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 have begun a new social international folk dance group in La Canada Flintridge on Thursday nights. They are currently in summer recess until September 8, 2016. Foothill International Folk Dancers usually dances from 7:30 - 9:30 with more advanced dances being presented after 8:30.
Sometimes they teach, review, and dance some of the same dances coming up on Friday nights. Learn it from them 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 floor has 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. Their class will continue through June 13, 2016 and then break for the summer. 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).