Friday Night Dancing

Dates: Every Friday
Time: 7:30 PM till 9:30 PM
Place: Altadena Community Church, 943 Altadena Drive, Altadena, CA  91001
Admission: $6 (members $5) Additional donations welcomed

We have a teaching session early in the evening where we teach one or more dances that are beginner or intermediate level. We usually teach the same dances all month, and whatever we teach will be on the play list throughout the next month, so you get lots of practice. Starting at the beginning of the month will give you the best opportunity to learn and practice the dances, but you’re welcome to start any time. The remainder of the evening is programmed dances and requests from our large collection of recorded ethnic dance music from countries around the world. Go to our This Month page to see what dances will be taught and played in the current month.

If you’re new to folk dancing, we offer beginner orientation sessions, scheduled according to interest and availability. When we have them, it’s a half-hour session starting at 7:00 before our regular dancing begins. We cover types of folk dances, hand holds, some basic folk dance patterns, and two or three of the simplest dances. To find out about future sessions, use the Contact page. If you’ve attended before, it’s fine to schedule again for a refresher. These are free with your $6 admission to the regular dance gathering.

When a month has five Fridays, the fifth Friday is a party night. Instead of teaching we have live music from our own band, appropriately called the Fifth Friday Band. Apart from the band’s two sets, the rest of our program on fifth Fridays is all-request to recorded music.

See updated Covid protocols at bottom of page.

Upcoming So Cal Events

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 8 to 10 PM
Maypril the Fourth be with you

Woman’s Club of Bellflower,  9402 Oak St., Bellflower, CA 90706 – $10.00
Wear a silly hat! Live music by Sans Frontières (appearing as Foolish Folk Band). All attendees are expected to be fully vaccinated but masks are optional.
Website: Narodni Folk Dancers 

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Spring Festival in Somis

Celebrate Spring with dancing in Somis. Connect with friends and dance your favorite dances on a beautiful sprung wood floor. Light refreshments provided.
For more information, call or text Valerie Daley: 805-746-0844
Sponsored by Folk Federation of California, South, Inc.

Friday to Sunday, May 17 to 19, 2024
California Statewide 2024

Newark Pavilion, 6430 Thornton Ave., Newark, CA 94560 – 510-793-4062
Teachers: Yannis Konstantinou (Greek/Macedonian) and Cesar Garfiaz (Salsa Rueda).
Musicians: Live music by Orkestar Unbound.
Host Hotel: Chase Suite Hotel, 39150 Cedar Blvd., Newark, CA 94560 – 510-795-1200
Additional information on the Federation website Calendar page.
Sponsored by Folk Dance Federation of California, Inc.

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Cerritos Fifteenth Anniversary Festival

Cerritos Senior Center, 12340 South St., Cerritos, CA 90703 – 562-916-8550
Finger foods to share are welcome, but not necessary. Your traditional or special costume will add splendid color to the party. Each group is welcome to perform, lead, and/or request up to three dances. Please let us know in advance to schedule your time.
Suggested donation: $12.00 per person at the door OR $10.00 if prepaid by June 1, 2024.
Contact: Sue Chen, 562-338-2298,
Sponsored by Folk Dance Federation of California South, Inc.

Go to the Federation Calendar page for more details plus additional events.

Current Covid-19 Protocols for Co-op Dancing:
Face mask are strongly recommended but not required
Do not attend if you are sick
Please bring your own water to drink.