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BFD Calendar


BFD celebrates 75 years!
  Read about BFD's history in this article by Marianne Durand Frey.

  • Monday, July 4: No dancing at BFD. Happy Independence Day!

  • Friday, August 5: Join us for the Beginners Fun Night Party, "Swinging in the Forties", 7:30pm-10:30pm at Live Oak.

  • Beginners classes are in session! Join the fun every Thursday, 7:45pm-9:45pm, at Live Oak Recreation Center.
    **Mark your calendars: the new Beginners class starts on Thursday, September 8, at 7:30pm.**

  • Dancing in the Afternoon (Beginners/Intermediate)
    Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    Teacher: Andy Partos 848-9262
    Contact: Big Wayne Phillips: 925-317-3192
    NOTE: Starting June 17, 2016, the Friday afternoon class moves to Northbrae Community Church for the summer.

  • Eleven trial dances have been selected for this year:
    • Adama Veshamayim -- Israeli non-partner dance
    • Arcanul Bătrĭnesc -- Romanian non-partner dance
    • Haroa Haktana -- Israeli non-partner dance
    • Corlu Aromân - Romanian non-partner dance
    • Emma's Commencement - English set dance
    • The Highland Rambler -- Scottish set dance
    • Lunica - Croatian non-partner dance
    • Our Brief Encounters -- English set dance
    • Pariserpolka -- Norwegian couple dance
    • Rühler Springer - German couple dance
    • Seguidillas - Spanish/Canary Island 2-couple set dance

  • View BFD's 2016 holiday and party schedule here.

  • Give the gift of dance. Membership gives you and/or your loved one a full year of dancing, 5 nights a week. Download the membership form today.

  • BFD dances 5 nights a week!
    Mondays:Advanced Intermediate with Yaqi
    Tuesdays:Intermediate with Jeff and Marija
    Wednesdays:Advanced with Judy and Lone
    Thursdays: Beginners with David and Marian
    Friday Afternoons:Dancing In the Afternoon with Andy
    Fridays:Request Night

  • See video samples of some BFD repertoire dances here.
  • See photos from recent BFD events in the Members Area.
  • BFD in the Spotlight: read Oakland Tribune's news article on BFD here.
  • BFD in the Spotlight 2: read San Francisco Chronicle's news article on BFD here.
  • Dance notes for the BFD repertoire are available in the Members Area.
  • The BFD eBulletins are available in the Members Area.

What is Berkeley Folk Dancers?
Berkeley Folk Dancers (BFD) has been active in Berkeley for over seventy years! It is a group of nearly 200 people of all ages who enjoy doing a great variety of folk dances. All kinds of people belong to BFD, from teenagers to retired people. Couples and singles are equally welcome. Lessons on four levels are held weekly; parties and special events are scheduled throughout the year.

What kinds of dances are taught?
BFD has an international repertoire of over 200 dances. Dances are drawn from Europe, the British Isles, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, the USA and other places. The repertoire includes couple, set, circle, line, and square dances. They range from simple to complex, and can be choreographed or freestyle, fast or slow, partner or non-partner. A few new dances are introduced every year, so members experience ongoing learning challenges as well as the pleasure of doing familiar dances.
To see samples of the kinds of dances we do, click here.

Who teaches the classes?
One of BFD's richest resources is its qualified and enthusiastic teachers. Each year the teachers attend classes taught by master teachers at the University of the Pacific, Mendocino Folklore Camp, or the North/South Teachers Conference. They learn new dances along with techniques for sharing their knowledge.

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