The Folk Dance Scene for May 2006

 

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May 2 (Tuesday):  Brass Menagerie to play music for dancing and Rikki Nicolae to teach dances at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 6:30 P.M. and Lise Liepman will detach dances at 7:30 P.M..  Admission is $10.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

May 4 (Thursday): Sababanights in Palo Alto present a dance workshop and Dance Till You Drop Bash featuring Karina Lambert at Sababanights, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto with the workshop from 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. and the dancing from 9:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.  Admission is $10.00.  For more information call (408) 828-0520 or send email to sababadance@yaho.com .

May 7 (Sunday): Balkan Folk dancing a UC berkeley Folk Dancers Reunion at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M..  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

May 7 (Sunday):  The Toids perform a benefit ro the Little Seismic Dance Company at the 8th Street Studios, 2525 8th Street, at Dwight, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is from $10.00 to $100.00. For more information send email to the@toids.org .

May 11 (Thursday):  The Vagabond Opera, an operatic European circus cabaret singing in Balkan and Arabic tongues performs at The Makeout Room, San Francisco.  Admission is $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information visit http://www.vagabondopera.com or http://www.makeoutroom.com .

May 12 (Friday):  The Vagabond Opera, an operatic European circus cabaret singing in Balkan and Arabic tongues performs at Epic Arts Tea House, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M..  Admission is $5.00 – 10.00 on a sliding scale. All ages are welcome.  For more information visit http://vagabondopera.com or http://www.epicarts.com or call (510) 644-2204.

May 12 (Friday): Razzmatazz presents a Santa Rosa Folk Dance Party at the Lodge Room of the Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building (across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00 plus tips for the Musicians.  Bring snacks to share.  For more information call (510) 965-9688.

May 12 (Friday): Kopachka will hold a dance party with live music provided b y Zabava! at Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $5.00.   For more information send email to jcduke@sfsu.edu  or settele@vision.ucsf.edu .

May 13 (Saturday): Israeli dancing at Café Shalom, Bowcock Hall, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue, at Judah Street, San Francisco at 6:30 P.M.  Admission is $5.00.  For more information send email to israelidancer@yahoogroups.com .

May 14 (Sunday): The Vagabond Opera, an operatic European circus cabaret singing in Balkan and Arabic tongues performs at Don Quixote International Music Hall, Santa Cruz at 7:00 P.M.  Admission is $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.  For more information visit http://www.donquixotesmusic.com or http://www.vagabondopera.com .

May 14 (Sunday): Halanda Studio Grand Opening party at 1062 Lincoln Avenue (Willow Glen area), San Jose from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.  Food, dancing etc.   For more information send email to hala@haladance.com or visit http://www.haladance.com .

May 15 (Monday): The Vagabond Opera, an operatic European circus cabaret singing in Balkan and Arabic tongues performs at The Calistoga Inn, Calistoga from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.  All ages are welcome.  For more information visit http://www.calistogainn.com or http://www.vagabondopera.com .

May 19 – 21 (Friday – Sunday):  2006 Statewide Folk Dance Festival at West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga.   Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion will teach Romanian dances, Samy Makar will teach Salsa Rueda Mixers and live music will be provided by Chubritza.  Early registration (before May 1) gives lower admission rates.   For more information visit http://home.comcast.net/~statewide_2006/statewide_2006.html or call (510) 428-9168.

May 19 –21 (Friday – Sunday): Festival of Greece at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland.  For more information visit http://www.ascensioncathedral.org. or http://www.oaklandgreekfestival.com , or call (510) 531-3400. 

May 19 (Friday): The Toids are having a CD release party at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M.  For more information send email to the@toids.org .

May 20 (Saturday): Tenth Annual California Herdeljezi Festival at Ives Park, downtown Sebastopol from noon to midnight.  Traditional Romani holiday celebration with a large number of bands and musicians.  For more information call (707) 823-7941.

May 20 - 21 (Saturday & Sunday): Hala Dance company presents an Egyptian dance workshop featuring Atef Faraq and his wife Magda at the Odd Fellows Dance Hall, 839 Main Street, Redwood City.  The workshops are from 10:00 A. M. to 3:00 P.M. and the show is from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Saturday.  Workshops are $40.00 per workshop or $150.00 for all four.  The show is $25.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door.  For more information visit http://www.HalaDance.com .

May 20 (Saturday): AyeleDance monthly theme dance party at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 N. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.  For more information visit http://www.ayeledance.com/monthly.php .

