FOLK DANCE CLUBS/CLASSES IN
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

The dance classes and clubs noted below are members of the Folk Dance Federation of Northern California. Below this list are links to other non-Federation dance clubs and classes.

These locations offer a wide variety of dances from many countries. If you are looking for a dance class that specializes in the dances of a particular country, such as Israeli, Scandinavian, Hungarian or Greek, refer to the Speciality Classes page.

Notes:
- Beginner Friendly
- Particpates in the "First Class Free" Program

Notes Description Name/Time/Contact City/Location
  Complex dances from The Balkans
"Come out from behind the line and learn the great Balkan Dances"
Advanced Balkan Dancers
Every Third Sunday
2-4 PM, Rear Dance Studio
415-488-9197 (Gary)
Berkeley

Ashkenaz at 1317 San Pablo Avenue

Folk Dancing from The Balkans
(No partner needed)
Albany Y Balkan Dancers
Fridays 8:00-11:00 PM
925-376-0727 (Kay)
Info: Email - Flyer
Albany

921 Kains Street (near Solano and San Pablo)

  "Plotting to attain the sublime through the joyful mastery of dance" Balkan Dance Cabal
2nd and last Mondays
7:30-9:30 PM
510-524-3611 Intermediate/advanced level dancing

Info: Email (Richard)

Berkeley

1317 San Pablo Avenue, Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, rear dance studio


International Folk Dance
No partners necessary
Bay Osos Folk Dancers
Tuesdays noon-1:00 PM Scottish Country Dance
Tuesday 1:00-3:00 PM International Folk Dance
805-528-4169 (Anne)
Info: Email
Los Osos

Los Osos Community Center
2180 Palisades Avenue

  International (non-partner, sets, couples) Berkeley Folk Dancers 
Mondays - Advanced
Tuesdays - Intermediate
Wednesdays - Advanced Intermediate
Thursdays - Beginners
Fridays - Request Night
510-524-2671
Email: Club President - Website
Berkeley

Live Oak Park
1301 Shattuck and Berryman

International Folk Dance
(no partner needed)
Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Fridays 7:30-11:00 PM
Live music once a month.
Check the website for dates
Email Website
Aptos

Room 1117 (Dance Studio)
Cabrillo College Gym Complex
6670 Soquel Drive

  An Annual 3-Day Balkan Dance and Music Festival California Kolo Festival
Thanksgiving Weekend
Thursday evening through Sunday
Info: Website
San Francisco

Traditionally in San Francisco, but the location changes from year to year - check website

  International folk dance with emphasis on The Balkans (Intermediate level) Carriage House Folk Dancers
Wednesdays 7:45-10:15 PM
Info: Email - Flyer
Atherton

Holbrook Palmer Park at 150 Watkins

International Folk Dancing
"Introducing International dancing to new generations for 70 years in San Francisco."
Chang's International Folk Dancers
First Four Fridays - 8:00 to 10:30 PM
Third Friday - Party Night
Third Friday - Family Night 7:00-8:15 PM
Info: Email - Website
San Francisco

Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church at
417 - 31st Avenue

   

Chico World Dancers
Regular club dancing meets most Fridays 8:00 p.m.
Chico Creek Dance Centre
1144 West First Street, Chico, CA.
World Dance Classes
Chico Area Recreational District
Most Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome to attend either venue.
No partner needed.
Contact: Memo Keswick 530-774-2287 memok@saber.net

Chico
    Colfax Last Friday International Dance
7:00 PM
Info: Email or call 530-305-4050
Colfax

Colfax Greek Bistro
30 North Main Street

International line and couple social dances Dances Of The World - International Dances
Mostly Balkan: 3rd Saturday 7:30-10:30 PM
International: 2nd & 4th Sundays 3:00-6:00 pm (except July/August)
916-570-3482 Yvonne or Andre
Info: Email - Website - Flyer
Sacramento

YLI Hall at 1400 27th and N, Sacramento

Sacramento International Folk Dance & Arts Council maintains a list of places to dance at: http://www.folkdancesac.org

