Welcome to Redding International Folk Dancers

We are a recreational international folk dance group in Redding, California. Currently we are hosting two different dances series:


We dance Fridays from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Redding Arts Project (formerly the Redding Ballet Academie), 1726 Market Street, across from the Cascade Theatre. Cost is $3. (First-timers are free!)

All Fridays September through June. See postings below for holidays or other occasional schedule changes.

Each evening is a combination of teaching, review, and open request dances. You'll hear a wide range of diverse music. Folk dance is great exercise and just plain fun. Our dances come from all around the world.

If you're interested in coming...Stop by, drop in for just a while or for the whole evening. We tend to start the evening with easier dances and work in intermediate to advanced dances as the night goes on.


On select Saturdays 7:00-10:00 p.m. Our currently scheduled dates for 2018 are: January 27, February 17, April 21, June 2,

Admission $8 adults/$4 students

Contra Dances are at:
Odd Fellows hall in Palo Cedro IOOF/Rebekah Hall - Off of Hwy 44 22551 Silverlode Lane


Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. We recommend shoes that stay securely on your feet (no flip flops!) and with a smooth or light tread (so you can pivot or slide a bit). Bring water.

All dancers are welcome: beginners, experienced folk dancers, guests, visitors....anyone who enjoys dancing. No partner required. (Contra dances are a "partnered" dance, but we don't have fixed partners so everyone gets a chance to join in.)

Updates on the schedule and special events are listed below. Most recent announcements are at the top.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November-December Updates

  • Friday, November 20: Regular dancing 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 27: Regular dancing 7:00 p.m. (come dance off your Thanksgiving dinner!)
  • Friday, December 4: Regular dancing 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 11: NO DANCING (studio in use for Nutcracker production)
  • Friday, December 18: Regular dancing 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 19: Christmas Party 6:00 p.m. at Redding Ballet Academie. Potluck dinner, dancing to live music set and by request.
  • Friday, December 25: NO DANCING (Christmas day)
  • Friday, January 1: Regular dancing 7:00 p.m. (come start the New Year right with dancing!)

Monday, November 2, 2009

November Announcements

  • Starting this month, the weekly fee will be $3.00 at the door.
  • Friday, November 13 is our 2nd-Friday Trader Joe's snack night. Bring something to share if you like.
  • Friday, November 27 is the day after Thanksgiving. Lenore will run dancing that night if enough people plan to be there. Please RSVP when you come to dance on the 6th or 13th.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween Party

  • Friday, October 30 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Potluck treats: We'll have a chocolate fountain. Bring goodies to dip.
  • Wear a costume: Halloween costumes and/or folk costumes

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Autumn Goodies

Regular Friday night dancing is scheduled through the fall. But here are a couple of special events:

  • Friday, September 25 Dance and Food. Last May we very much enjoyed sharing treats from the newly opened Trader Joe's. Their snacks are still delicious, so we'll do a repeat on that. If you wish, grab a snack from Trader Joe's on your way to dancing and we'll have a little feast.
  • Friday, October 30 Halloween Party. More details TBA but plans so far include: wear a costume & bring food-stuffs to be dipped into a chocolate fountain (such as fruit, cookies, pretzels, or who knows what you might come up with!)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Come and Dance!

After our summer break, we're now back to our regular Friday evening dancing. Come back or come for the first time!

Our evening schedule is:
7:00-7:30 Easy Warm-Up Dances
7:30-8:30 Teaching of New Dances (or re-teaching old dances*)
8:30 Break/Annnouncements and Review Newly Taught Dances
9:00-10:00 Mixed Dances (beginning through advanced)

*If there is an "old" dance that you'd like to have taught, please make a request through Julie or Lenore. For instance, during our 9:00-10:00 hour of open dancing you might see a dance you want to learn. We can get your request onto the teaching schedule.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Picnic Time at the Wrights

Redding Folk Dancers invite members, friends, and families to come and help start off the Fall International Folk Dance Season with Food, Fellowship, & Dancing on

Saturday, August 22, 2009
3:00 p.m. until ??

Bring a main dish (hot, cold, or use bbq grill), or a salad or dessert to share. Lemonade and ice tea will be provided. Bring any other cold drinks you would like. Extra chairs are helpful.

Chet's wooden dance floor will be set up and music for your dancing or watching entertainmnet.

Hope to see you all there!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer 2009 Events

We're temporarily on summer break, but will be back to dancing towards the end of August:
  • Saturday, August 22, Annual Summer Picnic (at Jan & Chet's)
  • Friday, August 28 back to regular dancing at Redding Ballet Academie
  • We probably will dance on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend (September 4)

Happy summer and happy camping!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Reminder: June 26 PARTY

Join us on Friday, June 26 for our last dance before our summer recess
  • Featuring LIVE MUSIC
  • Bring your favorite summer-time snacks to share (finger-food potluck)
  • Wear Red and/or White (traditional Scandinavian summer solstice colors)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Spring Events

Friday, May 22: Trader Joe's & Trade Your Clothes PARTY NIGHT

-We'll be having dancing plus potluck finger food from the new Trader Joe's in Redding (located off of Hilltop in the Kohl's parking lot. Drop in and see what goodies they have!).
-Also along the Trader Joe's theme, you might wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt.
-Plus your chance to purchase dance and folk/costume clothing donated by Lila. Other donations of dance or folk clothing are welcome for this mini-fundraiser. Money raised will help to cover our regular expenses such as music, rent, computer and audio stuff, etc.

Saturday, May 30: Floor Cleaning (Update: This event is postponed to a later date--stay posted)
-The dance hall floor is getting sticky! We'll meet on Saturday morning to clean it up. With a team effort, this should be a quick task. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mop).

Friday, June 26: End of the Season/Start of Summer PARTY NIGHT
-This is our end of the dance season, start of the summer party.
-Wear red and white (traditional colors for summer solstice in Scandinavia)
-Bring your favorite summer-time snack to share
-Live music and special dances, plus regular requests

Monday, March 23, 2009

April 24: Blooms & Balloons Party

Join us for a fun night of party and request dances. We'll have finger-food potluck.

Bring a bouquet of flowers, balloons, or both to help decorate and celebrate. We'll be celebrating spring and a couple of April birthdays.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Up for a challenge?

Floricica Olteneasca
(Our performing group, Ciganko, is working on learning this fun Romanian dance.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Party on Friday the 13th!

Friday, February 13 will be a Valentine-themed party.
  • Bring potluck snacks or sweets to share.
  • Bring your list of request dances.
  • We'll also have some party dances lined up.
  • Wear red or pink or white. Or dress up as your favorite Valentine.

Monday, January 19, 2009

January 2009 Announcements:
  1. We're back on our regular Friday night schedule. Get out your dance shoes and re-join us if you haven't been back since Christmas break.
  2. Friday, February 13 will be a Valentine-themed party. Bring potluck snacks to share and your list of request dances. We'll also have some party dances lined up. Wear red or pink or white. Or dress up as your favorite Valentine.
  3. The premier of our newly formed Ciganko performing group will be at a Multicultural Celebration on Saturday January 24. The event starts at about 11:00 in the gym of Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake City. The performance, featuring many local groups, runs from about 1:00-3:00.
  4. Mark your calendar for the Camellia Festival in Sacramento, March 13-15. Click here for more information.