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BACDS June 2012 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 April-June of 2012.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #90 - June 2012

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

  • It's Time to Sign Up for Summer Camps
  • Plan to Attend: Contra College 2012 (by Les Addison)
  • Balance the Bay 2012: Update (by Balance the Bay Committee)
  • Fall Frolick 2012: Calling All English Dancers from Coast to Coast (by Sharon Green)
  • Berkeley Morris 2012 Season (by Beth Bergen)
  • Why I love our BACDS Playford Ball Committee (by Jody Distler-Dill)
  • Spring Fever Starts Early (by Ric Goldman)
  • Palo Alto Contra Dance History (by Ric Goldman and Eric Black)
  • What Family Week Means to Me (by Kathrine Gardner)
  • American Dance and Music Camp in the Redwoods (by Eric Black)
  • Doug Plummer Teaches Dance Photography at American Week
  • Hey Days English Dance and Music Week - another sold out year! (by Heather MacKay)
  • The President's Corner (by Jens Dill)
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • Fall Ball is off and Running (by Ric Goldman)
  • Remembering Bob Tidd (by Mary Luckhardt)
  • Upcoming Events

Dancer #90 PDF issue

San Francisco Contra Summer

Starting Saturday, June 2, 2012, San Francisco

The San Francisco Contra has a new programmer and a new attitude. Check out our line-up for the summer months, including special dances with travelling bands and summer camp staff.  It's always a good time!

San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10, 2012, 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).

Notorious tours the Bay Area

June 14-24, 2012

The fabulous Notorious (Eden MacAdam Somer, Larry Unger) will play contra dances (San Rafael, Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Hayward), a dance weekend (Faultline Frolic in Santa Rosa), and house concerts (San Rafael, Oakland, Davis). Enjoy them, dancing or listening!  (Thanks to our friends at NBCDS for making this tour possible.)

American Week bonus dances

June 30-July 8, 2012

Check out these special dances with American Week staff in Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Rafael. And don't forget to sign up for camp - there's still room.

Thinking about summer camps?

You should.  We're already planning for lots of fun at our week-long summer camps:

Palo Alto Summer English dances

Starting Friday, July 6, 2012, Palo Alto

Enjoy summer dancing at the Palo Alto ECD series, and don't forget our special dance with English Week caller Paul Ross on August 17.

Balance the Bay

Friday-Sunday, August 10-12, 2012, San Francisco

Join us for San Francisco's own Contra Dance weekend 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! Enjoy music by The Great Bear Trio (Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, and Kim Yerton) and Joyride (George Penk, Erik Weberg, Sue Songer,and Jeff Kerssen-Griep), calling by George Marshall and Bev Bernbaum, waltzing, couple dances, advanced contra medley and Saturday dinner on-site with all your new & old friends. Registration is open!  Sign up now!

Playford-to-the-Present Ball - Register now!

Saturday, October 6, 2012, Pasadena

Head south for the 12th annual Southern California Playford-to-the-Present English Country Dance Ball at the lovely Pasadena Scottish Rite Temple, with Dance Master Ric Goldman and music by The Syncopaths (Ryan McKasson, Ashley Broder, Jeffrey Spero, Christa Burch).  The event is sponsored by the California Dance Cooperative and the Culver City English Country Dance.

Fall Frolick

Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 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.

Matriculate to Contra College!

Saturday-Sunday, November 10-11, 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 17, 2011, San Mateo

Fall Ball is pleased and excited to have Melissa Running (Silver Spring, Maryland) as this year's Dancing Master this year.  You won't want to miss this event!

Join us for the 26th Annual No Snow Ball

Saturday, December 1, 2011, in Oakland

Celebrate the 25th Annual No Snow Ball Festive Contra from 7:30pm-midnight at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, with a free beginner's orientation at 7:00pm.  Join callers Susan Petrick and Ric Goldman and the music of Star Thistle (Chetani Cheryl McKinney, Dave Kistler, Lonna Whipple, and David Wright) for a great evening, and don't forget the potluck after...

Spring Fever Weekend at Monte Toyon - save the date

Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, 2013, Aptos

It's almost 3 camps in one with separate tracks for Contra dance, English Country, music/singing/calling/choreography!  We've got exciting callers Sue Rosen, Susan Kevra, and Gary Roodman, plus two incredible bands: The Syncopaths (Jeff Spero, Ryan McKasson, Ashley Broder, Christa Burch) and Goldcrest (Dave Wiesler, Daron Douglas, and Paul Oorts).  And we're not done yet!  Join us for a high-energy weekend of music and dance that puts the awesome in Hot Contra dancing and Exuberant English dancing.  Thrill to workshops that challenge newcomer and experienced dancers alike.

Looking for more places to dance?

We've compiled a regional list of Contra and English country dance venues so you always know when and where to get your dance fix.  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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