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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!


[Sunday] [Monday] [Tuesday] [Wednesday] [Thursday] [Friday] [Saturday]

Sunday

Alaska

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.

Oregon

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 7:30–9:45 with the Kyklos dancers. Info: www.kyklosfolkdancers.org.

Sunday Night Folkdancing. 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.

Washington

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 Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St., Seattle, WA 98117. Some practices are at other locations when museum space is unavailable. Check the Web site 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. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St., Seattle, WA 98117.

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 at http://finnsnw.com/Katrilli/ or call JoAnne at (206) 329-1443 for information.

Scottish Country Dancing in Tacoma: "Fun, Fitness, Friendship". 4–6 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/). 2017 Winter session: Jan. 8 & 22; Feb. 12 & 26; March 12. Spring session: March 26; April 9 &23; May 14; June 11. All levels and ages welcome. No partner needed. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. $7/ session. Tacoma Highland Games are June 24, 2017.


Monday

Canada

Vancouver International Folk Dancers, 7:30-10 p.m. Dancing at Shaughnessy Heights United Church,1550 West 33rd just west of Granville, at 7:30 on the second Monday of each month. $5 drop in fee. Info: Susan Pinkham at 604-732-9652 or email. For more information on future events, see our Web site.

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.

Oregon

Norske Runddansere Scandinavian Folkdancers. We dance and teach couple and circle dances and lively mixers from all five Scandinavian countries. Scandinavian dance lessons and open dancing every Monday except holidays, 7:30-10 p.m. We meet at Scandinavian Heritage Foundation's Nordia House at 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223. Regular admission is $5; first dance free, and free for students. $60 for annual membership. Everyone is welcome! Please bring separate indoor dancing shoes. Lessons 7:30-8:30 p.m. Info: Newgards (503) 636-7509 or email. Website.

Washington

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.

Scottish Country Dance Class, 7–9 p.m., Anacortes Arts Depot, 8th and R Avenue, Anacortes, OR at Oak Harbor Senior Center in Oak Harbor. $5 per class. Contact Barbara Parkes at (360) 341-2061 for additional information or visit www.skagitscd.org.

Seattle International Folkdancers. 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 (Sept to mid-June) from 7–9:30 p.m. Northwest Language Academy, 5023 Langley Rd (on Whidbey Island), Langley. $5. Easy Balkan, Israeli, Middle Eastern, European, and other line dances. Info: Shirley Hauck.

Totem Folkdancers, International, 7:15–9:15 p.m. Star Center, 3873 S. 66th Street, Tacoma (Venue info: (253) 404-3939 or starcentertacoma.org). $3 donation/night. Children welcome. Info: Felice, (253) 756-4977.


Tuesday

Alaska

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.

California

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.

Canada

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

Colorado

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.

Oregon

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.

Washington

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.

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.

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) 928-9698; 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

California

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.

Canada

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/

Oregon

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.

Washington

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., Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Room 2 (upper building). $55 for the series; $48 for members. 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. Intermediate / Advanced class. Requests: 7–7:30 p.m., Instruction: 7:30–9 Ending time varies. Some days no instruction; check ahead. Donation: $7 (members, $5), Cedar Valley Grange 20526 - 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood. Info: Bob at (206) 524-7360, or www.sno-king.org.


Thursday

Alaska

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.

California

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.

Canada

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.

Colorado

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!

Washington

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.

Olympia Folkdancers Coop, 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, $3. For information, call (360) 426-0075 or (360) 943-1604, or email.

Skandia Folkdance Society Beyond Basics Class 7:30–9 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Room 32 (lower building) ($40; $48 for members). 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

California

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

Saanich International Folk Dancers Fri. Feb 3, Sat. Feb. 11, Fri. Feb. 17, Fri. Feb 24, Fri. Mar. 3, Sat. Mar. 11, Fri. Mar. 17, Fri. Mar. 24, Fri. Mar. 31, Fri. Apr. 7, Sat. Apr. 15, Fri. April 21, Fri. Apr. 28, Fri. May 5, Sat. May 13, Fri. May 19, Fri. May 26, Fri. June 2, Sat. June 10. 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

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

Ashland International Folkdancers. 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.

South Coast Folk Society holds a folk dance on the 4th Friday of each month, 7–10 p.m., at the Greenacres Grange between Coos Bay and Coquille (Just off Hwy 42 at 3 miles east Hwy 101). $4 admission. Teaching and requests. More info: Stacy Rose, (541) 808-1002 or email.

Zabava Balkan Dancing. Fridays, 7:30–10 p.m.; teaching the first hour. Admission: $1. 2833 NE 8th Ave, Portland. Bring requests for dances to do, learn, lead, or teach. 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

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

Alaska

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.

Oregon

Village Folk Dancers, Port Orford, Oregon. We meet at 7 p.m. in the big back room at the Port Orford library, 1421 Oregon St. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Please wear soft soled shoes to protect the library’s cork floor. By donation. Info: www.villagefolkdancers.com.

Washington

Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers. Dances, 2nd Saturday of the month, 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, 7–10 p.m. Requests, 7 p.m.; teaching, 7:30. Program, including request dancing, begins approximately 7:45. 9:45 clean-up followed by refreshments or continue with request dancing. Special band events begin at 7:30. $7; members, $5. Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 - 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood. Info: Bob at (206) 524-7360 or Rhonda at (360) 387-9923, or www.sno-king.org.

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.

Tanhuajat Finnish Folkdancers meet at the Finnish Lutheran Church (Ballard) 8504 – 13th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA. Practices: Saturday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Old and new dancers are welcome, as well as partnered and single dancers. For more information, contact director Sirkku Vasama at (206) 619-3219, or Ken Bartanen at (206) 612-0053.


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