Associated Groups

Are you new to folk dancing and eager to learn more quickly? Here are some groups taught by some of the same teachers as in the Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op. Here the small class size and excellent teaching can help you progress faster.

Beginning October 1, 2015, Jan and Marc Rayman welcome you to a new social international folk dance group in La Canada Flintridge on Thursday nights. Foothill International Folk Dancers will dance from 7:30 - 8:30 with the option of continuing later whenever they want. The cost is $5. Each evening's teaching and dancing will be adjusted to the dance experience of the participants. They will meet at the Community Center of La Cañada at 4469 Chevy Chase, La Cañada, CA 91011. The large dance room is air conditioned and the ample parking is free. For more information visit http://Foothill.Dance.

Mountain Dancers
meet on the first and third Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the South Pasadena Women's Club, 1424 Fremont Avenue (at the corner of Rollin), South Pasadena. Admission is $5. Because of the holidays, they might not be meeting some days, so please call Ann (626-893-0303) to verify that they are meeting. Other contacts for this group are Joe & Roz Witt (626-797-4453).

Pat Cross, and her partner Don Krotser teach an international folk dance class at the Pasadena Senior Center on Monday afternoon from noon to 1 pm. The class is free, but you have to be over 50 and spend $50/year to become a member of the Senior Center. The Senior Center is located at the corner of Holly and Raymond in Pasadena. Free parking is available.

More information can be found at the center's website:

More Classes and a Band to play for you.

Valerie's Ventura Folk Dancers

Valerie Daley teaches ia number of different international folk dance classes in Ventura. She teaches two classes at the Channel Islands YMCA , 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 93003. Her Tuesday class is from 1 to 2:15. Her Thursday class is from 1:30 - 2:30. 

On Wednesdays, 2:30 - 5:30, she teaches in the Community Room of the Buena Vida Apts., 9050 Telephone Rd. (near Petit,). This class is offered by the City of Ventura, Parks and Recreation. The 3 hours are divided into 2 separate classes: the first will be more basic and beginning folk dance, and the second will introduce more complex dances.  To register call (805)658-4726.  The fee for Ventura residents is $10 per class, per 6-week session. To register online click this link:

For more information, send her an e-mail at:

Fifth Friday Band

Although the Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op thinks of the Fifth Friday Band as its own, this wonderful folk band is happy to play for other groups.  For more information contact Pat Cross at The band will be performing at the Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op's Fifth Friday Party on October 30.

If you spend time in Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills, or Culver City, there are some excellent introductory classes taught during the day by Beverly Barr (310-202-6166 or 310-478-4659).

Sherman Oaks, Senior Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd.
Monday 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Beverly Hills
Roxbury Park Rec. Center
471 So. Roxbury
Tuesday 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Culver City Senior Center
northwest corner of Culver and Overland
Wednesday 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Westwood Co-op
West LA F. Mahood Senior Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
Thursdays 7:30 pm

One of our members, Louis Richter, is active in Vintage Israeli Dancing and organizes before and after dance get togethers in local restaurants. For more information call him at 818-881-7494.

One of our members, Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Professor Emerita of Archaeology and Linguistics, Occidental Collage, and Research Associate, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, known to us as Betchen, has a new book. It's called The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance, soon to be available at Also available at Amazon are four of her other books - When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth (2006), Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times (1995), Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages with Special Reference to the Aegean (1992),  and The Mummies of Urumchi (2000). 

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