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Dances for Week of Oct 15

10/14/2018 9:27 AM | Arnold (Administrator)

From David Hillis

Hello dancers,

No doubt you've heard whispered tales of Judy the Merciless, who would sweep through the Live Oak closet, removing and recycling everything that wasn't nailed down.  Parents would use the image to strike fear into the hearts of their children: "If you don't clean up your room, Judy the Merciless will take your things!"  Civilizations trembled. 

But for years now, it's been eerily quiet -- no Judy in sight.  But now, just when you thought your nightmares were over, a new scourge has appeared, Lynne the Liquidator!  She has declared war on the Lost and Found bin.  In a rare showing of compassion, she is allowing all her subjects a brief period to go through the bin and retrieve what was once theirs, or lose it forever.  So study this picture;  go through bin;  this is your one and only chance!


          Call for Trial Dance Proposals!

If you have a new trial dance to propose, you have two opportunities to do so.  Please notify the organizers of these events:

Trial Dance Selection Night, Oct. 26: Go to

 and submit this form  by Oct. 23 - These dances must be from this year's camps or workshops only;

Dance Committee meeting, Nov. 11 at 1:00: contact Emily Stoper ( by Nov. 8 -  These dances may be from any source;  you may demonstrate the dance or bring a video showing it.


Paul Sugarman is one busy man.  Not only is he a former Treasurer of BFD and currently the Class Rep for the Beginner class, he is on the board of several community organizations, including Voices of Music, a group dedicated to early classical music, where he serves as president of the board.  They're hosting a concert in Berkeley (just two blocks from Live Oak!) on November 18.  All the details are at the bottom of this email.  You can get more info and check out some videos at 



For those of you who like long distance planning, the Birthday Ball will be Saturday,January 12, and the theme is Dancing on the Orient Express.


Hungarian Fest

Hungarian National Dance Ensemble (Magyar Nemzeti Táncegyüttes)
Artistic Director: Zoltán Zsuráfszky, Spirit of Hungary 1848, Revolution and Roots in Dance and Music
Wednesday, Oct. 31 7:30 PM Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687
Tickets: $ 35, $ 45 – Free Parking.  Box Office: (707) 469-4013 or

  Information: 973-473-0013


Young Helen Kartini ("I'll be six on November 4!") has been going to the Tuesday Afternoon class.  When asked what her favorite dance was, she replied, "Cucumberland Reel."


If you have any time left for dancing . . .

Advanced - Monday 

Bracno Oro, T3

Garry Strathspey, T2

Tango Campana, T2

Tehuantepec, T4

Tuesday Afternoon at Northbrae Community Church,  941 The Alameda, Berkeley, 1:30-3:00. Free parking in back.  Mostly Beginner dances but maybe some others, too!  Any questions, get hold of teacher Andy Partos 

Beginner - Tuesday

N Setnja Kolo – Marian

M Niguno Shel Yossi – David  

NAjde Jano T2 – Marija    Model: Marian

M Swedish Finn Mixer (Sweden) T1 – David

S Grand Square T3 – David

N Tzadik Katamar (Israel) T1 – Marija

C Skaters Tango T2 – Marija/David

M Talgoxen T4 – Marian

S Cumberland Reel - David

N Alunelul T4 – Marija

Advanced Intermediate - Wednesday

Joc in Patru

Setnja Kolo

El Gaucho Tango

Skt. Gilgen Figurentans

Horehronsky Cardas  T2

Shrewsbury Lasses  T4


Let's Have a Ceilidh  T1

Madre Tango


Winter solstice  T3

Mona's Festvals


Cumberland Reel


Friday Night Special

De Secerat




Thursday Afternoon at Northbrae Community Church,  941 The Alameda, Berkeley, 1:30-3:00. Free parking in back.  Mostly Intermediate dances but maybe some others, too!  Any questions, get hold of teacher Marija Hillis

Intermediate - Thursday

N Alunelul (B) – Marian

M Olssons’ Familjevals (B) – Helen

S Mad Robin – Marian

C Lepa Anka Kolo Vodi T3 – David/Helen

N Hora Miresii (Romania) T1 – Marian    Model: Helen

M Little Man in a Fix (Denmark) T1 – David

S Trip to Bavaria T4 – David

N Debka Oud T2 – Marian    Model: Helen

C La Java – David

N Čerešničky T3 – Helen     Model: Marian

M La Salamandre – David

N Tzadik Katamar (B) – Marian

Friday Night - Two hours of All Request bliss!



Join us for our Twelfth Season!

Our 2018-2019 season opens with Early Beethoven Sonatas

Please join us on November 15, 17 and 18 for an exciting early Beethoven recital featuring Cynthia Freivogel, violin; Tanya Tomkins, cello and Eric Zivian, fortepiano. The music in this program was dedicated to Count Lichnowsky and Rodolphe Kreutzer. This concert is acollaboration with the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

Piano Trio Op. 1, No.1 – the first of Beethoven’s piano trios to be published and performed – was dedicated to one of his most supportive patrons, Prince Lichnowsky, effectively launching
Beethoven’scareer as a composer in 1795.

Beethoven relied on a subscription model for this work in which subscribers would receive advance copies of the scores for a higher price, and this proved to be a success both artistically as well as financially.

The ninth of Beethoven’s ten sonatas for violin and piano, theKreutzer, is the grandest and most impressive of them all. It is by far the most difficult and puts both musicians on an equal footing throughout. It originally written for George Polgreen Bridgetower in 1803, and the performance was well received. Later Beethoven and Bridgetower quarreled, and so when the sonata was published, Beethoven changed the dedication to the violinist and composer Rodolphe Kreutzer.
All subscription and ticket sales are available online 

and by phone 415-260-4687.

Become a subscriber and enjoy lower ticket prices and reserved seating.
For subscribers there is open seating in the section designated for our subscribers. For single ticket buyers it is general admission in the section behind the subscribers.
Single tickets 
are $47 each, or $42 for SFEMS/ARS/EMA members & seniors, $5 students. Season subscription  $155/$135

Our venues: 
Palo Alto: All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street (at Hamilton)
                 Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle (December concert only)

San Francisco: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street (at Franklin)

Berkeley: St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman (at Henry) on November 18


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.

Berkeley Folk Dancers is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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