Where to Dance

Folk Dance Clubs/Classes in Northern California

These dance classes and clubs are members of the Folk Dance Federation of Northern California.
Advanced Balkan DancersBalkanComplex dances from the Balkans. Holds occasional Balkan-themed partiesGary, 415-488-9197San Rafael
Alpentänzer SchuhplattlerAustrianFolk Dance. Beginners welcome. First night free.916-988-6266 (Gary Schultz)
Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00CarmichaelBPOE #2103, 5631 Cypress Avenue
Balkan Dance CabalBalkanIntermediate/advanced. "Plotting to attain the sublime through the joyful mastery of dance." 510-524-3611
2nd and fourth Mondays
7:30-9:30 PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Rear dance studio
Bay Osos Folk DancersInternational Scottish Country Dance: noon-1:00 PM
International Folk Dance: 1:00-3:00 PM Beginners welcome. First night free.
805-528-4169 (Anne)
Tuesdays, 12-3pmLos OsosLos Osos Community Center, 2180 Palisades Avenue
Berkeley Folk Dancers International Intermediate/Advanced Special day class for beginnersClub President (Art Woodworth)WebsiteMondayBerkeley
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck and Berryman
Berkeley Folk Dancers InternationalDancing in the Afternoon (Beginners/Intermediate)Big Wayne Phillips 925-317-3192WebsiteTuesday, 1:30 – 3:00pmBerkeley
Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda
Berkeley Folk Dancers InternationalAdvancedClub President (Art Woodworth)WebsiteWednesdayBerkeleyLive Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck and Berryman
Berkeley Folk Dancers InternationalBeginnersClub President (Art Woodworth)WebsiteThursdayBerkeleyLive Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck and Berryman
Berkeley Folk Dancers InternationalRequest night Club President (Art Woodworth)WebsiteFriday 7:45-9:45 PMBerkeleyLive Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck and Berryman
Boots N' BucklesCountry WesternLines & couples408-725-8367
Informational Flyer
Info: Website
Friday 8:00-11:00 PMNewark
Centerville Community Center in Newark
4th Friday: Swiss Park in Newark
Cabrillo Folk DancersInternationalNon-partner. Live music once a month (at The Grange); check the website for dates. Beginners welcome.Email WebsiteFriday 7:30-10:00 PMSanta CruzMarket Street Senior Center, 222 Market Street
Cafe ShalomIsraelIsraeli Folk Dance Party. Come schmooze and dance to the music of Israel. Older dances and dances for beginners at 7:30. $8 adults $5 students Contact Rosanna: rofromsf@gmail.com
SECOND Saturday, 7:30- 11:30 PMSan Francisco

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 1399 43rd Ave (at Judah)
Cafe ShalomIsraeliLearn the dances you'll see a our once-a-month dance party! Folk Dance Class
St. Francis Episcopal Church
399 San Fernando Way
San Francisco, CA 94127
(off Ocean Blvd near Junipero Serra Blvd - across the street from the gate entrance is the Sloat School play yard)

Teachers: Udy and Ori
Cost: Adults: $8 and Students: $5

San Francisco
Beginner class: 8:00 – 8:45pm
Dancing 8:45 -- 11:00pm

For more information contact Udy Gold at udy@pobox.com or 408.406.6766

Carriage House Folk DancersInternationalInternational folk dance with emphasis on The Balkans (Intermediate level)Info: Email Wednesdays 7:45-10:15 PMAthertonCarriage House, Holbrook Palmer Park, 130 Watkins
Chang's International Folk DancersInternational "Introducing International dancing to new generations for 70 years in San Francisco." Beginners welcome. First night free. Info: Email - Website First Four Fridays - 7:30 to 10:30 PM
Third Friday - Party Night, Family Night 7:00-8:15 PM
San FranciscoLincoln Park Presbyterian Church at
Chico World DancersInternational No partner needed. Line, circle, and couple dances from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Israel, USA, etc.. Also ThursdaysMemo Keswick 530-774-2287 memok@saber.netMost Fridays 8:00 PMChicoChico Creek Dance Centre, 1144 West First Street,
Chico World DancersInternational No partner needed. Line, circle, and couple dances from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Israel, USA, etc. Also FridaysMemo Keswick 530-774-2287 memok@saber.netMost Thursdays 7:00 PMChico417 - 31st Avenue
Cleo'sAfricanTraditional African dance taught by Alhassane Camara, a master dancer, and there is a live drummer. Cost: $15415-756-0736
Wednesdays 6:45- 8:15PMOakland

