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December 2018

Holiday Folk Dance Party

December 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue
Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
$12

The annual Petaluma holiday folk dance party with live music. The evening will include dancing to new and old recorded favorites, plus live Balkan music with Peter Bonos and Friends including members of Fanfare Zambaleta and Staro Vino. Everyone is welcome to come and dance and/or just listen to the fabulous music. Please bring drinks or snacks to share. DOWNLOAD, print, and share a flier. For more info contact: Carol Friedman, 415-663-9512,

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Orkestar Cope-a-Cabana Dance Party

December 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
All Saints’ Episcopal, 555 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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$12

Live music and dancing to Bill Cope and his friends: Orkestar Cope-a-Cabana Bring some light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages to help make it a party, and tips for the band! Orkestar Cope-a-Cabana Orkestar Cope-a-Cabana is a group of talented local musicians playing Balkan and Greek music, and led by well-known multi-instrumentalist Bill Cope. Bill Cope, an all-around multi-instrumentalist whose music folk dancers have loved to dance to for many years. He performs internationally as well as with many local Bay…

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GreekFeet Year-End Party

December 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Il Pirata, 2007 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10

GreekFeet loves to throw a party and this year our Year-End party is at our favorite old-time sports bar Il Pirata with live music featuring Greg Jenkins on Clarinet, Dan Cantrell on Accordion and Michael Garibaldi on Percussion. We will have a private room with access to the bar to quench our thirst between dances. Music will start at 8:00 pm. Social hour from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm with appetizers, please bring an appetizer to share. Great fun, hope…

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Year End Dance Party

December 19, 2018 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Holbrook Palmer Park, Carriage House, 150 Watkins Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027 United States
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$9

Help Suzanne Rocca-Butler and the Carriage House Folk Dancers celebrate a year end folk dance party. Help bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to share for the refreshments table.

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Winter Solstice Potluck and Party

December 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1399 43rd Ave, at Judah St.
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States
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$5

Mandala's annual winter solstice party begins with a potluck meal followed by a bell ringing ceremony around 8:45pm. Request dancing to follow thereafter. Bring your favorite bell to ring in the holiday season!

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Christmas Night Dance Party

December 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Garden House, 400 University Ave.
Los Altos, CA United States
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Free

Once upon a time, a family gathered with friends and relatives every Christmas Night to celebrate the day. They shared food and beverages, and danced away the evening. John Nicoara was there. It was from the stories of these warm memories that Jan and he, and Becky and Adony, were inspired to continue that tradition with a new family — YOU! Please join us on Christmas for a FREE all request evening party with friends dancing on a great wood…

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New Year’s Eve Potluck Dinner and Party

December 31, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
All Saints’ Episcopal, 555 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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$12

Enjoy a potluck and international dance party among friends and ring in the New Year! Bring a favorite dish to share.

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BFD’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party

December 31, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Live Oak Recreation Center, 1301 Shattuck Avenue (at Berryman)
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$7

Celebrate New Year's Eve dancing with the Berkeley Folk Dancers! Wear your slinky, sultry, elegant, fancy duds (or just comfy garments) and get ready to dance the night away. Bring some snacks to share with the crowd. It is an all request night, so bring a list of your favorite dances (written out or in your agile brain). Here's to a wonderful 2019! We can certainly use it! $5 members; $7 non-members. More Info: Judy Stonefield (510)-655-3074.

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January 2019

Dance to Live French Music

January 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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$12

French dance fun for all ages!Gary Breitbard & Jena Rauti Dance with us through France—and never leave the Bay Area! Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti will help teach and lead French dances to the live music of Fête Musette. We will take you to Alsace, Brittany, Gascony, Provence, and the Massif Central in a period where the waltz, mazurka, polka, scottish, bourree, and rondeau ruled. Join us for an evening of called dances for all ages – no experience required!…

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Dance Party with Da! Mozhem

January 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Strawberry Recreation Center, 118 E. Strawberry Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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$12

Dance to your favorite international tunes with Da! Mozhem all on a spacious sprung floor! Admission: $12. Students half-price, kids free with adult. DOWNLOAD, print, and share a flier. Da! Mozhem Da! Mozhem is quite possibly the largest folk dance band popular today in the Bay Area. Its members for this party are John Burke (accordion, vocals), Joyce Clyde (gadulka, vocals), Sonne Lemke (vocals), Paul Litsky (tambura), Alan Moore (accordion, kaval), Barbara Saxton (vocals), Lew Smith (doumbek, tupan), Ginny Snyder…

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