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Folk Dance Classes and Dances

This is a listing of folk dance classes and dances in the Pacific Northwest, and a smattering of other places, for NFDI member clubs. Information does change. While we attempt to keep this page up-to-date, please call the contact person in advance to be sure the information is correct. Also, please notify the NFDI Webmaster if any information you find here is incorrect. Thanks.

Clubs that are members of Northwest Folk Dancers Incorporated have events listed here. If the club at which you generally dance is not listed, the club membership may have lapsed. Please encourage the locations where you dance to join NFDI!


[Alaska] [California] [Canada] [Colorado] [Oregon] [Washington] [Wyoming]

Alaska

Sunday

Juneau Intl Folkdancers. Free recreational/teaching all year at the downtown Juneau Racquet Club Juneau, AK. Teaching 6–7 p.m.; dancing, 7–8 p.m. Info: Bruce (907) 364-2334 or Judy (907) 586-6237.

Tuesday

Klondike Kloggers. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Mountain View Community Center (corner Price & Peterkin), Anchorage, AK. Info: (907) 272-5398 or (907) 334-8260.

Thursday

Karavan Dancers. Int’l performance group open to all experienced dancers, 7–10 p.m. Folkland Studio, 7216 Lake Otis Parkway, Anchorage. Info: (907) 344-2015.

Saturday

Anchorage Folk Dance Consortium. Dance Party 1st Sat. each month, BYO beverage and finger foods, 8 p.m. Folkland Studio, 7216 Lake Otis Parkway. Info: (907) 345-2699.


California

Tuesday

Del Norte International Folkdancers, Del Norte Senior Center, 1765 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City CA, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. All welcome, no partner or experience needed. Free. Terry at (707) 458-3132 or email.

Wednesday

Armenian Dances—8 weeks, 7–10 p.m. St. Peter's Armenian Apolstolic Church, Karagozian Hall, 17231 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406. $65/adults, $50/students (currently enrolled). Instructor; Tom Bozigian. Information: Shakeh (818) 348-8000 or Tom (562) 941-0845.

Thursday

Armenian and Greek Dances, Tom Bozigian instructing. Glendale Civic Auditorium, 140 1 N. Verdugo at Mountain Avenue, Glendale, CA (across from Glendale College). 7–8:15 p.m. beginning; 8:15–9:30 p.m. intermediate; 9:30–10:45 p.m. advanced. Information: (562) 941-0845.

Friday

West Valley Folk Dancers, 7–10 p.m. at the Canoga Park Senior Center, 7326 Jordan Avenue, Canoga Park (Los Angeles). A program of international dances, plus two dances taught each night. Suggested donation $5 guests, $4 members. Contact Wally at (818) 348-6133 or email.


Canada

Monday

Cowichan International Folkdancers meet year-round on Monday nights, 7:30-9:30, at the Mill Bay Community Hall, 1001 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road (beside Kerry Park Arena), 26 miles north of Victoria. Info: Kate (250) 743-5068 or Jim (250) 743-2686 or email.

Tuesday

Burnaby International Folk Dancers meet 7–9:30 p.m., Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells (at Government), Burnaby, B.C., Sept.–early June. Info: Arlene (604) 436–9475. Email. Web site

Vancouver International Folk Dancers. Request dancing, 7–7:30 p.m. Teaching, 7:30–9:30 p.m., mid-June to mid-August at Ceperley Meadow in Stanley Park (past the tennis courts, across from the Pitch and Putt, and near Second Beach). Dancing is open to everyone, all ages, all skill levels. No previous experience necessary. We teach very easy dances from many countries. Info: Susan Pinkham at 604-732-9652 or email. For more information on future events, see our Web site.

Wednesday

Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver, B.C. September through April at the Scandinavian Community Center, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby, 7:30–10 p.m. NOTE: The second Wednesday of each month is a live music night at the Victoria Drive Community Hall, 2026 East 43rd Avenue, Vancouver. Drop in $5. For more information and directions see http://vcn.bc.ca/scandi/

Thursday

Surrey International Folkdancers. Every Thursday, September–June. 7–10 p.m. Walnut Road Elementary School, 16152 - 82nd Ave., Surrey, B.C., Canada. Beginners welcome; no partner needed. $4 drop-in. Information: Dale, (604) 496-4236 or Email, Web site.

