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Learn and enjoy folk dances from around the world at 7:45 pm any Friday night.

The Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op welcomes you to learn fun dances like these from around the world. We dance recreationally in casual clothes and have a lot of fun. Sometimes we perform or have festivals where some of us wear costumes. International folk dancing is great exercise and a wonderful way to make friends. Sometimes we do zany things like this combination dance/water fight. No partner, special clothing, or multi-week commitment is needed. Just show up any Friday in casual cloths and comfortable shoes. People of all ages and dance ability will enjoy dancing with us. Our group has about 30 people dancing most nights. 

The majority of our members are middle aged or beyond, but we have some younger members too and people occasionally bring their children. Many of our members are single, but we also have a number of couples. (Most couples dance with other people as well.) Some of our dancers have danced professionally and others had never danced before they joined us. Most of our dances are easy to learn, but we have a few that are quite vigorous and/or complicated, but well worth the effort. Dancers feel free to sit down and socialize when a dance is too difficult for them. No one will pressure you into doing a dance that seems too difficult for you, but we provide lots of help and encouragement. Some of the music we dance to is so beautiful that it will take you breath away! Our members have formed many long-term friendships and, over the years, we have become a community. We dance every Friday on a beautiful wooden floor at the Throop Memorial Church, 300 S. Los Robles (at Del Mar) in Pasadena. Lessons begin promptly Fridays at 7:45 pm and continue until 9 pm, followed by refreshments and more dancing until 11 pm. We would appreciate it if you RSVP, but it's not strictly necessary. Many of our regular members are not members of Meetup. We usually have over 30 people dance with us , even though the RSVPs on this site may say only 3 or 4. 


For more information click "About us..." on the left, or click above on the "Pages" tab for videos, or go to PasadenaFolkDanceCoop.org.

Your second night is free and you don't have to commit to a series of lessons.

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  • Janice R.

    Our newer dancers are coming along great, learning and enjoying the experience. When we goof up we just laugh. One person new to our group arrived after introductory teaching was completed. This can be a problem. Luckily, my husband, Marc, was able to take her aside and quickly teach her one easy dance that was about to come up on our program, so that she could get a feel for what it is like to folk dance with our group. She had a great time.

    2 · June 14, 2014

  • Marc R.

    I agree with Valerie that it is a lovely group. From people who were there for the first time to those who have danced with the group for decades, everyone appreciated the great teaching, the wonderful range of dances, the yummy refreshments, and the friendliness of the group.

    June 14, 2014

  • valerie

    What a lovely group of dancers!

    2 · June 14, 2014

  • Marc R.

    I'm sure this is going to be a delightful evening. Teaching, which starts at 7:45, will include a nice range of delightful dances that will appeal to dancers of all levels. The program from 9:00 to 11:00 has more wonderful dances, ranging from very easy to pretty challenging. With this friendly group, any newcomers are assured of having a terrific time, regardless of how little or how much they have danced before.

    1 · June 9, 2014

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