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Bay Area Country Dance Society Winter 2008 Mailing

BACDS sponsors English and American traditional dances in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is fun, relatively easy, community-oriented dancing with live music. All dances are taught, no partner is necessary, and first-timers are welcome unless otherwise noted.

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BACDS Quarterly Calendar

(Jan-Mar 2008): A listing of BACDS events for the current quarter.

Bay Area Country Dancer

BACDS' newsletter. Catch up on all the local dance news.

BACDS 28th Annual Monte Toyon Spring Weekend Dance Camp

Friday-Sunday,March 14-16, 2008

Join us at our annual Spring Dance Weekend at Monte Toyon in Aptos California - a beautiful retreat in the redwoods just outside of Santa Cruz. The weekend is filled with dance and music workshops, dance parties, singing sessions, music jams, and more! All ages and dance abilities are welcome.

Dance Teachers: Lynn Ackerson (CA) ~ Nils Fredland (NH) ~ David Newitt (CA)
Musicians: The Figments and Moving Violations; Jon Berger and Chuck Ward from Sonoma County
Special guest band ~ The Bristol Players from the UK
Song Leader: Carlo Calabi (CA) ~ Sound Tech: Marty Brenneis (CA)

The Bristol Players West Coast Tour

March 14-29, 2008

Edward Jay and Fiona Barrow, a multi-talented duo from the southwest of England, will swing through the Bay Area in March - March 14-16 2008: Spring weekend; March 19: English Country Dance (Mountain View); March 20: Barn Dance (Oakland); March 22: Experienced English Country Dance (Berkeley); March 26: English Country Dance (Berkeley); March 28: Contra (SF); March 29 Contra (Palo Alto).

Playford Ball: A Continental Excursion

Saturday, March 29, 2008

This will be the 26th annual BACDS Playford Ball, an elegant evening of English country dance and music, delectable food, and good cheer. Check the schedule for other Playford events throughout March!

Dance Master Alisa Dodson and music by Rebecca King, Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, and Danny Carnahan.

San Francisco Contra Weekend - Balance the Bay

Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, 2008

Come dance with us in the City by the Bay! We're excited to offer San Francisco's first Contra Dance and Music Weekend: Balance the Bay. This non-residential urban weekend offers all the amenities of the city, with dancing and workshops in a relaxed, friendly and enjoyable environment, featuring calling by Carol Ormand and Lynn Ackerson with music by Lift Ticket and The Crabapples.

BACDS' 15th Anniversary Family Week

July 5-12, 2008

Looking for a fun-filled week of dance, song, crafts, and activities for families of all sizes and ages? BACDS Family Week is the camp for you. Its program includes both age-specific and age-neutral activities, and is the ideal activity for families of all sizes (including families of one). For more information about the most recent camp's program and schedule, please visit the camp website.

BACDS Family Week enjoys its second year at Foothill Horizons camp in Sonora in 2008, July 5-12!

American Dance and Music Week: A Unique Moment in Time

July 5-12 2008

Celebrate and share your passions for music and dance during this week long camp in the Mendocino Woodlands which offers a kaleidoscope of dance, music and learning experiences wrapped in serious fun and heartfelt camaraderie.

OUTSTANDING MUSIC: Moving Violations, Notorious, Yet-to-be-named-band (Dave Langford, Bill Tomczak, Mike Murphy, Ann Percival)
CONTRAS AND SQUARES: Lisa Greenleaf and Carol Ormand
COUPLE DANCING: >Valerie Williams
CLOGGING: Judy Erickson
SOUND: Marty Brenneis

BACDS English Dance Week

July 12-19 2008

The BACDS English Dance Week offers still another wonderful year at the historic Mendocino Woodlands Camp. Come prepared to participate in a camp experience that has been exhilarating campers for more than 20 years!  Spend your days going from class to class beneath the soaring redwoods, learning new skills and polishing old, and spend your nights dancing to glorious music in a hall full of friends.  The 2008 staff includes:

English Country Dance

  •  Bruce Hamilton, internationally recognized English country dance teacher
  •  Joanna Reiner, English and Scottish country dancing
  •  Program director Brooke Friendly, English and Scottish country dancing

Display Dance

  • Judy Erickson, of Orion Longsword, longsword and Scottish hard shoe
  • Alistair Brown, rapper sword and border morris

Musicians: Peter Barnes (piano, winds); Jon Berger (fiddle, melodeon); Doug Creighton (concertina, flute); Earl Gaddis (violin, viola); Debbie Jackson (piano); Shira Kammen (fiddle, singing); Jim Oakden (winds, strings, and more); Lisa Scott (piano)

For more information, call (415) 282-7374 or (650) 965-9169.

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