Friday

Saanich International Folk Dancers Some Fridays and Saturdays; call for current dates. We do dances from around the world. No partners required; wear soft soled shoes. Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Where: St Matthias Church, 600 Richmond Road, Victoria, B.C. Price: 1st time free; after that, $8. Phone: Helen Carr, (250) 477-4213.


Colorado

Tuesday

Empire Grange International Folk Dancers. 7:30–8:30 p.m. Empire Grange, 2306 W. Mulberry St., Fort Collins, CO. $3. Info: Deryl Kenney, (970) 223-5362 or email. Teaching and open dancing, with dances from all over the globe: The Balkans, Near and Mid-East, Africa, Greece, North, Central, and South America, Brittany, Israel, Taiwan, and many more.

Thursday

Denver International Folk Dancers, 7-10:30 p.m. Warren United Methodist Church Annex, 1630 E. 14th Ave. (at Gilpin, upstairs), Denver, CO. $4. Info: Debby Bowinski, (303) 692-8213 or email. Dances are mostly from Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia) and also from Israel, Greece, Africa, Hungary, etc. Come and learn new dances!

Friday

Boulder International Folk Dancers. 7:30–11 p.m., Avalon Ballroom (Sodal Hall), 6185 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder, CO. $5; first time, free. Info: Debby Bowinski, (303) 692-8213 or email. Participatory international folk dancing from around the world!


Oregon

Sunday

Kyklos Intl Dance Group, Gym II in the Reed Sports Center, 2870 SE Botsford Drive, Portland. $2 Teaching and dancing for beginners (and returning dancers), 7–7:30; dancing with the Kyklos dancers, 7:30–9:45. Bring soft-soled shoes. Info: www.kyklosfolkdancers.org.

Sunday Night Folk Dancing. Balkan dances taught from 7:30–8 p.m.; Israeli dances taught from 8–9 p.m., followed by open dancing at Fulton Park Community Center, 68 SW Miles (off Barbur, traffic light just east of Terwilliger), Portland. $3. Info: Bill Nelson (503) 245-6860.

Veselo Community Folk Dancers meet on Sundays at In Shape Athletic Club, 2681 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR. Warm up dances start at 7:15, teaching at 7:30, request dancing from 8–9:30. $3 for any or all of the evening, and repeat attendees can pre-pay by the quarter for a discount. Info: Linda Ketchum at (541) 726-7548 or email; Shirley Reeves at (541) 683-6197 or email.

Monday

Norske Runddansere Scandinavian Folkdancers. Every Monday, 7:30–10 p.m., $5. Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223. We dance and teach couple and circle dances and lively mixers from all Nordic countries. Lessons,7:30–8:30 p.m., September through May; open dancing year-round (except holidays). First dance and students free; no partner necessary. $60 for annual membership. Please bring separate indoor dancing shoes. Everyone is welcome! Info: Newgards (503) 636-7509 or email. Website.

South Coast Folk Society South Coast Folk Society holds free folk dance classes with live music every Monday evening at the North Bend Housing Authority activity room, located at 1700 Monroe Street in North Bend, Oregon. Class goes from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Beginners and drop-ins are welcome. All dances taught. Info: Paul Poresky, (541) 404-8267, or email.

Tuesday

Beginning International folk dance class every Tuesday night. Held at Harding Learning Center, 755 S 7th St., Coos Bay, at 7 p.m. $5 drop in. More information: Stacy Rose.

Eugene Folkdancers, Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West "C" St, Springfield, OR. Lessons from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Info: Helen (541) 206-9733 or email.

Kumpania/Bend International Folk Dancers, Sept—June, 7–9 p.m.$5. Sons of Norway Hall, 549 NW Harmon Blvd Bend, OR 97701. Contacts: Patty Meehan at (541) 815-3035 or email, or Audrey Adams at (541) 639-1056 or email.

