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.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Folk Dance in December

December 9: No dancing

December 16: regular Friday dancing

Saturday, December 17: Christmas Party
6:00 p.m. potluck dinner, followed by dancing and festivities. This is a great night to bring family or friends. Dress up if you like (elf, Santa, reindeer...??).

December 23: ?? maybe we'll dance, maybe not, TBA, stay posted

December 30: regular Friday dancing

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall 2016...Back to dancing!

We're back to our regular schedule of dancing...hope you can come!

Starting Friday, September 2: International folk dancing to recorded music every Friday from 7-10 p.m. at our regular location, the RAP dance studio on Market street. Join us for dances old and new...Looks like we'll have a great line-up of new dances coming up in the new dance year.

(Saturdays at Odd Fellows Hall in Palo Cedro)
-September 24
-October 29
-November 19
-January 21

Friday, June 17, 2016

Upcoming Contra Dances

Contra Dance (Saturdays, IOOF hall in Palo Cedro)

All contra dances start at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 25

No contra in July

Saturday, August 20
, "Bonus" contra dance, scheduled specially as a fundraiser for Cody Arnett and Family (medical expenses associated with brain cancer). Please invite your family and friends. We are hoping for a lot of people to make this a big fun event and a successful fundraiser.

Then our fall-winter season kicks off with these Saturdays:
September 24October 29November 19January 21

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Perfect Dance Shoes

Looking for a great pair of dance shoes? Impossible to find? Consider converting a pair of regular street shoes into dance shoes by gluing a bit of suede leather to the bottom.

See these instructions (from Lenore) or for an alternate version this link.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May-June 2016

Our late-May through June 2016 schedule:

Friday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.: Regular Friday night international dancing at the RAP

Friday, June 3, 7:00 p.m.: Regular Friday night international dancing at the RAP.

Friday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.: Regular Friday night international dancing at the RAP

Friday, June 17: NO DANCING at our regular venue. But all are welcome to attend our 7:30 p.m. performance at the Old City Hall (sponsored by the Redding Performing Arts Council)

Friday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.: End-of-season Friday international dance at the RAP

Saturday, June 25: CONTRA DANCE in Palo Cedro 7:00 p.m., last of the season

Save the dates:

Friday, September 2, 7:00 p.m: First-of-season Friday international dance at the RAP

Saturdays September 24, October 29, November 19: Contra Dances in Palo Cedro

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Spring Contra Dances

Be sure to catch a contra dance this spring before we take a summer break.
Dances are at the IOOF/Rebekah Hall - Off of Hwy 44    
22551 Silverlode Lane, Palo Cedro
 Saturdays 7:00 -10:00 p.m.
March 26 
April 30
May 21 
June 25

Singles, couples, beginners, experienced dancers...all are welcome!

Hope to see you there!

Wear shoes comfy for dancing. And, though we'll have bottled water for sale, you're welcome to bring your own hydration! Snacks will be shared as potluck (simple finger foods).

Live music. All dances taught/called.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Winter-Spring 2016

  • After a brief holiday break, we're back to regular dancing each Friday....now through June. Come join us for a variety of dances from around the world!
  • New! First Fridays will be "Open Mic" teaching night. Dancers are invited to share a new or old favorite with the group. We've got a great line up of three teachers for February, but slots are open starting for March.
  • Rummage Sale Reserves: This spring (time/place TBA) we'll be holding a fund-raising rummage sale to cover the costs for a much needed new computer to organize and store our dance music. We'd appreciate any donations of household goods, clothing, etc., for the sale. So as you're spring cleaning, please keep us in mind for donations and save your stuff. (We can arrange to collect your donated items if you don't want to hold them until the spring.)
  • Camellia Festival is coming up in Sacramento, March 18-19
  • Our Contra Dance series continues through June. The next two dates are January 23 and February 20.