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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.BET--Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez (at Clipper), San Francisco. 2nd Saturday English dance, 7:30pm.
Friday, August 6
At the first Friday English dance in downtown Palo at MT, Bruce Hamilton makes an all-too-rare appearance to lead the dance, with the always-excellent music of Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka).
Saturday, August 7
The San Francisco contra at SF! David Newitt calls, with the music of Bay Area faves The Contrabandits (Kathrine Gardner, Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock, and Kit Nelson).
Sunday, August 8
& Second Sunday already? Time for the East Bay Square/Contra in El Cerrito at ECV. It all starts at 7pm, with Erik Hoffman calling, to the bluegrass-imbued sounds of The Earls (Ray Bierl, Alan Senauke and Marty Cutler)
Wednesday, August 11
The good news? They all play other instruments... The bad news? They may refuse to! The English dance at GNC features David Newitt (calling, concertina) with music by the all-accordion The Box Rebellion (Craig Johnson, Kathrine Gardner, Mark Carroll, Charlie Hancock).
Friday, August 13
The once-a-month Friday Berkeley contra at FIN features veterans Kirston Koths (calling), Kathrine Gardner (fiddle, accordion), Ray Bierl (fiddle), Craig Johnson (piano).
Saturday, August 14
The second Saturday contra in Palo Alto at PA, with series host Eric Black and Squeaky Wheel (Jim Oakden, Charlie Hancock, & Chuck Aronson)--a band that sounds a lot better than its name would imply.
There's English Country dancing in San Francisco once a month, and tonight's the night... in the Noe Valley district at BET. A caller yet to be named, with Mark Carroll, Kathrine Gardner, David Newitt.
Wednesday, August 18
The third Wednesday contra at GNC with genial Charlie Fenton calling and music by an Open Band led by Chris Knepper and Charlie Hancock.
Friday, August 20
The pleasures of the English Country Dance in downtown Palo Alto at MT: Bob Fraley calls, with the music of Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka).
Saturday, August 21
The San Francisco contra at SF: Charlie Fenton calls to Irish tunes galore from Tipsy House (Jack Gilder, Chris Knepper and Junji Shirota).
Sunday, August 22
& Fourth Sunday square/contra at ECV kicks off at 7pm, with series host Jim Saxe calling, and there's an Open Band led by Stump Tail Dog (Dan Engle & Ray Frank)
Wednesday, August 25
In Berkeley, the English dance at GNC features David Newitt, and music by the lyrical trio of David Strong, Judy Linsenberg, and Craig Johnson
Friday, August 27
The Friday San Francisco contra at SF, of course, with Jim Saxe and music by Craig Johnson and Kevin Carr
Saturday, August 28
The Palo Alto contra at PA features and Jim Saxe calling, with music by Craig Johnson & friends.
Up in Fairfax, the once-a-month contra at FCC holds forth with series host Stuart Moody and music by John & Iseult Caulfield, and Richard Mandell.
Finally, and wrapping up the month of August, the fourth Saturday experienced English dance at GNC in Berkeley, with David Newitt leading the dance, and music by Mark Carroll and Avis Minger.