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BACDS March 2013 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 #93 - March 2013
  • San Francisco Contra Spring Season
  • Spring Fever Weekend at Monte Toyon - there's still room!
  • Palo Alto Techno Contra
  • Playford Ball
  • Dance on Tax Day with the Retrospectacles
  • Morris May Day
  • Palo Alto Community Band returns!
  • Dance Around American Week
  • Hey Days 2013
  • Balance the Bay
  • Looking for more places to dance?
  • Are you a BACDS member?

BACDS Quarterly Calendar

See all the dances and special events for April-June of 2013.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #93 - March 2013

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

  • Balance the Bay 2013: A Contra Dance Experience You Don't Want to Miss
  • Far Away and Home Again (by Joanne Thomson)
  • BACDS Family Week (by Kathrine Gardner)
  • The Best Way to Spend a Summer (by Terry Solomon)
  • Morris and Whitsuntide Traditions (by Dick Bagwell)
  • Next of Kynaston (by Ian Jones)
  • The President's Corner (by Jens Dill)
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • Upcoming Events

Dancer #93 PDF issue

San Francisco Contra Spring Season

Starting Saturday, March 3, 2013, 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:

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.

Last chance 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).

Dance on Tax Day with the Retrospectacles

Monday, April 15, 2013, Palo Alto

Join The Retrospectacles for a special local night in Palo Alto joined by Susan Michaels on the mike.

Morris May Day

May 1, 2013, throughout the Bay Area

Every year, BACDS teams and others join in a world-wide celebration to dance the Sun up and celebrate the 1st of May.  In the Bay Area you'll find us that Wednesday morn in Sebastopol, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, and Santa Cruz, with lots of dancing the whole weekend long.  It's an age-old tradition!  We've been doing it for decades, and the Sun keeps coming up, so we must be doing something right.  Come out and join us!

Out of the area?  No worries - just check the North America May Day Morris page.

Palo Alto Community Band returns! (revised April 4, 2013)

Saturday, May 11, 2013, Palo Alto

It's the return of the Palo Alto Community Band with new sets and a fresh sound.  Join us for this special Contra Dance.        For more information about the Palo Alto Community Contra Dance Band (including joining up, practice dates, locations, sets, etc.) contact Derya Akin.

Dance Around American Week (revised April 4, 2013)

Friday, June 28 - Saturday July 6, 2013, multiple locations

We've got a lot of wonderful events coming up around American Week including:
      Friday, June 28 - Seth Tepfer and The Avant Gardeners at the San Francisco Contra
      Saturday, June 29 - Seth Tepfer and Notorious at the Palo Alto Contra
      Sunday, June 30 to Friday, July 5 - American Dance and Music Week, Camp Jones Gulch, La Honda
      Friday, July 5 - Seth Tepfer, Gaye Fifer, Kalia Kliban and Notorious, The Syncopaths, The Avant Gardeners at the Lucie Stern Center, Palo Alto
      Saturday, July 6 - Gaye Fifer and The Syncopaths at the San Francisco Contra

Balance the Bay

Friday-Sunday, August 9-11, 2013, 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 Perpetual eMotion and The Moving Violations, with calling by Lisa Greenleaf and Erik Weberg.  Registration open March 18.  Lottery deadline is April 15. Sign up now!

Hey Days 2013

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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