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. These groups are not necessarily beginners’ groups, but the small class size and excellent teaching can help you progress faster.

Mountain Dancers

Mountain dancers meets the first and third Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Women’s Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030. A $5 donation will help pay the rent. For more information call Roz at 626-797-4453.

Pat and Don’s Class 
(at the Pasadena Senior Center)

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:

Foothill International Folk Dancers

Jan and Marc Rayman have an international folk dance group in La Canada Flintridge on Thursday nights. Foothill International Folk Dancers usually dance 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: They also take requests from the Dance List/Videos page of their 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

Valerie’s Ventura Group

Valerie Daley teaches international folk dancing at the Ventura YMCA during the day on Tuesdays,  and Thursdays.  For more information contact her at: dancing.valerie(at)gmail(dot)com

Vintage Israeli Dancing

One Saturday per month, 8:15 p.m. to midnight, $6.00

Anisa’s School of Dance
14252 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, California
Telephone: 818-881-7494   •   E-mail: Vintage Israeli Dancing

We meet in a nice air-conditioned dance studio, and it has a WOODEN floor. The room is in the back building, down the walkway, and upstairs. Yes, it’s worth the drive out to the Valley, for those who don’t live in it! (It takes about 20 minutes to drive to the studio from West LA on a typical Saturday night.)

There’s no other program like this one, at least in Southern California. We attempt to get to all requested Israeli dances, no matter how popular they were when they were new, as long as they were choreographed before 2001.

If you want a dance for which you know we don’t have the music, just bring us the CD or tape. The rest of the program will consist of a wide selection of older dances; mostly from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s; and we vary what we play each month.

The program is all-circle until 9:30, and then a mix of circle dances and short sets of couple dances until closing. Join us in dancing to NONE of the latest hit songs from Israel!

Claremont Israeli Dancing

Join us for a wonderful evening of great music, dances and friendships.

Beginners – 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm, followed by more advanced dances and your requests .
The 1st class is FREE
Cost: $8.00 at the door (students: $5)

We enjoy great air-condition and the wonderful wooden floor at The Claremont Masonic Lodge on 272 west 8th street, Claremont, CA 91711 (one block east of Indian Hill)

There is parking in the back as well as on 8th and Yale.

With love of life through music, dance, and friendships,