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Basque Workshop and Dance Party

October 8, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$10 – $20

Join the Peninsula Council Folk Dancers for an afternoon Basque dance workshop, then socialize with dinner and evening dance party.


Price Time (pm) Event
$10 3:30-5030 Basque Dance Workshop with Roo Lester
5:00-5:45 Dinner break – Please bring your own dinner.
$10 5:45-8:30 International Folk Dance Party. Bring snacks to share. Wear a red beret or sash if you have one! (Basque colors are red, white and green).

Doors open at 3:15. Please bring your own dinner and snacks to share for the party. We’ll provide punch and Basque tapas.
Wear a red beret or sash if you have one! (Basque colors are red, white and green).

Masks are recommended, but not required. Up to date vaccinations are required. If you’ve already shown us your vaccine info, no need to do it again. If not, you can email it to us at or bring it with you.

We’ll have dances for all levels, beginning to advanced, and all forms (line, couple, and set). Dress comfortably in layers; sneakers or low-heeled dance shoes recommended. Donations to help cover the cost of the hall are welcome. We do dances from nearly every country in the world, and the music is incredible.

Send your dance requests to along with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Roo Lester

Roo was the last Master Teacher to visit the Bay Area before the COVID lockdown: she taught Basque dances and the Hambo at Saratoga on Thursday March 12, 2020, just one week before California issued a statewide “stay at home” order. She had been scheduled to teach at the Heritage Festival that weekend. Roo grew up in southern California. She has been dancing since elementary school and has a Masters degree in Dance from UCLA. She was a member of Westwind, AMAN and has choreographed for many ensembles. She currently lives in the Chicago area and has, during COVID, adapted the Hambo for small, carpeted areas.


October 8, 2023
3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 – $20
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Peninsula Council


St. Bede’s Church Hall
2650 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA United States
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