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BACDS September 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 #95 - September 2013
  • Deer Creek Morris Men - new season starts
  • San Francisco Contra Fall season
  • San Jose community dance 2013/2014 season dates
  • Peninsula ECD - Wednesdays for October
  • Maivish October tour
  • Fall Frolick - a campy weekend in Aptos
  • Boo! It's Halloween dances in San Francisco and Palo Alto
  • Contra College events
  • Fall Ball - register now!
  • No Snow Ball
  • New Year's Eve in Palo Alto
  • Sign up for Spring Fever!
  • Playford Ball - 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 October-December of 2013.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #95 - September 2013

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

  • Let English Country Dance Transport You (by James Candlin)
  • New Location for the No Snow Ball (by Sharon Gavin)
  • Through the Looking Glass: A Week at Family Camp (by Margaret Miles)
  • Contra College Adds New Courses
  • Spring Fever will be Bigger and Better in 2014
  • The President's Corner
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • Upcoming Events

Dancer #95 issue

Deer Creek Morris Men - new season starts

Starting Wednesdays, September, 2013, San Francisco

San Francisco Contra Fall Season

Starting Saturday, September 21, 2013, San Francisco

San Jose community dance 2013/2014 season dates

Starting Sunday, September 15, 2013, San Jose

Peninsula ECD - Wednesdays for October

Wednesdays, October 2, 16, and 30, 2013, Los Altos

The Peninsula English Country Dance has a new location and day of the week during the month of October.  Check the flyer and be sure to update your calendars.  We're back at the usual day and place come November. 

Maivish October tour

Wednesday-Saturday & Monday, October 16-19 & 21, 2013, various Bay Area locations

  • Maivish October tour flyer

Fall Frolick - a campy weekend in Aptos

Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 2013, Aptos

Check out the line-up for Fall Frolick, the premier ECD weekend on the West Coast.

Boo! It's Halloween dances in San Francisco and Palo Alto

Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26, 2013, San Francisco & Palo Alto

Get a double dose of scary Jeff Spero from Los Angeles.

Friday night Jeff calls with Ratnip providing music.

Saturday night, join us in Palo Alto for the 33rd annual BACDS Halloween Costume Ball, a spooktacular evening of contra dancing to the music of Common Ground (Deniz Akin, Derya Akin, Makulumy Alexander-Hills, Molly McNeil, and Kunal Sahasrabuddhe) and calling by Jeff Spero and special ghosts.  Costumes encouraged (compete for the Ron Award!) but not required.

Contra College events

Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10, 2013, 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 Michaels and Susan Petrick call and teach with a variety of local musicians.

Fall Ball - register now!

Saturday, November 16, 2013, San Mateo

The 19th annual BACDS Fall Ball features Annie Laskey from Southern California as our programmer and caller with a set of dances evoking the theme of travel and excursions. Bangers and Mash, one of the leading and original English Country Dance bands of the Bay Area, will provide an elegant and lively musical interpretation of the dances.

The BACDS Fall Ball is on Saturday 16th November at the San Mateo Masonic Lodge. The ball will be preceded by a workshop from 2:30 to 5:00 pm to review the dances. After a dinner break (good restaurants are a few minutes' walk away), the evening's dancing begins at 7:00. When the Ball ends at 10:30, we will conclude our travels at a community potluck. For more details our website at

No Snow Ball

Saturday, December 7, 2013, Alameda

Welcome in Celtic Spring with calling by Warren Blier and Alan Winston.

New Year's Eve in Palo Alto

Saturday, December 31, 2013, Palo Alto

ENGLISH: Finish out 2013 at our English dance party, with calling by Bob Fraley, Alan Winston, and Sandra Vlahos to the music of Stan and Susan Kramer, Rob Powell, Ruth Anne Fraley.

CONTRA: Finish out 2013 with good cheer and good dancing at the Palo Alto Contra.  Ring out the old year and waltz in the new to the music of the Contra Bandits (Kathrine Gardner, Chris Knepper and Charlie Hancock).  Calling by Kalia Kliban.  Happy New Year!

Sign up for Spring Fever!

Friday-Sunday, March 14-16, 2014, Aptos

It's exciting 3 camps in one place: separate tracks for Contra dance, English Country, and music/singing/calling/choreography! Stay in one or embrace them all! We've got three incredible callers: Kathy Anderson (OH), Laura Me Smith (WA), and Michael Barraclough (VA),  two fabulous out-of-town bands: Footloose and Contra Sutra, a reprise of the wonderful singing program from Michelle Levy, and more treats from local talent coming as well.   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.

Playford Ball - save the date

Saturday, March 29, 2014, San Jose

Save the date for the next Playford Ball, with Dancing Master Alan Winston and music by Charlie Hancock, Michelle Levy, Shira Kammen and Judy Linsenberg!  Once again at the beautiful San Jose Woman's Club Landmark Ballroom.

    Save-the-date flyer, event web page, and Facebook group

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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