In front of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Gather at 11:30am, three sets of roughly 45 minutes each with breaks in between. Open to spectators or Morris dancers and musicians who know the dances and tunes listed on the website. The Black and White Morris dance is by arrangement with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.
Brooke Friendly, Louise Siddons, Dave Macemon, more with Anna Patton, Betsy Branch, Dave Wiesler, Roguery (Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Dave Bartley, Anita Anderson) Sound engineer Brian Lindsay -- Hey Days (BACDS English Dance and Music Week), a residential camp in the North Bay with English Country Dance, display dance (Dartmoor Step Dance, rapper sword), singing, a music track, and more, put together by program director Bridget Whitehead. Advance registration required, postmark lottery deadline February 1. Camp is June 11 - 18
Multi-team morris performance beginning at noon in the Mission Santa Cruz Courtyard (including a land acknowledgement and collaborative performance with a local indigenous group). Then tour on Pacific Ave.
A weeklong camp held in the redwoods 12 miles east of Santa Cruz. A camp for families of all ages and sizes—contra, English, Québécois, and family dance classes, as well as lots of music (tutorials and performance!), singing, crafts, stilting, and games. It’s our 30th year of camp!
Staff this year: Yaelle Azoulay (French Canadian dance); Kelsey Hartman (contradance, teen dance, improv); Sharon Green (English country dance); Kalia Kliban (“mischief”); Julie James (emcee); Rhonda Cayford (rapper sword, programmer); Kelly Graham (kids’ dance, improv); Anne Goess (fiddle, singing); Nicolas Babineau (fiddle, guitar); M’Gilvry Allen (fiddle, teen tunes); Erik Hoffman (callers’ workshop); David Brown (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, concertina); David James (fiddle, guitar, mandolin); Jeffrey Spero (keyboards); Craig Johnson (accordion, piano); Lorraine Kostka (handcrafts); Emily Janssen (handcrafts); Bethany Ewers (Waldorf-inspired preschool, storyteller); Andy Wilson (stilting); Courtney Tolhurst (preschool and stilting); Stan Fowler (ropes course); Nick Cuccia (sound). Registration opens March 20!
When there are five Fridays in the month, the Palo Alto ECD series now includes an Advanced Dance.
These are dance parties for experienced dancers. Instruction will be streamlined (familiar dances will be walked-through, not carefully taught), and their programs can include some more complicated dances than are usually seen at our 1st Friday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays ECD series. There will be only a few new or complex dances on each 5th Friday evening, however - we're aiming for minimal teaching for maximum dance time.
We expect dancers attending these sessions to be unfazed by heys in different orientations, dolphin heys, double figure 8s, Mad Robin figures, etc. They may encounter double progression dances and triple minors, or sets in different configurations. Dancers should also be able to maintain their sense of orientation within the set.
(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.)