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The Bay Area Country Dance Society promotes, preserves, and teaches traditional English and American music and dance in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Dances During the Next Ten Days

Addresses, maps, start and end times, and lesson information (if a lesson is offered) for each location can be found by following the location link in each listing.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Kalia Kliban with Open band led by Jon Berger, Isele Harper, Charlie Hancock  More Info

Friday, September 29, 2017: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Alisa Dodson with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Daniel Soussan, Mark Daly, Mary Tabor) with William Allen, Robin Lockner  More Info

Saturday, September 30, 2017: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Jon Southard
[Santa Barbara] with Three Fifths of Scotch (Debra Tayleur, Eloise Pelmulder, Elizabeth Todd)  More Info

Tuesday, October 3, 2017: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Music by DANCE MOVED - SEE OCTOBER 5  More Info

Wednesday, October 4, 2017: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Erik Hoffman with Open Band led by The Killarney Boys (Ben Schreiber, Chris Knepper, John Ward)  More Info

Thursday, October 5, 2017: ENGLISH at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Bill Jensen, Mary Tabor, Robin Lockner  - Note day and location.  More Info

General Public: $12
Students/Low-income: $6
Members (of BACDS, CDSS or other CDSS affiliates) $2 discount
Supporting Level Admission: $20
Everyone is welcome so please come and pay as you can!
Prices may vary for special events or workshops. Check the calendar or website for specifics.

Upcoming Special Events

Friday, October 13-Sunday, October 15, 2017: ENGLISH/CAMP/SPECIAL/WEEKEND: Monte Toyon Camp, Near Aptos. . Rosemary Hunt [UK], Graham Christian [MA], Kalia Kliban, Sharon Green with music by Jon Berger, Charlie Hancock, Shira Kammen, Rebecca King, Emily O'Brien [MA], Jim Oakden, Ben Schreiber, more! Fall   Frolick English & Display Dance Weekend — Pre-registration required. Financial assistance available. See for links to registration flyer & more.

Saturday, October 28, 2017: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Susan Petrick with music by George Paul [VA], Ben Schreiber, Mika Scott  - 37th Annual BACDS Hallowe'en Costume Ball, 8pm-midnight. Special Price: $16/$14/$8. Wear a danceable costume and compete for the Ron Award. Potluck contributions welcome to supplement the provided refreshments.

Sunday, December 31, 2017: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Kalia Kliban with music by StringFire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, Shira Kammen) New Year's Eve Contra Dance! 8 PM-12:15 AM $25, $20 (members), $10 (student/low-income) or pay what you can. Potluck contributions welcome to supplement the provided refreshments  - your chance to show off!


The Bay Area Country Dance Society has been promoting, preserving, and teaching traditional English and American music and dance since the early 1980s. Our activities include:

  • Week-long and weekend music and dance camps in lovely SF Peninsula, Sierra foothill, and Santa Cruz locations.
  • Dance series featuring lively community dances and wonderful live music.
  • Occasional and seasonal special events, ranging from formal balls to workshops for dancers, musicians, dance leaders, and sound technicians.
  • Performance teams that bring lively and raucous English folk traditions to the streets, classrooms, farmers' markets, and festivals.

BACDS's activities are made possible through the efforts and contributions of our members. Please join us!

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BACDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, so your donation to us is tax-deductible. Please consider including us in your charitable giving. Your donation helps us perform our mission! Details here.

Newcomers are welcome! Follow this link to learn more about our dances, or this link to find out what to expect at your first BACDS dance evening. We welcome first-timers at all our regular series dances except 4th Saturday experienced English (which is open to all on Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends)

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Looking for folks to carpool to dances or events with? Interested in discussing BACDS activities with fellow dancers and musicians? Join the bacds-discuss email list.

Looking for community social dance, BACDS or not, contra/English or not? Join the ba-community-dance email list.

Looking for where your favorite morris team is dancing in the near future? Join the ba-ritual-dance email list.

Community members are welcome at BACDS Board meetings. Board elections for one-year terms are held at the May meeting; if you're interested please write to bacds-president at or bacds-boardchair at

The next Board meeting will be on September 21.

For info, send email to General info on Board meetings and location: here. If you are interested in following or joining the Board's online discussions about managing the BACDS organization, sign up for the bacds-board mailing list.

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