The Folk Dance Scene for Feburary 2010

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February 3 (Wednesday): Black Olive Babes to perform music for listening and dancing at Le Bateau Ivre, 2629 Telegraph Avenue, Berleley from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. There is no cover charge. For more information call (510) 849-1100.

February 5 (Friday): The Kolo Festival Band play music for dancing for the Stanford Folk Dancers at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 West Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Admission is $8.00 general and $4.00 for students along with tips for the musicians. For more information call Ginny at (408) 733-5529.

February 12 (Friday): Anthony Catchatoorian on Bouzouki and Paul Psarras on Guitar and vocals to play Greek music for dancing and listening at Tannourine Restaurant, 120 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo from 9:00 P.M. to Midnight. There is no cover charge. For more information and reservations call (650) 638-1960.

February 13 (Saturday): Tamburitsa Festival featuring Gipsy Strings from Pittsburgh, with Jerry Duke teaching a lesson at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley with a lesson at 7:00 P.M.followed by dancing at 8:00 P.M. For more information call (510) 525-5054.

February 14 (Sunday): Tambuitsa Festival with a concert, dancing, and singing at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. Admission is $15.00.

February 14 (Sunday): Hearts on Fire, a meditation and dance event presented by Pavan and Deepika at The Common Well Center, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax from 3:00 to 7:30 P.M. For more informatin call (415) 419-7777.

February 15 (Monday): Agapi Mou to play for the Apokreas Masquerade Party and Sweets Potluck at the Presidio Dance Academy, 1158 Gorgas Road, at Marshall, Presidio of San Francisco from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. Admission is $10.00. Don't forget to wear a mask or costume and bring your favorite dessert to share. For more information contact Mary Ann Karonis.

February 20 (Saturday): Festival of the Oaks, sponsored by the Berkeley Folk Dancers, at Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, at Berryman, Berkeley with workshops from 9:30 A.M. to Noon and dancing in two halls from 1:30 to 5:30 P.M. Admission for the whold day is $14.00, for dancing in the afternoon is $8.00 and lunch is $5.00. For more information contact Mel Mann.

February 20 (Saturday): Armenian/Near Eastern party at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley with a lesson by Barbara Chookasian at 8:00 P.M. and the music begins at 9:00 P.M. The featured musicians are Souren Baronian and Haig Manoukian and the bands are Taksim, Near East Far West, and Edessa. For more information call (510) 525-5054.

February 20 (Saturday): N.Y. Gypsy All-Stars perform at the SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco at 9:00 P.M. Admission is $30.00 online or $35.00 at the door. For more information visit

February 21 (Sunday): Advanced Balkan dance class with Todd wagner teaching Cucuk Zborenka II in the back studio at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Please bring a belt. For more information call (510) 525-5054 or call Gary Anderson at (415) 488-9197 days and (415) 456-0786 evenings.

February 26 (Friday): Black Sea Surf band plays traditional music from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, the Roma and Turkey with modern instruments for dancing at Cabrillo College, Gym Building, Room 1117, Aptos at 7:30 P.M. Admission is $10.00 plus tips for the musicians and parking is free. For more information send email to

February 27 (Saturday): Celebrate Purim with Cafe Shalom at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Bowcock Hall, 1399 - 43rd Avenue, at Judah, San Francisco from 7:30 to 11:30 P.M. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For more information contact Rosanna Horton.

February 28 (Sunday): French Country Dance, (this month: Breton dances), taught to live music by Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti, at the Bernal Heights Recreation Center, 515 Cortland Street San Francisco from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. Admission is $5.00. For more information contact Laurent Vintaer at (415) 517-8129.

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