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Berkeley Folk Dancers is America’s largest folk dance club.

Dancing seven times a week, fifty weeks a year. Now in our 78th year!


Due to the COVID-19 virus all BFD classes, request nights, and fun nights are cancelled starting Thursday March 12, 2020 until further notice.  .

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April at BFD

Cancelled until further notice.

After our busy winter months, April is a quiet month for BFD.  The warm sunny days that we have been enjoying reminds us that spring is near.  We look forward to seeing new faces joining us for the Bay Area Dance Week.  Our favorite All-Request Friday Night opens up the week on Friday, April 24.  Join us at James Kenney Recreation Center, 1720 Eighth Street, Berkeley at 7:30 to 9:30 PM.  This is Free as all the others mentioned will be.                                                                                                                                                  On April 28, the Tuesday Afternoon class will be dancing at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley.  Mostly beginners dances are featured  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to 1:30 PM.  The dancing will end at 3:00 PM.  No partners are needed and there is a parking lot!                                                                                             Our evening Beginners class will be held at James Kenney Center on Thursday, April 30 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.                                                                                                                 On Friday, May 1 we close Dance Week with our All-Request Night at James Kenney Center.  Come and join the fun from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.  

Schedule for Next Year (September 2020 – August 2021) - Just Approved by the Dance Committee 

Monday evening (Advanced) – Yaqi Zhang;

Tuesday afternoon (Beginner) – Andy Partos;

Tuesday evening (Intermediate) – David Hillis and Marian Snyder;

Wednesday evening (Advanced Intermediate) – Judy Stonefield and Marija Hillis;

Thursday afternoon (Intermediate) – Marija Hillis;

Thursday evening (Beginner) – Helen Brown and Marian Snyder;

Sunday afternoon (Advanced Intermediate) – Yaqi Zhang

Birds of a Feather DANCE together!

Advanced Intermediate Fun Night

Friday night, March 20, 2020

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Frances Albrier Community Center

2800 Park Street, Berkeley CA

$7 (members), $10 (non-members)

Don't forget to practice your bird calls!

New  Class!

We are adding a new class on Sunday Afternoon!

It'll be at James Kenney Community Center from 1:30-3:00

 Starting January 12!  . 

Yaqi Zhang will be leading the class, featuring a mix of BFD's favorite dances, with an emphasis on the Advanced Intermediate repertoire.

New Beginner Classes !

Still Accepting Members!

For Afternoon Poster click here

or contact Andy Partos 510-848-9262

For Evening poster click here

or contact Marian Snyder  510-549-1703

Please note that all evening classes will be held at James Kenney  Community Center 

Weekday afternoon classes will continue to be held at Northbrae Community Church

Sunday afternoon class will be held at James Kenney  Community Center

We have moved ! 

Live Oak is being renovated and BFD evening classes will be held at James Kenney Community Center, 1720 Eighth Street in Berkeley

for the 2019-2020 year. 

Beware! Even though the address is Eighth St. the best entry is from Virginia!

For detailed directions to James Kenney (Thanks to Art Woodworth) click here.

For a detailed map to James Kenney (Thanks to Mel Mann) click here.

(Afternoon classes will remain at Northbrae Community Church.)

Here are maps of other locations where events will be held:

Francis Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St. Berkeley

Albany Recreation Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany

Albany Recreation Center is also called Albany Community Center

2019-20 Teaching Schedule

(for 2020-2021 teaching schedule click here)

We are temporarily moving! Berkeley Folk Dancers normally meets five nights a week at Live Oak Park , but in the 2019-2020 year we will be meeting at the James Kenney Community Center in Berkeley.  Beginner through Advanced levels meet Monday thru Thursday, and there is an all-request night on Fridays.
The afternoon class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Northbrae Community Church.  (Note: all telephone numbers are in area code 510)

The February Teaching Schedule including the list of dances is here.

The March Teaching Schedule including the list of dances is here.

For a PDF file of BFD 2019-2020 Repertoire click here.

Jump to Afternoon classes here.

Jump to Request Night here.


Starts September 5, 2019 (FAQ about the Beginner Class)
Thursdays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

See the poster for this class here.


Marian: 549-1703
arian: 549-1703


Assistant Teacher 



Starts September 3, 2019
Tuesdays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Marija: 549-0337

David: 549-0337

Advanced Intermediate

Starts September4, 2019
Wednesdays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Judy: 655-3074
Yvonne: 222-4490


Assistant Teacher



Starts September 9, 2019
Mondays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Yaqi: 345-2845

Dancing In The Afternoon, Beginner

Starts September 3, 2019

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm at Northbrae Community Church 

See the Poster for this class here.

Andy: 848-9262

Dancing In The Afternoon, Intermediate

Starts September 5, 2019
Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm at Northbrae Community Church 


Marija: 549-0337

Dancing In The Afternoon, Advanced Intermediate

Starts January 12, 2020
Sundays, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Yaqi: 345-2845

Contact person for afternoon classes:

Big Wayne Phillips 

For some notes on Folk Dance Etiquette click here.

Request Night

Fridays, 7:45pm-9:45pm

The first half hour of the First Friday of the month will be devoted to beginner dances, which will be reviewed if necessary.

Dance Night Chair:

Peter and Lynne: 654-3136

BFD in the Spotlight

Sharing Dances From Around the Globe 

Founded in 1941, inspired by the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island, the Berkeley Folk Dancers is the oldest continuously operating folk dance club in the country. | By Angela Hill

Read this article from the September 2019 Berkeley Monthly here.

  • Read  a recent San Jose Mercury News  article on BFD here.

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BFD is a 501c(3) non-profit. We rely on membership dues and donations to pay for our dance space and to keep the club running 5 days a week. Your donations are fully tax-deductible, and help keep folk dancing alive in our community. Please consider making a donation.

Live Oak Park Recreation Center, 1301 Shattuck Berkeley, California 94709 

For the 2019-2020 year evening meeting will be at the James Kenney Community Center, 1720 Eighth Street in Berkeley


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