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.
The biggest thing happening at the co-op in January of course is our Winter Festival on Saturday, January 14th (see details below). But we’ll be dancing every Friday as well, and during the teaching portion of the evening, we’ll review a different dance each Friday:
- January 6, Banjsko from Macedonia
- January 13, Kujawiak Niebieski from Poland
- January 20, De Cantat from Romania
- January 27, Eshebo from Israel.
Go to the This Month page to see the dance programs for December.
Our January 14 Winter Festival—the first in three years—was good fun and well attended despite Covid and an all-day rainstorm. You can see more pictures on our Photos page. Also Wen-Li Chiang from Cerritos Folk Dancers, shot some photos and videos that he has generously shared here.
A memorial service for Kay MacDiarmid, who was a long-time member of the Co-op, will be held on January 21st in Claremont, CA:
Date: Saturday, January 21st, 2023
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Kingman Chapel, United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
Kay passed away on November 12th at the age of ninety-seven.
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.
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 not currently required
- Please bring your own water and any snacks you want to have
- Hand sanitizer is available
Some Co-op History
from Marshall Cates
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.
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.
If you hit a wall, climb over it, crawl under it, or dance on top of it.