Updates to our plans and events will be posted here, and we also send notices to our email list. If you don’t receive our emails and would like to, let us know through our Contact page and we’ll add you to the list.

Friday Night Dancing Continues

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

See below for full Covid protocols.

Masks

The Co-op board has voted to drop the mask requirement at our dance gatherings. Vaccinations are still required, and masks are highly recommended, but not mandatory. These new protocols are in keeping with current church protocols, LA County regulations, and CDC recommendations.

Upcoming Board Elections

Election of new Co-op board members will be happening in June and a new board will be taking over in July. The nominating committee has submitted their nominations, which will be announced and voted on this month.

June Dance Program

In June during the regular dance program, Rick Cofield will be teaching the Israeli line dance Joshua. We teach the same dance all month, so you have all four Fridays to learn it. In July it will be on the program every Friday providing more chances to practice.

Also this month on June 17th we’ll have an all request night with all the requests made by Roxanna and Robin Martel. This is our farewell tribute to the Martels who are moving to Utah. They’ve been stalwart members for a dozen or so years, supporting the group in various capacities including serving on the board.

See the dance lists for June on the This Month page.

Beginner Orientation

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, or if you know an interested beginner, please send them this way.

Daytime Dancing

While our recent survey showed fairly strong interest in daytime dancing, the number of people interested wasn’t enough to pay the rent for the church hall. Recent Friday night attendance has been similar–enough to be fun, but not quite enough to pay the rent. The board has decided to table the subject of daytime dancing until we build our Friday night attendance back up to a more viable range.

Apologies to those who expressed an interest. We hope to be able to revisit this before too long.

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Current Covid-19 Protocols for Co-op Dancing

  • Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is required. If you already showed proof at an earlier dance, you won’t need to show it again. 
  • Do not attend if you are sick
  • Face masks are strongly recommended but no longer required
  • No food or drink will be served. Please bring your own water and any snacks you want to have
  • Hand sanitizer is available

Some Co-op History

from Marshall Cates

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Ray Augustine

In the middle  80’s the Pasadena Coop was at a very low state  We had been dancing at the Odd Fellow’s Lodge -upstairs when they suddenly doubled our rent. I was President at the time, so It fell on me to find a new location.  I thought I had a place at the congregational church, but when they said we had to quit at 10:30, it was a deal breaker (we were dancing to 11:30 at the time).  We finally settled on Holliston Church even though the floor was not wood. Slowly we lost people, eventually Ray Augustine quit coming. This was a serious blow as he and I were the main teachers with Ester Purcell doing beginning. He brought the new dances from Stockton.  We dropped to about 15 with Cheryl bringing refreshments, both of us opening and closing and me doing most of the teaching. We started quitting at 11:00.  About two years later Phil Gamble found Throop hall with its wonderful floor. Ray returned and we began again to flourish. By 1993 we had good attendance at both the New Year’s Eve party and the Winter Festival.

1990s

Quotes

The job of feet is walking, but their hobby is dancing. – Amit Kalantri

Hard times require furious dancing. -Alice Walker

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
– Voltaire

“If you hit a wall, climb over it, crawl under it, or dance on top of it.”
– Unknown