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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.
Bold dates in brackets indicate the revision date for entries updated from the printed calendar.
Saturday, February 2
Out in San Francisco's Sunset district (at SF), Seattle caller John Gallagher calls contras with music by those The Guppies (Kathrine Gardner, Jim Oakden and Craig Johnson).
Wednesday, February 6
Every Wednesday, there's dancing at GNC in Berkeley. For tonight's contra, Elizabeth Douglas is your caller, with music by The KJammers (Kathrine Gardner, Dan Kluger, Mark Kartman).
Friday, February 8
The 2nd Friday Berkeley contra at FIN is on the early side this month, but features Kirston Koths calling with music by the amazing duo Stump Tail Dog (Dan Engle & Ray Frank).
Saturday, February 9
The Palo Alto contra at PA features Lynne Ackerson calling, with music by the trio Luceo (Lee Anne Welch, Rebecca King, & Karl Franzen).
The once-a-month San Francisco English dance takes place in Noe Valley at BET starting at 7:30. Lise Dyckman will teach you all you need to know, Kathrine Gardner, Ruth Temple and Craig Johnson provide the music. Before the dance, we'll be meeting at a nearby restaurant at 6pm (not only a chance to socialize, but it's much easier to park then). For more details, call 415/430-1269 x3293.
Sunday, February 10
& Did you know BACDS sponsors square and contra dancing in a single series? Come check it out at the 2nd Sunday El Cerrito dance at ECV, starting at 7pm. Series host Jim Saxe will be calling tonight, with fine Southern tunes by Judy Stavely, and Dan & Karen Warrick.
Wednesday, February 13
The second Wednesday English dance at GNC, with special guest caller Tom Roby and music by Jon Berger, Dick Bagwell, Chuck Ward. Don't miss it!
Friday, February 15
Third Friday already? That means it's time for the Palo Alto English dance at MT. Bob Fraley calls, with music by Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka) .
Saturday, February 16
The San Francisco contra, at SF, of course. Charlie Fenton is your caller, with music by an intriguingly-named trio of great musicians: Driving With Fergus (Chris Knepper, Vince Wolfe, Lewis Santer).
Wednesday, February 20
Wednesday Berkeley contra at GNC, featuring the inimitable Erik Hoffman calling, with music by an Open Band led by Three O'Clock Shadow (Erik Hoffman, Chris Grampp and Adam Cavan).
Friday, February 22
The fourth Friday San Francisco contra takes place at SF in the Sunset District just south of Golden Gate Park. Erik Hoffman calls, with music by those swamis of syncopation: Swing Farm (Ray Bierl, Charlie Hancock & Steven Strauss).
Saturday, February 23
The Palo Alto contra at PA has series host Eric Black calling, with wonderful Irish tunes by the trio of Tipsy House (Jack Gilder, Chris Knepper and Richard Mandel).
Berkeley's fourth Saturday English dance for experienced dancers at GNC features Tom Roby calling with the quartet of Charlie Hancock, Avis Minger, Anise Feldman and Robert Hill.
Sunday, February 24
The Playford Ball is drawing nigh, and this afternoon is the first of three Playford Ball Workshops, giving anyone interested a chance to run through the dances on this year's program. David Newitt will walk through the dances and teach some of the finer points, Charlie Hancock & friends will provide the music. It's from 2 to 5pm at ECV, admission is $7. Stay for potluck supper and the El Cerrito Contra & Squares later that evening.
& ... And it's not just a regular dance at ECV: it's the 11th anniversary of the series, with the far-famed Cavalcade of Callers (many of your local favorites) calling, and music by the community band Hell Broke Loose in Berkeley (musicians--contact Kathrine Gardner at 650-726-3495 to join the band). As noted above, there's a potluck dinner beforehand at 5:30.
Wednesday, February 27
[12/31] When we say every Wednesday there's dancing in Berkeley at GNC, we mean it--but tonight's dance, the last one in February, got left off the printed calendar as it was being assembled. There will be a fourth Wednesday English dance: Bob Fraley will be calling with music with music by an Open Band led by David Strong, Judy Linsenberg, and Craig Johnson.
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