The Mandala Folk Dance Center has, since 1971, been a favorite place in San Francisco for International Folk Dancers to meet and enjoy an evening of dancing and good company. The first and last Thursdays of the month are party nights featuring all request dancing and no formal instruction.The other Thursdays feature dance instruction by Edith Bourbin as well as request dancing.Edith will teach dances from Stockton and other folk dance camps and workshops. A number of times a year, a local band will provide live music for dancing and special workshops by other teachers are provided. Check this site for listings of special events and workshops.Mandala schedule for April 2015: April 2 (Thursday): All-request Party night. April 9 (Thursday): Edith will teach the Bulgarian dance Isu Byala Nedo and the traditional Greek Dance Ikariotikos. April 16 & 23 (Thursdays): Edith will teach a Mandala Classic: Sirba Pe Loc from Romania and Isu Byala Nedo from Bulgaria. April 30 (Thursday): Celebration of National Dance Week. This is a free night, but regulars are encouraged to donate, if they can, to defray the cost of rent (which has increased). It would be nice for regular folk dancers to participate in encouraging new dancers.
The Mandala Folk Dance Center is located at: Bowcock Hall (formerly Wardwell Hall), St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 43rd Avenue at Judah Street, San Francisco, CA.
The Mandala meets every Thursday from 7:30 – 10.30 P.M. Beginner's instruction starts at 7:30, followed by requests, then intermediate/advanced instruction and more requests. On Party Nights, the first and last Thursday of every month, there is no intermediate/advanced instruction. Admission is $5.00 except for special workshops and events.
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