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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. 


For more information  click above on the "Pages" tab for videos, or go to our external site: 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.

    I was pleased that we were fortunate enough to have some new participants, as we usually do. They enjoyed the introductory teaching, which included some lovely dances. Because we have a range of dances throughout the evening for people of all levels of experience, the newcomers were able to enjoy more dances after teaching as well. So everyone had a really good time, with fun dances, pretty music, and friendly people. Dancing and socializing with this group is the best way to spend a Friday evening!

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Marie M.

    I had do much fun dancin w/Betchen in DoubleSixums and a pretty Israeli couple w/Marshall ~ And the 'lachmajun' that Joe & Roz brought for the snack table was delish :: I had such a good time ~ thx ~

    3 · September 20, 2014

  • Pei P.

    so nice !!

    2 · September 20, 2014

  • Janice R.

    We have a small group of newcomers who are coming along great! The introductory teaching went well. Intermediate teaching was a difficult set dance, but people relaxed and had a good time with it. New friendships were made tonight. A large collie also attended, but did not dance. We took turns petting him and he soaked up all the love.

    1 · September 19, 2014

  • Janice R.

    We had to cancel our vacation this week, so Marc and I will be at the Co-op this Friday, Sept. 19. We will miss you Wynne.

    1 · September 18, 2014

  • Wynne

    I really like the friendly and patience of everyone.
    I'll see you in October to learn new and exciting ways to avoid tripping over my feet.

    2 · September 18, 2014

  • Marc R.

    I so much enjoy dancing with this group of friendly people. I look forward to every Friday evening!

    2 · September 13, 2014

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