This Month



Given that the Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op has a marvelous month of dancing planned, you might be quite intrigued and pleased to learn that "April" derives from Etruscan words for "marvelous dancing." (Actually, I just made up the etymology, but the plans for dancing this month are very real.) We meet every Friday at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church at 300 S. Los Robles Ave. (at the intersection of Del Mar Blvd.) in Pasadena. (You may use the church parking lot on Los Robles or park on nearby streets. To find the dancing, go through the gate at the southeast corner of the parking lot and follow the path around the building. We'll be there waiting for you.)

Our group makes a special effort to attract and support new members, and each Friday we are fortunate to have new participants share in our fun. We teach the same dances for the entire month, providing plenty of opportunities to learn them. (We may adjust the teaching program some evenings to ensure the best fit with the attendees.) Our choice of dances for teaching is intended to help dancers of all levels add new dances to their repertoires or to brush up on old favorites.

Introductory teaching will start promptly at 7:45 with the infectious music of the Turkish line dance Kendime. This is a great choice for new dancers but is so pretty and has such a clever story that everyone will have a good time with it. Then we will enjoy the many neat patterns of the Taiwanese circle dance Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang.  (You can see it danced by members of our group here, with some slight modifications for the benefit of the audience.) We will spend as much time as needed on these two dances, but if there is extra time, we will also do the delightful Greek line dance Trata (although without the fishing boats).

After we repeat the three dances from March's introductory teaching, intermediate teaching will start at 8:30. We will learn the popular Polish couple dance Ada's Kujawiak #3, which is not only in one of the national styles of Polish dancing but is also one of the two very best kujawiaks choreographed by Ada that our group regularly dances.

Following a short break for refreshments at 9:00, we will repeat all the dances that were taught and then continue with programmed and requested dances until 11:00, including the intermediate dance taught in March. Throughout each evening there will be dances that appeal to newcomers and experienced dancers alike.

As on the fourth Friday of most months, we will have And Now for Something Completely Different on April 25. Our resident archaeologist Betchen Barber will give a brief presentation on the background of different hand holds in dances from different cultures. Remember, if you would like to request a special activity for some future month, please put your suggestion in the red and white box any Friday evening. Whether it's a one-time teaching or demonstration of an unusual dance that would not be part of our normal teaching program, new or different choreography (perhaps even your own) or different music for an otherwise familiar dance, a novel or even zany interpretation of some dance, or anything else, let us know. This is your opportunity to bring something new, entertaining, and different to the group. (You are not obligated to implement it; you can suggest that someone else in the group or from outside do so.) The board will consider all suggestions, but we request that you limit your proposal to something that pertains to folk dancing, can be completed in 15 minutes (please!), can be enjoyed even by diploid dancers, will not deplete the group's normal supply of fire retardant, and does not violate the spirit of the Etruscan calendar.

As always on the last Friday of the month, refreshments will be potluck on April 25. We would appreciate it if you contributed some luck to the pot, but it is not necessary.

On the second Friday of every month, we review some set dances starting at about 7:00 for only $2. So if you already have some experience with set dances and would like to improve, come early on April 11.

With a month of marvelous dancing planned, the only way it could be better would be if you danced with us. I look forward to seeing you soon on a Friday!

Marc


April Programs


C = Couple
I = Individual
L = Line
M = Mixer
S = Set
T = Triple
TM = Triple Mixer



April 4

 

Introductory Teaching

L   Kendime  (Turkey)

L   Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang  (Taiwan)

L   Trata (if there's time)  (Greece)

 

Introductory Carry Forwards

L   Ceresnicky  (Czech)

L   Guhnega  (Armenia)

L   Sheikhani  (Assyria)

 

Intermediate Teaching

C  Ada's Kujawiak #3  (Poland)

 

 BREAK

 

L   Kendime  (Turkey)

L   Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang  (Taiwan)

L   Trata (if it was taught)  (Greece)

C  Ada's Kujawiak #3  (Poland)

L   Kate Kate  (Bulgaria)

Request

S   Sorondongo del Mar  (Canary Islands)

Request

M  Peasant Military Two-Step  (Ireland)

L   Circular  (Brazil)

C  Cowboy Cha Cha  (USA)

L   Cobankat  (Albania)

S   Levi Jackson Rag  (England)

Request

L   Oy Tsvetyot Kalina  (Russia)

Request

L   Tarbouka  (Israel)

M  Tant' Hessie  (South Africa)

L   Razvivaj Dobro  (Bulgaria)

S   Pinewood Reel  (Scotland)

L   Sweet Girl  (Armenia)

