Thursday Nights In Saratoga

International Folk Dance sponsored by St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Saratoga
Directions | Playlist | Pictures

NO DANCING THURSDAY, APRIL 17
(The church is using the hall for an Easter-related ceremony)

Location

St. Michael Archangel Serbian Orthodox Church
18870 Allendale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Directions, Public Transport and Parking

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Suggested
    donation

$8.00. No charge for non-dancers and children. $6.00 for seniors. Discounts and scholarships available - no one turned away for lack of funds.

Holidays

No dancing on Thanksgiving. Because our hall is in a Serbian Orthodox church, there is typically no dancing the first Thursday in January (their Xmas) or the last Thursday in January (St. Sava celebration). Other holidays honored when appropriate.

Schedule

7:30-
8:00
PM

Dances for beginners. Some teaching, some easy dances that most beginners can do without a lot of instruction. New beginners always welcome to join.
8:00-
8:15
PM

"Gathering" dances while experienced dancers arrive. Still easy dances for warm-up, socializing. Dances taught to the beginners in the first hour will be repeated so that all can dance together.
8:15-
8:30
PM

A medium difficulty dance will be taught, that will challenge beginning dancers, but be fairly easy for experienced dancers.
8:30-
9:00
PM

Practice of dances recently taught.
9:00-
9:20
PM

One more dance is taught, typically more challenging than earlier dances. Sometimes this is a couple dance, a square dance, or a contra dance.
9:20-
10:00
PM

Open dancing, more requests. Dances become increasingly more difficult.

Music/Dance

Very wide range of musical tastes, but about 60% is Eastern European/Middle Eastern, but sprinkled liberally with Scottish country dances, Country-Western line dances, Japanese, French Canadian, Russian, etc. Definitely no dance purists or dance snobs. 80% non-partner dances. Lots of easy dances and mixers. Class is very friendly and kind and helpful to beginners.

Requests

I use a request board. If you can't remember the name of a dance show me some steps or hum some of the music. I've been teaching for over 30 years and dancing for 40, and I can usually figure out the dance you want.

Floor/Room

Lovely wood floor. Ventilation can be challenging due to a lack of windows, but we have a lot of fans.

Attendance

Varies from 40-55; 60% women, 40% men. Average age about 50; age range from late-20's to mid-80's (several dancers are over 80 years old!).

Contact

Contact me if you have further questions.

DANCING WITH CANCER
by Loui Tucker

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