The Bay Area Country Dance Society Website

This page is: www.bacds.org

COVID Safety Info

COVID safety policy is evolving. Details might change minute-by-minute.

UPDATE: As of October 1, 2023, BACDS COVID policy no longer requires masking for anyone. N95-equivalent masks are still strongly recommended while dancing. There is no vaccination card check or testing requirement. Individual dance series may have more stringent requirements, so please click through to the series page before choosing to attend. For details check the COVID Safety Guidelines page.

Today's Dances:

Saturday, May 25: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Mike Lewinski, Daniel Steinberg More Info

Saturday, May 25: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Mike Lewinski, Daniel Steinberg More Info

Saturday, May 25: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Gary Thomas, Sharon Green with Charlie Hancock, David Mostardi…and friends More Info

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 25: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Mike Lewinski, Daniel Steinberg More Info

Saturday, May 25: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Mike Lewinski, Daniel Steinberg More Info

Saturday, May 25: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Gary Thomas, Sharon Green with Charlie Hancock, David Mostardi…and friends More Info

Sunday, May 26: ONLINE/ENGLISH at online in the cloud. Kalia Kliban, Sharon Green with Recorded Music by Odd Sundays Garage Band and others More Info

Thursday, May 30: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Kelsey Hartman with The Cain Raisers: Craig Johnson, Erik Hoffman, Stefan Curl More Info

Friday, May 31: ENGLISH at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Alan Winston, Lise Dyckman with Craig Johnson, Judy Linsenberg, Cat Taylor - 5th Friday ADVANCED ECD. Maximum dancing with minimal teaching, and an occasional challenge. Dancers are expected to be undaunted by figures like: double figure 8s; heys for 3, 4 or more in different configurations; double Mad Robin figures; chevrons; triple minor longways formations; etc. (This is not the time to bring your friends who are new to English country dancing, although we’d love to see them at other BACDS dance events.) More Info

Tuesday, June 4: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Elizabeth Ingber, Bill Jensen, Anne Goess More Info

Thursday, June 6: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Claire Takemori with The Whiskey Brothers Trio: Dave Courchaine, Jeff Ward, John McFarlane More Info

Friday, June 7: ENGLISH at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Lise Dyckman with Patti Cobb, Richard Page, Michelle Masek - English dancing for all - dance 7:30-10:00 More Info

Saturday, June 8: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Kelsey Hartman with Against the Grain: Sharon McCorkell, Susan Goodis, Ann Whitesell, Patti Bossert, Anita Baldwin More Info

Saturday, June 8: ENGLISH at St. John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Steve White with Jon Berger, Alicia Cover, Craig Johnson More Info

Sunday, June 9: ENGLISH at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Alan Winston with Mary Tabor, Robin Lockner, William Allen More Info

Wednesday, June 12: WOODSHED at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos. Maybe you? - Woodshed dance - now on Wednesdays. Callers and choreographers try out new material and get feedback. More Info

Upcoming Special Events

Sunday, Jun. 16 - Sunday, Jun. 23: Hey Days at Sonoma State. (ENGLISH/CAMP/SPECIAL) at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.
Hey Days (BACDS English Dance and Music Week) June 16-23 – a residential camp in the North Bay with English Country Dance, square dance, singing, a music track, and more. Staff includes Melissa Running, David Millstone, Bridget Whitehead (program director), more with Alchemy (Karen Axelrod, Eric Martin, Rachel Bell), Jeff Spero, Dave Langford, Jonathan Werk, more, Sound engineer Alan Roberts. Advance registration required; registration opens January 2; postmark lottery deadline February 1.

Sunday, Jun. 23 - Saturday, Jun. 29: BACDS Family Week (SPECIAL/CAMP) at Monte Toyon Camp in Aptos.
It's Family Week’s 31st year. The camp is a special place for families of all sizes, ages, and configurations. Bring your kids, your grandkids, your mom, or just yourself! Activities include circus arts, crafts, maypole dance and parade, Teddy Bear’s picnic, theater (maybe even a mummer's play…), instrumental and singing sessions, and of course, lots of dancing! Our newly revised website (https://bacds.org/familyweek/) has all the information about this year’s amazing staff, pricing, COVID policy, work-trade discounts, and of course, what sort of wonderful activities to expect. We can also be contacted at familyweek@bacds.org if you want to chat with someone about the details of our camp experiences.

