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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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Sharon Green with Bill Jensen, Susan Worland, Susan Jensen  More Info

Wednesday, November 22, 2017: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. David Newitt with Open Band led by The Humus (Heather MacKay, Betsy St. Aubin, Bruce Herbold, Patti Cobb, David Newitt)  More Info

Saturday, November 25, 2017: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Eric Black with Westfolk Gals (Deniz & Derry Akin)  - Thanksgiving dessert potluck!  More Info

Saturday, November 25, 2017: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Kalia Kliban with The Whoots (Charlie Hancock, Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden) (for experienced dancers)  More Info

Sunday, November 26, 2017: CONTRA at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Kelsey Hartman with Three Fifths of Scotch (Elizabeth Todd, Del Eckels, Debra Tayleur). 4-7 pm.  More Info

Wednesday, November 29, 2017: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Charlie Fenton with Community Band Night! Contact Erik Hoffman ( to find out about rehearsals and set lists. Join in the band!  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

Saturday, December 2, 2017: CONTRA/SPECIAL at Oakland Veterans' Hall in Oakland. Kelsey Hartman, Yoyo Zhou with music by 31st Annual No Snow Ball with KGB [Seattle] (Claude Ginsberg, Dave Bartley, Julie King)  - Special time and price: 7-11PM, $30/$25/$20  -  Scrumptious Feast at the break! Work Trade available: contact

Sunday, December 17, 2017: CONTRA/SPECIAL/WORKSHOP at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Susan Petrick with music by Free Next Steps Contra workshop before the usual contra dance. Live music by Pepperjack (Jess Newman, Scott Jespersen), 1–2:30pm. Register here or see flyer PDF for more info

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 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 November 16

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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