The Folk Dance Scene for May 2002


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May 1 (Wednesday): Israeli Dance party with Loui Tucker in Saratoga.  For more information call (408) 287-9999.

May 3 (Friday): Ivo’s Diaspora Dance at the Slavonic Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco starting at 8:00 P.M.  Slavonian Traveling Band and guests will provide the music. For more information send email to 

May 3 (Friday): Zadeno will be playing dance music for the Stanford Folkdance Club at Flex-it Aerobics Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Ave. in Mountain View, at 8:00 P.M. till 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $6.00.  For more information call Barbara Saxton (650) 966-1775.

May 4 (Saturday): There will be a Sacred Circle May Day Dance at Cordonices Park, on Euclid Ave., Berkeley at 2:00 P.M.  There will be a potluck picnic at 5:00 P.M.  There will be live music for dancing provided by Susan and Sharon. For more information call Marina and John Bear at (510) 528-4253, send email to or visit the San Francisco Bay Area Circle Dance Group's website.

May 4 (Saturday): Peninsula Folk Dance Council Folk Dance Party.  ½ partner, ½ non-partner plus your requests.  Please bring a little finger food to share.  St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road at Monte Rosa (enter from Monte Rosa), Menlo Park from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Contact Arden Pierce (650) 494-1631.

May 4 (Saturday): Rom and Slavic music by Danubius Band at Radio Valencia, San Francisco at 7:30 P.M.  For more information call (415) 383-5873.

May 4 (Saturday):  Hungarian Tanchez with Forgatos band at the Hungarian Sausage Factory restaurant, San Francisco at 9:15 P.M.  For more information and reservations call (415) 282-1458.

May 4 (Saturday): Born to Drone and Russian House “Kedry” will be performing at the Sanborn Park Hostel, 15808 Sanborn Road, Saratoga from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Donations are graciously accepted, but are not required.  For more information call (408) 741-0166, or visit the above websites.

May 5 (Sunday): Benefit for Voice of Roma at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue at Gilman, Berkeley in the afternoon and evening.  Anoush, Edessa and other musicians and dancers to perform.  For more information call (510) 525-5054 or send email to Sani Rifati at

May 6 (Sunday): First of four Monday evening “Open Your Voice” Balkan singing workshops (the others will be on May 13, 20, 26) presented by Kitka from 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.  The workshops will be at the Reception Room, First Congregational of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street at 27th St.   The cost is $72.00 for the four workshops and $20.00 for individual “drop-in” classes.  Drop-ins are permitted only if space is available.  To register, call Kitka at (510) 444-0323, send email to, or send a FAX to (510) 444-1013. Advance payment is required (credit cards and cheques accepted). 

May 10 (Friday): Santa Clara Valley Folk Dancers Monthly Folk Dance Party.  Mixed program of partner and non-partner dances plus requests.  Refreshments.  First Christian Church, 90 South Fifth Street, San Jose from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.

May 11 (Saturday): Petaluma International Folk Dancers Party night at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma from 7:45 – 10:45 P.M.  For more information call (707) 546-8877.

May 15 (Wednesday): Santa Rosa Folk Dancers party at Willowside Hall, 5299 Hall Road, Santa Rosa from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. For more information call (707) 546-8877.

May 15 (Wednesday): Jazayer to perform a concert of original/Middle Eastern/true fusion music at Strings (a private venue), 6320 San Pablo Avenue, Emeryville at 8:00 P.M.  There is no sign, you must find the store front by the address. Admission is $15.00 and refreshments will be served.  For more information call Vince (415) 457-8427, Mimi (510) 215-8323 or Strings at (510) 653-5700.  Email may be sent to

May 16 (Thursday): Panacea (a trio of Nada Lewis, Shira Kammen and Robin Petrie) will be playing Bulgarian, Rom, very old French, eclectic Scando, Greek and other strange and lovely music at Café Muse,856 San Pablo Avenue (two doors north of Solano Avenue), Albany from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M.  Cover charge is $5.00.  No reservations are needed.  For more information call (510) 528-2878 –2# or send email to Nada Lewis

May 17 –19 (Friday – Sunday): Statewide 2000 Gold Country Festival in Rocklin (near Sacramento).  Teachers will be Steve Kotansky, Richard Powers and Dick Crum.  Sponsored by the California Folk Dance Federation.  For more information, call Bruce Mitchell (530) 888-6586 or send email to

May 18 (Saturday): Menlo Park Recreation Center Folk Dancers Monthly Folk Dance Party.  All request program.  Refreshments.  Burgess (Menlo Park) Recreation Center, 700 Alma at Mielke St, Menlo Park   Contact Marcel Vinokur (650) 327-0759

May 18 (Saturday): Fifth Annual Ashkenaz Dance-a-thon at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue at Gilman, Berkeley.  Stay tuned for more information.

May 22 (Wednesday): A Kitka “Kafana”: A special evening to send Kitka to Bulgaria to sing and conduct field research with the world renowned “Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares” woman’s choir.  This fund-rasising event will be at Montclair Women’s Cultrual Arts Club, 1650 Mountain Boulevard (at Thornhill), Oakland at 8:00 P.M.  Tickets are $40.00 and larger gifts are gratefully accepted.  For reservations and information call (510) 444-0323 or visit their website.

May 23 (Thursday): The Duquesne University Tamboritzans to perform in Mountain View.  For more information call  (650) 903-6000.

May 24 (Friday): Bulgarian cultural celebration at the Slavonic Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco in the evening.  Details to be announced.   For more information send email to 

May 31 (Friday): Anoush to perform at Cabrillo College, Gym 1117, Aptos from 8:00 – 11:00 P.M.  For more information send email to



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 Third Sunday:

Ashkenaz; Family Folk Dancing with Denise Weiss from 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. For more information call (510) 632-3713.


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 and Third 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.


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.

Armenian dancing, 7:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. Line dancing, beginner level, no experience necessary, no partner necessary. At the Armenian Apostolic Church social hall, 275 Olympia, San Francisco. For more information, call (415) 661-1142.



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.


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 3, March 8, April 12, May 17, Jun 21, July 26, Aug 30, Oct 4, Nov 8, Dec 13). 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.



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