Sunday, Jun. 30 - Friday, Jul. 5: BACDS American Dance and Music Week - advance registration required ( CONTRA/CAMP/SPECIAL ) at Quaker Center in Ben Lomond. Alexandra Deis-Lauby, Chris Page with Hayden Stern & Alex Sturbaum [WA], Potent Brew: Alex Sturbaum, Hayden Stern, George Paul, Ryan McKasson, Steve Kemble More Info

Friday, July 5: Special last dance of AmWeek blowout ( CONTRA/SPECIAL/CAMP ) at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Alexandra Deis-Lauby with Potent Brew, Hayden Stern & Alex Sturbaum [WA]: George Paul, Ryan McKasson, Steve Kemble, Alex Sturbaum, Hayden Stern - American Week blowout dance - AmWeek talent, open to the public, AmWeek campers included in their camp fee. Friday night! More Info

Friday, Aug. 16 - Sunday, Aug. 18: Balance the Bay Contra Dance Weekend ( CONTRA/CAMP/SPECIAL ) at Janet Pomeroy Center in San Francisco. Maia McCormick, Jacqui Grennan with Countercurrent, Riptide: Alex Sturbaum, Brian Lindsay, Alden Robinson, Owen Marshall, Baron Collins-Hill, Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg More Info

Monday, August 19: Special Monday-after-Balance-the-Bay dance ( CONTRA/SPECIAL ) at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Yoyo Zhou with Countercurrent: Alex Sturbaum, Brian Lindsay More Info

Saturday, October 26: Special Halloween Contra Dance ( CONTRA/SPECIAL ) at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Susan Petrick with Daniel Steinberg, Rodney Miller More Info

Saturday, November 9: Alan Winston's Birthday Ball ( ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Alan Winston with Tartan Suite: Patti Cobb, Caroline McCaskey, Thomas Dewey, Shira Kammen - For his 65th birthday, Alan Winston is putting together an evening of his own English dance choreographies, with fabulous music by Patti Cobb, Caroline McCaskey, Thomas Dewey and Shira Kammen - tunes by Rebecca King, Debbie Jackson, Patti Cobb, Larry Unger, and others. Dances are intermediate level; not the dance to attend if you've never done English dance before. Preview the dances on Friday the 8th in Palo Alto.

Tuesday, December 31: Special New Year's Eve contra dance - finishes with a toast after midnight ( CONTRA/SPECIAL ) at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Susan Petrick with Corwin Zekley & Grace Fellows [London]: Corwin Zekley, Grace Fellows More Info

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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.

BACDS welcomes people without regard for age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

BACDS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your tax-deductible donation will help us perform our mission. Thank you!

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About BACDS

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, North Bay Wine Country, 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!

BACDS
412 Winding Way
San Carlos, CA 94070

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 the Berkeley 4th Saturday experienced English (which is open to all on Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends).

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Want to get the latest news on BACDS events, performer changes, or hall updates? Join the bacds-announce email list.

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.

The Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 24, beginning at 5pm Pacific Time.

Board meetings are all held online, generally fourth Monday of the month from 5:00-7:00pm (but occasionally a different day/time depending on availability). Meetings are only scheduled at the previous meeting (when people's calendars are more filled in and it's possible to determine whether there'll be quorum) so we can't publish a full calendar, but the next scheduled date will generally appear right here.

Most of the board activity is in effectively enabling volunteers to run things (dances, camps), centralizing some policy decisions, and stewardship of organizational resources. Board meetings appoint people to positions, approve budgets and so on. For example, it needed a whole organizational overview and multiple policy and procedural changes to effectively implement electronic payments for regular dances. Most decisions about how dance series or dance camps are run and most responses to emergencies belong to the volunteers running the event.

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

BACDS community members may request an invitation to attend any given meeting, especially if you have business for the board, for which you should request an agenda spot as well as an invitation. If the board needs to go into executive session you may have to leave the meeting. To request an agenda spot and invitation, write to bacds-boardchair at bacds.org

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