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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.ASH--Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo, Berkeley, at Gilman, Special Thursday night ceilidh dance
Bold dates in brackets indicate the revision date for entries updated from the printed calendar.
Sunday, June 2
CEILIDH BACDS' new first Sunday ceilidh series returns to GNC. Alan Winston teaches you all you need to know to do this raucous English dance form (it's been described as England's answer to contradancing). Music by the wonderful (if obscurely-named) Uncle Jack's Tie-Dyed Ramblers (Rob Powell & Friends). Like all BACDS Sunday dances, this one runs from 7 to 10 pm.
Wednesday, June 5
Every Wednesday, there's dancing at GNC in Berkeley, tonight Erik Hoffman calls to an Open Band led by Barb Hansen, Stephanie Prousnitz, and Margaret Brunjes.
In Mountain View, the English dance at FLX features Jody McGeen & Alan Winston calling with music by Stan Kramer & Bill Jensen. Remember to bring along a pair of dance shoes; street shoes are not allowed in this hall.
Friday, June 7
First Friday English dance in downtown Palo Alto at MT, with Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka)
Saturday, June 8
The San Francisco English dance makes its monthly appearance at BET in Noe Valley, with the wonderful David Newitt calling to the tunes of the intrepid trio Stanley Kramer, Robert Hill, & Bill Jensen. The dance starts at 7:30, pre-dance dinner gathering (with attendant easier parking) at 6 pm, call 415/821-1265 for more information.
At the Palo Alto contra at PA, Andy Wilson calls to the Southern sounds of Suzy's Floozies (Suzy Thompson, Maxine Gerber, & Kate Brislin).
Sunday, June 9
& COUPLE Don't go to El Cerrito, head to Marin county instead to SRF. A very special evening of dance with George Marshall and Wild Asparagus (Ann Percival, David Cantieni, George Marshall, Stuart Kenney, and Becky Tracy). For those of you who don't know them, George and Wild Asparagus hail from Western Massachussetts and are one of the hottest contra combos in the country. Note the special location for this night only: this is a special joint NBCDS/ BACDS event; couple dancing (and no, "COUPLE" doesn't mean you need to bring a partner!) 6:30 to 7:30, followed by (mostly) contras 7:30 to 10:30; members $11, non-members $13. Sorry, no special passes will be honored for this event.
Wednesday, June 12
English dance at GNC tonight: David Newitt calls to the music of David Strong, Dick Bagwell, and Charlie Hancock.
Friday, June 14
The once-a-month Berkeley Friday contra at FIN; series host Kirston Koths calls to the music of Stump Tail Dog (Dan Engle, Ray Frank and Paul Donnelly) (now a trio!)
Saturday, June 15
The San Francisco contra at SF features a constellation of long-time veterans of SF contradance: Charlie Fenton calling to the music of The Guppies (Kathrine Gardner, Jim Oakden and Craig Johnson)
Wednesday, June 19
The new Peninsula English dance heads into its annual two-month estivation, so dance now or hold your feets until September when it returns. The season finale, like the series, is at FLX and features Jody McGeen & friends calling, with music by Stan Kramer & Bill Jensen.
[6/4] Tonight's contra at GNC in Berkeley boasts caller Susie Kendig, a hot caller from Santa Cruz, and an Open Band led by the electric, eclectic Three O'Clock Shadow (Erik Hoffman, Chris Grampp and Adam Cavan).
Friday, June 21
It's the third Friday, so come dance English in Palo Alto at MT with Bob Fraley and Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka) .
Saturday, June 22
Another evening of fine contradancing in Palo Alto (at PA) as Eric Black calls to the music of Laura Light and David Wiesler (from Charlottesville, VA)
The experienced English dance at GNC with Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Dogwatch Cur-tailed (Craig Johnson, Jon Berger & Robert Hill) -- (of course we've read Patrick O'Neill--why do you ask?)
Sunday, June 23
& The El Cerrito Square and contra dance returns home to ECV with series host Jim Saxe calling and music by an Open Band led by Stump Tail Dog (Dan Engle, Ray Frank and Paul Donnelly)
Wednesday, June 26
The fourth Wednesday English dance at GNC features Ric Goldman calling, with music by an Open Band led by Laurie Chastain, Erin Vang, & Chuck Ward.
Friday, June 28
The Friday San Francisco contra at SF has Jim Saxe calling to the trio Stump Tail Dog (Dan Engle, Ray Frank and Paul Donnelly).
Saturday, June 29
The month closes out with a bang at the fifth Saturday dance, the Palo Alto contra at PA as series host Eric Black calls to the wonderful music of The Contra Bandits (Kathrine Gardner, Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock, and Kit Nelson) .
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