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This Weeks Dances 11/19

11/18/2018 1:38 PM | Arnold (Administrator)

From David Hillis

Hello dancers,

The air seems to be getting a little better after last Friday's off-the-chart numbers, which resulted in the postponement of our Fun Night.  No firm word yet on rescheduling, but keep November 30 on your calendars for now.

The bad air continues to wreak havoc on our dancing plans.  The air quality is supposed to get better over the next few days, but how much better, and how soon?  Based on teacher preferences, here's where things stand at press time (noon Sunday):

Monday - Advanced - No class

Tuesday Afternoon - Class as usual

Tuesday Evening Beginners - Class as usual

Wednesday - AI - Class as usual

All of this is subject to change!  Please check your email for updates regularly, especially before you head out to any class.

This week there's no dancing on Thursday -- afternoon or evening -- but Intermediate dancers are invited to come to the Tuesday afternoon and evening classes.  There's no request dancing on Friday the 23rdeither, so better grab your chances!


Bruce and Susan Carter get no rest this holiday season.  Their group, the Contra Costa Chorale, is performing Gabriel Faure's Requiem and other works.  Two chances to hear them:

December 1 - Unitarian Church of Kensington, 8:00 p.m.

December 2 - Mt. Diablo Unitarian Church, Walnut Creek, 5:00 p.m.

Only $20 ($15 for seniors).  All the info you need is at

 or in the PDF attached to this email.


BFD member Steve Busch is in a string band, playing at the Berkeley Yacht Club tonight!

The Fretful String Band will be playing music for your enjoyment today, November 18th from 4 to 7 pm.  No cover charge!

Go to the end of University Ave, turn right on Seawall, past Skates Restaurant and it's at the end: 1 Seawall Dr., Berkeley. 

Have a drink, watch the sailboats go by, and tap your toes or grab a tambourine to share in some new and old songs. 


The Monte Toyon BFD Retreat starts Jan 25, 2019, but the registration form, along with at least a deposit, is due much sooner, on Dec 1.  The paper registration form is available here

.  You can start the online registration process by clicking here.  This will take you to the startup page where there are further instructions for you to follow.

Questions? Contact Sondra Reinman (510-524-6113). 

Questions about website and online registration? Contact Arnie Stoper (510-655-9332)


Free Workshop with Sonia and Cristian!

You are invited to attend a free Romanian Dance Workshop with master teachers Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion!

Where?  City College of San Francisco, Wellness Center, 3rd Floor, Studio 301.  The Wellness Center is at Ocean Ave. and Howth St.

When?  Monday, November 26th.  Thats the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday.

What time:  6:008:00 p.m.

Entrance fee: None. Its FREE!  However, tips are optional and will be appreciated.

Parking on campus?Yes, for $5.  Carpooling suggested.  A one-day permit is available from vending machines.  Cash, credit or debit accepted. 

Cristian and Sonia will be guest teachers at the San Francisco Kolo Festival on Friday and Saturday, 11/24 and 11/25. Different dances will be taught at the Kolo Festival and at this workshop. For information about the Kolo Festival go to

Any questions, contact: Jeanne-Marie Hughes at


One person who ordered a ticket for the Christmas Revels on December 8, 5:00 show, can't make it, so we have one Main Floor ticket available for $31.50.  This is a primo seat in the third row!  Let me know if you'd like it.


And we can be thankful for . . .

Advanced - Monday

Bratach Bana, T3 
Cacak (np. Serbia), T1

Hambopolska, T2

Mari Kiz, (np. Moldova, trial) T1

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

(This week everyone's welcome -- the first hour is Beginner teaches, followed by some Intermediate teaches.

Marija's off at Revels rehearsals, so Marian and David will lead the class.)

Beginner teaches:

N Mayim – Marian    

M Korobushka T2 – David

S The St. John River T4 – Marian

N Syrtos T2 – Marian

C Milondita Tango T3 – David/Marian

Intermediate teaches:

S Our Brief Encounters T3 - David

N Jovano Jovanke T2 - Marian

C Ijswals T4 - Marian

M Crosstep Waltz Mixer T4 - David

M Mona's Festvals T3 - David

Advanced Intermediate - Wednesday

Thursday Afternoon - It's Thanksgiving -- go to Tuesday's classes!

Intermediate - Thursday 

It's Thanksgiving -- go to Tuesday's classes!

Friday Night - No dancing tonight - try Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

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.

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