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.
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 - 9:30 with more advanced dances being presented after 8:30.
Tonight they will teach two dances from the Laguna Folk Dance Festival, Ne Klepeci (Bosnia) and Vallja Toskerishte (Albania). We will also teach, review, and dance some of the same dances we have been working on this month. In addition, we will work on Lugovonka, a Russian dance which will be on the Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op's program Feb. 26. Learn it here and dance it at both locations. If you would like them to teach a particular dance, send an email to: JanRayman@charter.net. We also take requests from our Dance List/Videos page of our website: Foothill.dance.
The cost is $5. Each evening's teaching and dancing will be adjusted to the dance experience of the participants. They meet at the Community Center of La Cañada at 4469 Chevy Chase, La Cañada, CA 91011. The large dance has just been refurbished and the ample parking is free. For more information visit http://Foothill.Dance or contact JanRayman@charter.net.
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: www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org.
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 Amazon.com. 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).
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.