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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.
There's also English dancing in San José at SJS. The mighty duo of Jody McGeen and Alan Winston teach you all you need to know, with moving music by Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff, Susan and Stanley Kramer).
Friday, March 5
It's the downtown Palo Alto English dance at MT, Lise Dyckman joins Bob Fraley in calling; music by the Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer) .
Saturday, March 6
A special treat at the SF contra (at SF)--the amazing North Carolina trio Footloose (Andrea Hoag, Pete Campbell and David DiGiuseppe) join caller Charlie Fenton for a rollicking evening of contras.
Sunday, March 7
The Playford Ball comes once a year (at the end of this very month, in fact), so it's time to nail those dances. Thus this, the second Ball workshop, this time in San Mateo at CCH at 2pm. David Newitt will teach all of what's on the program, music by Kathrine Gardner and Craig Johnson.
Wednesday, March 10
At the Wednesday Berkeley English dance at GNC, you get a sort of mini-Playford preview: ball leader David Newitt calls, with music by 60% of this year's quintet--Charlie Hancock, Judy Linsenberg and Danny Carnahan.
Friday, March 12
The Berkeley contra at FIN--Kirston Koths calls, music by Massachusetts' Jim Guinness, plus local faves Ray Bierl and Charlie Hancock. Wow!
Saturday, March 13
The 2nd Saturday SF English dance at BET starts at 7:30pm. Alan Winston is your caller, music by Jon Berger, David Newitt and friends.
That wonderful Palo Alto contra at PA: Andy Wilson calls, with music by Ray Bierl, Jim Guinness and Charlie Hancock.
Sunday, March 14
The East Bay square/contra kicks off at 7pm, and features Charlie Hancock, Bobbi Nikles and Jim Guinness.
Wednesday, March 17
Special St. Paddy's contradance at GNC! Special guest Larry Ungar (a mighty Massachussetts musician) and Kevin Carr and Paul Kotapish. Believe it or not, there's a Potato Dish Potluck, $7.
You say you don't want to be Irish? Come to the English dance in San José at SJS. Jody McGeen and Alan Winston call, with music by Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff, Stanley and Susan Kramer).
Friday, March 19
Palo Alto's English dance at "MT". Bob Fraley is your caller, music by those Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Stanley and Susan Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka).
BACDS' Spring Weekend runs from Friday night through Sunday afternoon at Monte Toyon. Great callers: Scott Higgs, Sue Rosen and Laurie Andres, with music by the Rhythm Rollers with Bob McQuillen, Uncle Gizmo and Chuck Ward and Janette Duncan. Call 650/326-3665 for more information.
Saturday, March 20
A classic SF contra (at SF): Kirston Koths calls to the music of the Hillbillies from Mars (Daniel Steinberg, Kevin Carr, Paul Kotapish and Ray Bierl).
Wednesday, March 24
At Berkeley's fourth Wednesday English dance at GNC, Lise Dyckman calls to the music of Chuck Ward, Avis Minger and Dick Bagwell.
Friday, March 26
The San Francisco contra at SF: Ken Olcott is your caller, music by Boston's Larry Unger, Kevin Carr and Daniel Steinberg.
The third and final Playford Ball Review dance at San Mateo's CCH. The mystery deepens as dances are taught by "The Usual Suspects" (don't know who they are, but it should be should be quite the line-up), and music by Ruth Anne Fraley, Stan and Susan Kramer and David Newitt. Only $6.
Saturday, March 27
The Playford Ball at the majestic SRT in Oakland. Detective David Newitt leads you through "A Little Mystery", accompanied by fine dancing and wonderful food. And the music--Judy Linsenberg, David Mostardi, Danny Carnahan, Shira Kammen and Charlie Hancock. Not to be missed by devotees of the English dance. Cost is $23 ($28 after March 8th); call 650/326-3665 for more information.
The English dance at GNC has been cancelled for the night--go to the Ball!
The fourth Saturday Fairfax contra returns to its usual haunts--FCC in Fairfax. Series meister Stuart Moody calls to the music of 42 (John and Iseult Caulfield and Elisa Welch)
The rollicking Palo Alto contra features Kirston Koths calling with three outstanding musicians: Larry Unger from Boston, Kevin Carr and Paul Kotapish.
Sunday, March 28
& The East Bay square/contradance starts at 7pm at ECV. The mighty old timey sound of Claudia Greene Anastasio, Linda Wilson (both ex-Bay Area folks who migrated to Seattle) and the inimitable Dan Warrick. Genial Jim Saxe is your caller.
Wednesday, March 31
The 5th Wednesday East Bay contra at GNC, which means Open Callers and Open Band. Erik Hoffman coordinates the callers (contact him at 510/444-4397 if you want a slot), music led by Three O'Clock Shadow Erik Hoffman, Chris Grampp and Adam Cavan).
San José English at SJS. Jody McGeen and Alan Winston call to the sublime music by Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff, Susan and Stanley Kramer).
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...and Happy Dancing!