The Folk Dance Scene for February 2012

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February 3 (Friday): Hector Bezanis, Denna Bjornlie and friends play live music for dancing for the Stanford International Folk Dancers at the First Baptist Church, Event Hall, 305 N. California Avenue, Palo Alto from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Children are free.

February 4 (Saturday): Janam to play at Webster Haven, in Berkeley at 8:00 P.M. Admission isa $15.00 to $20.00 donation. For more information, and reservations (Required) click here.

February 8 (Wednesday): A revival of 1970's style Berkeley folk dancing to recorded music, at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 7:00 to 11:00 P.M. Admission is $7.00. For more information contact Tannourine Restaurant, 120 West Fifth Street, San Mateo. For reservations and more information call (650) 635-1960.

February 11 (Saturday): Peninsula Council Folk Dance Party featuring a Free advanced Balkan dance workshop by John Nicorara teaching the Romaninan dance Schioapa from 7:15 to 8:00 P.M. After that, there will be an all-request party MC'ed by Lucy Chang from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. This event will be at St. Bede's Church Hall, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Admission for the workshop is free and for the party is $7.00. Bring a snack to share. For more information call Al lisin at (408) 252-8106 or send email to Lucy Chang.

February 11 (Saturday): Twenty-seventh Jewish Music Festival begins with the Isle of Klezbos band playing music for dances led by Bruce Bierman at the JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door. For more information call (866) 558-4253.

February 16 (Thursday): Berkely Balkan Bacchanal with music by Inspector Gadje, Radio Istanbul, and Gramophone and Dynamo at the Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $6.00 to $10.00 on a sliding scale.

February 17 (Friday): San Francisco Tam Fest featuring the Jerry Grcevich Orchestra and the Mornci Tamburitza Orchestra at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco at 7:30 P.M.

February 18 - 20 (Saturday - Monday): KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival With free workshops on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:15 P.M. and a Klez-x reunion concert followed by dancing led by Steve Weintraub at 8:00 P.M. at San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, at Presidio Avenue, San Francisco. For more information and for tickets to the paid events, call (415) 292-1233.

February 18 (Saturday): San Francisco Tam Fest featuring the Jerry Grcevich Orchestra and the Mornci Tamburitza Orchestra at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco at 8:00 P.M.

February 19 (Sunday): Advanced Balkan Folk Dance class at Ashkenaz, back studio, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 2:00 P.M. Martin Frost will be teaching Cetvorno, Razvrastanata and reviewing Tetovsko. Admission is $5.00 at the Door.

February 19 (Sunday): San Francisco Tam Fest featuring Novi Stari Tamburasi, Dalmacijo singers, the Slavonian Traveling Band, the Jerry Grcevich Orchestra and the Mornci Tamburitza Orchestra at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

February 22 (Wednesday): Agapi Mou to play Greek, Albanian, Turkish, Armenian and Romani music for listening and dancing at Le Bateau Ivre Restaurant, 2629 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. There is no cover charge.

February 24 (Friday): Sviraci to play Bulgarian and Macedonian music for dancing for the Cabrillo Folk Dancers, Gym room 1117,Cabrillo College, Aptos at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $10.00 plus tips for the musicians. Bring a snack to share. Parking is free. For more information contact calqua@sbcglobal.net.

February 24 (Friday): a href ="http://www.stellamara.com">Stellamara to play music for listening and dancing at Rudramandir, 6th Street, at Bancroft way, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $20.00 in advance, $15.00 for students and $25.00 at the door.

February 25 & 26 (Saturday & Sunday): Helene Eriksen starts a nine weekend Bay Area Training Project covering several Eastern dance styles in depth and ending in 2013 in a location in San Francisco TBA. Cost is $175.00 if paid by 15 February and $200.00 after and will be from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For more information visit the Project's Website.

February 25 (Saturday): Israeli folk dance party at Cafe Shalom, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Bowcock Hall, 1399 - 43rd Avenue, at Judah, San Francisco from 7:30 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For more information send email to toktok124@yahoo.com.

February 25 (Saturday): Brass Menanzeri and Disciples of Markos play at a href="http://www.amnesiathebar.com">Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco at 9;00 P.M. Cover charge is $7.00 to $10.00.

February 25 (Saturday): Festival of the Oaks at Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, at Berrryman, Berkeley with an institute at 9:30 A.M., lunch at Noon, and dancing from 1:30 to 5:00 P.M. Admission is $15.00 for the day. For more information contact Mel Mann at (510) 527-2177.

February 26 (Sunday): The Helladelics play Greek music for listening and dancing at Papa's Taverna, 5688 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma from 4:30 to 9:00 P.M.

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