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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.
Friday, January 4
The first Friday Palo Alto English dance! It takes place at MT with Bob Fraley teaching all you need to know (and a beginner's welcome session at 7:30). Music by Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka) .
Saturday, January 5
San Francisco contra at (of course) SF. Eric Black calls, to the delightful and decidedly Irish music of Tipsy House (Jack Gilder, Chris Knepper and Junji Shirota).
Wednesday, January 9
Every Wednesday there's dancing at GNC, and tonight it's an English dance with Lise Dyckman leading the dance, with music by Shira Kammen, Ruth Temple, and Craig Johnson.
Friday, January 11
The once-a-month Berkeley Friday contra at FIN, with series host Kirston Koths calling to the music of Charlie Hancock, Chris Knepper, Paul Kotapish.
Saturday, January 12
Southern music in South Palo Alto? Come check out the Palo Alto contra at PA with Eric Black calling to the hot tunes of The Barnburners (Stephanie Prausnitz, Evie Ladin, Dan Warrick).
Up in San Francisco, the SF English dance at BET features Bob Fraley teaching the dances, with music by Stanley and Susan Kramer, and Bill Jensen. This dance starts at 7:30, and there's a tradition to meet beforehand at 6pm at a local restaurant. (It not only promotes community, but parking is lots easier earlier on!) If you're interested in coming to the pre-dance dinner, call 415/430-1269 x3293 for more details or to reserve a spot.
Sunday, January 13
HAMBO! Erik Hoffman, long time caller who has taught many couple dance workshops, will offer an intensive class in how to do the hambo, a popular Scandinavian couple dance that's customarily done just after the break at almost every contra. The workshop will be held from 4 to 5:30pm in El Cerrito at ECV and is followed by the regular Square and Contra dance at 7pm. Music by the The KJammers (Kathrine Gardner, Dan Kluger, Mark Kartman). $7 admission (members $6) with a $1 discount for dancers attending both the workshop and the evening dance which follows.
& The 2nd Sunday Square and Contra dance starts at 7pm at ECV. Erik Hoffman will call, with music by the The KJammers (Kathrine Gardner, Dan Kluger, Mark Kartman) $1 discount if you attend the Hambo workshop which precedes the dance (see above).
Wednesday, January 16
Berkeley contra at GNC with Erik Hoffman calling to an Open Band led by The Hippie-Billies (Dan Levenson, Jennifer Gallagher, Ted Garber, Pat Garber, all from Ohio). Musicians, please bring your instruments and join in!
Friday, January 18
The Friday English dance in Downtown Palo Alto 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, January 19
The third Saturday contra in SF. Charlie Fenton calls, with music by the hot new North Bay group Flashpoint (Jon Berger, Howard Booster, and Rebecca King).
Sunday, January 20
CEILI Ceili dancing might be thought of as England's answer to contradance, and BACDS is running several ceili dances over the next few months. The dances are simple to learn, energetic, and a lot of fun! This one's held at 7pm at GNC in Berkeley. Bruce Hamilton will teach you all you need to know, with music by Uncle Jack's Tie-Dyed Ramblers (Rob Powell and friends).
Wednesday, January 23
... and for a great English country dance, come to GNC and dance to the wonderful Alan Winston with music by an Open Band led by the dynamic trio of Danny Carnahan, Avis Minger, and Charlie Hancock.
Friday, January 25
The fourth Friday SF contra at SF keeps you dancing with caller (and series-host) Charlie Fenton and tunes supplied by The Contra Bandits (Kathrine Gardner, Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock, and Kit Nelson) .
Saturday, January 26
Monterey maestro Warren Blier comes on up to Palo Alto (PA, to be exact), and calls an evening of contras to the tunes of the The Hippie-Billies (Dan Levenson, Jennifer Gallagher, Ted Garber, Pat Garber, all from Ohio).
The Berkeley experienced English dance at GNC. The versatile and talented David Newitt calls to the intriguing trio of Craig Johnson, Danny Carnahan, and Erin Vang.
Border Morris Join us for special workshops in border morris dance with Graham Taylor from England, sponsored by BACDS' FFL Morris. Today's workshop is at the Carriage House, Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave, Atherton, noon to 6pm, $10. Try out this exciting form of dancing. If you have any English Country, Contra, Morris, or International folk dance experience, you can certainly do this. And even if you don't, you'll be surprised how quickly you can learn, and how much fun it is. For details, maps, and more info: http://rgoldman.org/morris/borderworkshops.htm.
Sunday, January 27
The last square and contra dance in January takes place in El Cerrito at ECV, starting at 7pm. Series host Jim Saxe calls, with music by an Open Band led by the amazing duo Stump Tail Dog (Dan Engle & Ray Frank).
Border Morris The second of two standalone workshops (see listing for the first, on Saturday, January 26, for more information). Today's is at Alameda School of Dance, 1402 Park Street, from noon to 6pm, $10.
Wednesday, January 30
As is customary on fifth Wednesdays, at GNC in Berkeley is an Open Callers' Night, contact Erik Hoffman, 510/444-4397 or email@example.com, if you want to call a dance. Music for the evening will by by an Open Band, of course, led by Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock, and Erik Hoffman.
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