The Folk Dance Scene for May 2005

 

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May 1 (Sunday): Sonoma County’s a cappella Balkan choir, Gradina, will be presenting an afternoon of Eastern European song and dance at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa, 547 Mendocino Avenue from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.  Admission is $15.00.  For more information call Elin Chadwick at (707) 824-8264.

May 1 (Sunday): Stockton-in-Exile folk dance group meet at Quinto Center, 18778 Cox Avenue, Saratoga from 10:00 A.M. to 12 noon. Donation $5.00.  For more information call Marion (831) 338-4484 or send email to earionkearl@yahoo.com .

May 3 (Tuesday): A revival of 1970’s style Berkeley folk dancing with some international at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 8:30 P.M.  Admission is $7.00. There will be a beginner lesson at 7:30 P.M. and an intermediate lesson at 8:00 P.M.

May 4 (Wednesday): Hambo dance, or brush up, taught by Erik Hoffman at Grace North Chruch , 2138 Cedar Street, near Oxfird< Berkeley at 6:30 P.M.  Admission is $5.00.  for more information send email to davidhill1@comcast.net .

May 5 (Thursday): Taraf de Haldouks and Bireli Lagrene perform Gypsy Crossings at the Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $27.00 for adults, Gold circle $37.00, Students and Seniors with AID $23.00 and UCSC students with ID $15.00.  For more information visit http://events.ucsc.edu/artslecs .

May 6 (Thursday): Za’atat plays Eastern music at Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 1111 Addison Avenue, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $17.50 in advance and 18.50 at eh door.  For more information call (510) 548-1761.

May 6 – 7 (Friday – Saturday): The ninth Annual California Herdeljexi Festival, Ives Park (Sunday) and Sebestopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol (Friday 7:00 P.M. Sunday 12 noon – 9:00 P.M). Admission is $15.00 for one event or $25.00 for both events.

May 8 (Sunday): Taraf de Haldouks and Bireli Lagrene perform Gypsy Crossings at the Zellerbach Auditorium Berkeley at 7:00 P.M.  For more information call (510) 642-9988.

May 8 (Sunday):  Wizo Nativ invites you all to sing along and dance in memory of Ehud Manor, one of Israel’s best known and loved songwriter, poet and media personality.  The evening will be dedicated to his songs and the dances that came from them.  This event will take place at the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, 1030 Astoria Drive, Sunnyvale at 8:30 P.M.  Admission is #10.00.  For more information call Zohara at (408) 736-5440 or Betty at (408) 368-0493.

May 11 (Wednesday): A free Bulgarian Dance Workshop by Tanya Kostova with live music provided by Nestinari at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco. At 7:30 P.M.  For more information visit http://www.slavonicweb.org .

May 12 (Thursday): Sababanighnts, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto presents a Yom Hatshma’ut party featuring special guest Naftali Kadosh at 7:30 P.M. Admission is $12.00.  For more information call (408) 828-0520 or email sababadance@yahoo.com .

May 13 (Friday): Zababa! Izvorno to play music for dancing for the Kopachka Dancers at the Scout Hall, 177 East Blithdale Avenue, Mill Valley from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. 

May 13 – 15 (Friday – Sunday):  Oakland Greek Festival at Ascension Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland.  For more information call (510) 531-3400 or visit http://www.ascensioncathedral.org .

May 14 (Saturday):  Folk Dance Party and Potluck at the Veteran’s Building in Santa Rosa from 6:30 – 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00.  Potluck dinner at 6:30P.M.   Dancing to your favorite recorded music.  For more information send email to mairlyn@sonic.net .

May 14 (Saturday): Greek night at the Athens West, 6999 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin  Live music provided by Fotia.  For more information and reservations call (925) 803-9601.

May 15 (Sunday): St Kiril and Metody Bulgarian Festival at Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga (at Alemany) from Noon to 4:00 P.M.  Admission is $15.00.   For more information visit http://www.slavonicweb.org

May 15 (Sunday): Tanchaz with Danubius at the back studio of Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.  Admission is $12.00.  For more information call Ellie at (408) 452-1890.

May 15 (Sunday): Stockton-in-Exile folk dance group meet at Quinto Center, 18778 Cox Avenue, Saratoga from 10:00 A.M. to 12 noon. Donation $5.00.  For more information call Marion (831) 338-4484 or send email to earionkearl@yahoo.com .

May 18 (Wednesday): Balkan folk dance at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 7:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $7.00. 