Wednesday

Ciganski Igraci Balkan. 7:30–10 p.m. (Some teaching.) Summer: 8–10 p.m., no teaching Jun–Sep. The Chalet, 7045 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland. $2.50. Info: Jeanne Gibson (503) 233-1322(h) or (503) 319-8717(w) or email.

International Folk Dance for Beginners. 7–8:30 p.m., Astoria Senior Center, 1111 Exchange Street, Astoria. Basic circle dances of Europe–no experience necessary, no partner needed. Ages 13 and up, $4 per session; drop-ins welcome. To register, call (503) 325-7275.

Oregon Coast International Dancers meet every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8 ($6 per session). We meet at the Lane Community College Dance Studio, 3149 Oak St., Florence, OR, during the school year. Contact Ellen at (541) 997-9505.

Salem International Folk Dancers meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m. at the VFW Hall #661, 630 Hood St. NE, Salem, OR. We teach beginner as well as more advanced dances and we are truly international in our dances (not just Balkan and Israeli). $4 per night or sign up for a 6-week class at reduced cost. Come dance with us on the best wooden-floored, dance venue in town. Info: Joan.

Thursday

Dancing in Garden Home meets each Thursday from 7 to 9 pm at 7665 SW 67th Ave., Portland. (Enter by the MIDDLE front door.) Dances are global, including Asian, Native American, European, Polynesian, and much more. $2. Soft soled shoes only, please. For more info, contact Heidi at (503) 246-9464 or heivor19@gmail.com.

Friday

Ashland International Folk Dancers. Every Friday, 7:30 p.m. 'til late. Teaching first hour. Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way (sometimes next door). Info: Ron & Jan Waitt; (541) 482-8249.

Zabava Balkan Dancing. Fridays, 7:30–9:30 p.m.; teaching the first hour. Admission: $1. 2833 NE 8th Ave, Portland. Please bring clean soft-soled shoes. Allergy notes: Interested cat on premises, and please don't wear scented products (perfume, lotion, hairspray, etc.). Contact Sonia Connolly at (503) 334-6434 or via email. More info at www.BalkanDancing.com.


Washington

Sunday

Barneleikarringen of Greater Seattle. Scandinavian dancing for children and families (Sep–Jun). We meet two Sunday afternoons a month during the school year, 1:30–2:30, followed by social time until 2:45. Most practices at the Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Some practices are at other locations when the space is unavailable. Check the website for current practice dates and location, or to sign up for our mailing list: (https://sites.google.com/site/barneleikarringen/home). Info: (425) 954-5257 or email.

Katrilli Finnish Folkdancers meet on Sundays, 5 p.m.–7 p.m., at the Swedish Cultural Center (SCC), 1920 Dexter Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109. Learn Finnish folklore and traditions through dance. All are welcome! Visit the Web site or call JoAnne at (206) 329-1443 for information.

Scottish Country Dancing in Tacoma: "Fun, Fitness, Friendship". 3–5:30 p.m. on 2nd and 4th Sundays at Studio 6 Ballroom, 2608 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA. Contact Meg. Like us on Facebook: Scottish Country Dancers Tacoma (https://www.facebook.com/Scottish-Country-Dancers-Tacoma-362898913779418/). All levels and ages welcome. No partner needed. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. $7/ session. Tacoma Highland Games are June 27, 2020.

Monday

Scandinavian dance instruction, Sons of Norway hall, 18891 Front St., Poulsbo, WA. Donations gleefully accepted; partners not required; dance shoes recommended; treats enthusiastically sampled. Party dance, Monday, February 20. Info: Julie (360) 394-9698; or Laurel (360) 876-8907.

Seattle International Folk Dancers. Int’l dancing, 6:45–8:45 p.m., Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle. $3; seniors, $2. Info: Alan, (206) 362-6035. No dance on holidays.

South Whidbey International Folk Dancers. Meets Monday nights from 7–9:30 p.m. Bayview School, 5611 Bayview Rd, Langley, WA (on Whidbey Island). $0. Easy and intermediate Balkan, Israeli, Middle Eastern, European, Asian, and South American line dances. Info: Shirley Hauck.

