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. .
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.
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!
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
(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 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)
Contact person for afternoon classes:
Big Wayne Phillips email@example.com
For some notes on Folk Dance Etiquette click here.
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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.
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