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BFD Calendar


  • BFD has a long and rich history. Read about it here:
    * "The History of Berkeley Folk Dancers 1990-2016" by Emily Stoper
    * "Berkeley Folk Dancers: The First 50 Years, 1941-1990" by Marianne Durand Frey

  • Monday, December 25 -- No dancing at BFD. Merry Christmas!!

  • Sunday, December 31 -- BFD New Year's Eve Party. Ring in the new year with BFD, 9pm-midnight at Live Oak!

  • Monday, January 1 -- No dancing at BFD. Happy New Year!!

  • Saturday, Jan. 13 -- BFD's 77th Birthday Ball, "Romani Caravan", dinner & dancing 6:00pm-11:00pm at Live Oak.

  • Friday-Sunday, Jan. 26-28 -- 36th BFD Monte Toyon Dance Weekend -- download registration form in the Members Area, or contact Naomi Lidicker:, 524-2817 (area code five one zero).

  • Sunday, Feb. 11 -- 70th Annual Festival of the Oaks, featuring Michael Ginsburg, 9:30am-5:00pm at Live Oak.

  • Beginners classes are in session! Join the fun every Tuesday, 7:45pm-9:45pm, at Live Oak Recreation Center.

  • Dancing in the Afternoon (Beginners/Intermediate)
    Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at Northbrae Community Church
    Teacher: Andy Partos 848-9262
    Contact: Big Wayne Phillips: 925-317-3192

  • BFD dances 5 nights a week!
    Mondays:Advanced Intermediate with Yaqi
    Tuesdays:Beginners with David and Marija
    Tuesday Afternoons:Dancing In the Afternoon with Andy (at Northbrae Community Church)
    Wednesdays:Advanced with Bill
    Thursdays: Intermediate with David and Marian
    Fridays:Request Night
    Sign up for membership!

  • View BFD's 2017 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.

  • 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 70 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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