Thursday Nights In Saratoga

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

If this is the first time you've attended, please call (408-287-9999) or email first. We occasionally have to move to an alternate location if the church needs the hall for its own service or event.

Location

St. Michael Archangel Serbian Orthodox Church
18870Allendale 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. No dancing on the Thursday BEFORE Xmas or the Thursday AFTER Xmas. 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. Most nights I will call a contra.

Music/Dance

Very wide range of musical tastes. About 60% is Eastern European/Middle Eastern, but that's sprinkled liberally with Scottish country dances, Country-Western line dances, Japanese, French Canadian, Russian, etc. Definitely no dance purists. 75% non-partner dances. Lots of easy dancers and mixers when beginning dancers are there. 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 during the summer pdue 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 early 20s to late-80s (a few of our dancers are over 90 years old!).

Contact

Contact me if you have further questions.

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