The Folk Dance Scene for May 2007

 

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May 1 (Tuesday): Brass Menazeri and Gamelan K to play music for dancing at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 1:00 P.M.   Admission is $10.00. .  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

May 2 (Wednesday): Start of four-week session of Greek dances from Ikaria, Crete and Samos at the Dance Palace, 5th and B Streets, Point Reyes from 7:00 to 8:15 P.M  For more information call (415) 663-9512 or send email to cjay@horizoncable.com .

May 4 (Friday):  Smyma Time Machine plays music for dancing, sponsored by the Stanford Folk Dancers, at Flex-It Aerobic Studio, 425 West Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $7.00.  For more information call (650) 966-1775.

May 5 (Saturday): Eleventh Annual California Herdeljezi Roma Festival with the daytime program at Ives Park, Sebastopol from 1:00 P.M. and the evening program at the French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol from 9:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.  Various bands will provide music. Admission for the daytime program is $18.00 or $16.00 in advance and $12.00 for seniors and students; and children are free.  The evening program is $10.00 and $5.00 for students and a combination ticket is $25.00.  For more information send email to voiceofroma@comcast.net or call (707) 823-7941 and cheques can be sent to Voice of Roma, P.M. Box 514, Sebastopol, CA 95473.

May 5 (Saturday): Slavyanka Men’s Russian Chorus (the Bay Area’s own) present “Sounds of Heaven” at Our Lady of Carmel Church, 3 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley at 7:30 P.M. Admission is $18.00 General Admission, $15.00 for seniors and students.  Tickets are available at the door.  For more information call (415) 883-4433 or (415) 897-6578 or visit http://www.slavyanka.org .

May 5 (Saturday): Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration featuring a concert by Eazerlanc Hungarian Folk Ensemble and Hungarian-style buffet at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto from 7:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and students 18 and under (includes reception).  For more information send email to heroldova@aol.com

May 9 (Wednesday): A revival of 1970’s style folk dancing to recorded music, with lesson, at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 7:00 P.M.   Admission is $10.00. .  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

May 11 (Friday): Tanya Kostova to teach and the Bebelekov family to play music and sing at Flex-It Aerobics Studio, 423 West Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View at 8:00 P.M.  Admission is $12.00.  For more information visit http://dance.biochg.com or call (650) 966-1775.

May 12 (Saturday): Rose Festival Folk Dancing at Wishermann Hall, 460 Eddie Lane, Sebastopol from 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.  For more information call (707) 546-8877.

May 12 (Saturday): Café Shalom Israeli pre-Mother’s Day party at 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@yahoo.com .

May 12 (Saturday): Third Annual Amazigh (Berber) Festival at Kuubmwaa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz from 1:00  to 10:00 P.M.  Admission is $16.00/$18.00.  For more information and tickets, call (831) 818-1842 or visit http://www.myspace.com/amazithfestival .

May 13 (Sunday):  Bulgarian Bash with Zaedno and Friends, including a lesson and workshop by Tanya Kostova, at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 7:00 P.M.   Admission is $10.00. .  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

May 14 (Monday): 25th Anniversary party celebrating Loui Tucker’s 25 years leading her Israeli dance group at the Ballroom of the Sunnyvale Community Center.  For more information see continuing events below.

May 14 (Monday): Joe Graziosi will teach a Greek dance workshop at the Presidio Dance Academy, 1158 Gorgas Road at Marshall, adjacent to Crissy Field, Presidio of San Francisco from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M.  Admission is $12.00.  For more information call (510) 530-5140 or send email to macaronis@earthlink.net .

May 18 (Friday): Opre! Gypsy music, dance, magic and storytelling from the Romani Trail with Dgiin at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, at Gilman, Berkeley at 8:00 P.M.   Admission is $15.00. .  For more information call (510) 525-5054.

May 18 – 20 (Friday – Sunday):  Oakland Greek Festival at the Ascension Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland from 10:00 A. M. to 11:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday and 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Sunday.  Admission is $10.00.  For more information call (410) 531-3400 or visit http://www.oaklandgreekfestival.com .

May 18 – 20 (Friday – Sunday): Santa Cruz Greek Mini Food Festival at Prophet Elias Orthodox Church, 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Friday, 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday and Noon to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday.  Admission is free.  For more information call (831) 429-6500 or visit http://www.propheteliassantacruz.org.

May 19 (Saturday): International Folk Dance party with Marcel Vinokur at Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street, Menlo Park from 8:00 P.M. to midnight.  Admission is $7.00 for adults and $1.00 for teens.

May 19 (Saturday): Sts. Kiril and Methody Bulgarian Cultural Festival at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Avenue, at Alemany, San Francisco from 3:00 P.M. to Midnight.  For more information visit http://www.slavonicweb,org/index.html#bulgaria07 .

