If this will be your first time with our group, please call (408-287-9999) or email first. We occasionally have to move to an alternate location if the church needs the hall for its own event.
LOCATION -- St. Michael Archangel Serbian Orthodox Church, 18870 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070
ADMISSION -- $8.00. No charge for non-dancers and children. $6.00 for seniors. Discounts and scholarships available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
HOLIDAYS -- No dancing on Thanksgiving. There are sometimes Thusdays that we have to close because of Orthodox holidays. Please contact me before attending if you are not sure.
7:30-8:00 PM Dances for beginners, some teaching, some easy dances most beginners can do without a lot of instruction. One or two mixers. New dancers always welcome to join.
8:00-8:15 PM Slightly more difficult dances while experienced dancers arrive. 8:15-8:45 PM One or two dances will be taught. Perhaps one more difficult dance or two less complex dances.
8:45-9:00 PM Practice of dances recently taught.
9:00-10:15 PM Sometimes one more dance is taught, typically more challenging than earlier dances. Otherwise, dancing to dancer requests. Dances become increasingly more difficult. Sometimes I will call a contra.
MUSIC/DANCE -- Very wide range of musical tastes. About 60% is Eastern European/Middle Eastern, but that's sprinkled liberally with Scottish country dances, Country-Western line dances, Japanese, French Canadian, Russian, etc. Definitely no dance purists. 75% non-partner dances. Lots of easy dancers and mixers when beginning dancers are there. Class is very friendly, kind and helpful to beginners.
PLAYLIST -- I have posted a sample playlist here. I will try to update this list every couple of months. If you cannot wait for an update, contact me and I will send you the latest playlist via email.
REQUESTS -- I use a request board. If you can't remember the name of a dance show me some steps or hum some of the music. I've been teaching for over 35 years and dancing for 45, and I can usually figure out the dance you want.
FLOOR/ROOM -- Lovely wood floor. Ventilation can be challenging during the summer due to a lack of windows, but we have a lot of fans.
ATTENDANCE -- Varies from 40-55; 60% women, 40% men. Average age about 50; age range from mid-20s to late-80s.
CONTACT -- Contact me if you have further questions.