Berkeley folk Dancers

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

Dancing seven times a week, fifty weeks a year.

Now in our 82nd year!

For a free subscription to our Bulletin click HERE.

For a calendar of Berkeley City Holidays click HERE.

Beginner Class

Joining and Renewing Membership

The link to join or renew your membership online for 2023-24  is available HERE.

If you want to do this the old-fashioned way, the link to a paper copy of the membership renewal form is available HERE. You can download, print out, fill in and mail this form, along with your check made to Berkeley Folk Dancers, to Arnold Stoper, 6439 Regent St, Oakland 94618, or bring it to your dance class.

If you want to pay by credit card or with recurring monthly payments you can’t do it by paper; you need to join or renew online.

For more information, especially about the Beginner Class, see More Facts About Us under the About Us section.

Upcoming Events

Sunrise Safari

Current Classes


Tuesday Afternoon 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Northbrae Church

(510) 375-6874

Andy Partos


Thursday Evening 7:45 to 9:30

Live Oak Park

(510) 549-1703

Marian Snyder

Helen Brown

Cornelia Ghafur - Assistant


Thursday Afternoon 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Northbrae Church


Marija Hillis


Tuesday Evening  7:45 to 9:30 pm

Live Oak Park

Marian Snyder

(510) 549-1703

David Hillis

(510) 872-5066

Advanced Intermediate

Wednesday Evening 7:45 to 9:30

Live Oak Park

Luoping Zhang Assistant



Marija Hillis


Monday Evening  7:45 to 9:30

Live Oak Park

(510) 345-2845

Yaqi Zhang

Request Night

Friday Evening 7:45 to 9:45

Live Oak Park

Peter D'Angelo and Ilene Goldman


If you would like to subscribe to  our Bulletin and  be informed of future events please send a message to with “Subscription request” in the subject line (current members receive the Bulletin automatically and don’t need to do this)


BERKELEY FOLK DANCERS 2024 CORRECTED CALENDAR             February 18, 2024

The following is the list of City Holidays in 2024 on which Berkeley Folk Dancers would like to use the Evergreen Room (dance hall) at Live Oak Park starting in January:

January 15 (Monday)                          Martin Luther King Jr. Day                                  Completed

 February 12 (Monday)                       Lincoln’s Birthday Observed                              Completed

February 19 (Monday)                        President’s Day

May 20 (Monday)                                Malcolm X Day

October 14 (Monday)                         Indigenous People’s Day

November 11(Monday)                      Veterans Day Observed     

In addition, we would like to use the Evergreen Room on all Reduced services days.  We will not be using the Evergreen Room on the Following City holidays in 2024:

January 1 (Monday)                            New Year’s Day                                                    

May 27  (Monday)                               Memorial Day                                                      

July 4 (Thursday)                                  Independence Day

September 2 (Monday)                       Labor Day

November 28 (Thursday)                    Thanksgiving Day

November29 (Friday)                          Thanksgiving Holiday

December 25 (Wednesday)                Christmas Day

December24,                                        Christmas Eve. Though it is not a City Holiday we will not be dancing.

Usually, we dance from 7:45 to 9:30 Monday through Thursday and 7:30 to 9:45 pm on Friday except as noted above. However, we have a number of special events that fall outside of our usual calendar.  We would like to use the Evergreen Room on the following dates and the following times.

January 6, Saturday                             Birthday Ball                                                         Completed

February 10, Saturday                         Festival of the Oaks                                             Completed

March 8, (Friday)                                 AI Fun Night Hours: 6:30-10:30                        (Dancing 7:30-10pm)

May 11, (Saturday)                               Intermediate Fun Dance Hours:  1-5pm          (Dancing 2-4:30pm)

July 20 (Saturday)                                 Beginning Fun Night Hours:  1-5pm                 (Dancing 2-4:30pm)

September To Be Determined            Inaugural Ball Hours: TBD

October To Be Determined                Trial Dance Party: TBD

November To Be Determined            Advanced Fun Night Hours: TBD

December 31 (Tuesday)                      New Year’s Eve     Hours: TBD