May 20 (Saturday): Slavyanka, Men’s Russian Chorus present “With love from the Balkans and Caucasus”, at Notre Dame des Victoires Church, 566 Bush Street, San Francisco at 8:00 P.M.  Donations are appreciated.  For more information call (510) 540-8096 or (415) 328-4121 or visit http://www.sfarchdiocese.org/parishes/notredame.html .

May 21 (Sunday): Sts. Kiril and Methody Bulgarian Festival at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Avenue, at Alemany, San Francisco from 2:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.  Workshops start at 3:00 P.M. then the music and festivities begin.  Live music for dancing provided by Nestinari, Edesa, Zaedno and Verna Druzina.  Bulgarian food and wine will be served throughout the day.  Admission is $15.00 and children are free.  For more information visit http://www.CroatianAmericanWeb.org .

May 22 (Monday): Last Monday morning AyeleDance class before summer vacation at Flex-it Aerobic Studio, 425 Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 9:30 to 11:30 P.M.  For more information visit http://www.ayeledance.com/monday_morning.html .

May 23 (Tuesday): The Duquesne University Tamburitzans perform at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage, 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy Streets), Mountain View at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $21.00 for adults and $14.00 for children 12 and under.   For tickets call (650) 903-6000.  For more information visit http://www.tamburitzans.duq.edu/sch_05may.html  or http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/mvcpa/mvcpa.html .

May 24 (Wednesday): Balkan Folk dancing with lessons at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 6:30 P.M. and Lise Liepman will detach dances at 7:30 P.M..  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

May 26 (Friday): Zoyres eastern European Wild Ferment perform at Papa Toby’s Revolutionary Café, 3248 – 22nd Street, between Valencia and Mission, at Bartlett from 9:00 P.M. to Midnight.  Admission is free. For more information send email to mpertmut@hotmail.com .

May 26 (Friday):  Mosaic (formerly “Tony Canavarro & Friends) and The Brass Punks bands to play music for dancing at Cabrillo College, room 1117 of the Gymnasium 1100, Aptos at 7:30 P.M.  Admission is $5.00 and $2.00 for parking.  For more information send email to judyd@mbari.org .

May 27 & 28 (Saturday & Sunday): Marin Greek Festival, Nativity of Christ Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Ignacio.  For more information call (415) 883-1998 or visit http://www.nativityofchrist.org .

May 30 (Tuesday): Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment perform at Mama Buzz Café with Seattle’s Drumolin, 2318 Telegraph Avenue, at 23rd, Oakland. Admission is  $3.00 to 7.00.  For more information send email to mpertmut@hotmail.com .

 

 

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

Razzmatazz, Black Bean BBQ (formerly Clo’s Parkside Grill  and BBQ), 557 Summerfield Rd., (next to the Rialto Cinema), Santa Rosa from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.  Admission is $3.00.  For more information call (510) 965-9688 or (707) 527-5224.

 

Every Fourth Monday:

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

Palomanians International FD (primarily intermediate) Class meets Tuesdays 8:00 - 10:15 pm.  $6 drop-in fee Menlo Park Recreation Center 700 Alma St, Menlo Park (in the civic center).  Call Al Lisin 408-252-8106

International Folk Dance Classes with Marcel Vinokur at Menlo Park Recreation  Center, 700 Alma Street,  Menlo Park, 7:00-10:15 P.M

Santa Clara Valley Folk Dancers American Legion Hall, Post 99, 1344 Dell Avenue, Campbell from 7:30 – 9:30 P.M. Call Maxine Burnham (408) 739-0500.

 

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 at Bowcock Hall, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue, at Judah, San Francisco  from 7:30 to10:30 P.M.

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 -- 25 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 Kay James 8-11 P.M.

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 P.M. at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, 31st Avenue at Clement Street, 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 Croatian Cultural Center at 60 Onondaga St., in San Francisco. Call Croatian 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

Monday morning Israeli folk dancing with Ayelet for wormen only at Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Avenue, San Jose from 10:00 A.M. till Noon.  Admission is $5.00. For more information call Ayelet at (408) 739-2233 send her email ayeledance@gmail.com or visit http://www.ayeledance.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 Cupertino Middle School, Multi-purpose Room, 1650 S. Bernardo Avenue, Sunnyvale from 6:30 to 9:30 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 at Bowcock Hall, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue, at Judah, 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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