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BACDS December 2009 Electronic 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.

BACDS Quarterly Calendar

All the dances, all the special events for January-March of 2010.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #80 - December 2009

BACDS' newsletter. Catch up on all the local dance news.  In this issue:

  • Take the Cure - Elixir is in Town January 14
  • Spring Fling (formally known as Spring Weekend)
  • Palo Alto Contra Dance Revitalization
  • I Thought I Knew How to Call (by Laila Lewis)
  • The President's Corner (by Jens Dill)
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • Other Notes
  • News from Family Week
  • Mendocino English Dance and Music Week (by Brooke Friendly)
  • Upcoming Winter Events

Dancer #80 PDF issue

The Avant Gardeners Xmas/New Year's tour

December 26, 2009 to January 2, 2010

The Avant Gardeners arrive in the Bay Area to provide fantastic tunes and tempos for our local dances.  The tour includes Palo Alto, Monterey, Berkeley, San Rafael, Hayward, Oakland, San Francisco, and finishes up in Petaluma.  Check out the flyer for details include the stellar list of callers for these dances.  Don't miss it!

New Year's Eve at the Palo Alto English -

December 31, 2009, in Palo Alto

Finish out the year with good cheer and good dancing at the Palo Alto English Country Dance.  Special location for this event, and check out the flyer for what's coming in 1st quarter of 2010.  Happy New Year!

Take the Cure - Elixir is coming to town

January 14, 2010, in Mountain View

Come enjoy a special night with this excellent New England contra dance band, featuring caller Nils Fredland.  This special event and location are sure to please.  Don't miss this special event sponsored by the friends of the Palo Alto Contra Dance.

Register for the Spring Fling Dance Weekend

March 19-21, 2010, Aptos

Have you heard about the new BACDS Spring Dance Weekend?  With parallel all-American and all-English dance tracks, you can do one or the other or mix it up at your choice.  We'll also be focusing on real workshops about style, technique, and those little flourishes to delight newcomer and experience dancers alike.  Check out the flyer, go to the website, and sign-up for the discussion list to help say what YOU want at camp.

Register for the Playford Ball

March 27, 2010, San Jose

It's the season's high event for English Country Dance.  Celebrate the return of Brad Foster to the Bay Area for this event, and enjoy our new elegant location at the San Jose Women's Club.  And check out the pre-ball workshops on March 6, 7, and 14, as well as the "rehearsal" dance on March 26.  But wait - we have a special treat.  You can also read some private letters of correspondence about this elegant affaire.

Save the date for the Chuck Ward Award Ceremony

March 28, 2010, Berkeley

The CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award is going to one of our local treasures - Chuck Ward.  Check out this afternoon of music, song, dance, tributes to Chuck, and tales of his musical pranks and escapades.

Save the dates for the American Week

July 3-10, 2010, Mendocino

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

Save the dates for English Week

July 10-17, 2010, Mendocino

Come prepared to participate in an English dance 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. 

Looking for more places to dance?

We've compiled a list of Contra and English country dance venues that we know of in the area and put them on easy to use summary with an at-a-glance look at the dancing month.  Check 'em out (and let us know if we missed any)!

BACDS Membership Form

Memberships are now good for 12 months from the date you join. To help us distribute membership renewals evenly over the year, you can sign up for a short-term membership this year only at a special rate of $2 per month

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