SPECIALIZED FOLK DANCE CLUBS/CLASSES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

The dance classes and clubs noted below are members of the Folk Dance Federation of Northern California. Below this list are links to other non-Federation dance clubs and classes.

These locations offer lessons on the dances from a particular country or region. If you are looking for a dance class that offers dances from a wider variety of countries (Israeli, Scandinavian, Hungarian, Greek, etc.), refer to the International Dance Classes page.

Notes:
- Beginner Friendly
- Particpates in the "First Class Free" Program

Notes Description Name City
  Cape Breton Step Dancing
"Scottish step dancing from the island of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada"
Cape Breton Step Dance Class
2nd Sunday - Berkeley
3rd Sunday - Galt
Wednesday - Sacramento
209-745-9063 (Bob)
Info: Email - Website

Berkeley, Galt

Call for exact locations

Austrian Folk Dance Alpentänzer Schuhplattler
Practice: Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00
916-988-6266 (Gary Schultz)
Info: Website

Carmichael

BPOE #2103
5631 Cypress Avenue

  Country Western - lines & couples
Boots N' Buckles
408-725-8367
Friday 8:00-11:00 PM
Informational Flyer
Info: Website
Newark

Centerville Community Center in Newark

4th Friday: Swiss Park in Newark

  Come schmooze and dance to the music of Israel

Cafe Shalom Israeli Folk Dance Party
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
1399 43rd Ave (at Judah)
7:30pm to 11:30pm
$8 adults $5 students

 

San Francisco

SECOND Saturday

Older dances and dances for beginners at 7:30

Contact Rosanna: rofromsf@gmail.com

 

Learn the dances you'll see a our once-a-month dance party!

 

Cafe Shalom Israeli Folk Dance Class
St. Francis Episcopal Church
399 San Fernando Way
San Francisco, CA 94127
(off Ocean Blvd near Junipero Serra Blvd - across the street from the gate entrance is the Sloat School play yard)

Teachers: Udy and Ori
Cost: Adults: $8 and Students: $5

San Francisco

Tuesdays
Beginner class: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Dancing 8:45pm to 11:00pm

 

For more information contact Udy Gold at udy@pobox.com or 408.406.6766

  Country Western Line Dance Country Hustlers
925-443-2106
Info: Website

Pleasanton and
Livermore

Location varies - please call

  Country Western - lines & couples Country Quick Steppers
1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays
650-755-8049
Info: Website
Foster City

Location varies - see website

Country Western Line Dance Country Swingers Dance Club
Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM
209-832-2605 or 209-608-0632 (Jean)
Info: Email

Tracy

Lolly Hansen Senior Center
375 East Ninth Street

  Country Western Line Dance Downright Country Dance Club
2nd Saturday
916-985-0770 Email

Loomis
Veterans Memorial Hall
5945 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis
Download the 2015-2016 flyer.

  Scandinavian Folk El Dorado Scandinavian Dancers
7:00-9:00 pm Mondays
916-657-4046 (John)
916-358-2807 (Marida)
Info: Website
Sacramento

Hamilton Street Park Community Center, 4855 Hamilton Street

  Country Western - lines & couples First & Last Dancers
Last Saturday
8:00 PM - midnight
Many months have special times, call for details
916-682-2638

Galt

Valley Oaks Grange (5th and D)

Scandinavian and European folk dances Fresno Danish Dancers 
Tuesday: 7:00-9:00 PM
Info: Steen Skjellerup 559-259-7081 or stivax @aol.com

Clovis

Clovis Senior Center, 890 Fourth St. @ Hughes

  Greek folk dances Greek Feet
Monday: 7:30-9:30
510-530-5140
Info: Email - Website
San Francisco

Joe Goode Annex
Project Artaud, 401 Alabama Street (at 17th Street)

  Contra Lesson and Dance

Gold Country Contra Dance
Last Saturday, 10 times a year - call first to be sure!
6:30-10:00 PM

Info: Patty Roemer 530-647-2291 Email

Coloma

Gold Trail Grange, 319 State Highway, Coloma, CA 95613

  Argentine Tango Humboldt Tango
Every Sunday Beg. Tango 5:00 PM
Intermediate Tango 6:30 PM
First and third week Friday Practica Dance 7:00-9:00 PM
707-445-2655
Info: Website
Eureka

