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Leading and Following Skills by Phillip Garrison

Couple Dance Skills: Be a Better Leader and/or Follower (all levels)

Being a good couple dancer requires good basic skills in leading and/or following, things like weight, frame, resistance, leads from and to different parts of the body, moving from your center, and more. Dance classes usually focus on teaching you the steps and figures of a specific dance and often ignore the basic skills because of lack of time, and, well, you can only learn so much at one time. This class will help you improve those skills through a set of fun, interactive partner exercises. We'll swap roles frequently, so if you normally lead, you'll learn what it's like to follow, and vice-versa. All levels welcome, no partner or experience with specific dances needed.

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Cotswold Morris by Berkeley Morris

Morris dancing is a form of ritual folkdance that comes from the Cotswold region in western England, between Oxford and the Welsh border. It is ritual as opposed to social dance—that is, its purposes go beyond fun, although it also is fun. These purposes are obscured by the mists of time, as is much about the Morris, but they have something to do with fertility and the rites of agrarian society. The dancers usually wear bells at their knees and often wave hankies (to attract and welcome benevolent spring and summer spirits?) or clash sticks (symbolising the eternal battle between winter and summer?), and the dances have traditionally been performed around the time of major seasonal crosspoints in the calendar. Indeed, dances of comparable form and dancers in similar costumes are found elsewhere in Europe and around the world, and may be thought to be part of the universal urge to influence and honor the unknowable forces that govern our lives.

All the dancing is done to live music, traditionally performed on instruments such as pipe and tabor (a small drum), button accordion, fiddle, and so on. Modern Morris dancers have been accompanied by saxophone, baritone horn, guitar, or whatever else is handy. The songs are mainly traditional in origin, and each dance goes with a particular tune. Since Morris is a living tradition, new dances are being written all the time, to traditional or new tunes.

Although the dances originated in England, there are now teams around the world. Large ales create the opportunity for many teams to dance and party together. There are well over 100 teams in America, as well as teams in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Canada. This world-wide network creates an unofficial travel club for dancers. Many teams travel to England and elsewhere, visiting and sharing dances, music, beer, and conviviality with their fellow and sister dancers.

This workshop is taught by Berkeley Morris—the oldest year-round Morris team in the Bay Area, now 25 years old. We will be holding free workshops in Berkeley on 8/20, 8/27, 9/3 and 9/10.

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Border Morris by FFL Morris

Morris Dance is a form of celebratory or "ritual" folk dance from England. It includes display and performance as opposed to just the social or participatory aspects of most country dance. Its forms include Cotswold (the West), North-West, Molly (East Anglia), Rapper
(North-East), Longsword (Yorkshire), and Border (near Wales)- each associated with an area of England. These traditional forms of dancing are believed to go back a very long way, and it's hard to know how they originated, as the dancers were typically neither wealthy nor literate. Morris dancing has been documented for the last 500 years or so, and it appears that many towns and villages had their own team or "side". Traditionally almost all forms of morris were danced exclusively by men.

Border morris comes from the English counties on the Welsh border - principally Herefordshire, Worcestershire (yes, like the sauce), and Shropshire. Originally these dances were mainly performed at the midsummer and midwinter seasonals by laborers and fishermen as a means of earning a little extra money when work was scarce (e.g. as a form of begging). By the 19th century, it was commonly known as "No'fo'Joeing" and was mostly a Christmastime dance, mostly a longways (two rows of dancers), but also occurring as a single line hey alternating with stick tapping. Dancers often appeared in motley costume with assorted ribbons attached to their clothes, and equally often wearing clown suits or women's dresses. Almost always they had blacked faces (perhaps to disguise themselves against laws prohibiting begging), and were accompanied by a musician and percussionists who might play drum, triangle, bones, or tambourine.

The dances took their names from villages near the Welsh border, such as Pershore, Dilwyn and Much Wenlock, although these are now augmented by modern additions. The contemporary country dances were also adapted for display purposes, with additional or changed figures. Many Border morris dances make use of a large stick - usually of ash or hazel - and the stick-clashing adds to the noise and spectacle that makes this form of dance attractive.

