I have been dancing since early childhood. I am particularly devoted to international folk dance and the dances of Israel. I am also on the Board of several dance-related organizations and I manage several dance-related websites. IF YOU ARE VISITING, OR HAVE NOT ATTENDED FOR A WHILE, please email me to be sure any class below is meeting.

The State of California is currently under a Shelter In Place mandate. Non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. While we may feel dancing is essential for our health and well-being, we will not be dancing together at least until the end of April.

If you are tempted to feel sorry for yourself, please be reminded that Anne Frank endured isolation for 25 months. She could not leave her shelter at all, ever, for any reason. We have it easy!

I hope we are back together dancing as a community very soon.

Stay safe. Be well. Take care of each other.

I will miss you all!



Monday -- All levels, but the first hour is dedicated to new dancers.  Video Links During Quarantine    Here's what's happening this week!

Tuesday - Israeli folk dance for beginning dancers in San Jose, California - 1st and 3rd Tuesdays -- and if there is a 5th Tuesday

Wednesday - Israeli couple repertoire folk dances in Sunnyvale California. Bring your own partner. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. I need a minimum of six couples, so please check with me before attending in case the minimum as not met and I had to cancel the class.

Thursday - International folk dance in Saratoga, California. All levels, but the first 45 minutes are for new dancers. Video Links During Quarantine 

WARNING: If you're coming from another country, or another part of the U.S., be aware that California is a BIG state. If it were laid out east-west instead of north-south, it would be wider than two time zones. If you don't want to check a map, at least check the ZIP CODE of the place where you'll be staying. The S.F. Bay Area zip codes start with 94000 and continue into the low 951's. Zip codes 95200 and higher are over an hour away. If the zip code starts with 90, 91, 92 or 93, or is higher than 95300 - forget it! You won't be carpooling to dancing.

LINKS TO OTHER DANCE-RELATED WEBSITES - International folk dance classes and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. - an interactive map showing where to do international folk dancing in the San Francisco Bay area. - Let's Dance! magazine, Northern California magazine about international folk dance. - Links to websites around the country that offer information about international folk dance. - A database of the Israeli folk dance repertoire, including information about the singer, lyricist and composer of the song. - If you're interested in the words to the songs you're listening to, or want to know who the singer is or or the composer or the lyricist


Dozens of articles about dancing that I have written over 30 years that have appeared in various dance-related magazines and newsletters.


I maintain an extensive library of historical documents, newsletters, dance notations, lyrics to songs, as well as music. The collection is focused on Israeli music and dance because that's my specialty, but my library of international materials is also very large. If you are looking for something, contact me. If I don't have it, I have contact with others who might.

International dance descriptions - Maintained by the Folk Dance Federation of California

Stockton Folk Dance Camp syllabi - 70+ years of syllabi

National Folk Organization - Links to a dozen more website with written dance descriptions


SF Bay Area
Karina Lambert - Palo Alto - Thursday nights
Cafe Simcha - Kensington - Wednesday nights
Alan Rothchild - Santa Cruz - Tuesday nights
Aaron Alpert - Palo Alto - Saturdays once a month
Udy Gold - San Francisco - Saturday nights once a month and Tuesdays once a week

United States
Vinnie & Miriam Mann - Orange County (Los Angeles area)
Phil Moss - Chicago
Peggy Elimelech - Miami

Outside of the U.S.
Laurie Markus - Toronto
Nona Malki - Vancouver
Roberto Haddon - England
Les Posen - Australia/New Zealand
Matti Goldschmidt - Austria/Germany