  International folk dancing Davis International Folkdancers
Sundays 7:00-10:00 PM (closes for the summer, so contact someone prior to coming!)
530-758-0863
Info: Email -  Website
Davis

Davis Art Center
1919 F Street

International Folk Dancing
"The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing"
Del Valle Folk Dancers
Tuesday nights 7:30 - 9:30 PM
925-447-8020 (George)
Info: Email - Flyer
Livermore

Bothwell Arts Center (West end)
2466 8th Street

  International Folk Dancing El Dorado Intl. Dance Association
Mon, Tues, Thu and Friday
Multiple opportunities, call for specifics
TUESDAYS: 7:00-10:00 PM
530-677-1134 (Teddy Wolterbeek) or
530-622-7301 (Flossy) or 530-644-1198 (Joan)
Shingle Springs and Placerville

Tuesdays: at the IOFF Hall
467 Main Street, Placerville

  International Folk Dancing Humboldt Folk Dancers
Fridays at 8:00-11:00 PM
First Friday: Party with 2-3 bands
707-822-8045 (Craig)
Info: Email
Arcata


Arcata Presbyterian Church
11th and G Streets (2 blocks N of Plaza)

International Line Dances
"Intermediate to advanced (Balkan/Eastern Europe) Line Dances"
Kolo Koalition
Wednesday - 7:30-10:00 PM
Party 1st Saturday - 8:00-11:00 PM
916-549-7093 (Laura) or 916-739-6014
Info: Email or Email
Sacramento

YLI Hall at 27th and N Streets

Sacramento International Folk Dance & Arts Council maintains a list of places to dance at: http://www.folkdancesac.org

Balkan and International Folk Dancing Kopachka Folk Dancers
Fridays: 7:30-10:30 PM
Beginners first half-hour
415-497-4890 (Nadav)
Info: Email
Mill Valley

New hall as of September 2014:
Strawberry Recreation Center, 118 E. Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley

NOTE: Kopachka Folk Dancers traditionally does not dance during the summer months.

  International Folk Dancing
"Starts with easy/beginner dances and becomes more challenging as the evening goes on."
Mandala Folk Dance Center
Thursdays 7:30 to 10:30 P. M.;
415-648-8489 (Paul and Edith)
Info: Email - Website
San Francisco

Bowcock Hall, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
43rd Avenue, at Judah St.

  Annual International dance camp
July 2-9, 2011
Mendocino Folklore Camp
707-824-1566
Info: Email - Website
Mendocino

6 Grove Street
Mill Valley, CA 94941

International Folk Dance Merced Worlddancers
First and Third Thursdays
6:30-8:00 PM
$7 or $40 for six sessions
209-756-6039 (Erica) or Email
Merced

Merced Multicultural Arts Center
645 West Main Street - 3rd Floor

  International Folk Dance Modesto Folk Dancers
Raube Hall, Ceres
7:00-10:00 PM $3 per adult
Call Barbara for directions: 209-578-5551
Ceres
  International Folk Dance with emphasis on The Balkans Mostly Balkan
Thursdays 7:45-10:15 PM
408-247-2420 (Sue or Bob) or
650-851-8498 (Derek or Mary)
Info: Email - Website
Menlo Park

Menlo Park Rec Dept, 700 Alma Street

  Scottish, English, Balkan, Greek, Israeli, Rounds Napa Valley Folk Dancer
4th Saturday 1:00-4:00 PM
707-255-6815
Info: Email
Napa

Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway

  International Folk Dancing - beginning and intermediate levels Nevada Country Folk Dancers
Selected Fridays 8:00 PM
530-272-4650
Info: Email
Nevada City

Methodist Church at 433 Broad Street

  International Folk Dancing, including some squares Pairs & Spares Folk Dance Club
Thursday 7:30-9:30 PM
916-428-6992
Info: Email

Party the 2nd Saturday 7:00-10:00 PM at 8181 Folsom Blvd (Golden Palms Mobile Home Estates Activity Room)

Sacramento

Babcock School, 2400 Cormorant Way,

Sacramento International Folk Dance & Arts Council maintains a list of places to dance at: http://www.folkdancesac.org

