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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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Today's Dances!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Ric Goldman [OR] with Open band led by Janette Duncan, Barbara Hamm, Shelby Riddle  More Info

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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Ric Goldman [OR] with Open band led by Janette Duncan, Barbara Hamm, Shelby Riddle  More Info

Friday, October 19, 2018: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Lise Dyckman with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Daniel Soussan, Mark Daly) with Lizzie Jones, Paul Kostka, William Allen  More Info


Friday, October 19-Sunday, October 21, 2018: ENGLISH/CAMP/SPECIAL/WEEKEND at Monte Toyon Camp in Aptos. Beverly Francis [OH], Brad Foster [MA], Carol Friedman, Doug Olsen, Kalia Kliban, Sharon Green with Charlie Hancock, David Mostardi, Emily O’Brien [MA], Jim Oakden, Jon Berger, Rebecca King, Shira Kammen. Fall   Frolick English & Display Dance Weekend — Pre-registration required. Financial assistance available. See www.BACDS.org/fallfrolick for links to registration flyer & more.  More Info

Saturday, October 20, 2018: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Jean Gorrindo [SLO] with Pepperjack (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Ian McLaughlin [WA], Scott Jespersen)  More Info

Sunday, October 21, 2018: CONTRA at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Jean Gorrindo with Rodney Miller Band (Rodney Miller, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg)—Intro at 2:30, Dance 3-6pm  More Info

Wednesday, October 24, 2018: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Sharon Green with Open band led by Audrey Knuth, Christopher Jacoby, Charlie Hancock  More Info


Saturday, October 27, 2018: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Kalia Kliban & Special Ghosts with Chris Knepper, Will Wheeler, Christopher Jacoby — 38th Annual BACDS Hallowe'en Costume Ball, 8pm-midnight. Special Price: $16/$14/$8. Wear a danceable costume and compete for the Ron Award. Refreshments provided, potluck contributions welcome. www.BACDS.org/Halloween  More Info

Saturday, October 27, 2018: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Beverly Francis [OH] with Bill Jensen, Judy Linsenberg, Maggie Moore—7:30–10:30 for experienced dancers  More Info

PRICES
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

Friday, October 19-Sunday, October 21, 2018: ENGLISH/CAMP/SPECIAL/WEEKEND: Monte Toyon Camp, Near Aptos. . Beverly Francis [OH], Brad Foster [MA], Carol Friedman, Doug Olsen, Kalia Kliban, Sharon Green with music by Charlie Hancock, David Mostardi, Emily O’Brien [MA], Jim Oakden, Jon Berger, Rebecca King, Shira Kammen. Fall   Frolick English & Display Dance Weekend — Pre-registration required. Financial assistance available. See www.BACDS.org/fallfrolick for links to registration flyer & more.

Saturday, October 27, 2018: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Kalia Kliban & Special Ghosts with music by Chris Knepper, Will Wheeler, Christopher Jacoby — 38th Annual BACDS Hallowe'en Costume Ball, 8pm-midnight. Special Price: $16/$14/$8. Wear a danceable costume and compete for the Ron Award. Refreshments provided, potluck contributions welcome. www.BACDS.org/Halloween

Saturday, November 17, 2018: ENGLISH/SPECIAL at Hillside Club in Berkeley. Graham Christian [MA], Sharon Green, Kalia Kliban, Mary Luckhardt with music by Shira Kammen, Judy Linsenberg, Bill Skeen, Katherine Heater — “18 dances from 1718” English Ball (sold out) More Info

Sunday, December 2, 2018: CONTRA/SPECIAL at Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland. Lindsey Dono [Seattle] with music by 31st Annual No Snow Ball with The Offbeats (Ben Schreiber [MO], Ashley Broder, Jeff Spero [both SoCal])  - Special Day, Time, Location, & Price: 6-10PM, $20-$30 Sliding Scale  -  Your potluck contributions are appreciated  -  To welcome and include everyone in this dance, the caller will be using the terms Larks and Ravens More Info

Sunday, December 30, 2018: CONTRA/SPECIAL at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Jacqui Grennan [SoCal] with music by Rodney Miller, Jeff Spero [SoCal]—4–7:15pm. Zesty! $2 extra

Monday, December 31, 2018: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Andy Shore with music by Pepperjack (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Ben Graubart [SoCal], Scott Jespersen) New Year's Eve Contra Dance! 8 PM-12:15 AM $20, $16 (members), $10 (student/low-income) or pay what you can. Ring out the old year and waltz in the new! Potluck contributions welcome to supplement the provided refreshments.

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, 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!

Consider making a tax-deductible donation

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 the Berkeley 4th Saturday experienced English (which is open to all on Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends), and the Hayward 5th Sunday zesty contra.

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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 bacds.org or bacds-boardchair at bacds.org

The next Board meeting will be on November 15, 2018

For info, send email to bacds-boardchair@bacds.org. 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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