** FRIDAY NIGHT DANCING SUSPENDED**

Regretfully the Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op has suspended Friday night dancing because of COVID-19.

Updates will be posted here when we are resuming, and we will also send a notice to our email list. If you don’t receive our emails and would like to, send an email to mari2(at)workableeconomics(dot)com.

Until then we wish you all good health.

Best regards,

Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op Board of Directors

Dancing While We’re Dark

Well-known choreographer/teacher, Ira Weisburd, is offering a free virtual dance class on Tuesday mornings. They’re live from Florida at 10:30, which makes 7:30 on the west coast, but he posts the recording so you can watch them later. Go to his facebook page for more information and to watch the classes: www.facebook.com/dancewithira

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

Message from Vice President, Toti O’Brien:

Dear Folk Dancers

I would love to hear from you.

Would you let me know of any dance that you’d like to see taught during the coming year? It could be a dance you have never learned, one that you have learned long ago, or one that was recently taught but you feel could use reviewing. It could be several dances, of course!
Please, feel free to email me with your suggestions/wishes—totihan30@yahoo.com—now or any time during the year.
Also, feel free to let me know if you would be interested in teaching a dance, or more.
Looking forward to wonderful, wonderful dancing together 🙂