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.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Winter 2014

Yes, there will be dancing on Friday Nov. 29th. Come and dance off your Thanksgiving dinner!

We'll have regular dancing on Fridays through December, except: NO dancing on Friday Dec. 13.

Save the date: Christmas Party, potluck dinner and dancing, Saturday, Dec. 21.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall 2014 Events

-Slight change to time: We'll still try to start dancing at 7:00, but due to room scheduling issues, we've been actually starting closer to 7:15.

-Trader Joe's nights: Regular dancing plus snacks! Bring something new to try/share from Trader Joe's. Or from another store. Or just bring your shoes and come and dance. Fridays October 11 and November 15.

-HALLOWEEN PARTY: Friday, November 1. Save the date for dancing, decorations, dressing up on the Day of the Dead. Food and drink, too. More details later.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Back to dancing announcements...and a BIG event next spring!

1. We'll be starting back our dance season this upcoming Friday. (August 30). 7:00 p.m. at the usual location (Redding Ballet Academie/Redding Arts Project, downtown 1726 Market Street). Join us as we dust off the old dances and get started on some new ones!

2. Speaking of new dances, we'll be trying a new format this fall. At 7:00 there will be advanced level teaching and then around 7:30 will be beginning/intermediate level. The remainder of the evening will be mixed requests as usual.

3. Big news: The California Folkdance Federation annual Statewide Festival will be in Redding in May 2014! This major event features dance classes during the day and fun parties in the evening. With help from a statewide committee, our local group will be hosting the festival. Mark your calendar for May 23-26 (Memorial Day weekend)--this will be your chance to attend a great dance festival without traveling far from home!

Friday, June 14, 2013

June 2013 Events

June 14: Regular dancing

June 21: No dancing at the studio. In lieu of our regular meeting, we are going to a Summer Solstice Party at Lenore's house at 6:00 p.m.. There will be food, music, and a little dancing. For driving directions, contact Lenore directly or talk to other dancers in our group who will be car-pooling.

June 28: Party! LAST CHANCE. This will be our last evening of dancing for the summer until we meet again in September. We'll be having a Hawaiian theme party. See info below:

Time:  7:00 – 10:00 PM
Where:  Our regular location (Redding Ballet Academie/RAP)
The theme is Hawaiian, so feel free to dress accordingly. We’ll have party dances and dances by request. Tropical non-alcoholic punch and all the utensils, cups, napkins, and plates will be provided.  Bring a finger food to share.  This is our last night of dancing for the rest of the summer, so don’t miss it! 
Questions:  Call Suzanne at 355-8882

Thursday, April 11, 2013

INTERNATIONAL DAY of DANCE: Monday April 29 6:30 p.m.

To celebrate UNESCO's International Day of Dance, we'll have a special event on Monday, April 29. This is a great chance for new dancers to try out international folk dance, or for experienced dancers to just come and have fun!

Come and join the Redding International Folk Dancers for an hour of dance. Everyone will be able to join in a variety of fun easy dances from around the world. No dance experience or partners required. Free and open to the public. Monday, April 29 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community room of the Redding Library (1100 Parkview Ave) For more info contact: reddingfd@gmail.com or Lenore @ 472-1605 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring 2013 Dates

Mark your calenders! Along with regular dancing every Friday, we have several special events coming up this spring.


Friday, March 29 7:00 p.m. Israeli Party. At our regular location (1726 Market, downtown Redding). In honor of Passover, we'll feature a program of Israeli dances (plus others by request). Food will be potluck; you are welcome to bring an Israeli or Middle Eastern dish or snack to share. If you want to dress up, blue and white will be our theme, but most important just bring your dance shoes!


Saturday, April 12 1:00-3:00 Beginner's International Dance at Round Mountain Community Center Easy dances taught for beginners. Cost is $5.

Saturday, April 12 7:00 p.m. Contra Dance in Chico with live music. Dancers from Redding will be going down; contact us if you'd like to join the trip.

Monday, April 29 6:30 p.m. International Dance Day. We'll have a special event open to the public at the Shasta County Library (in the community room). This is a great time to bring a friend who is interested in dancing, or just come yourself to celebrate. Free.

Mondays 3:15-4:15 Beginner's International Dance in Burney (at the Presbyterian Church). Led by Sarah Clark.