Totem Folk Dancers, International, 7:15–9:15 p.m. Star Center, 3873 S. 66th Street, Tacoma (Venue info: (253) 404-3939 or starcentertacoma.org). $5 donation/night. Children welcome. Info: Felice, (253) 756-4977.

Tuesday

Beginning Scottish Country Dance. Beginner technique, 8–9 p.m.; intermediate, 9—9:50 p.m. University Heights Center, 5031 University Ave NE, Seattle. Information: Rachel.

The Bigfoot Folk Dancers of Spokane, WA dance on alternate Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the home of Karen Wilson-Bell. We welcome beginners and visitors. Call (509) 327-7862 to check dates and get directions.

Leikarringen of Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 meets from 7:30–9:30 p.m. (September through June) at Leif Erikson Lodge #1 Sons of Norway, 2245 NW 57th St., Seattle, WA. For information call (206) 783-1274.

Olympia Folkdancers Co-op, 7–9 p.m., South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd, Olympia. Teaching international folk dances, as needed, then request dancing. Come solo, or with a partner. Students and first timers, $1. Others, $5. For information, contact Dennis at (360) 943-1604 or via email.

Olympic Peninsula Folk Dancers, 1:30–3:30 p.m. No charge. Call for more info, as our day/times change. Info: Barb email or (360) 292-2442; or Katherine, (360) 683-7603.

Seattle Mountaineers Int’l Folk Dancing, approx. 7:30–9:30 p.m., almost every Tuesday. Waltz, ragtime, tango, polka, etc., plus line dances, sets, & mixers. Informal teaching/walk-throughs at beginner level for first half, then requests at any level. No partner necessary. Come by yourself or bring friends. $10; $8 for Kirkland residents; $7.50 for monthly rate. Info and directions: www.mountaineers.org/seattlefolkdance. For questions, call Johnny at (425) 746-2328 or email

Skagit-Anacortes Folkdancers. Beg. teaching at 7 p.m., inter. at 7:30 p.m., program at 8:10, requests at 8:45 p.m. at Bay View Grange Hall, Bayview Rd & Hwy 525, Bayview, WA. Directions: west on Hwy 20 as far as the light at Bay View State Park exit (across from Farmhouse Inn) off Hwy 20. Turn right and travel to the small community of Bay View and the 25 mph zone. Turn right at C St., at the boatworks bldg. and go up hill. Pass a church on your right and fire hall on left. Bay View Hall is right next to the fire hall. Info: Joel, (360) 391-0601 or email.

Vancouver, WA, International Folk Dance. Weekly club. Easy lines, sets, circles, squares, mixers. No partner or experience needed. Tuesdays, 3–4:15 p.m., 1$ drop in. Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLaughlin Blvd., (360) 487-7055. Info: Ken Dewire, (360) 828-5031, or cell (360) 216-6264.

Wednesday

Enzian Schuhplattler. Performance group, Bavarian folk dances and Schuhplattler. Practices are on Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m., at the German House, 613 9th Street, Seattle, WA. No practices from the day before Thanksgiving through the first Thursday in January. Info: Sean Schmidt at (206) 898-5107 or via email. Website.

Skandia Folkdance Society Basics Class, 7:30–9 p.m., University Heights Center, room 109, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle. Free! For current schedule and more information, check the Skandia Folkdance Society Web site or call the hotline at (425) 954-5262.

Skandia Folkdance Society Intermediate Dance Class. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, room 2 (upper building). For the 6-week series: $45 for Skandia members: nonmembers, $55. For current schedule and more information, check the Skandia Folkdance Society Web site or call the hotline at (425) 954-5262.

Sno-King Int’l Folk Dancers. All-request program. Short teaching or review at 7:30 p.m. Donation: $8 (members, $6). Cedar Valley Grange 20526 - 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood. Info: www.sno-king.org or dancesnoking@gmail.com.

Thursday

Festival Folkdancers Co-op. 7-9 p.m., Wallingford community senior center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N., Suite 140, Seattle. Teaching & requests, mostly Balkan with a few couple dances, no partner or experience required, all ages welcome. $2 donation. Info: Judy, (206) 546-2533.

