The Folk Dance Scene for June 2003


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Mel Mann announces and update about his popular DANCE ON THE WATER folk dance cruises for 2003. Unfortunately the 18th Annual Alaska folk dance cruise that was scheduled for July 23 has been canceled by the cruiseline since they lost the use of their ship.  Through the year 2003 and for the past 22 years use of the ship has been shared by the University of Pittsburgh (who ran the Semesters at Sea) and the World Explorer Cruiseline who during school breaks used the ship to sail in Alaska and the Caribbean. This year the university decided to retain usage year round.  Negotiations to lease another ship recently broke down and as a result World Explorer will use the year 2003 to locate another ship to resume operating beginning in 2004.Signups for the Yangtze River/China folk dance cruise are going very well and only five cabins remain in the groups allocation.  This popular bargain cruise will begin on June 16 and end July 3rd.  It is an all inclusive package trip for $3348 per person and includes round trip flight to China from SF (and other west coast major ports) and 8 day cruise on the Yangtze River viewing the Three Gorges and the Dam.  Also included are flights within China for the 8 days touring the major Chinese cities, all meals, all excursions, sight seeing and all admissions to major attractions, staying at 5 star hotels plus all meals.  The group will visit Shanghai, Chongking, Xi'an and Beijing.  The major attractions to be visited include the Terra Cotta Warriors, Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Ming Tomb, Summer Palace, Beijing Opera and many more events. Folk dancing will be led by the master teacher, Sandy Starkman and of course Mel Mann will be escorting the group with the help of tour managers.  
International folk dancing will be enjoyed with the international group of dancers on the trip from England, New Zealand, Canada and the US.  Mel helps to arrange for singles to share cabins to keep cost low. For more detailed information contact Mel Mann at (510) 526-4033 or by e-mail at  DO NOT DELAY AS THERE IS LIMITED SPACE LEFT.

June 13 (Friday): Anoush, along with members of Zabava! Isvorno will perform at the Slavonic Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $10.00.  For more information, call  (510) 649-0941.


June 13 (Friday): Eszerlanc Hungarian Folk Ensemble presents the Eletra Band from New York in the Gold Room of the Russian Center 2460 Sutter Street, at Divisadero, San Francisco from 8:00 P.M. to Midnight.  Hungarian wine and sandwiches will be available.  Admission  is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students at the door.  For more information call Victoria Szabo at (510) 482-3715 or email .


June 14-15 (Saturday – Sunday):  Ethnic Dance Festival  at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.  For more information visit their website .


June 20 –21 (Friday-Saturday): Grupa Maistori, a Bulgarian traditional music band, consisting of: Vassil Bebelekov, Georgi Petrov, Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Nikolay Georgiev and Ivaylo Koutchev, will perform at the Bulgaria At Night Resturant in Oakland.  For more information visit the restaurant’s website 


June 27 (Friday): "First Northern California Appearance! "The BAKSHEESH BOYS Spazvorno Ensemble will be performing MACEDONIAN & THRACIAN Dance Hits as well as BANANASLUGSKO ORO, the new dance craze that everyone is talking about!  From 7:30-11:00PM with The CABRILLO FOLKDANCERS - $5.00 Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003 Room 1117 next to the Gym - Further Info at

June 24-28: Sacred Circle Dance presents Far Horizons Camp.  For more information visit either or .

June 27 (Friday): Pre-Balkan Camp party at the Presbyterian Church in Arcata.  Potluck from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. and live music provided by Club Band, Chubritza etc. from 8:00 to Midnight or longer.

June 29 – July 5 (Sunday – Saturday): The second annual Aranykapu Tabor Hungarian Dance and Music Camp at Camp Cazadero, near Gurneyville.  Teka Ensemble will provide music instruction and evening dance music.  Tamas Szappanos and Krisztina Baji will teach the Bonchidai dance cycle and beginner dance will be taught by Istvan Szabo (Kovacs).  For more information send email to or visit their website:

June 28 – July 5 (Saturday – Sunday): EEFC Mendocino, CA Balkan Music and Dance Workshop.  For more information call (510) 549-2124 or visit


Regularly scheduled events

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Regularly Scheduled International/Mostly Balkan Events


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 Monday:

Greek Folk Dance Workshops at Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 362 from 8:00 - 10:00 P.M.  For more information call Mary Ann Karonis (510) 530-5140.


Every Fourth Monday:

John Daley and friends will teach the basic kolos we do at our festivals. 7:30 P.M. at the Slavonic 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:

International Folk Dance Classes with Marcel Vinokur at Burgess Community Center in Menlo Park, 7:00-10:15 P.M.


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


Every Thursday:

Mandala meets for International Folk Dance with Edith Bourbin 7:30-11 PM.

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

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 -- 20 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 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 Mel Harte, Dan Unger and Asha Goldberg 8-11 PM.


First four Fridays:

Changs International Folk Dancers: Meets the first four Fridays of each month at 8 PM at the 7th Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 - 7th Avenue (between Irving and Judah) in San Francisco. Teaching on the first two Fridays, party night on the third Friday, and requests and other fun programming 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:


Every first Friday:

Family folk dancing by Denise Weiss at Slavonic Cultural Center at 60 Onondaga St., in San Francisco. Call Slavonic 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 fourth Friday:

The Pomander Club features an American Traditional Dance workshop and ball with live music provided by the Paul Price Society Orchestra at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto.


Every Friday before second and fourth Saturdays:

The Mid-Peninsula Scandinavian Dance does Scandinavian couple turning dances to recorded and live music at the Carriage House in Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue in Atherton from 7:30 - 10:30 P.M. Instruction is beginner to intermediate. Admission is $4.00. For more information and latest schedule call (650) 323-2256 or (408) 929-5602 or send email to or A Scandinavian fiddle class meets concurrently with the dance class and often plays for dancing in the later part of the evening.


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.



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 :



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,


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 the El Cerrito Veterans Memorial Hall, 6401 Stockton Street, $5. Teaching from 8-9:30, requests until midnight. All levels, come earlier for the older and easier dances. Party - no teaching - every fifth week. (Feb 12, March 19, April 23, May 28, July 2, Aug 6, Sept. 10, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 24). You get more of the older dances during party nights. For more information contact Loui Tucker, (408) 287-9999,; or Yonit Levy, (510) 231-0959,


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 is now IN THE PRESIDIO- 1805 Hayes, The Presidio, San Francisco. The old JCC on California St. has been torn down.  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.


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, or visit their website


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, or visit their website


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, or visit their website


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, or visit their website



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