BACDS currently holds dances on Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays. Click on the calendar dates to go to listings for that day.
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Please note: Except where noted, all dances start at 8pm.BET--Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez (at Clipper), San Francisco. 2nd Saturday English dance, 7:30pm.
Bold dates in brackets indicate the revision date for entries updated from the printed calendar.
Wednesday, December 5
The Wednesday Berkeley contra at GNC... Lynn Ackerson calls, with music by an Open Band led by the mighty trio of Chris Knepper, Paul Kotapish, and Erik Hoffman.
Friday, December 7
It's (just barely) a first Friday, so there must be English dancing at Palo Alto's MT. Bob Fraley calls, with music by Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka)
Saturday, December 8
Hot times in the south of Palo Alto (at PA) as the contra features caller and series host Eric Black, with music by The Contra Bandits (Kathrine Gardner, Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock, and Kit Nelson) .
[12/2] ... Or if English country is more your cup of tea, you'll enjoy the San Francisco English dance at BET Lise Dyckman calling, with music by Ruth Temple, Anise Feldman, and William Allen. This dance starts at 7:30, and there's always a pre-dance gathering at a local restaurant at 6pm (besides a good meal and camaraderie, it's much easier to park then). Call 415/430-1269 x3293 to let us know you're coming!
Sunday, December 9
& The second Sunday square and contradance in El Cerrito at ECV takes off at 7pm. This evening, Lynn Ackerson calls, with music by two fine folks from Seattle: Eric Anderson and Alan Roberts.
Wednesday, December 12
The second Wednesday Berkeley English dance at GNC; with the wonderful Alan Winston calling, and music by Shira Kammen, Dick Bagwell, and Charlie Hancock.
Friday, December 14
Before you get too carried away by the holidays, come on out to the monthly Friday Berkeley contra at FIN. Your series host Kirston Koths calls, with music by Hillbillies From Mars (Ray Bierl, Kevin Carr, Paul Kotapish, & Daniel Steinberg), in their only BACDS appearance this quarter. Don't miss 'em.
Saturday, December 15
The third Saturday San Francisco contra at SF has Charlie Fenton calling, with music by a new grouping of some talented North Bay favorites: Flashpoint (Jon Berger, Howard Booster, and Rebecca King).
Wednesday, December 19
Every Wednesday there's dancing at GNC in Berkeley, this evening it's Erik Hoffman calling contras. Great music by an Open Band led by Lee Anne Welch, Karl Franz, and Rebecca King.
Friday, December 21
The Palo Alto English dance at MT, with a trio of great callers: Alan Winston, Lise Dyckman, Bob Fraley, and music by Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka) . Its a Christmas party, please bring a potluck dish to share and delight in!
Saturday, December 22
The Palo Alto contra at PA: Eric Black calls to the music of Stump Tail Dog (Dan Engle & Ray Frank).
The Berkeley experienced English dance at GNC. Series host Lise Dyckman calls, with music by Shira Kammen, Bill Jensen, and David Mostardi.
Sunday, December 23
& At the fourth Sunday El Cerrito square and contra dance (place: ECV, time: 7pm) Jim Saxe is your caller, with music by an Open Band led by Kathrine Gardner, Dan Kluger, and Mark Kartman.
Wednesday, December 26
Berkely English? Of course, at GNC. Come celebrate Boxing Day with David Newitt calls, with music by an Open Band led by Laurie Edelman, Judy Linsenberg and Kathrine Gardner.
Friday, December 28
The last BACDS dance of 2001 is the contra at SF. Warren Blier, maven at the microphone from Monterey, calls, with music by Bog an Lochan (Alan Snyder, David Hansen, Pat Ryan)
Saturday, December 29
Sadly, we mean what we said in the above entry--the regular fifth Saturday contra at PA is CANCELLED. Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 31
12/21A New Year's Eve English Country Dance will be held at St Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto from 8 to 11pm, and features Bob Fraley and Alan Winston calling with music by Stan Kramer, Bill Jensen, Karen Wetmore-Grycewicz, Mark Daly, and Craig Martin. Though this is definitely the last BACDS event for 2001, an afterparty at the organizers' home should carry the evening comfortably into 2002. Admission: $10/$8 with BACDS card or CDSS-affiliate membership card. Here are the driving directions to the hall.
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