  International Folk Dancing
Intermediate and Advanced Dances
Palomanians
Tuesdays
7:30-8:00 Beginners (easier dances)
8:00-9:45 Intermediate/Advanced
408-252-8106 (Al)
Info: Email
Menlo Park

Menlo Park Rec. Center
Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street or 701 Laurel Street (near Ravenswood)

International Folk Dancing
Oldies and the newest dances
Petaluma / Novato Folk Dancers
Wednesday 8:00-10:00 PM
707-546-8877 or 415-892-9405
Info: Email

Monthly parties 1st or 2nd Saturday 2:00-6:00 PM at Hermann Sons Hall

Novato/Petaluma

Lynwood Ele. School, 1320 Lynwood Drive

International Folk Dancing Petaluma Snap-y Dancers
Mondays 7:00-9:15 PM
415-663-9512 (Carol)
Info: Email
Petaluma

Hermann Sons Hall at 860 Western Avenue

International Folk Dance Redding Folk Dancers
Fridays 7:00 - 10:00 PM (except July & August)
530-547-4071 (Julie)
Info: Email - Website
Redding

Redding Ballet Academie
1726 Market Street, Redding (across from Cascade Theatre)

  International Folk Dance Reno International Folk Dance Co-op
Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM.

First Saturday Dance 7:00-9:30 PM at
Nevada Dance Academy, 1790 W. 4th Street, Reno, Nevada
775-677-2306
Info: Email

Reno, Nevada!

Temple Sinai. 3405 Gulling (off King's Row), Reno, Nevada

Lines, sets, partners, trios,
we do it all
San Francisco Dance Circle
Wednesdays 10:45 AM-noon
415-902-7690 Ann Colichidas
Info: Email
San Francisco

Harvey Milk Recreation Center
50 Scott Street

International Folk Dance
"New & aspiring dancers are always welcome for a fun afternoon of favorites and instruction."
Santa Rosa Folk Dancers
Thursdays 1:00-3:00 PM ( except June-Aug)
707-546-8877
Info: Email
Santa Rosa

Willowside Hall at 5299 Hall Road

International Folk Dance The friendliest dancers you'll ever meet! Saratoga International Dance Family
Thursdays 7:30-10:00 PM (Beginners first hour)
408-287-9999 (Loui)

Info: Email - Website
Saratoga

St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church at 18870 Allendale Avenue

International Folk Dance Snap-Y Dancers of Sonoma
Thursday 7:00-9:10 PM
707-996-1467 (Paul)
Sonoma

1400 W. Watmaugh Road

International Folk Dance; beginners welcome, no charge, no partner required. Solvang Village Folk Dancers
805-688-3397 (David)
Info: Email
Solvang

Location varies - please call

  International Folk Dance   Stanford International Dancers
Fridays 8:00-11:00 PM
Teaching 8:00-9:00 PM
Frequently has live music (typically the first Friday of the month) and guest teachers.
Contact Lew at 408-246-7646
Website  - Email
Palo Alto

First Baptist Church
305 N. California Avenue

  Mostly easy Balkan dances Tuesday Folk Dancers
1:00-3:00 PM
530-888-6586 or 916-023-1555
Info: Email

Sacramento

Hamilton St. Park, 4855 Hamilton Street

Sacramento International Folk Dance & Arts Council maintains a list of places to dance at: http://www.folkdancesac.org

International Folk Dancing Village Dancers of The Valley
(now in TURLOCK)

In Modesto: Wednesdays 7:30-10:00 PM

In Turlock: Fridays 7:00-9:30 PM
$6 per class Info: Email    Informational Flyer
209-480-0387 (Judy)
Modesto/Turlock

Wednesdays:
Raube Hall - Ceres

Fridays:
Carnegie Art Center 250 N. Broadway

The classes above offer a wide variety of dances from many countries. If you are looking for a dance class that specializes in the dances of a particular country, refer to the Speciality Classes page.

The dance classes and clubs noted above are members of the Folk Dance Federation of Northern California. Below this list are links to other non-Federation dance clubs and classes.

  • 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.
  • 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.folkdance.com/sacramentocouncil/
  • 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.
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