Associated Groups

Valerie's International Dance Classes in Ventura

Valerie Daley teaches international folk dance classes in Ventura on Thursdays. Her afternoon class is 1:30-2:30 at the Channel Islands YMCA , 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 93003. Her evening group meets 7:30-9:30 at the Points West Fencing Center, 2300 Knoll Drive, Unit L, Ventura, CA 93003. 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 August 30.

Pat and Don's International Class

Pat Cross and Don Krotser teach an international folk dance class at the Pasadena Senior Center on Monday afternoon from 1 - 2. The class features line, circle or individual dances from a variety of countries. The class is free, but you must be a member of the Senior Center to attend. The Center is located at the corner of Holly and Raymond in the city of Pasadena. Free parking is available.

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

Sierra Folkdancers and Mountain Dancers are both taught by Ann Armstrong (626) 893-0303. 

Sierra Folkdancers beginner's group meets Monday night, 7:15 - 8:45 pm at the Temple City Christian Church, 9723 Garibaldi Ave., Temple City.

Mountain Dancers Meet on the first and third Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the South Pasadena Women's Club, 1424 Fremont Avenue.

Westwood Co-op - Thursdays 7:30
Beverly Barr (310) 202-6166
West L.A. F. Mahood Senior Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.

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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