Studio of Dance Arts, 5th & A Street

  Hungarian Folk Dance Folkdances of Hungary & Transylvania
Tuesdays 7:30-9:45pm
650-941-0227
(Todd Wagner) Em ail

Menlo Park

Arrillaga Family Recreation Center
700 Alma Street

  Irish Folk Dancing Irish American Ceile Dancers
2nd and 4th Wednesdays
916-444-3181 (Helen)
Info: Website
Sacramento

Harte Senior Center, 915 27th Street

  Israeli Folk Dancing Israeli Folk Dancers of Santa Cruz
Tuesdays 7:30-10:00 PM
831-227-9477 (Alan)
Info: Email

Santa Cruz

Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street

Scandinavian couple turning dances Nordic Footnotes
FIRST Saturday of each month
7:30 PM teaching; 8:30 PM dancing 
No partner necessary.
408-890-6102 (Jeanne or Henry)
650-323-2256 (Jim or Linda)
Info: Email      Website
Menlo Park

Usually at St. Bede's Episcopal Church (Location may change), 2650 Sand Hill Road

Argentine Tango Tango Practica
Saturdays Basics
11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Every Monday - 8:00-10:00 PM
209-522-1571 (Mary)
Info: Email -  Website
Modesto

Saturdays: Sophia's Dance Journey, 711 10th Street

Mondays: Jacob's Restaurant, 2501 McHenry Avenue

  Norwegian Folk Dancing Northern California Spelmannslag
Classes in San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco
510-654-3636
Info: Email - Website
various in S.F. Bay area -- call or check website!
  Country-western dancing

Pony Express Dance Club
First Saturday 7:00-11:00 PM (except July and Aug.)
916-645-7285 (Don Boatman)
Info: Email

Sacramento

Arcade Creek Rec and Park Dist Hall,
4855 Hamilton Street

  Scottish Country Dancing Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Fridays - Sacramento, Wednesday - Stockton
Saturday - Sacramento (Childrens)
530-295-4989
Info: Email - Website

Sacramento, Stockton

YLI Clubhouse at 1400 27th Street
in Sacramento.

Call for Wednesday location in Stockton

Scandinavian couple turning dances Scandia Saturday
2nd Saturday March, May, Oct. and Dec.
**Beginners welcome in October
7:30 PM teaching; 8:30 PM dancing
510-654-3636 (Jane)
Info: Email
Oakland

Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Drive

Scandanavian Sonoma County Scandia Dancers
Tuesdays 7:15-9:15 PM
707-996-8300 (Vince) or 707-823-4145 (Emma)
Info: Email - Flyer
Petaluma

Hermann Sons Hall at Western & Webster

  Viennese Waltz performance dance classes Viennese Waltz Society/Vienna Rythm
916-395-8791 (Stan or Popi)
Info: Email - Website
Sacramento

Call for information on classes

These locations offer lessons on the dances from a particular country or region. If you are looking for a dance class that offers dances from a wider variety of countries (Israeli, Scandinavian, Hungarian, Greek, etc.), refer to the International Dance Classes page.

Note: The dance classes and clubs noted above are members of the Folk Dance Federation of Northern California. Below this list are links to other non-Federation dance clubs and classes.

California English Country Dance - 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00-9:30 PM First Cong. Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz website
Contra Dance - Live music. Various locations including Chico, Sacramento, Nevada City, etc. See schedule on-line.
English and Contra dancing - Bay Area Country Dance Society - www.bacds.org
English Country Dance - First Sundays 2:00-5:00 PM Masonic Temple, 235 Vernon Street, Roseville. 916-739-6014.
Donna Frankel teaches several line dance classes in the South Bay and Peninsula, most of them during the day. Information: Summer 2012 or Fall 2012.
Israeli Folk Dancing - Mondays 7:30-11:30 PM, Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington. 408-287-9999 Email
Israeli Folk Dancing - Thursday nights 8:30-midnight at First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton in Palo Alto - Email
Israeli Folk Dance Party - One Saturday per month 8:30-midnight at Etz Chayim Synagogue, 4161 Alma Street in Palo Alto Email Party dates in 2015: January 10, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, August 15, September 19.
Israeli Folk Dance Party - One Saturday per month 7:30-midnight (first hour for beginners) at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church 43rd Ave @ Judah, San Francisco, Email.
Sacramento Country Dance Society - First Fridays 7:30-11:00 PM. Clunie Clubhouse in Sacramento 916-739-6014.

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