ColfaxInternational Email or call 530-305-4050 Last Friday, 7:00 PMColfaxColfax Greek Bistro, 30 North Main Street
Country HustlersCountry WesternLine Dance 925-443-2106
Pleasanton and Livermore
Country Quick SteppersCountry WesternLines & couples650-755-8049
Info: Website
1st, 3rd and 5th SaturdayFoster CityLocation varies - see website
Country SwingersCountry WesternLine Dance. Beginners welcome. First night free.209-832-2605 or 209-608-0632 (Jean)
Info: Email
Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PMTracyLolly Hansen Senior Center
375 East Ninth Street
Dances Of The WorldInternationalInternational line and couple social dances. Mostly Balkan. Beginners welcome. First night free.916-570-3482 Yvonne or Andre
Email - Flyer
3rd Saturday 7:30-10:30 PM, 2nd & 4th Sundays 3:00-6:00PM (except July/August)Sacramento
YLI Hall, 1400 27th and N
Davis International FolkdancersInternationalInternational folk dancing530-758-0863
Info: Website
Sundays 7:00-10:00 PMDavisDavis Art Center, 1919 F Street
Del Valle Folk DancersInternationalInternational Folk Dancing "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" Beginners welcome. First night free.925-447-8020 (George)
Email - Flyer
Tuesday 7:30 - 9:30 PMLivermore
Bothwell Arts Center (West end)
2466 8th Street
Downright CountryCountry WesternLine Dance916-985-0770 Email Download the 2015-2016 flyer. 2nd SaturdayLoomisVeterans Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Road
East Bay Folk DancersBalkan Folk Dancing from The Balkans
(No partner needed)
925-376-0727 (Kay)
Email -
Friday 7:30-10:30 PMPiedmontPiedmont Veteran's Hall, 401 Highland Avenue
El Dorado Intl. Dance AssociationInternationalInternational Folk Dancing. Mon, Tues, Thu and Friday. Multiple opportunities, call for specifics. Tuesdays: at the IOFF Hall,Placerville530-677-1134 (Teddy Wolterbeek) or
530-622-7301 (Flossy)
or 530-644-1198 (Joan)
Tuesday 7:00-10:00 PMPlacervilleIOFF Hall, 467 Main Street, Placerville
El Dorado Scandinavian DancersScandinavian916-657-4046 (John)
916-358-2807 (Marida)
Info: Website
7:00-9:00 pm MondaysSacramentoHamilton Street Park Community Center, 4855 Hamilton Street
First & Last DancersCountry Western - lines & couples. Many months have special times, call for details916-682-2638Last Saturday 8:00 PM - midnightGaltValley Oaks Grange (5th and D)
Folkdances of Hungary & TransylvaniaHungarianFolk Dance650-941-0227
(Todd Wagner) Em ail
Tuesdays 7:30-9:45pmMenlo Park
Arrillaga Family Recreation Center,700 Alma Street
Fresno Danish DancersScandinavian, EuropeanFolk dances. Beginners welcome. First night free.Steen Skjellerup 559-259-7081 or stivax @aol.comTuesday: 7:00-9:00 PMClovis
Clovis Senior Center, 890 Fourth St. @ Hughes
Gold Country Contra DanceContraLesson and DancePatty Roemer 530-647-2291 EmailLast Saturday, 10 times a year - call first to be sure!
6:30-10:00 PM
Gold Trail Grange, 319 State Highway, Coloma, CA 95613
Greek FeetGreekfolk dances510-530-5140
Info: Email -
Monday: 7:30-9:30 PMSan FranciscoJoe Goode Annex Project Artaud,
401 Alabama Street (at 17th Street)
Humboldt Folk DancersInternationalInternational Folk Dancing. First Friday: Party with 2-3 bands707-822-8045 (Craig)
Friday, 8:00-11:00 PM ArcataArcata Presbyterian Church, 11th and G Streets (2 blocks N of Plaza)
Humboldt TangoArgentine Tango707-445-2655
Info: Website
Sunday Beg. 5:00 PM, Intermediate 6:30 PM
First and third week Friday practice 7:00-9:00 PM
EurekaStudio of Dance Arts, 5th & A Street
Irish American Ceile DancersIrishFolk Dancing916-444-3181 (Helen)
Info: Website
2nd and 4th WednesdaysSacramentoHarte Senior Center, 915 27th Street
