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

In August Marc and Jan Rayman will teach (both) introductory and intermediate sessions. Introductory teaching will be Loosnee Shogov, an Armenian line dance, another dance, and, if a number of new people show up, Believe, a line dance from Japan. Intermediate teaching will be Hey Gidi Ercument, a circle dance from the Black Sea region of Turkey, taught at Stockton this year by master teacherErcüment Kılıç. If you do this dance with us, your body will be tired, but your spirit will be recharged. 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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  • valerie

    It was wonderful to have the Turkish song for Hey Gidi translated! It gives the dance another layer of meaning and heart-felt unity.

    3 · August 3

  • Marie M.

    Enjoyed the new Turkish dance

    4 · August 2

  • Marc R.

    We always have a fun evening, and last night was no exception. As Jan wrote below, we didn't have any new dancers, although we had new participants. We enjoyed going through the introductory teaching anyway, as it was chosen to appeal to dancers of all levels of experience. I think everyone enjoyed the program of dances, and with so many friendly people, newcomers and long-time participants all had a really good time.

    2 · August 2

  • Janice R.

    We had people new to the group dance with us for the first time. They were all experienced dancers. The difficult Turkish dance we taught for intermediate teaching went well, perhaps because our group is getting more good dancers. Thank goodness for our giant fan! I'm a big fan of the fan!

    2 · August 1

  • valerie

    I am looking forward to dancing with you ALL! I sure hope I can make it in time for a lot of the teaching. I am excited about this month's challenges!

    2 · August 1

  • Marc R.

    This very friendly group always provides a delightful evening of fun dances from around the world and a supportive atmosphere. Introductory teaching starts at 7:45, and I hope we will have some new participants (as we usually do). After intermediate teaching, the program from 9:00 to 11:00 will include a range of dances that will appeal to people of all levels of experience.

    July 30

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