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, December 26, 2010

New Year's Eve

  • Yes, we'll have regular dancing from 7:00-10:00 on New Year's Eve.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Party

Join us for our Christmas Party:

  • Saturday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Potluck dinner at 6:00
  • Dancing to live music at 7:00
  • Other party dances and requests to recorded music later in the evening

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Post-Thanksgiving Dancing & December dates

YES! We will be dancing the Friday after Thanksgiving. Come and burn off that pumpkin pie!

  • Regular Friday dancing on December 3 & 17
  • No dancing on December 10 (studio in use for The Nutcracker at the Cascade Theatre)
  • MAYBE dancing on December 24, 31, stay posted for updates and times if we do dance.
  • Christmas Party on Saturday, December 18, time & details TBA

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Party

This Friday, October 29 will be our Halloween Party! From about 7:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Wear a costume (folk or halloween)
  • Food (snacks & sweets) is potluck
  • Decorations are also potluck. Bring some Halloween bling to liven up the place!
  • LIVE MUSIC by our house band, plus party and request dances to recorded music.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

October Parties

We'll be dancing all Fridays in October. Two of these will be special events. Mark your calendars!

  • Friday, October 8 is Trader Joe's night. If you feel like it, bring a snack or treat to share from Trader Joe's. Or just come to dance!
  • Friday, October 29 is a PARTY night, featuring a Halloween theme. Wear costumes (halloween, seasonal, or folk) and bring potluck fingerfoods to share. More details TBA. We may have live music.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fall 2010

Starting the FIRST FRIDAY in SEPTEMBER, we're back to regular Friday night dancing!

Fridays 7:00-10:00 at the Redding Ballet Academie

We're cleared to dance each Friday through the fall months. Just stay posted for the Friday after Thanksgiving; sometimes we meet that evening, other times not.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Summer 2010

  • We will be dancing Fridays through the end of June
  • In July & August we will be on break and not dance on Fridays
  • Summer Party: Friday June 25, 7:00 p.m.
    • Celebrate with Mid-Summer Festivities
    • Live music for dancing
    • Wear white or red & white
    • Fingerfoods and snacks by potluck
    • Hope to see you there!
  • Save the date: Picnic at Jan & Chet's, afternoon of Saturday, August 28.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What's New? Bhangra!

Here are videos for a few Bhangra moves that we're working on.

Chamawal Circle
Basic Luddi with Arms
Dhamaal Jumps Turn
Swaying Mirja

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May & June 2010

Hi all! Hope you can join us for some dancing and parties.

Redding Folk Dancers will have a party night this Friday.
-Friday, May 14, 7:00 -10:00 p.m.
-Bring snacks or soft drinks to share

We'll have Friday night dancing through the month of June and then take off for July and August.
Mark your calendar as we'll end our dancing season and start summer with festivities:
Summer Solstice Folk Dance Party
Friday, June 25
Live music, potluck finger foods.
More details TBA

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April 2010

Friday dancing is canceled for Friday, April 9. Many of us are traveling to the Arcata Folk Festival that weekend. Join us there!

We will be dancing all other Fridays in April, including the 2th, which happens to be Good Friday. Come and dance and work off your Easter dinner in advance.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March-April 2010

Dancing continues each Friday night at the Redding Ballet Academie. Meanwhile, spring is a busy time for Redding Folk Dancers.
  • In March, some of our dancers attended the Camellia Festival in Sacramento. Representatives of our group also did a quick demo performance at for a multicultural event at Simpson University (dances were Kardamska Sborenka from Bulgaria and the modern, peppy version of Israeli Hineh Ma Tov).
  • April brings us the Arcata Folk Festival on April 9-11.
  • Stay posted for our end-of-the-dance-year, start-of-summer party in late June.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

January-February 2010

We're back to our regular Friday nights schedule with one upcoming party night.

Friday, February 12: Valentine's Party, with potluck refreshments/fingerfoods, folk dance costumes encouraged. Dancing for all.