First Friday Dance Parties!

NOTE: I’m sad to say, the First Friday Dance Parties have been canceled until further notice, due to insufficient attendance.

I am hoping to establish a similar dance party soon, preferably on a Saturday or Sunday, so please Sign up for our mailing list anyway!


Come celebrate the joy of dancing with a community dance party!

I’m thrilled to be partnering with the California Dance CoOperative on a new series:

First Friday Dance Parties!

First Friday Dance General Flyer (lesson)

These parties are similar to events I held at my house in Adelphi, Maryland, which we called “The Conservatory.” Join us on the First Friday of every month for a mix of different dance styles, from group contras and English country dances, to couple turning and social dances like waltz, tango, one-step, swing, polka, and schottische, just for starters.

A Dance Potpourri, if you will!

By offering a variety of dance styles instead of only one, these parties hope to bring together dancers from different communities while promoting a general love of movement.

The evening starts with a half-hour dance lesson, taught by me, from 7:30 to 8 pm (we’ll learn a different style of dance each month). I’ll also call the dances and offer brief introductory lessons as needed throughout the evening. No experience necessary!

From time to time the dance will take on a special theme or celebration, perhaps to tie into the month (Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Winter Solstice), or to present a special dance event, such as a speakeasy or cabaret. I’ll also work with other local dance friends and producers, including Darlene Hamilton (founder of Victorian Tea & Dance Society) and Mike Lauma, to create special events and themed dances. Our first of these was August 4: the FFDP Swing Dance! and it was lots of fun! Terrific band and lots of great dancing. Thanks to Mike for setting it up!

Our next dance is Friday, December 3, 2017, with live music from Bob Altman! We’ll start at 7:30 pm with a beginner lesson in One Step, a fun and easy couple dance that is the building blocks of later dances like tango, blues, and fox-trot. Join us, and RSVP on our Facebook event!

No partner or experience needed (but please bring your friends!). Light refreshments will be provided.

All dances are from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the South Pasadena War Memorial Hall (435 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, California  91030).
$12 general admission, $8 students.

Worried about traffic? Come late! There will still be plenty of dancing to do.

In keeping with Cal Dance Co-Op’s hugely important tradition, all First Friday Dance Parties will feature LIVE MUSIC!

We’re thrilled to have some incredible bands and musicians lined up already:


First Friday Dance Parties - English Roses
April 7: THE ENGLISH ROSES (Mary Ann Sereth, Walter Sereth, and Denisa Hanna)
First Friday Dance Parties - Rhythm Trio
May 5: THE RHYTHM METHOD (Steve Shapiro, Emil Olguin, and Joyce Pan)
First Friday Dance Parties - Split Peas
New Date TBD: SPLIT PEAS (Bob Altman and Patty McCollom) Edit: We’re excited to bring Split Peas back for our December dance!
First Friday Dance Parties - Jerry Wheeler
First Friday Dance Parties - Night Owls
August 4: Our first themed dance: FFDP Swing Dance with THE NIGHT OWLS
First Friday Dance parties - Bob Altman
September 1: BOB ALTMAN & FRIENDS! Beginner waltz lesson at 7:30.
First Friday Dance Parties - High Strung Duo
October 6 (Halloween Dance!): HIGH STRUNG DUO (Belinda Thom and David Hostetler)
First Friday Dance Parties - English Roses
November 3: THE ENGLISH ROSES (Mary Ann Sereth, Walter Sereth, and Denisa Hanna)
First Friday Dance parties - Bob Altman
December 1: BOB ALTMAN! Beginner one-step lesson at 7:30.






























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