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

International folk dancing is great exercise and a wonderful way to make friends.  There are international folk dance groups all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia and they all do some of the same dances. Once you learn some basic folk dance skills you can enjoy folk dancing where you go. 

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. 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 in Pasadena are middle aged or beyond, but we have some younger members too. If you travel to areas beyond Southern California, you will find many people in their twenties and thirties folk dancing. In our group in Pasadena, people occasionally bring their children. Sometimes dancers bring their well behaved dogs, but they seldom dance. 

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. 

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

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a very fun evening. Thanks all!!

    2 · September 6, 2014

  • Marc R.

    Everyone from newcomers to long-time members had a terrific time. We had 42 people, and I thank all 41 friendly people for making it a very enjoyable evening.

    1 · September 6, 2014

  • valerie

    I was so excited to see and meet new dancers to our group, and welcome back two returning dancers! It was a wonderful evening with old and new friends.

    2 · September 6, 2014

  • Marc R.

    We always have a wonderful time, with friendly people and fun dances for all levels of experience. I'm looking forward to a delightful evening.

    2 · September 5, 2014

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