Israeli Folk Dancers of Santa CruzIsraeliFolk Dancing831-227-9477 (Alan)
Info: Email
Tuesdays 7:30-10:00 PMSanta CruzPeace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street
Kolo FestivalInternationalAnnual 3-Day Balkan Dance and Music Festival. Workshops, live music, parties. Website Thanksgiving Weekend, Thursday thru Sunday.Traditionally in San Francisco, but the location changes from year to year - check website
Kolo KoalitionInternationalIntermediate to advanced (Balkan/Eastern Europe) Line Dances. First night free. Sacramento International Folk Dance & Arts Council maintains a list of places to dance at: http://www.folkdancesac.org916-549-7093 (Laura) or 916-739-6014
Email or Email
Wednesday - 7:30-10:00 PM
Party 1st Saturday - 8:00-11:00 PM
YLI Hall, 27th and N Streets
Kopachka Folk DancersInternationalBalkan and International Folk Dancing. Beginners welcome, lesson first half-hour. First night free. Traditionally does not dance during the summer months.415-497-4890 (Nadav)
Email - Website
Friday, 7:30-10:30 PM Mill ValleyStrawberry Recreation Center, 118 E. Strawberry Drive
Mandala Folk Dance CenterInternational"Starts with easy/beginner dances and becomes more challenging as the evening goes on."415-648-8489 (Paul and Edith)
Email - Website
Thursdays 7:30 to 10:30 PMSan Francisco Bowcock Hall, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue, at Judah St.
Mendocino Folklore CampInternationalAnnual International dance camp held in July707-824-1566
Email - Website
Modesto Folk DancersInternationalInternational Folk Dance. $3 per adultCall Barbara for directions: 209-578-55517:00-10:00 PMCeresRaube Hall
Mostly BalkanBalkanInternational Folk Dance with emphasis on The Balkans408-247-2420 (Sue) or
650-851-8498 (Derek or Mary)
Info: Email - Website
Thursdays 7:45-10:00 PMMenlo Park
Menlo Park Rec Dept, 700 Alma Street
Nevada Country Folk DancersInternationalBeginning and intermediate levels530-272-4650
Selected Fridays 8:00 PMNevada City Methodist Church, 433 Broad Street
Nordic FootnotesScandinavian7:30 PM teaching; 8:30 PM dancing  No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. First night free.408-890-6102 (Jeanne or Henry), 650-323-2256 (Jim or Linda)
Info: Email      Website
FIRST Saturday of each month, 7:30pmMenlo ParkSt. Bede's Episcopal Church (Location may change), 2650 Sand Hill Road
Northern California SpelmannslagNorwegianFolk Dancing. Various locations – check website.510-654-3636
Info: Email - Website
San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco
Pairs & Spares Folk Dance ClubInternationalInternational Folk Dancing, including some squares. Party the 2nd Saturday 7:00-10:00 PM at 8181 Folsom Blvd
(Golden Palms Mobile Home Estates Activity Room). Sacramento International Folk Dance & Arts Council maintains a list of places to dance at: http://www.folkdancesac.org
Thursday 7:30-9:30 PMSacramento
Babcock School, 2400 Cormorant Way,
PalomaniansInternationalIntermediate and Advanced. 7:30-8:00 Beginners (easier dances)
8:00-9:45 Intermediate/Advanced
408-252-8106 (Al)
Tuesday, 7:30-9:45 PMMenlo Park
Menlo Park Rec. Center, 700 Alma Street
Petaluma Snap-y DancersInternationalCome enjoy our friendly atmosphere, great mix of dances, and wonderful wood dance floor. Beginners welcome. First night free.415-663-9512 (Carol)
Mondays 7:00-9:15 PMPetalumaHermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue
Pony Express DanceCountry Western916-645-7285 (Don Boatman)
Info: Email
First Saturday 7:00-11:00 PM (except July and Aug.)Sacramento
Arcade Creek Rec and Park Dist Hall, 4855 Hamilton Street
Razzmatazz Folk Dance ClubBalkanEmail
Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 PMSanta Rosa Monroe Hall, 1400 W. College Ave.
Redding Folk DancersInternationalBeginners welcome. First night free.530-547-4071 (Julie) Email - Website Fridays 7:00 - 10:00 PM (except July & August)ReddingRedding Ballet Academie, 1726 Market Street (across from Cascade Theatre)
Reno International Folk Dance Co-opInternational First Saturday Dance, 7:00-9:30 PM at
Nevada Dance Academy,
1790 W. 4th Street, Reno, Nevada
775-677-2306 Email WebsiteThursdays 7:00-9:00 PMReno, Nevada Temple Sinai.
3405 Gulling (off King's Row)
Royal Scottish Country Dance SocietyScottish Country 530-295-4989
Info: Email - Website
Royal Scottish Country Dance SocietyScottish Country 530-295-4989
Info: Email - Website
FridaySacramentoYLI Clubhouse, 1400 27th Street
Royal Scottish Country Dance SocietyScottish CountryChildren 530-295-4989
Info: Email - Website
SaturdaySacramentoYLI Clubhouse, 1400 27th Street
San Francisco Dance CircleInternationalLines, sets, partners, trios, we do it all. Beginners welcome. First night free.415-902-7690 Ann Colichidas
Wednesdays 10:45 AM-noonSan Francisco Harvey Milk Recreation Center
50 Scott Street
Santa Rosa Folk DancersInternational"New & aspiring dancers are always welcome for a fun afternoon of favorites and instruction." Beginners welcome. First night free.707-546-8877
Thursdays 1:00-3:00 PM ( except June-Aug)Santa Rosa Willowside Hall, 5299 Hall Road
Saratoga International Dance FamilyInternational“The friendliest dancers you'll ever meet”. Beginners welcome, lesson first hour. First night free.408-287-9999 (Loui)
Email - Website
Thursdays 7:30-10:00 PMSaratogaSt. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, 18870 Allendale Avenue
ScandiadansScandinavianMeeting since 1982 from first Thursday of September to last Thursday of May. $3/class.510 654-3636 Email
Frank and Jane Tripi
Thursdays 7:00-10:00 PMOakland 3115 Butters Dr.
Snap-Y Dancers of SonomaInternationalFolk Dance. Beginners welcome.707-996-1467 (Paul)Thursday 7:00-9:10 PMSonoma1400 W. Watmaugh Road
Solvang Village Folk DancersInternationalBeginners welcome, no charge, no partner required.805-688-3397 (David)Info: Email Solvang
Location varies - please call
Sonoma County Scandia DancersScandanavianBeginners welcome. First night free.707-996-8300 (Vince) or 707-823-4145 (Emma)
Info: Email - Flyer
Tuesdays 7:15-9:15 PMPetalumaHermann Sons Hall at Western & Webster
Stanford International DancersInternationalTeaching 8:00-9:00 PM. Frequently has live music (typically the first Friday of the month) and guest teachers.
Lew at 408-246-7646
Website  -
Fridays 8:00-11:00 PMPalo Alto First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Avenue
Tango PracticaArgentine TangoBeginners welcome. First night free. 209-522-1571 (Mary)
Info: Email -  Website
Saturdays Basics
11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Every Monday - 8:00-10:00 PM
Saturday: Sophia's Dance Journey, 711 10th Street
Mondays: Jacob's Restaurant, 2501 McHenry Avenue
The Land DancersInternationalLabor Day and Memorial Day Weekend Camp-out and Dancing. Some teaching, mostly dancing, and hanging out -- and it's free!Info: Cliff at tzukij@yahoo.com or Betsy eambetsy@gmail.com www.landdancers.orgLabor Day and Memorial Day WeekendLa Honda,
off Skyline Boulevard, in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Tuesday Folk DancersInternationalMostly easy Balkan dances. Sacramento International Folk Dance & Arts Council maintains a list of places to dance at: http://www.folkdancesac.org530-888-6586 or 916-023-1555
Info: Email
1:00-3:00 PMSacramento

