Monday, September 15, 2014

Mark Your Calendars: Special Folk Dance Events on October 19 & December 8

Mark your calendars now for these two special folk dance events this fall in Petaluma!

  • International Folk Dance Festival for New Dancers: All who love music and dance are invited to this free event sponsored by the Folk Dance Federation of California and Petaluma Snap-Y Dancers. Special dance session for families, kids, and schoolteachers 1-1:30 p.m.; easy, fun folk dances from around the world taught by nine North Bay teachers 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 1-4:30 p.m.
  •  Annual Petaluma Holiday Folk Dance Party: Featuring dancing to recorded favorites plus live music by Gradina. Monday, December 9, 7-9:30 p.m.
Both events will be at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall Folk Dance Events and Classes

Time to dance again! Here's my schedule for fall classes:
  • Petaluma Folk Dancing: Monday 7-9:15 p.m., September 8-December 8 at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma - $65 for the 14-week session, or $7 drop-in
  • College of Marin International Folk Dance Class: Wednesdays 2:10-3:30 p.m., September 3-October 15, October 29-December 10 at PE#22, College of Marin, Kentfield - $60 for the 7-week session
You can sign up for the Petaluma fall session at the first class.
Please register in advance for the College of Marin classes at http://marincommunityed.com

And mark your calendars now for these two fall events at Herman Sons Hall in Petaluma:
  • International Folk Dance Festival for New Dancers co-sponsored by the California Folk Dance Federation and Petaluma Snap-Y Dancers - Sunday, October 19, 1-4:30 p.m.; special folk dance session for families, kids, and teachers 1-1:30 p.m.; dances taught by 9 North Bay folk dance teachers 1:30-4:30 p.m. Admission free!
  • Annual Petaluma Holiday Folk Dance Party - Monday, December 9, 7-9:30 p.m., admission $10.
Hope to see you all on the dance floor!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Dancing, Fall Class Schedule

Summer dancing ends on Monday, August 4 - come join us for a fun all-request evening dancing to old and new favorites from 7-9:15 p.m. at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue in Petaluma.

Here's the schedule for my fall folk dance classes:

  • Petaluma Folk Dancing: Mondays, 7-9:15 p.m., September 8-December 8 at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma - $65 for the 14-week session, or $7 drop-in
  • College of Marin International Folk Dance Class: Wednesdays 2:10-3:30 p.m., September 3-October 15, October 29-December 10 at PE#22, College of Marin, Kentfield - $50 for the 7-week session 

And mark your calendars now for our Annual Petaluma Holiday Folk Dance Party on Monday, December 8, 7-9:30 p.m at Herman Sons Hall.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Summer Dancing in Petaluma

Summer dancing in Petaluma starts June 2:

  • Mondays 7-9:15 p.m.
  • June 2-August 4
  • Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma
  • $5 per evening
Dancing to requests and old/new favorites all evening. Beginners, newcomers, all ages always welcome; no partner necessary. No formal instruction during the summer, but the first 30-45 minutes will be easy, familiar dances and I'll be there to help talk newcomers through the dances.

No classes at College of Marin during the summer - I'll be taking a summer break, with class sessions resuming on September 3.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Big Fun at the Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party!


We had a wonderful, enthusiastic, dancing crowd of over 80 people at the Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party! Folks traveled from Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Berkeley, San Rafael, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Mountain View to come join in the fun.


Plovdiv Party Bus (featuring Greg Jenkins, Dena Bjornlie, Lisa Ekstrom, and Mark Jenkins) played a fabulous set that included Sa, Karamfil, Melnik, Pravo Horo, Daichovo, Kalamatiano, Pomasko Sirto, Les Noto, and more.

  
Monday night dancing at Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue in Petaluma continues through May 5 (no class on April 14). Summer dancing will start on June 2 and run through August 5. 



Monday, March 17, 2014


Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party!
Saturday, April 5, 8-11 p.m.
Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Avenue, Petaluma
Admission $10 (includes drinks and snacks)

Dancing to old and new recorded favorites
Live Macedonian, Greek, and Bulgarian music by Plovdiv Party Busy featuring Mark Jenkins on vocals and percussion, Greg Jenkins on vocals and clarinet, Dena Bjornlie on gadulka and vocals, Lisa Ekstrom on accordion and vocals. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dancing into Spring

Daffodil blooming, dancers dancing!
As we move into spring, I'll be teaching some more great dances. 

In Petaluma we'll be learning:
  • Darkeinu - a lovely lyrical Israeli dance choreographed by Gadi Bitton
  • Homey Twist - one of my favorite funky Urban Soul line dances
  • Ikariotikos - the classic island syrto that I learned from the locals when I was in Ikaria in 2007

Plus Sue Williard will be coming to teach some Yves Moreau classics on March 10, and Nadav Nur will teach Hora Lautareasca on March 17.

And at the College of Marin:

  • Narino - a favorite Turkish dance I learned from Ahmet Luceci
  • Plataniatikos Nero - an island syrto from Samos
  • Shourch Bar - to a great new tune by Raffi Madoyan