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My in-laws just moved to Berkeley. They love to square dance but
have not found a place to dance locally. Walnut Creek has a dance
hall, but it's a bit of a drive. They are in their late seventies.
the ashkenaz has occasional square dances--they also have
them for kids once a month. the caller, evie laden, is great.
i think there is also contra dancing, which is close, in berkeley.
Ashkenaz, on San Pablo across from REI, periodically has some square
dancing. Also, you could try contacting Evie Ladin
(firstname.lastname@example.org). She teaches clawhammer banjo and does
square dance calling and keeps a calendar of where square dances are
happening in the area.
Old-time banjo enthusiast
How about Alameda? I've just seen this listed in our local paper and
don't know anything about it.
Signed, Haven't square danced since 4th grade
Ashkenaz on San Pablo across from REI has square dancing at least once a
month- they also have a lot of cajun/zydeco dancing if they are into
that. You can see their calendar online at
It is a great place where the focus is on dancing every night!
I think your in-laws would enjoy Berkeley Folk Dancers.
(http://www.berkeleyfolkdancers.org/) They meet four nights a week
at Live Oak Park. Square dances are only a part of their
repertoire, but the people are friendly and Tuesday night is
beginner night in case your in-laws want to learn some new styles:
English sets, circle dances... Contact information for the
beginnner night is on the website under Weekly Schedule.
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