (415) 507-0376

Monterey International Folk Dancers

Meets: Wednesdays 6:45 ti 8:45 P.M.

Hilltop Park Center

Corner of David Avenue and Devisadero Street


Admission: $1.00


Mostly Balkan - Folk dance group

Meets: Every Thursday at Arrillaga Family Center (formerly Menlo Park [Burgess] Recreation Center), 700 Alma St., Menlo Park with teaching from 7:45 to 8:45 P.M. and request dancing from 8:45 to 10:15 P.M.

Contact: Eileen Menteer, Sue at (408) 247-2420 or Berek at (650) 851-8498.



For more information CLICK HERE

Nirkoda! Israeli Dance Party

Meets: One Saturday per month, 8:30 P.M. to Midnight

Check Website for dates:

Congregation Etz Chayim

4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto

Admission: $10.00 general, students free.

Contact: Aaron Alpert,

Novato Folk Dancers

Meets: Wednesdays, 8:00 - 10:00 P.M.

Lynwood School

1320 Lynwood Dr.


Contact: Frank/Elsa Bacher (707) 546-8877

Pacifica Sacred Circle Dancers

Meets: First Sunday and Third Saturday 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.

Pacifica Library

104 Hilton Way


Contact: Howard Seigel (650) 359 - 0207 email

or Aleka Chase (650) 355-6752 email

Palo Alto Sacred Circle Dancers

Meets: Every Fourth Saturday 1:30 to 3:00 P.M.

Unity Church

3391 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto

Contact: Andrea Walker at (408) 355-5779

Petaluma Snap-Y Dancers

Meets: Every Monday 7:00 – 9:15 P.M.

Hermann Sons Hall

860 Western Avenue


Contact: Carol Friedman (415) 663-9512

Point Reyes Folk Dancers

Meets: Every Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.

The Dance Palace Community Center

Corner of 5th and B Streets

Point Reyes Station

Contact: Carol Friedmann (415) 663-9512


Meets: Every Tuesday 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Lomitas Schoolhouse

2421 Lomitas Avenue

Santa Rosa

Contact: Marilyn Smith


Ripni Kalinke Bulgarian Cultural Center

Meets: Every Thursday 7:00 to 10:00 P.M.

St. Francis Church, Parish Hall

1205 Pine Avenue

Willow Glen, San Jose

Cost: $5.00 drop-in or $20.00 per month.


Rossmoor Folk Dancers

Meets: Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.


Contact: Gertrude Khuner (925) 848-1946

Saint Archangel Michael International Folklore Family

25+ years in Saratoga

Meets: Thursdays 7:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Suggested donation: $8.00 and $6.00 for seniors

St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church

18870 Allendale Avenue

Saratoga, CA 95070

Contact: Loui Tucker (408) 287-9999 or or visit

40+ people Age range 24 – 90 with the majority 40-65.

San Francisco International Dance Circle

Lines/Sets/Partners/Trios BEGINNERS ENCOURAGED!

Meets: Wednesdays 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Harvey Milk Recreation Center

50 Scott Street at Duboce

San Francisco

Summer Sessions at alternate location, call for details.

Contact: Ann Colichidas (415) 902-7690

San Leandro Sacred Circle Dancers

Meets: One Saturday a month

Contact: (510) 351-4312.

Santa Cruz Sacred Circle Dancers.

Contact: Ray Price (831) 426-2230

Santa Rosa International Folk Dancers

Meets: Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.

Santa Rosa Veteran's Building

1 St. E

Santa Rosa

Contact: Elsa Bacher (707) 546-8877

Santa Rosa Israeli Dancers

Meets: Every other Wednesday 6:30 - 10:00 P.M. Admission $3.00.

Congregation Beth-Ami

Friedman Center

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Junior College Dancers

Meets: Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. - Beginning/Intermediate International Folk Dance.

Villa Chanticleer


Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. - Intermediate International Folk Dance

Santa Rosa Junior College - Room 905 Tauzer Gym

Santa Rosa

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. - Advanced Balkan Folk Dance

Santa Rosa High School Dance Studio

Santa Rosa

Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. - Beginning International Folk Dance

Santa Rosa Junior College - Room 905 Tauzer Gym

Santa Rosa

Contact: Marilyn Smith (707) 526-7552 email

Sarena Zemya (Colorful World) - Balkan Band with dance instruction included (Bulgarian, Greek and Macedonian music)

Contact: Claudia Levin (707) 579-0107, or Ellen Watson email

Website: /sarenazemya.html

To hear a bit of music, Karaguna, from their latest CD CLICK HERE.

Sebastopol & Santa Rosa Sacred Circle Dancers

Meets: First and Third Tuesday evenings

Contact: Catherine Sutton (707) 792-1331.

Serebella International Dance Directory:

Slavonian Traveling Band

[Slavonian Traveling Band]

Contact: John Daley (510) 841-0934


To hear a bit of their music, CLICK HERE.

Smith, Marilyn

Teacher of International Folk Dance and dances of France.

1560 Yardley St.

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: (707) 526-7552


Snap-Y Dancers

Meets: Every Monday 7:00 – 9:15 P.M. $5.00.

Hermann Sons Hall

860 Western Avenue


Contact: Carol Friedman (415) 663-9512

Sonoma County Folkdancers - Website for the Sonoma County Folk Dance Scene:

Stanford International Dancers

Meets every Friday 8:00 - 11:00 PM.

First Baptist Church of Palo Alto

305 N. California Avenue

Palo Alto, CA

Contact: Owen Saxton (650) 966-1775

Musicians and Teachers contact: Melissa Miller at (408) 246-7646 or email


Stanford Hillel Israeli Folk Dancers

Meets: Thursdays; 7:45 - 8:15 P.M. beginning lessons, 8:15 - 8:45 P.M. advanced lessons, 8:45 - 11:30 P.M. Dance Party.

625 Hamilton (at Webster)

First United Methodist Church

2nd Floor Fellowship Hall

Palo Alto

Admission: $5.00 Lessons and Admission, $4.00 Youth (18 and under).

Contact: Mark Tischler (408) 749-9285

Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz: English Country Dance

Meets: Second and fourth Thursdays

First Congregational Church

900 High Street

Santa Cruz

Admission: $5.00.


Teacher and contact: Michael King email: Phone: (831) 426-8621

A lively form of folk dance popular in the Renaissance era. Live music. Beginners welcome. Singles or partners. Come join the fun!

Tucker Loui -- International and Israeli Folk Dance Teacher

Phone: (408) 287-9999


For more information about her classes, visit her webpage:

Vecernica -- International Folk Dance Band

Dave Bogdanoff, Leader

(650) 604-6138

P.O. Box 60155

Sunnyvale, CA 94088


Ziyia - Band: Traditional regional Greek music

Contact: Lise Liepman or George Chittenden (510) 525-4342




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