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Take Hands – A Contra Dance Film

Take Hands tells a small town story that has a big current relevance—a story of how music and dance can unite people across cultural divides. The film follows Stacy Rose and the South Coast Folk Society as they organize a week-long celebration of traditional American music and contra dancing in […]

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Bay Area Folk Dancing Featured in Next Avenue Online Journal

Berkeley Folk Dance member Emily Stoper and Loui Tucker who heads Saratoga International Dancers were interviewed by Patricia Corrigan for an online magazine Next Avenue. Next Avenue is a nonprofit, digital journal produced by Twin Cities PBS (TPT). It’s public media’s first and only national publication for older adults, and […]


Stockton Folk Dance Camp Dance Survey July 2023

If you are attending or have attended Stockton Folkdance Camp this July 2023 please help us decide what camp dances you would like to see played and requested at upcoming parties and events. Mark as many dances as you like! Visit Stockton Folk Dance Camp to learn more. Make your […]


Statewide 2023

Statewide 2023 Photo Gallery Contributing photographers are Loui Tucker, Joe Croco, Sherry Cochran, Wen Chiang, and Diane Baker (select the “i” button in the album for caption and identification of each photo). Statewide 2023 Statewide 2023, HARBOR VIEW, was held in San Pedro, California May 19-21 and featured dance workshops […]


Academy of Serbian Folk Dancing – Statewide 2023

Academy of Serbian Folk Dancing Statewide 2023 Excerpt Your browser does not support the video tag. Update your browser version. Winner of many artistic awards, the Academy of Serbian Folk Dancing directed by Bata Marčetić performed several traditional Serbian dances at Statewide 2023. An ensemble of 15 members of the […]


Mosaic Festival Silicon Valley 2022

The Mosaic Festival 2022 brought together 2000+ community members, 112 organizations and vendors across 35+ arts, practices, and food cultures authentically presented and interacted with on 6 different stages, in partnership with the School of Arts and Culture. The event captured the spirit of the first festival from 2021, for […]


Dance in a Time of Crisis

In the enormity of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting us, dance isn’t at the top of the list: some among us are ill and dying, some are losing their places of shelter and income, and some are struggling to balance work with home-from-school children. Culture nevertheless in times of […]


SF Bay Area Greek Events, January-February 2020

Greek Cretan Dance Workshop with Achilleas Fourakis January 27 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm $10 GreekFeet Joe Goode Annex 401 Alabama Street at 17th Street San Francisco More details… St. Nicholas Preview Glendi Dinner Dance Live Music by Dromeno February 1 5:00 pm: Dinner, Dance Performance, Dancing $35 St Nicholas […]


SF Bay Area Armenian Festivals 2019

Cupertino Armenian Festival September 6 and 7 Friday: 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: Noon to 10:00 pm https://www.standrewarmchurch.org/events/armenianfestival-9-6-2019/ St. Andrew Armenian Church 11370 South Stelling Road Cupertino, CA 95014 408.257.6743 Music: TBA St Gregory Armenian Church Festival September 13 to September 15 Friday: 6 pm to Midnight; Saturday: Noon […]


SF Bay Area Greek Festivals 2019

Castro Valley Greek Festival August 23, 24, and 25 Friday: 5pm to 10pm; Saturday: 11am to 10pm; Sunday: 11:30 am to 7pm Free Admission Resurrection Church of Castro Valley 20074 Center Street, Castro Valley 510.581.8950 Music: Saturday and Sunday: Mythos Band Fresno Greek Festival August 23, 24 and 25 Friday: […]

Castro Valley Greek Festival

Bay Area Dance Week – April 26 to May 5, 2019   Recently updated !

To help promote folk dance, several Bay Area Folk Dance Federation member groups are generously opening their folk dance classes free to the public during Bay Area Dance Week, April 26 to May 5, 2019. Bay Area Dance Week Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) is the largest, most vibrant dance […]


Bay Area Dance Week, April 27 – May 6, 2018   Recently updated !

To help promote folk dance, several Bay Area Folk Dance Federation member groups are generously opening their folk dance classes free to the public during Bay Area Dance Week, April 27 to May 6, 2018. Bay Area Dance Week Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) is the largest, most vibrant dance […]


Give the gift of folk dance

Do you have friends that especially enjoy social activities such as dance, are interested in international cultures, ethnic dance performances, or perform dance themselves? Are they dance students, professionals, educators, administrators, or advocates, young or old? If they are not already members consider starting their year by giving them the […]


Dance clubs warned to vacate Palo Alto First Baptist

Several mid-Peninsula dance groups are now scrambling for space after receiving notices from the City of Palo Alto prohibiting use of its First Baptist Church for dance events due to zoning laws. The church is fighting this order, and Stanford Folk Dancers, Moveable Feet and the Peninsula Folk Dance Council […]


Why Did YOU Start Folk Dancing?

In 2014, Let’s Dance! magazine began running an occasional cartoon illustrating the answer to the question: Why did YOU start folk dancing? What follows are the cartoons that have been published as of December 2020. Artwork is by Susan Gregory, text by Loui Tucker. Click on each cartoon for a […]

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Why do we dance?

At the Statewide 2016 Folk Dance Festival, dancers were asked to write about how dancing has enriched their life. Below are some of the responses. “Folk dancing lights up my life!” “Folk dance gave me an extended family. “ “Folk dancing is my exercise program, social life, and my life-long […]