Most recently in the 1970's, the development of teams such as Shropshire Bedlams (John Kirpatrick), Martha Rhodens Tuppeny Dish, Silurian Morris Men, and Paradise Islanders, has given a rise to a revival of interest in Border morris dances with enthusiastic, vigorous, wildly yelling groups of dancers to create a performance genre in contrast with the other more sedate forms of "Ritual dance". One clever chap quipped that while Cotswold was "suburban middle-class morris", Border was "working man's morris" and hence more rowdy, robust, and likely to result in a run to the pub immediately afterwards.

These dances are energetic, boisterous, straightforward and accessible, done in groups or teams. There's rarely any overly fancy footwork (often a single or double step-hop is the basic movement), yet these exhilarating dances are incredibly fun to do and to watch. They have a special drive and excitement which comes from the knowledge that it could all go horribly wrong at any moment. Yet, despite its boisterous nature, Border can be done with the same sharpness and precision as other morris styles, to the delight of dancer and audience alike.

This workshop will concentrate on exploring both collected and created dances. Their simple figures, repetitive steps and upbeat tempo will combine with basic team skills. Prior folk dance or morris experience is helpful but NOT required. The final outcome will be dance from the observed and collected information on Border morris without too much embellishment. Just pure Border!

If you find you like Border Morris, you can get information on other Border workshops we hold periodically throughout the year, or you can join our team, FFL Morris. For information on either practices, performances, or get togethers, please call Ric Goldman at 650-326-FOOL (3665). [FFL Morris is a member team of the Bay Area Country Dance Society].

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English Ceilidh by Jonathan Coxhead

In England this would normally be referred to as "barn dancing". This is the kind of dancing that would be done at a wedding or club social event in England today. It's like contra dancing, in that it is fast and fun, but ceilidh dances are more varied than contras, mixing crazy baskets (a kind of swing for 4 people) with elegant set waltzes (though they are never as sedate as a Playford-style English Country Dance). Recently, the Bay Area County Dance Society has started a regular ceilidh series in the Bay Area, and you can find out more at

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Longsword: English Ritual by
Emperor Norton's Imperial Fire Brigade #2

Various forms of longsword dancing are found in several parts of Europe, including Austria, Spain, and Flanders, as well as England, and appear to be many centuries old in origin. Norton's Guard (the short version of our team's name) performs primarily dances from Yorkshire in NE England. Typically, these dances are done by 6 dancers in a set and involve clashing swords, going under & over swords, making various swordlocks, etc. Come watch a brief demo and then learn how to do it yourself. All ages & genders are welcome. (Our current dancers include 3 women & 5 men ranging from 20 to 69 in age, but some dancers as young as 8 have taken our previous workshops). And if you find that you really like longsword dancing, we practice twice a month all year and perform in Nov. to Feb. (the traditional sword season, as opposed to the traditional Cotswold morris season in May-June).

For information about practices or performances, telephone Antone at 510-521-8625 or e-mail either Antone at or Bob and Teri at

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Rapper Sword Dance by Swords of Gridlock

Rapper sword dancing is one of the more obscure forms of English Ritual dance. The dance is performed by a group of five or more dancers holding flexible metal swords. The group, linked together by the swords, weaves intricate patterns while moving under, over and around each other. You'll be amazed what you can do with swords! All movements will be taught.

Swords of Gridlock has been dancing and teaching rapper in the Bay Area since 1986.

Rapper is fast, fun and energetic. Please wear clothing you can move in. Jewellery is discouraged. Children who can follow directions independently are welcome.

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Scottish by Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers

This is a workshop in Scottish Country Dancing, the social form of Scottish dance. Participants of all ages are welcome. Partners are not needed. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information about The Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers, visit our web site at and for more information about Scottish dance in the Bay Area, see

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Clapping and Stick Dances of S. India
Catherine & KP Kunhiraman

Most Americans have seen the splendid complex classical dance styles of India but few are aware of the great variety of folk dances which color the daily lives of a billion Indians. Many cultures, with their individual languages, cuisine, dress, dance - coexist in India. The Kunhiramans, founder-directors of the Berkeley based Kalanjali: Dances of India since 1975 will teach two simple folk dances from south India: A clapping dance from Kerala and a stick dance from Tamilnadu. These particular two dances are for women, but elements of men's folk dance will be introduced as well as more complex patterns if time allows.