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers meet at 7 p.m., a new time for us, at the Fairhaven Branch Library, 1117 12th Street, Bellingham. We are having teaching start earlier, right after warm-up dances, first teaching an easier dance, followed by teaching of a more difficult dance. We then dance to a selected program of dances, followed by requests. We end the evening at 9:30 p.m. No partner or experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome. A $5 donation is requested, and first-timers are free. Info: (360) 380-0456.

Int’l Folkdancers of Richland. Review 7:30 p.m., requests 9 p.m. Community House, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Info: Pauli (509) 943-9079 or Marilyn (509) 545-1311.

Skandia Folkdance Society Village Dances Class 7:30–9 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Room 32 (lower building) (Four-week series is $40; members, $35). For current schedule and more information, check the Skandia Folkdance Society Web site or call the hotline at (425) 954-5262.

Wenatchee Scottish Country Dancing, all levels. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Irish Dance Studio, 151 Worthen Street, Wenatchee, WA. Information: Lesley, (509) 663-3743.

Friday

International Folk Dancers of the Palouse (formerly WSU-Pullman International Folkdancers) in the basement of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, corner of E. Second and Van Buren, Moscow, ID, with dancing 7:30–10 p.m. Info: Hedy at (509) 332-5625 or email, or Wiley at (509) 332-2202.

Seattle Balkan Dancers at the Russian Center on Capitol Hill (704 19th Ave. E., Seattle) for Balkan line dances. Teaching most Fridays at either 7:30 or 8. Social dance from 8:30–11:30. Bring your requests. Easier dances during the first 60–90 minutes. Children are welcome. Info: Info or www.seattlebalkandancers.org.

Skandia Folkdance Society dances 1st and 3rd Fridays at Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 - 52nd Ave. West, Lynnwood, WA 98036-7610. Teaching at 7:30 p.m.; dancing at 8:30 p.m. Live music. Skandia members, $10; nonmembers, $15 (prices higher for some dances). For more information, check the Skandia Folkdance Society Web site or call the hotline at (425) 954-5262.

Saturday

Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers. Classes, Wednesday nights, September–June, 7:30–11 p.m. Two locations: either at Fourth Corner Community Church, 4071 Home Road (Northwest Ave. Exit from I-5), Bellingham, WA, or at the Fairhaven Public Library, 1112 12th Street, Bellingham, WA. Information: Rosemary Read, (360) 734-1295. email / Web page.

Contra Dancing, Pt. Angeles, Black Diamond Comm. Hall; every 1st Saturday (Sept. through May); Instruction 7:30 p.m., dance 8–11 p.m.; all ages welcome; partners not required. Admission: $6 adults, $2 children ages 7–17; 1942 Black Diamond Rd. (2 mi. up from Pine St.). Contact: Email.

Contra Dancing, Whidbey Island, 4th Saturday of each month, 7–10:30, Bayview Hall, Langley. Live band. $7 adults and $3 children. Contact Val Newsom at (360) 299-8981 for additional information.

Intl Folkdancers Of Richland. 1st Sat. party, 8 p.m. Community House, George Washington Way, Richland, WA. Info: Marilyn (509) 545-1311.

Sno-King Int’l Folk Dancers. Saturday Dance, 7–9:30 p.m. Requests, 7 p.m.; short teaching or review at 7:30, followed by program and request dancing. Donation: $8; members, $6. Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 - 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood. Info: www.sno-king.org or dancesnoking@gmail.com.

Sons of Norway Tacoma (formerly Tacoma Mountaineers). 4th Saturday dance, September through April, at Sons of Norway Normanna Hall, 15th and MLK Way, Tacoma. Teaching at 7 p.m. and dancing to live music 8 to 10:30, mostly Scandinavian. Contacts: Karen Goettling at (253) 759-3731 or Karen's email, and Nancy Camenzind at (360) 491-0704 or Nancy's email.


Wyoming

Tuesday

Snowy Range International Folk Dance Group, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Old Ft. Sanders Center, Labonte Park, 967 N. 9th St., Laramie, WY 82070 (at E. Sully St.). $2-$6. Lisa Muller, (307) 399-1136 or vedauwoolisa@gmail.com. Recreational international folk dancing, 8:30-10 p.m.


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