Formal Basque dancing in southern California began as early as the 1930s. Basques of the immigrant generation would come together to perform the dances that they grew up dancing in their native towns of Euskal Herria. Then in 1960, the group of dancers took the name of Gauden Bat—which means “let us be one.” The repertoire varies as the group develops dances from various parts of the Basque country. The group currently consists of about twenty young adults, and they continue with nearly weekly rehearsals and performs at various venues.
The performances vary presenting the variety of Basque dances from through the European homeland of the Basques, thus an effort is made to maintain those dance traditions in both steps and costumes. The group performs locally as well as at other Basque festivals.