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BACDS December 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.

Table of Contents

  • BACDS Quarterly Calendar
  • Bay Area Country Dancer #92 - December 2012
  • Join us for the 26th Annual No Snow Ball
  • Sassafras Stomp December Tour
  • San Francisco Contra Winter Season
  • San Jose Community Dance 2012-2013 Season
  • Palo Alto Contra New Year's Eve dance
  • 2013 Contradance Calendar on sale
  • After the Carnivale - Retrospectacles
  • Say "Yes!" to Hambo
  • ECD Style Workshop with Bruce Hamilton
  • Spring Fever Weekend at Monte Toyon - sign up now!
  • Techno Contra is here!
  • Register now for the 2013 Playford Ball
  • Heys Days 2013 - save the date
  • Looking for more places to dance?
  • Are you a BACDS member?

BACDS Quarterly Calendar

See all the dances and special events for January-March of 2013.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #92 - December 2013

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

  • Dance Photography at American Week (by Doug Plummer)
  • HEY DAYS English Dance and Music Week! (by Brooke Friendly)
  • American Week - Let the fun continue! (by Jim Oakden)
  • Styling with Bruce Hamilton - February 16,2013 (by Loretta Guarino Reid)
  • Dancing Through the Year (by Shirley Worth)
  • I want to sponsor a dance for my birthday.  How can I do it?
  • The President's Corner (by Jens Dill)
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • There's still room for at Spring Fever!
  • Upcoming Events

Dancer #92 PDF issue

Join us for the 26th Annual No Snow Ball

Saturday, December 1, 2012, in Oakland

Celebrate the 26th Annual No Snow Ball Festive Contra from 7:30pm-midnight at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland.  There's a free newcomer's session at 7:00pm.  Join callers Susan Petrick and Ric Goldman and the music of Star Thistle (Dave KistlerDavid Wright, Lonna Whipple, and Cheryl McKinney) for a great evening, and don't forget the potluck after(contributions appreciated!).  For more information, see the event page on Facebook. 

Sassafrass Stomp December Tour

Various dates December 8-22, 2012, multiple locations,

Sassafras Stomp, purveyors of "sweet, high energy, folk music from the Maine/Montana border" will be playing at several dances in the greater bay area, including BACDS dances in Berkeley December, 19 and Palo Alto December 22

San Francisco Contra Winter Season

Starting Saturday, December 15, 2012, San Francisco

The San Francisco Contra is just bursting with special events in its winter schedule.  It's always a good time!  Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and 4th Fridays.  Check these out:

San Jose Community Dance 2012-2013 Season

Usually 1st/3rd Sundays, San Jose

Join us for this beginner-friendly sampler of English and Contra dance on Sunday afternoons at The First Unitarian Church of San Jose!  Dancers of all ages welcome!  It's 1st and 3rd Sundays each month until the end of June  (Dec 2 & 16 - Jan 6 & 20 - Feb 3 & 17 - Mar 3 & 17 - Apr 7 & 21 - May 5 & 19 - June 2 & 16).  We dance 2:30 - 5:30pm.

Introduce your friends and acquaintances to dancing at this beginner-friendly dance, and help publicize the dance by printing out a few copies of the attached flyer and posting it or passing it out wherever you can.

Add to the festivities by bringing light snacks to add to the refreshment table for the break.  Help out the organizers by coming a few minutes early to help set up or pitching in with cleanup after the dance.  And most important of all, offer your friendly smile to new dancers and anyone on the sidelines as you invite them to dance.

Palo Alto Contra New Year's Eve dance

Monday, December 31, 2012, in Palo Alto

Finish out the year with good cheer and good dancing at the Palo Alto Contra.  Special price and special location for this event, with calling by Lynn Ackerson to the music of StringFire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, and guest Chris Knepper).  Happy New Year!

2013 Contradance Calendar on sale

The 2013 Contradance Calendar is for sale at This is a  premium 12"x12" wall calendar, exquisitely printed, and shows the best photos out there of the contra dance scene by photographer Doug Plummer.  Single copies are $20, 2 or more $18, 10 or more for $12. Spread the word!

After the Carnivale - Retrospectacles

Monday, January 21, 2013, Palo Alto

The Retrospectacles, hot on the heels of their Contra Carnivale performance join us for a special local night in Palo Alto joined by Susan Petrick on the mike.

Say "Yes" to Hambo

Erik Hoffman is at it again.  He's put together a set of Hambo workshops before the regular Contra dance on February 9 (Palo Alto), March 6 (Berkeley) and March 6 (Berkeley).  See the flyer for details.

ECD Style Workshop with Bruce Hamilton

Saturday, February 16, 2013, Palo Alto

Local treasure Bruce Hamilton offers a workshop to help English Country dancers to improve their dancing and take it to the  next level, showing you how to feel musical phrases, move with the flow, connect with your fellow dancers, and otherwise get the most out of English Country Dancing. All the points will be illustrated with dances, but the dances will all be simple or well-known, so you can focus on the point without having to think of what comes next.

Spring Fever Weekend at Monte Toyon - sign up now!

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 nationally known 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.

Techno Contra is here!

Saturday, March 23, 2013, Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Contra welcomes dJ improper, coming from the east coast to mix the music for our first full-bore techno-contra.

Register now for the 2013 Playford Ball

Saturday, March 30, 2013, San Jose

Turn the wheel as we're Dancing Through the Year with MC Sharon Green.  Music will feature Persons of Quality (Rebecca King, Jim Oakden, Jon Berger) and special guest Mindy Rosenfield, Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the historic Landmark Ballroom in the San Jose Woman's Club. Workshops are Saturday, March 2 (Berkeley), Sunday, March 10 (Palo Alto), and Sunday, March 24 (Sacramento).  Rehearsal dance is Friday, March 29 (Hayward).

Hey Days 2013 - save the date(s)

Sunday - Sunday, August 18-25, 2013, Bishop's Ranch

Join us August 18-25, 2013 for Hey Days English Dance and Music Week at the Bishop's Ranch in the Wine Country of Northern California. Near Healdsburg, Dance staff includes Andrew Shaw, Scott Higgs, Kalia Kliban, and Adrienne Simpson. Music by Childgrove, Persons of Quality, Wayne Hankin, and Charlie Hancock. Special callers course with Scott Higgs. Registration form will be live in January. Lottery postmark deadline is March 19 (March 5 for Callers Course).

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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