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BACDS June 2011 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

See all the dances and special events for July-September of 2011.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #86 - June 2011

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

  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Fenton!
  • Woodshed Dance Series: A Practice Venue for Callers and Musicians (by Alan Winston)
  • Contra College 2011: A Focus on Learning (by Joyce Fortune)
  • Memorial Dance for Patsy Bolt (by Sharon Green)
  • San Francisco Contra Summer Line-Up (by Ellen Eagan)
  • Balance the Bay
  • Special Summer Dances (by Bill Ward)
  • The President's Corner (by Jens Dill)
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • Upcoming Events

Dancer #86 PDF issue

Summer and Fall at the Berkeley Experienced English series

Saturday, June 25, 2011 (and more), Berkeley

Less teach - more dance!  We have a collection of callers and dances just for you.  Our first summer session features the renowned Michael Barraclough from Virginia!  See you there.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26, 2011, San Francisco

The San Francisco Free Folk Festival is a 2-day weekend event that offers music and dance workshops, performers on three stages, jams, and a family program.  It is open to all at no charge (though donations will be gratefully accepted).

American Week special dances for July

July 1-10, 2011

We're surrounding our American Week camp (see below), with a number of special events for your dancing pleasure to showcase camp staff:

  • Friday, July 1 - Will Mentor and The Avant Gardeners, Santa Cruz
  • Saturday, July 2 - Erik Weberg and Hammer & String, San Francisco
  • Friday, July 8, - all bands and callers at the post-AmWeek blowout, Palo Alto
  • Saturday, July 9 - Will Mentor and Crowfoot, Palo Alto
  • Sunday, July 10 - Will Mentor and Hammer & String, San Rafael

Special July Dances PDF flyer

American Week - new location, same great fun!

Sunday-Friday, July 3-8, 2011, La Honda

Celebrate and share your passions for music and dance during this week long camp in the Coastal Woodlands of Northern California (yet only a short drive from the Bay Area Peninsula) offering a kaleidoscope of dance, music, and learning experiences wrapped in serious fun and heartfelt camaraderie.

Family Week

Sunday-Saturday, July 3-9, 2011, Sonora

Join us for six full days of dancing, music, crafts, swimming, games and too much fun at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School near Sonora, Ca.

Summer ECD in San Francisco

2nd Saturdays: July 9, August 13, September 10, 2011, San Francisco

Join us on 2nd Saturdays for this gathering of fyne companions enjoying English Country Dance.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Fenton

Saturday, July 16, 2011, San Francisco

Come join this dance celebration of one of our village elders!  It's a "thank you" for over 30 years of volunteering and contributions to the Bay Area Dance community, featuring some of Charlie's favorite bands and callers.

Patsy Bolt Memorial dance

Sunday, July 24, 2011, Palo Alto

Earlier this year, we lost Patsy Bolt - English dancer, morris dancer with Mayfield and Bufflehead, morris musician, and much more.  Join us 2-5p for this afternoon memorial dance put together to celebrate Patsy and those activities she loved. 

Special August Bonus dances featuring Balance the Bay staff   

August 11-15, 2011

Come out and enjoy fun from the Balance the Bay staff before and after the event:

  • Thursday, August 11 - Steve Zakon-Anderson and The Groovemongers, San Rafael
  • Sunday, August 14 - Steve Zakon-Anderson and The Groovemongers, San Francisco
  • Monday, August 15 - Deb Comly and Contra Sutra, Palo Alto

August Bonus dances PDF flyer

Come to Balance the Bay, San Francisco's own Contra Dance Weekend

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14, 2011 in San Francisco.

Join us at the Janet Pomeroy Center on Skyline Drive, between the SF Zoo and Lake Merced, just a short walk from the ocean.  Experience the cool of summer in San Francisco.  It features callers Steve Zakon-Anderson and Deb Comley, music by The Groovemongers and Contra Sutra, Waltzing, Couple Dances, Advanced Contra Medleys, and a Saturday Supper with all your new friends.

English Week is full!

Saturday-Saturday, August 21-28, 2011, Healdsburg

This year's camp, Hey Days is completely full and has a waiting list.  But we'll still let you see the latest news:

L.A.'s 11th Annual Playford-to-Present Ball

Saturday, October 1, 2011, South Pasadena

This year's Los Angeles Playford Ball features caller James Hutson and Bay Area musicians Jon Berger, Eric Ievins, Shira Kammen, and Michelle Levy for a very special string quartet evening of English Country Dance.  Local hospitality is available!

Fall Frolick

Friday-Sunday, October 14-16, 2011, Aptos

Fall Frolick is a primarily all-English country and display (morris/sword, etc) dance weekend, with a strong music and singing track.  It provides a wonderful opportunity for dancers, callers, and musicians to explore the extraordinary range of these dance styles with wonderful teachers and splendid musicians in a glorious setting.

Contra College returns!

Friday-Sunday, November 11-13, 2011, Palo Alto

This year's Contra College is an urban teaching weekend focusing on assisting new(er) and intermediate dancers in building skills and confidence in contra dance.  Experienced dance might come and help out, bring a less experienced friend or learn the other gender role.  Susan Petrick calls and teaches with a variety of local musicians.

Save the date for Fall Ball

Saturday, November 19, 2011, San Mateo

Fall Ball is pleased and excited to have Nicolas Broadbridge from the UK as this year's Dancing Master this year.  You won't want to miss this event!

Looking for more places to dance?

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

Are you a BACDS member?

Our "rolling" memberships are now good for 12 months from the date you join so you can start enjoying the benefits today.  Be the envy of all your friends, and help support the dance community!

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