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 bottom of page for full Covid protocols.

August Dance Program

In August we’ll be teaching Ravno Oro, a traditional line dance from Macedonia. We have two videos of it linked from the website if you’d like to take a look. This one may be easier for following and learning, but this older one of Yves Moreau really captures the joy of the dance.

Go to our This Month page to see the dance lists for August.

Daytime Dancing

Mari Werner is organizing some daytime folk dancing that will be happening out in a public park in the late afternoon in the shade. The first one is planned for Sunday, August 14, at 5:30 PM in Duarte. The time, day of the week, and location for future dances is not sealed–it will shift depending on the weather and what interested people want.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can message her through the Contact page of this website.

Upcoming Camps and Festivals

Ojai Festival, Saturday October 1, 2022, 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM

Ojai Art Center
113 S. Montgomery St
Ojai, CA  93023
Cost: $20
Vaccination required

There will be teaching from 10:00 till 11:30 in the morning, then a lunch break with request dancing from 11:30 till 1:00, and programmed dancing from 1:00 till 5:00.

More information will follow or check the current issue of Folk Dance Scene or the Federation website.
Sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.

Fall Camp, November 11 — 13, 2022

Brandeis-Bardin Campus, 1101 Peppertree Ln., Brandeis, CA 93064

Master teachers and great dancing in a beautiful natural setting. Plus there are many other optional activities you can participate in such as crafts, star gazing, nature walks, folk band practice and performance, and more.

Go to the Fall Camp website for details and updates.

Sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.

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.

New Board of Directors

We elected a new board of directors in June. A warm welcome to our new President, Les Slifkin, and a warm thank you to our outgoing President, Don Krotser. Welcome also to Lynn and Rick Bingle our new Federation Reps, and to Rick Cofield, newly in charge of MCs. (See bottom of page for a full list of current board members.) Also we say a sad farewell to both Roxanna Martell and Leslie Halberg, who are leaving not only the board but the So Cal region–both relocating to grandchild proximity.

There will be a board meeting sometime soon, probably on Zoom. Members are welcome to attend, and a notice will go out when a date and time are set. 

Memberships

Memberships expired at the end of June. See Rick Bingle to sign up or re-up. He’s there almost every Friday, and if he’s not, you can give your money to our Treasurer, Ann Armstrong. Memberships are $10 for a year, and it makes your admission charge $5 instead of $6.

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.

Co-op 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