May 25 (Friday): Tiro Zulum and Maria to play music for dancing at Cabrillo College Gym building, dance studio room 1117, Aptos from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M.  Admission is $5.00 plus tips for the musicians.  For more information visit http://www.cabrillo.edu/home/aboutcabrillo/map.jpg or send email to calqua@sbcglobal.net .

May 26 – 27 (Saturday & Sunday): Marin Greek Festival at the Nativity of Christ Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Ignacio from 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Saturday and Noon to 10:00 P.M. Sunday. For more information call (415) 883-1998 or visit http://www.navityofchirst.org .

May 26 (Saturday): Greek dance party with Fotia at the Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City at 8:00 P.M. (come early at 7:00 for Greek food). Free admission only with a ticket obtainable from the Fox Theatre and Fox sponsors only.  Contact the Fox Theatre for tickets: http://www.foxdream.com or call (650) FOX –4119, or FAX (650) FOX-4129 or send email to info@foxdream.com .

May 26 (Saturday):  Brass Menazeri to play  at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, at Rose, Berkeley at 7:00 P.M. Admission is $8.00 for members and $10.00 for the general public.  For more information visit http://www.brassmenazeri.com or http://www.myspace.com/brassmenazri .

May 27 (Sunday): Conclusion to the Sts. Kiril  & Metody Cultural Festival at the French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol at 2:00 P.M.  There will be a dance workshop starting at 2:00 P.M. with Tanya Kostova and Friends and live music provided by Sharena Zemmya and an appearance of the Sonoma Academy Balkan Choir and Instrumental Ensemble.   Cover charge is $10.00.  In the evening, there will be a chamber music concert.  Cover charge is $10.00.

 

Regularly scheduled events

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Regularly Scheduled International/Mostly Balkan Events

First and third Sundays:

Ashkenaz, 7:00 – 9:30 PM., 1317 San Pablo Blvd. near Gilman, Berkeley. First and third Sundays: Tom Roby, Marjorie Nugent and Ellie Weiner teach Hungarian dance. Admission is $8.00. For more information call (510) 632-3713 or (408) 452-1890.

 

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.

Argentine Tango intermediate to advanced classes by Nora Dinzlebacher at The Beat, 2560 – 9th Street, Berkeley from 8:15 P.M. to Midnight. $10 for class (includes practice and $5. for practice only. For more information visit http://www.organictangosf.info/index_sf.shtml

Snap-Y Dancers Hermann Sons Hall, 863 Western Avenue, Petaluma from 7:00 – 9:15 P.M. Contact Carol Friedman (415) 663-9512 or cjay@horiconcable.com .

 

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.

                 Albany Senior Center women’s simple Balkan dances taught at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue, at Solano, Albany fro 10:15 to 11:30 A.M.  Admission is $5.00.     For more information call Catherine Sutton (510) 528-2261.

                 Point Reyes Folk Dancers The Dance Palace Community Center, Corner of 5th and B Streets, Point Reyes Station 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.  Contact Carol Friedman (415) 663-9512.

 

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 to 10:30 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.

St. Archangel Michael International Folklore Family (formerly “Saratoga International Folk Dancers”),founded April, 1980 – 25+ years in Saratoga; St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, 18870 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, California 95070. Time: 7:30-10:00 PM (parties 5 times a year go to 10:30). Admission is $8.00 ($6.00 seniors). Instructor: Loui Tucker 408-287-9999 loui@louitucker.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. 40+ people Age Range: 24-90 with the majority 40 –65.

Argentine Tango beginning to intermediate classes by Nora Dinzlebacher at The Beat, 2560 – 9th Street, Berkeley from 8:15 P.M. to Midnight. $10 for class (includes practice and $5. for practice only. For more information visit http://www.organictangosf.info/index_sf.shtml .

 

 

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 (In Memory of Asha Goldberg)

 

 Every Sunday:

Dance with Moshany at the Masonic Temple, 890 Church St., at Franklin, Mountain View at 8:15 P.M.  For more information send email to id@moshany.com

 

Every Monday:

Cafe Kineret, Sunnyvale Recreation Center, 550 Remington, $6.00. 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@louitucker.com or visit http://louitucker.com 80+ dancers Age range 18-75.

 

Every Wednesday:

Cafe Simcha, Israeli Folk Dancing at the Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington from 8:00 to 11:30 P.M. 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@louitucker.com, or visit http://louitucker.com or Yonit Levy, (510) 231-0959, yonitlevy@hotmail.com.

 

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 Ruth Browns (415) 492-1605, or the JCC at (415) 479-2000.

Dance with Shirley Burr, 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 Shirley Burr at sababadance@yahoo.com or visit http://wwwsababanights.com/ .

 

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.

 

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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