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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 Dance:

Wednesday, July 17: WOODSHED at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos. Maybe you? More Info

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 17: WOODSHED at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos. Maybe you? More Info

Thursday, July 18: CONTRA at Christ Church East Bay in Berkeley. Erik Hoffman with Community Band (contact Erik Hoffman for details) More Info

Friday, July 19: San Francisco Free Folk Festival with Berkeley Morris (MORRIS) - We’ll be teaching a class at the SF Free Folk Festival!

Thursday, July 25: ENGLISH at Christ Church East Bay in Berkeley. Bruce Hamilton with Jon Berger, Judy Linsenberg, Patti Cobb - English dancing for all - newcomer lesson at 7:25; dance 7:45-10:00 More Info

Saturday, July 27: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Warren Blier with Little Big Band: Bob Silberstein, Marta Lynch More Info

Sunday, July 28: ONLINE/ENGLISH at online in the cloud. Kalia Kliban with Recorded Music by Odd Sundays Garage Band and others More Info

Thursday, August 1: CONTRA at Christ Church East Bay in Berkeley. TBA with TBA More Info

Friday, August 2:
DIFFERENT LOCATION! For Aug. 2 (& Aug. 30) we will dance at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park (Lehman Hall). Alan Winston calls, with Michelle Masek, Robin Lockner, & Thomas Dewey. All experience levels (including none) are welcome.

Upcoming Special Events

Saturday, August 10: Another Jane Austen Ball ( REGENCY/ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at Odd Fellows True Fellowship Lodge #52 in San Jose. Alan Winston with Divertimento Dance Orchestra: James Langdell, Paul Kostka, William Allen…and friends - An English Regency Ball in San Jose, featuring country dances and waltzes. Period costume admired not required, formal or festive wear requested. Highly accesible dances in a handsome room with a good floor and air-conditioning. More Info
Presented by the Bay Area English Regency Society and the San Jose Odd Fellows (True Fellowship Lodge #52).

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, August 24: Family Week Family Dance ( FAMILY/SPECIAL ) at Christ Church East Bay in Berkeley. Kelsey Hartman with Anne Goess, Craig Johnson, Richard Page - An afternoon dance party for the whole family, all ages welcome! Simple easy-to-learn dances from American and the British Isles folk traditions including circle dances and singing games. 2:00-4:00. At break we'll have a short mummers play and a juggling demo, as well as an “instrument petting zoo” so that kids (and adults) can find out more about the musical instruments we use.

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, Ezra Warren Steinberg, Paul Kotapish 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!

Calendars for Current and Past and Future Months / Acrobat Printable Calendars / Flyers from current mailing / About BACDS / Code of Conduct / COVID Safety Guidelines

Want a customized listing of dances at a given location or featuring a particular style, caller, band, or musician? Want to see all scheduled events? Use our convenient dancefinder tool!


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!

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).

Sign up for Electronic Flyers and help save paper! Check out the current electronic mailing for links to flyers, website pages, and Facebook groups.

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 or
bacds-boardchair at

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

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