May 19 (Thursday): The Duquesne University Tamburitzans will perform at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage, 500 Castro Street, at Mercy, Mountain View at 8:00 P.M.  This is the only scheduled performance in Northern California.  Admission is $19.00 for adults and $13.00 for children.  All seats are reserved.  For more information visit http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/mvcpa/mcvpa.html or http://www.tamburitzans.duq.edu/sch_05may.html .

May 21 (Saturday): Sedenka and Gradina Balkan singing groups will perform at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church in Oakland.  This is a benefit for Dorctors without Borders.  Admission is $10.00 – 20.00.  For more information contact Janelle@hestiafire.org .

May 21 (Saturday):  Fifth annual Bulgarian Cultural Festival with great food, dance and music, honoring Sts. Kirl and Metody at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga, at Alemany, San Francisco. At 7:30 P.M.  For more information visit http://www.slavonicweb.org .

May 21 (Saturday): Advanced/intermediate Israeli dance theme party at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 9:00 to 1:00 P.M.  Admission is $7.00 and students 25 and under $5.00.  For more information visit http://www.jinjisoft.com/AyeleDance/minthly.php .

May 21 – 22 (Saturday & Sunday): Himalayan Fair at Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley  from 10:00 A.M. ot 7:00 P.M. on Saturday and 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.  Admission is $8.00, $15 for couples and $20.00 for a trio.  For more information send email to cherdancer@earthlink.net .

May 25 (Wednesday): Kitka presents a Verhrika (Ukrainian party) to raise funds for a trip to Ukraine to perform and study at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $50.00.  For more information visit http://www.kitka.org .

Man 28 & 29 (Saturday & Sunday): Marin Greek Festival at Nativity of Christ Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Ignacio.  For more information call (415) 883-1998 or visit http://www.nativityofchrist.org . 

May 31 (Tuesday): Anoust to play music for dancing and a lesson by Lise Liepman at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 7:30 P.M.  Admission is $9.00.

 

Regularly scheduled events

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Regularly Scheduled International/Mostly Balkan Events

Sundays:

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 Second and Fourth Sundays:

Dancers for Art’s Sake sponsor Sebastopol Sundays International Folk Dancing at Wischemann Hall (turn North onto Morris Street past the Community Center), Sebastopol from 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.  Easy dances, with instruction followed by other dances by request.  Admission is $4.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members; children under 14 are free.  For more information call (707) 542-2132.

 

 

Every fourth Sunday:

The Pomander Club presents a Tea Dance from 4:00 to 6:30 P.M. with live music provided by the Paul Price Society Orchestra at Palo Alto Masonic Center, 461 Florence (just north of University, Palo Alto.

 

Every Monday:

Greek Folk Dance Workshops at the Presidio Dance Academy, 1158 Gorgas Road at Marshall (adjacent to Crissy Field), San Francisco  from 8:00 - 10:00 P.M.  For more information call Mary Ann Karonis (510) 530-5140 or send email to: makronis@earthlink.net.

 

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

San Francisco International Dance Circle, Harvey Milk Recreation Center, 50 Scott St. at Duboce, San Francisco 10:00 – 11:30 A.M.  Call Mabel Doss (415) 467-9208.

 

Every Thursday:

Mandala meets for International Folk Dance with Edith Bourbin 7:30-10:30 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 IreneCroft@cs.com.

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 loui@netcom.com. 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, and Dan Unger 8-11 PM.

The Kopachka Dancers  meet at Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley at 8:00 P.M.  For more information send email to jcduke@sfsu.edu . .  

 

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 family folk dancing 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: paperwings@earthlink.net.

 

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 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.

 

Daily:

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 : http://server3001freeyellow.com/whimsyum/mideast.html

 

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, loui@netcom.com

 

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. You get more of the older dances during party nights. For more information contact Loui Tucker, (408) 287-9999, loui@netcom.com; or Yonit Levy, (510) 231-0959, yonitlevy@hotmail.com.

Ayelet Bukai teaches beginning and intermediate dances at Sunnyvale Community Center Ballroom, 550 E. Remington Dr., Sunnyvale from 7:45 to 11:00 P.M.  For more information contact Ayelet Bukai

 

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 at Bowcock Hall, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue at Judah Street, San Francisco.  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 wcdancer@ix.netcom.com, or visit their website http://www.netcom.com/~wcdancer.

 

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 wcdancer@ix.netcom.com, or visit their website http://www.netcom.com/~wcdancer.

 

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 wcdancer@ix.netcom.com, or visit their website http://www.netcom.com/~wcdancer.

 

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 wcdancer@ix.netcom.com, or visit their website http://www.netcom.com/~wcdancer.

 

 

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