Request

C  Chilili  (Bolivia)

I    Café Alhambra  (Israel)

C  Salty Dog Rag  (USA)

I    Zorba  (Greece)

Request

L   Keshenavo  (Israel)

L   Kostursko Oro  (Macedonia)

 

 

April 11

 

Introductory Teaching

L   Kendime  (Turkey)

L   Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang  (Taiwan)

L   Trata (if there's time)  (Greece)

 

Introductory Carry Forwards

L   Guhnega  (Armenia)

L   Ceresnicky  (Czech)

L   Sheikhani  (Assyria)

 

Intermediate Teaching

C  Ada's Kujawiak #3  (Poland)

 

 BREAK

 

L   Kendime  (Turkey)

L   Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang  (Taiwan)

L   Trata (if it was taught)  (Greece)

C  Ada's Kujawiak #3  (Poland)

L   Kate Kate  (Bulgaria)

Request

L   Maraca de Lele  (Brazil)

Request

M  Swedish Finn Mixer  (Sweden)

L   Moj Dragane  (Croatia)

C  Croatian Waltz  (Croatia)

L   Lach Hashir  (Israel)

S   Italian Quadrille  (Italy)

Request

L   Moon Dance  (Taiwan)

Request

L   Gavotte d'Honneur  (France)

M  Bal in de Straat  (Belgium)

I    Bhangra  (India)

S   Byron's Strathspey  (Scotland)

L   Sobotki  (Poland)

Request

C  Bohemian National Polka  (Bohemia)

L   Svekrvino  (Macedonia)

C  Polonez Royale  (Poland)

L   Ne Felj Lanyom  (Moldavia)

Request

L   Svetinja  (Serbia)

L   Erev Ba  (Israel)

 

 

April 18

 

Introductory Teaching

L   Kendime  (Turkey)

L   Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang  (Taiwan)

L   Trata (if there's time)  (Greece)

 

Introductory Carry Forwards

L   Sheikhani  (Assyria)

L   Guhnega  (Armenia)

L   Ceresnicky  (Czech)

 

Intermediate Teaching

C  Ada's Kujawiak #3  (Poland)

 

BREAK

 

L   Kendime  (Turkey)

L   Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang  (Taiwan)

L   Trata (if it was taught)  (Greece)

C  Ada's Kujawiak #3  (Poland)

L   Kate Kate  (Bulgaria)

Request

S   Culla Bay  (Scotland)

Request

M  Tango Poquito  (USA)

L   Lesnoto  (Macedonia)

C  Dublin Bay  (England)

L   Cimpoi  (Romania)

S   Shiftin' Bobbins  (Scotland)

Request

L   Melnik  (Bulgaria)

Request

L   Tfilah  (Israel)

M  Tex Mex Mixer  (USA)

L   Hasapiko  (Greece)

S   Kvadrilja  (Croatia)

L   Rokoko  (Croatia)

Request

T   Dreisteyrer  (Austria)

L   Jianul de la Slanic  (Romania)

C  Japanese Soft Shoe  (USA)

L   Avi Avi  (Israel)

Request

L   Elerinka  (Bulgaria)

L   Kvar Acharey  (Israel)

 

 

April 25

 

Introductory Teaching

L   Kendime  (Turkey)

L   Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang  (Taiwan)

L   Trata (if there's time)  (Greece)

 

Introductory Carry Forwards

L   Sheikhani  (Assyria)

L   Ceresnicky  (Czech)

L   Guhnega  (Armenia)

 

Intermediate Teaching

C  Ada's Kujawiak #3  (Poland)

 

BREAK

 

L   Kendime  (Turkey)

L   Zhan Zai Gao Gang Shang  (Taiwan)

L   Trata (if it was taught)  (Greece)

C  Ada's Kujawiak #3  (Poland)

 

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Hand holds from different cultures

 

L   Kate Kate  (Bulgaria)

Request

S   Kuuden Kolmeinen  (Finland)

Request

M  Korobushka  (Russia)

L   Adjon az Isten  (Hungary)

C  Wandering Waltzes  (England)

L   Myatalo Lenche  (Bulgaria)

S   Breakdown  (Scotland)

Request

L   Adama Veshamayim  (Israel)

Request

L   Tokyo Dontaku  (Japan)

Request

C  Na'Ama  (Israel)

L   Divaratikos  (Greece)

C  Milondita Tango  (USA)

L   Strumicka Petorka  (Serbia)

Request

L   Shiri Li Kineret  (Israel)

L   Lakodalmi Tanc  (Hungary)

 

 

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