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French Country Dancing by Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti

Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti have studied French country dancing at home and abroad -- notably at Les Brayauds in Auvergne, St. Chartiers in Berry and "Grand Bal de l'Europe" in Bourbonnais. We have fallen in love with the simple but elegant form of the bourree.

The forms of the bourree are countless -- the many formations of this dance include circles, contra lines, and two-couple sets. Every village in central France and Auvergne has its own beloved variants. We love to teach these dances because of their accessibility and the joy they bring to dancers.

In addition to bourree, the French panoply of dance includes many other national and regional favorites. Among those that we teach are: Scottish, polka, valse, five-time valse, branle, rondeau, Carnival de Lanz.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

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Double-hop Polka by Jerry Duke

The double-hop polka, a partner dance, (a.k.a. Cleveland Polka) is U.S. style of polka dancing which evolved in the Midwest during the last 50 - 75 years largely due to the faster-paced polka music. The step sequence is the same as the traditional two-step polka, except that the movements are so fast that it appears to be two hops rather than the usual three steps. Jerry has been an avid polka dancer for many years.

Irish Ceili by John Slaymaker

Ever been at a pub with live musicians playing some hot reels and jigs, and your feet were tapping, and you wanted to jump up with your friends and dance but you didn't know what to do that fit the music? Well then, take this class! Irish Ceili is social dancing, with scores of different traditional dances in various configurations -- groups of 3, 4, 6, 8, progression dances in lines for any number of people, and round dances.

We'll begin with a brief introduction to basic footwork, and then jump right into a full reel and then a full jig. Several experienced Starry Plough dancers will be on hand to demonstrate figures and then partner up with the rest of the class. Bring comfortable soft-soled shoes and some water or juice to drink -- this dancing is lively!

The Starry Plough, located on the corner of Shattuck and Prince in South Berkeley (a block from the Ashby BART station), has graciously hosted live Irish music and dance every Monday night since 1980. Many Plough dancers have gone on to perform at a variety of venues including the Renaissance Faire, and to engage in feis competitions at regional and national levels. John Slaymaker has danced at the Plough since 1989, first began teaching in 1993, and has taught the Beginning class every Monday night for the past 4 years, with the occasional wedding dance, church social, and elementary school dance presentation thrown in.

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Irish Set by Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is a native San Franciscan who has been a member of the Cooley-Keegan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann since 1985. It was there that Michael became fanatically interested in Set Dancing. Although already knowing about 3 Set dances in early '90's, Jim Belcher introduced heavily this older style of Irish Dancing to Cooley-Keegan in 1993, and Michael was hooked ever since. Michael began teaching Ceili Dancing in 1996 and Set Dancing on a regular basis in 1998; mostly at Scruffy Murphy's Pub in Sunnyvale. One can still see Michael dancing away at the Plough and Stars Pub in San Francisco. This is Michael's 2nd appearance at the Free Folk Festival as an instructor. The Fermanagh Quadrilles will be the featured set dance he will introduce at the festival.

Introduction to Irish Step by McBride Irish Dancers

The McBride Irish Step Dancers will demonstrate the basic elements of Irish Step soft shoe dancing, and lead participants through the steps of a beginner Reel and Light Jig. During some rest periods we offer a bit of info on the history of Step Dance Competition and Costuming. This workshop is appropriate for children and adults, though the pace may be fast for very young children. No partners or special shoes are needed. Come take a peek into the colorful and exciting world of Irish Step Dancing!

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Cape Breton Social & Step Dancing by Jerry Duke

The Cape Breton step/square dance, a group partner dance, is an form of Scotch-Irish dancing which evolved in the Cape Breton section of Nova Scotia during the last 200 years or so. The figures and steps are simple enough for anyone to join in. Jerry has researched this dance during several trips to Nova Scotia, and had a lots of fun while doing so.

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Beginning and Intermediate Contra by Ed Severinghaus

This workshop introduces the beginning dancer to Contradance, a fun, social, and lively "cousin" to the more familiar Square Dance. If you can walk and enjoy music at the same time, you can pick up Contradancing in one easy lesson. Later this evening you can try out your new skills at regularly scheduled San Francisco Contradance (different location), and Sunday night there will be a Contradance here at the SFFFF!

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Contra Dance by Erik Hoffman

Information to come.

