where the old dances invade a new generation
Parties held each 4th Friday of the month
Over six years and still going strong! :)
Held at The Finnish Brotherhood Hall
1970 Chestnut St @ University Ave, Berkeley
8:00-9:00 = Lesson in Vintage Waltz -- no partner or experience needed
9:00-midnight = Dance to Persephone and guest DJs playing lots of waltzes,
and a little bit of many other partner dances.
Our next dance is April 25 with guest DJ Alan
The following dance will be May 23, with guest DJ Donald
only $7, $5 for students with ID
for the entire evening
to get to
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall
If you are coming on Bart, get off at the North Berkeley Bart station. When you exit turn to your right and go across the parking lot to Delaware St. Turn right on Delaware, walk 3 blocks west to Chestnut, turn left and go 2 blocks south to the hall.
If you are driving, take the University Avenue exit from Hwy 80, and go east, away from the marina and the bay. Soon after you cross the major street of San Pablo, you will see a green Taqueria sign on your left. That is Chestnut Street, turn left there and park. There is a small lot alongside the hall, or if that is full you can usually find street parking within a block or two.
Enter through the small door on the left of this stairway.
If we're good we will have signs pointing the way. :)
Have you ever waltzed to Metallica or danced a polka to Lady Gaga? Yes? Then you know what a great time it is, and we will see you there! No? Well it's never too late to start. Since we have hundreds of years of waltz music to choose from, the variety makes a wonderful, festive evening. This is a casual, neighborhood party: a chance to meet people, bounce around, and generally make merry. We'll have a potluck; you are welcome to bring snacks if you like. Your hosts always bring the punch and water. No alcohol, please, as we sometimes have dancers under 21 attending.
All are welcome for the lesson, so we can get you moving and ready to sail across the floor. If you're new to dancing we promise to be patient with you, and if you have waltzed before we will improve your technique. After class, during the dance party, we will still be available to help you with what we taught you, and introduce you to some of our regulars. They are well skilled, but don't be shy about asking them to dance with you too. They'll probably be happy for the chance to show off. :)
If you have any questions, please send an email to Persephone
(without the lines of course)
Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you there.
Some Quotes about Vintage Invasion:
"Vintage Invasion is the best place to bring a new person, to introduce them to this stuff. It's not too crowded, it's not intimidating, everyone is friendly."
--Kat, Jan 2012
"Other events are hit and miss, but Vintage Invasion is consistently good, so unless we're out of town, we will always go."
--Melissa, July 2011
"You totally should go to Vintage Invasion. It really is the best."
--Elena, Feb 2011
"The friendliest waltz I have been to. Very comfortable, and just the right number of people; I got to dance with almost everyone I wanted to."
--Alan, Jan 2010
"It's the best place for switching parts and goofing around. It's sometimes hard at the regular ballroom places, or I can go to the queer dances but then it's all queer. Vintage Invasion is the best for a mixed crowd."
--Laura, Dec 2009
"My friend came for the first time tonight, and he had such a good time. At other venues he just sat in the corner, because no one would ask him to dance. But here people kept getting him onto the floor, and he danced all night."
--MacKenzie, Nov 2009
Photos from Previous Dances
A Typical Evening's Mix
Speed is in beats per minute; you see we play a wide range of tempos. The number and type of non-waltz dances vary a bit from party to party, as we respond to requests; but this gives you a general idea.