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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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  • Marc R.

    We did many good dances to neat music, and it was clear everyone had an enjoyable time.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Janice R.

    We had a visitor from Turkey come to watch us for a while. She joined us in a Turkish dance and danced beautifully. The highlight of the evening was Betchen Barber's 15 minute talk about the history of different handholds in folk dancing. There is evidence that dancing in lines with the V & W handholds goes back at least as far as the Neolithic. That's 10,000 years ago!

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • Marc R.

    With this delightful group, I always know I'll have a fun Friday evening. Teaching will start at 7:45 with a dance that everyone from first time dancers to very experienced ones will enjoy, with its simple pattern, pretty music, and intriguing story. Teaching will include dances from Turkey, Taiwan, Greece, and Poland. And the program afterwards (from 9:15 to 11:00) will feature many other wonderful dances from around the world. With a friendly, welcoming group, everyone is sure to have a terrific time.

    1 · April 23, 2014

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