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Curious about folk dance? Join the Beginners class on Tuesdays!
Live Oak Recreation Center

Mark your calendars: new Thursday Beginners classes start on September 10. Come at 7:30pm on the first day of class to register.


  • NEW! Dancing in the Afternoon (Beginners/Intermediate)
    Starts September 11, 2015
    Fridays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
    Teachers: Andy Partos 848-9262 ,
          Ahmad Moghaddas 548-3366 ,
          and Marian Snyder 549-1703
    Contact: Big Wayne Phillips: 925-317-3192

  • BFD August Recess Dance Schedule
    Wed., Aug. 26 - Advanced Intermediate Class, all reviews
    Thurs., Aug. 27 - Intermediate Class End-of-Year Party at home of Marian Snyder
    Friday, Aug. 28 - Request Night
    Wed., Sept. 2 - Advanced Intermediate Class, all reviews
    Thurs., Sept. 3 - Practice for Solano Stroll
    Friday, Sept. 4 - Request Night

  • Mark your calendars: new Thursday Beginners classes start on September 10. Come at 7:30pm on the first day of class to register.

    BFD will be dancing at the Solano Stroll this year, on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1 PM and 3 PM. This annual free event is not to be missed! Solano Ave. in Berkeley and Albany will be open to people (no cars). There is a parade, lots of music and dancing of all kinds and many, many activities.
    Check back for more details, or contact Ed Malmstrom 525-3030, Marian Snyder 549-1703 or Cornelia Ghafur 707-570-9101.

  • View BFD's 2015 class/event schedule here, and 2015 holiday and party schedule here.

  • View next year's teaching schedule (September 2015-August 2016) here.

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

  • BFD dances 5 nights a week!
    Mondays:Advanced with Yaqi
    Tuesdays:Beginners with Claire and Al
    Wednesdays:Advanced Intermediate with Judy and Lone
    Thursdays: Intermediate with David and Marija
    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 some 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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