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We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Dancing, is, for the most part, attended with many amorous smiles, wanton compliments, unchaste kisses, scurrilous songs and sonnets, effeminate music, lust provoking attire, ridiculous love pranks, all which savor only of sensuality, of raging fleshly lusts. Therefore, it is wholly to be abandoned of all good Christians.

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Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. -- Voltaire

When someone blunders, we say that he makes a misstep. Is it then not clear that All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill our history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill in dancing. --Moliere, 1622

While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance. - -Hans Bos

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Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one
is listening. Love like you've never been hurt
and live like it's heaven on Earth.
- Mark Twain

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Brazilian Dance Classes
Everything from the hip-shaking of Rio de Janeiro’s world famous samba to the earthy, traditional moves of Bahia. Classes offer an aerobic workout set to the inspired music of Brazil’s finest musicians.

Silicon Valley's first samba school is a non-profit organization dedicated to community participation. Classes in Mountain View, Palo Alto and other locations.

Capoeira of San Jose
At Capoeira of San Jose, we believe in positive energy and attitude and integration. Classes are held together for adults, children and senior citizens, which provides perfect social balance and harmony.


San Jose/Santa Clara/Campbell/Milpitas

Dance Spectrum

Campbell - group classes, private lessons, and more.

South Bay Dance Center
5899 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 117  San Jose, CA 95123 Phone: (408) 972-5679

San Jose Ballroom DanceSport Center
1824 Hillsdale Ave • San Jose, CA • 95124 • Phone (408) 264-9393 • Fax (408) 264-9391

Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Over 110 studios spread throughout the United States are teaching the "Fred Astaire way." Our studios offer all kinds of dance instruction - from ballroom to country western to salsa to nightclub dancing - for all ages and abilities through private, group, and practice lessons.  

Palo Alto/San Mateo

Mid-Peninsula YWCA
4161 Alma St. near San Antonio Road, Palo Alto (650) 494-0972
Stanford University

Roble Gym, Santa Teresa (650) 856-0768
Lucie Stern Center Ballroom
1305 Middlefield Road. (650) 329-2366 or 329-2261
Fair Oaks Community Center

2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City Boys and Girls Club 

1109 Hilton Street  Redwood City, CA 94063 (650) 364-0176

Samba Aerobics and Afro-Brazilian
Benny Duarte of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil teaches Rio style samba and Afro-Brazilian in a high energy aerobics format. Peninsula classes in Burlingame, Palo Alto and Los Altos. Palo Alto and Los Altos classes call Reach Fitness (415) 949-3730. Burlingame call Prime Time Studios (415) 697-7311

Cubberly Ballroom
Enjoy an evening of dancing (or just learn how) at the Cubberly Pavilion, the single largest (12,000 sq. ft. all wood) dance floor in the US. 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 94043 (between San Antonio Road and Charleston)

Los Altos/Mountain View/Sunnyvale

Starlight Dance Club
Sunnyvale - Sala, Swing, Tango, Hustle & Ballroom.

Steppin Out Productions
830 Stewart Drive; Sunnyvale, CA 94085
It can be a little tricky to find the first time.

Santa Cruz County & Monterey Bay


The 418 Project
A non-profit community center and performance venue. A center for multiple communities to engage in artistic and personal development through expressive and healing arts.
831 466-9770

Motion Pacific 
408 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
voice 831- 457-1616

Palomar Ballroom 
Offering instruction in both American and International Ballroom and Latin dances for recreation or competition 
1344 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz
It is on the Mezzanine (2nd floor-- the level of the Palomar Inn Hotel) above El Palomar Restaurant.

Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz
TDSC organizes contra dances in Santa Cruz and Felton, as well as English country dances in Santa Cruz. TDSC organizes the annual President's Day Weekend Dawn Dance in Santa Cruz.

Raizes do Brasil
The Roots of Brazil Capoeira Cultural Center offers classes at 418 Project (418 Front Street) and Motion Pacific (408 Front Street).

Rhythm Well
Founded by Don Davidson, Rhythm Well facilitates drum circles, seminars and classes.


Silvia Martins

Critically acclaimed dancer teaches workshops in Santa Cruz.

Isaura Oliveira
Dancer, choreographer and cultural educator. Ms. Oliveira offers a number of workshops and performances.

Marsea Marquis: Dance of Brazil
Ms. Marquis teaches ongoing classes at Louden Nelson Community Center (Cedar & Laurel) and 418 Project (418 Front Street). 831.206.0542 also see tropalismo.net

Sahar teaches Belly Dance at Motion Pacific.


Drumskull Drums
This small percussion shop is
a culmination of nearly twenty years of West African and Congolese drum and dance education in Santa Cruz County and the entire San Francisco Bay area.
105 Pioneer Street Suite C, Santa Cruz, 95060


"Our purpose is to CONNECT you with information about ethnic art & artists, alternative & international cultures, and how to build a new global community." Find a schedule for drum classes here.

What, Where, When and Who on the Central Coast. Lesson info, where to dance info, cruise info, many great links to West Coast Swing dancing as well as Ballroom and Country.

http://www.santacruzswingclub.com/ the local West Coast Swing scene in the greater Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay areas

A sizable list of western square dance clubs in northern California. A subset of the western square dance resources available at.

Bay Area (Square) Dance Calendar
A calendar of western square dance clubs and events in northern California.

Queer Swing San Francisco
A portal for SwingOUT! and Queer Jitterbugs, two swing dance clubs serving the local Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered communities.

Northern California Bluegrass Society
Formerly the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, the Northern California Bluegrass Society promotes the performance, appreciation, and enjoyment of bluegrass and related acoustic music in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas.

Dancer's Group
Offers resources for dancers and a calendar of events in the Bay Area.
Companies, classes, concerts and more.
California Lawyers for the Arts

A non-profit service dedicated to helping arts organizations of all disciplines.
The Northern California Lindy Society
Dedicated to the grandaddy of swing dances.
Santa Cruz Carnival in early June.
Arts Council of Silicon Valley
"We envision a vibrant Silicon Valley, where the arts inspire our innovative spirit, celebrate our rich cultural diversity, and encourage our individual and community involvement."
Santa Cruz Ethnic Arts Network
Resource for Africa dance and drum classes, as well as tribal artwork.
México Tenochtitlan
Dance group dedicated to maintaining Mexican culture.

Margaret Wingrove Dance Company
Innovative dance since 1981.

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South Bay Annual Festivals
BCBA Art, Wine & Music Festival
- Boulder Creek (Santa Cruz County): Memorial Day Weekend
San Jose Pride
- San Jose: June

Art in the Park
- Burlingame: June
Arts & crafts, food and live music

Pearls of Paradise
- San Jose: July
Tongan, Samoan, Tahitian, Hawaiian and Fijian dances.

Tahiti Fete
- San Jose: July
A Polynesian Dance Competition Extravaganza

Art & Wine Festival
- Los Altos: July
Rated in the top 75 festivals in the USA by the prestigious Harris Survey.

Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
- Watsonville: August
Lots of music, with jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, country, classical, rythmn and blues, swing, Banda and Cumbia, and hot Salsa

Desert Dance Festival Open this result in new window - San Jose
Information on upcoming festivals, performances, classes and performing company Nile Spice.
Holiday Parade
- San Jose: December
Named one of the “Top 25 Parades in America,” 100,000 spectators view specialty units, marching bands, guest celebrities, giant helium balloons, and exciting floats.


Last Update: JUNE 2006 Last Link Check: JUNE 2006