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

For the last time 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.


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  • Janice R.

    Actually, I didn't get to go, but I heard all went well with one new person arriving late in the evening.

    August 24, 2014

  • Marc R.

    We only had 31 people, which is smaller than usual, but everyone had a fun time. We were fortunate to have a new participant, and it was clear he felt welcome and enjoyed himself. This group never fails to provide a delightful evening for everyone from newcomers to those who have been members for decades.

    1 · August 22, 2014

  • Marc R.

    It's always a delight to dance with this friendly group. Introductory teaching, which starts at 7:45, will include dances that appeal to people of all levels of experience, from those new to dance to accomplished dancers. I hope we're fortunate enough to have some newcomers, as we often do. The intermediate dance at 8:30 is more challenging but worth the effort. After refreshments at 9:00, we'll have a fun program with more dances from around the world, and there will be something for everyone. Combined with a friendly group, neat music, and a special presentation this week on the true story behind the popular Greek song and dance I Gerakina, this is sure to be a very enjoyable evening for everyone.

    August 17, 2014

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