Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op
The Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op has set an extremely ambitious (but, we believe, attainable) goal for this month. We intend to make it the very best August of dancing all year long.
Teaching starts at 7:30 each Friday. This month, the first session will have two very nice dances that are not already part of our group’s regular repertoire, so even people who normally do not attend for teaching may want to come to learn the steps, styling, and story of the dances. We will begin with a dance that will make you happy despite the accompanying sad Bosnian song Ne Klepeci. The dance contains all the fundamental steps that form the basis of 82 - 91% of recreational international folk dances. (We hope with further research to pin down the percentage more accurately. Please check back later this century.) We will follow that with a cute dance to the popular and upbeat Portuguese song Fado.
After teaching concludes about 7:55, we will repeat the dance from July’s introductory teaching, because repetition is so important for learning dancing (three dimensions of space and one dimension of time are important too, and our group has all four).
The second session will begin at 8:00. We will learn another dance new to the group, the smooth, flowing English set dance Turning by Threes. The dance is also known as Tourner à Trois after the lovely music, but a more accurate name might be Turning by Hook or by Crook or by Foot.
We will break for refreshments at 8:30 and then repeat all the dances that were taught as well as the intermediate dance taught in July. Throughout each evening, there will be dances that newcomers and experienced dancers alike will enjoy. For the complete program through 10:30, visit This Month.
As always on the last Friday of the month, refreshments will be potluck on Aug. 25. We would appreciate your contributing some luck to the pot.
On the second Friday of each month, we review set dances at 6:45. This review is intended for people who already have experience with set dances and would like to improve. If that’s you, come early on Aug. 11.
I look forward to dancing with you this month, and I know that your presence will help ensure we accomplish our challenging goal for August.
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