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

Two more times this month we will be teaching the hot new Black Sea Turkish dance, Hey Gidi Ercument, choreographed by Ercument Kilic. Perhaps you learned this challenging dance at Stockton Folk Dance Camp or on August 10 in Laguna. Come to our group Friday and you will get another  chance to learn it. 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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  • Marc R.

    Even though it was a smaller group than usual (26 people), everyone had a really good time doing neat dances from around the world and enjoying each other's company.

    1 · August 16

  • Janice R.

    August is clearly the dog days for folk dancing at the Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op. We had 26 people and one dog attend last night. Our big fan (Maria) and two little fans kept us cool, even when we did a vigorous dance during intermediate teaching. We did what I thought was a difficult set dance. Surely, they would need a walkthrough, but people did it without a hitch. Two of our newer members learned how to play the music and did a great job as MC's. We celebrated August birthdays with a cake and some ernest, but off key singing, due to my husband and I joining in instead of just mouthing the words.

    1 · August 16

  • Marc R.

    With a very friendly and welcoming group, this is sure to be a rewarding evening. We are learning some really fun dances this month. Introductory teaching starts at 7:45 with a cute Armenian dance and then continues with a beautiful Romanian dance. The intermediate dance from Turkey at 8:30 is much more challenging, but it's well worth the effort. Our program after 9:00 includes a delightful mix of dances that will appeal to people of all levels of experience.

    August 10

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