For more information on Contra Dance, go to

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Square Dance by Caper Cutters

Square dancing brings people together for fun and fellowship. Square dancing is movement to music. It is done in couples, with teams of four couples. Learning the basic steps is easy.

Modern square dancing has an American heritage. The ancestors of this dance came to America with the earliest settlers. Over the centuries it has changed into what we know today as modern square dancing.

Modern square dancing provides mental and physical stimulation. It is dancing, it is thinking, it is teamwork. Moving in rhythm to the music keeps you physically fit. Reacting quickly to the square dance caller's calls keeps you mentally on your toes.

Square dancers are all kinds of folks sharing a love of action and teamwork. Come out and try it!

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Country Western Line Dance by Barbara Vernon

I have been teaching line dance for about three years now at the South Berkeley Senior Center. It is sponsored by the Berkeley Unified School District. Classes at the Center are for adults 55 years and older and are held on Tuesdays, from 1 - 3 p.m. The classes are free.

I now dance with the Jubilee American Dance Company. I joined the Company in 2000.

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Cajun / Zydeco by Yael Schy

Cajun and Zydeco dancing are traditional dance forms from Louisiana. The Cajun people came originally from France, via Canada, to Louisiana and brought with them their joyous music and dancing, consisting of two-steps and waltzes, with French lyrics. Zydeco music and dance reflects the rhythm and soul of the African-American community that settled in Louisiana. This is easy partner dancing that truly expresses the joy of living. You will learn the basics of these popular dances from scratch. No previous experience and no partner necessary. Come "let the good times roll!"

Yael Schy is a dynamic speaker, trainer and facilitator known for her creative approach to learning. She is principal of InMotion Consulting, specializing in communication skills, teambuilding and creative problem-solving techniques that help people and organizations to move forward.

Yael has over 25 years of experience as a performer and teacher in theater and dance. She is a dancer and choreographer for Jubilee American Dance Theatre and has been on the teaching staff of several music and dance camps, including Lark in the Morning Music and Dance Camp. In addition, Yael brings a unique perspective by incorporating her theater and dance experience into active communication skills training and teambuilding in the workplace. She has a demonstrated track record in assessing communication needs of both individuals and organizations and in developing innovative strategies that meet personal and business goals. Yael can be reached at

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Hambo by Bob Fraley

Information to come.

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Scandinavian by Bob Fraley

Information to come.

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Polish Folk Dance by Piotr Lacki of Lowiczanie

Polish folk dancing is much more than polkas, and yet there are a huge variety of unusual and fun-to-dance polkas from throughout the country. Piotr Lacki, Resident Choreographer with Lowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble, will teach variations of the "Jadownicka" polka from the region of Eastern Krakow, as well as another typical dance in ¾-time from the same area, the "Stajer Polka," which most dancers will find is really more similar to a waltz. Both dances also feature the characteristic pivot turns from this area. Piotr, a professional folk choreographer, is a native of the region of Eastern Krakow in the southeast of Poland. No partners are necessary for these fun couple dances.

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Beginner Salsa by Metronome Ballroom

The Metronome Ballroom in San Francisco features lessons and parties in all popular ballroom styles including Lindy Hop, Argentine Tango, Swing, Fox-trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Hip Hop, Latin, and many others.

Come learn Salsa at the SF Folk Festival for free! Salsa music is hot, and so is the dance! With its tight, compact movements and characteristic hip action, this Latin American dance is one of the most popular club dances around the world today. Come put the beat in your feet with top Metronome dance teachers:

Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 252 9000

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Beginner East Coast Swing by Metronome Ballroom

The Metronome features lessons and parties in all popular ballroom styles including Lindy Hop, Argentine Tango, Swing, Fox-trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Hip Hop, Latin, and many others.

Come learn East Coast Swing at the SF Folk Festival for free! East Coast Swing, sometimes referred to as Jitterbug, is the most common Swing dance. It is one of the American Rhythm dances, and has a bouncy character with a basic timing of triple-step, triple-step, rock-step. Despite its name, East Coast Swing is danced all over the country, and is the Swing many dancers learn first.

Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 252 9000

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Argentine Tango by Chelsea Eng

Class Description Introduction to the basics of social, improvisational Argentine Tango. No partner or prior experience necessary.
Chelsea Eng, San Francisco-based dancer/choreographer & teacher of Argentine tango, has performed in/at the S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival, the S.F. Fringe Festival, the Cowell Theater and Theatre Artaud. She is on faculty at City College of San Francisco, has trained with master tango teachers in Argentina and the U.S., and has a Master's Degree in Education-Dance Specialization from Stanford University:
Upcoming Events
Classes in Argentine Tango
   - May 14 - June 4: Beg, Int, Adv. Spring Quarter 4-Class Series at Stanford University
   - June 10 - 28: Beginning Intensive. Summer Session at City College of San Francisco
   - Aug 19 - Dec: Beg, Int, Adv. Fall Semester at City College of San Francisco
Dance Performances
   - May 11 & 12 at 8pm: Working/Four at City College of San Francisco
   - June 19 at 6pm: Literary Tangos at Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco

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The Original Charleston by Antonia Bava

The "Original Charleston" of 1923. This dance was one of the first jazz based, uniquely American dance forms. It evolved from Jazz and Ragtime music and became synonymous with the decade of the 1920's.

The class will present the history of the dance, and focus on syncopated rhythms, the Charleston Fox Trot and The Charleston as danced in the 1920's. No partner required. The class is moderately aerobic.

Instructor: Toni Bava, Director Ritz Dancers of San Francisco.

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American Tribal Belly Dance by FatChanceBellyDance

Bellydance is both a celebration of the female spirit and a physical display of the strength and beauty of women. Its roots can be traced back to the rituals of past matriarchal cultures and to the secular entertainment that evolved as the gypsies travelled through India, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain.

With all this in mind, Carolena Nericcio opened her doors in 1987. The performing dance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance was created from the enthusiastic response to that one weekly class. In the fifteen years that have followed, the troupe has earned a reputation for its unique and colorful performances throughout Northern California, as well as video performances seen as far away as Australia and Japan. Classes have expanded to five days a week. A series of instructional videos was produced with a grant from the California Arts Council, and in 2001, FCBD opened a new Studio, Store and Resource Center at 670 South Van Ness in San Francisco.

FatChanceBellyDance performs what is referred to as American Tribal Style Bellydance. What distinguishes Tribal from other styles of bellydance is the way in which steps, movements, gestures, and even costume are redesigned to suit the common denominator of a group dancing together. The music is selected for its clarity and the steps for their universal application, and yet, whether performed as choreography or improvisation, the result is one of simple elegance and rhythmic style ... and yes, the tattoos are real ...

class description:

open to all levels
Basic concepts and technique of core movements.

Carolena Nericcio, director FatChanceBellyDance, ACE Personal Trainer

FatChanceBellyDance Studio, Store and Resource Center
670 South Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Hungarian by Imre Mandoki

Transylvanian couple dances from North Rumania and Hungary. Imre also runs the Hungarian Sausage Factory - a restaurant in Bernal Heights.

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Old Israeli Folk Dancing by Asha Goldberg


(The ones we'll be learning and doing) consists of fun, easy-to-learn non-partner line dances, where we all hold hands in a circle or semicircle and dance.

The dances vary from slow and lyrical to fast and energetic.

The idea is to enjoy the dancing, so I won't spend a lot of time talking - I like dancing better.


In general, the older Israeli dances were simpler and easier than the new ones. They had a friendly communal feeling to them. And some people think they had better music, too.

If you'd like to see what old Israeli dancing is all about, go the the Israeli Oldies folk dancing Sunday, April 21, 2 pm - 6 pm, at Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E Remington Avenue in Sunnyvale, $6, run by Loui Tucker. For more information, go to


Has taught and led Israeli folkdance at Ashkenaz (Berkeley), the Marin JCC (San Rafael), Cafe Shalom (San Francisco), Hillel (Berkeley), the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, the Arcata FD Festival and miscellaneous Bar Mitsvahs and weddings.

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Czech, Slovak and some Balkan non-partner dancing

by Asha Goldberg

These are some dances I enjoy from the Czech Republic and Slovakia (formerly known as CzechoSlovakia) as well as some Balkan dances. These are easy-to-learn, easy-to-do dances that will be taught with a very small amount of talking and a large amount of doing. No partner is needed. Emphasis will be on enjoying the dance rather than getting it 100% right.