Hamilton St. Park, 4855 Hamilton Street
Viennese Waltz Society/Vienna RhythmViennese WaltzPerformance dance classes. Call for information on classes916-395-8791 (Stan or Popi)
Info: Email - Website
Village Dancers of The ValleyInternationalFolk Dancing. Beginners welcome. First night free. $6 per class. Also in TurlockEmail    Informational Flyer
209-480-0387 (Judy)
Wednesdays 7:30-10:00 PMModestoRaube Hall – Ceres
Village Dancers of The ValleyInternationalFolk Dancing. Beginners welcome. First night free. $6 per class. Also in ModestoEmail    Informational Flyer
209-480-0387 (Judy)
Fridays 7:00-9:30 PMTurlockCarnegie Art Center 250 N. Broadway

Non-Federation Clubs/Classes in Northern California

These dance classes and clubs below are NOT members of the Folk Dance Federation of Northern California. We post here what dance teachers and leaders request that we post. It is NOT a comprehensive list of what is available and we don’t maintain the listings. Please contact them via the phone or email before attending. If you would like to be listed here, please contact the webmanager.

  • International Folk Dance taught by Ned and Marian Gault through Santa Clara Adult Education Monday 7:30-9:30 PM at 1840 Benton Street in Santa Clara Website Email Ned Gault
  • Monterey Folkdancers meet Wednesdays 6:45-8:45 PM at Hilltop Community Center at Jesse and David Streets in Monterey Contact: Gabriele Swanson 831-646-5453 or gabswan@sbcglobal.net
  • Donna Frankel teaches several dance classes in the South Bay and Peninsula, most of them during the day. Email Donna.
  • College of Marin International Folk Dance, Wednesdays 2:10-3:30 pm. PE#22, College of Marin Kentfield Campus. Contact Carol Friedman at cjay@horizoncable.com.
  • Carmel Israeli and Balkan dancers – Mondays at Congregation Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel 7:30-9 PM Email
  • Folk Dancing for Seniors meets Thursday mornings 10:00-11:30 AM at Mid-County Senior Center on Bay Street near Hwy 1. Contact: Gabriele Swanson 831 646-5453 or gabswan@sbcglobal.net
  • The Sacramento Folk Dance Council maintains a list of places to dance at: http://www.folkdancesac.org
  • Horos – Mostly Balkan, non-partner dances. Mondays 7:30-9:30 PM 2791 24th St., Sierra 2, in Sacramento. 916-731-4675.
  • Calico Folk Dancers. Wednesday 3:00-4:30 PM Mission Oaks Ctr. Carmichael 916-487-0413.
  • A fairly current list of San Francisco Bay Area classes can be found at http://www.bayfolk.com
    If you email John Bear, he will send you a list of all kinds of day and evening dance classes, as well as special dance events.
  • Another general listing of Bay Area dance classes, clubs, and parties.
  • California English Country Dance – 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00-9:30 PM First Cong. Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz website
  • Contra Dance – Live music. Various locations including Chico, Sacramento, Nevada City, etc. See schedule on-line.
  • English and Contra dancing – Bay Area Country Dance Society – www.bacds.org
  • English Country Dance – First Sundays 2:00-5:00 PM Masonic Temple, 235 Vernon Street, Roseville. 916-739-6014.
  • The Dances of Israel – Mondays 7:30-11:30 PM, Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington. 408-287-9999 Email Website
  • Israeli Folk dancing at Osher Marin JCC Pilates Studio Thursdays 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Contact Carol Friedman at cjay@horizoncable.com
  • Israeli Folk Dance Party – One Saturday per month 8:30-midnight at Etz Chayim Synagogue, 4161 Alma Street in Palo Alto Email
  • Israeli Folk Dance Party – One Saturday per month 7:30-midnight (first hour for beginners) at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church 43rd Ave @ Judah, San Francisco, Email.
  • Sacramento Country Dance Society – First Fridays 7:30-11:00 PM. Clunie Clubhouse in Sacramento 916-739-6014.
  • Greek and Beyond – Wednesdays 10 AM- 12 PM. Free. 6300 Moraga Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 Pauline Zazulak