Thursday Nights In Saratoga

International Folk Dance
Directions | Playlist | Pictures

Location

Click here to see Pictures of Monday Nights Israeli Dance EventsSaratoga Community Center
13777 Fruitvale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 97050
Directions, Public Transport and Parking

Admission

$6.00; $5.00 for seniors. No charge for non-dancers and children.

Holidays

No dancing on the Thursday BEFORE Labor Day or AFTER Labor Day; no dancing on the Thursday BEFORE Xmas or the Thursday AFTER Xmas.

Schedule

8:00-
8:15
PM

Easy warm-up dances that most beginners can do without a lot of instruction. New beginners always welcome to join.

8:15-
8:30
PM

One dance is taught, on the beginner/intermediate range of difficulty.

8:30-
9:00
PM

Open dancing, requests.



9:00-
9:20
PM

One dance is taught, typically more challenging than the one taught at 8:15.

9:20-
10:00
PM

Open dancing, 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 dancers and mixers. Class is very friendly and kind and helpful to beginners. If you're really curious about the repertoire, click here for a typical play list from 2001.

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 almost 20 years and dancing for almost 30, and I can usually figure out the dance you want.

Floor/Room

Linoleum over concrete. Big windows on both sides, so good ventilation. One of our members ALWAYS wants the window open, year round, so if you're visiting and not dancing much, dress warmly during the winter!

Refreshments

We have all-request dance parties five times a year with pot luck refreshments. Parties are typically the third Thursday in March, the third Thursday in April (live music), the middle of June, the end of August and the middle of December. Contact me if you need to know the next party date, or you want to be sent an email reminder about 3 weeks before the party.

Attendance

Varies from 25 - 40 (on party nights); 60% women, 40% men
Average age about 50; age range from mid-30's to mid-80's (four dancers are over 80 years old!).

Contact

Contact me if you have further questions.

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