Has taught and led Israeli folkdance at Ashkenaz (Berkeley), the Marin JCC (San Rafael), Cafe Shalom (San Francisco), Hillel (Berkeley), the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, the Arcata FD Festival and miscellaneous Bar Mitsvahs and weddings.

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International Folk Dance by Gail Barton

We will learn 6-9 partner & non-partner dances including Wechselpolka (Austria), Chu Ku Wu (Taiwan), Carnavalito (Bolivia), Eleno Mome (Bulgaria). A handout with the dance descriptions will be given and a CD will be available for teaching purposes. All levels welcome! Gail Barton has been teaching at City College of San Francisco for 20 years & choreographs & directs the Folk & Ballroom Dance Teams. To see what classes are offered at CCSF go to

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Appalachian Clogging by Kalia Kliban

Appalachian clogging is a driving, energetic percussive dance form that grew from Irish, English and African roots into a uniquely American style. Though the rhythms can be complex, they are formed from small, simple component steps that are linked together to make the percussive melodies we know as clogging. In this workshop you'll learn several different families of these simple component steps, as well as different ways to put them together. This will be a beginning-level workshop, so if you've always wanted to try it, now's the time! Smooth-soled shoes (leather or hard plastic), rather than sneakers or sandals, will be easier to dance in.

If you have questions about the workshop material or about shoes, please feel free to email me at

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Bohemian National Polka by Cathleen Myers of PEERS

When the polka first took American and European ballrooms by storm in the early 1840's, it was a choreographed dance incorporating lots of steps and style from its Eastern European folk origins. These folk steps were eventually edited out of the elegant mid-19th century ballroom polka. "The Bohemian National Polka" is a delightful modern reconstruction of what the original polka may have looked like in the 1830's before it became a smash-hit "ballroom dance." The Bohemian National Polka, choreographed for the ballroom by celebrated dance historian Richard Powers of Stanford University, is based on a reconstruction by Czech dance historian Frantisek Bonus and is enjoying a new wave of popularity at Bay Area Victorian balls.

Instructor Cathleen Myers is the Artistic Director of PEERS (the Period Events & Entertainments Recreation Society), famous for its monthly historical and literary-themed balls. Check us out at and, better still, come to some of our balls. Live music for the class will be provided by violinist David Strong of the fabulous vintage dance band Bangers & Mash.

For Richard Powers' wonderful notes on the Bohemian National Polka and its choreography, see

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Sacred Circle Dance by John & Marina Bear

We move in a circle to wonderful music from Greece, Israel, Scotland, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, France, the Americas (Shaker, Zydeco, Mexican, Hopi, etc.), and elsewhere. We trace dance steps sometimes new, sometimes centuries old. There is some similarity in
form with international folk dance, but there is a certain attitude of attention, awareness, and respect that evolved from this form's origins at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland.

The dances are always simple, or moderately easy, and each one will be taught first, so no experience is needed. You won't need a partner because everyone in the circle is your partner. Dancing in a circle is one of the oldest ways in which people celebrate community and togetherness.

Information on the dance, special events, and regular Bay Area groups on the internet at

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Introduction to Lindy Hop by Belinda Ricklefs

Lindy Hop, the original form of swing dancing, is relaxed, down to earth, joyful, and incredibly fun. Lindy Hop originated in Harlem in the 1930s and flourished there and throughout the world along with swing music. Lindy is very connected to the music and also includes a lot of improvisation.

In this introductory class, we'll do two basic patterns: Charleston, modified from the '20s dance craze; and a six count basic that's also used in East Coast Swing. (You probably know that one already). We'll also throw into the mix some variations on these basics and a few of the vernacular jazz moves of the '30s that are part of the Lindy Hop vocabulary. Then we'll play, using all that to improvise within the Lindy Hop/swing music structure.

Belinda has been dancing most of her life, and has been a serious Lindy Hopper and teacher for the last nine years. She is cofounder and current treasurer of the Northern California Lindy Society. She teaches ongoing Lindy Hop classes on Tuesdays in Emeryville, and runs a swing dance on Sundays in Berkeley which includes a basic swing lesson. She also teaches workshops and private lessons, and at parties. Check out her web site for more information:

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Ballgowns on a Shoestring by Frannie Germeshausen

Want to go to the Gaskell Ball or PEERS, but haven't a thing to wear? I'll share tips and tricks to turn thrift store finds into Victorian finery.

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