Associated Groups

Are you new to folk dancing and eager to learn more quickly? There are three beginners' 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.

1) Sierra Folkdancers of Temple City is taught by Ann Armstrong. They meet Monday night, 7:15 - 8:45 pm at the Temple City Christian Church, 9723 Garibaldi Ave., Temple City. Because of the holidays, they might not be meeting some nights, so please call Ann (626-893-0303) to verify that they are meeting.

2) 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. 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 John & Marie (626-355-9220).

3) Resuming in mid-January 2015, our president, 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 International Dance Classes in Ventura

Valerie Daley teaches 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, 4:30 - 5:30, she teaches at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 Ventura Avenue at Center Street. The Adult Center class is offered by the City of Ventura. To register call (805)658-4726  The fee is $10 per session. The current session ends January 14. 

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.

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

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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