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BACDS December 2014 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 #100 - December 2014
  • No Snow Ball (2014-12-06)
  • San Francisco Contra Winter season
  • Palo Alto New Year's Eve Contra (2014-12-31)
  • Berkeley Wednesday English Winter season
  • San Jose community dance Winter season
  • Maivish 1st quarter 2015 tour
  • Winter Traditions Day of Dance (2015-01-24)
  • Patt & Possum (2015-01-31)
  • ECD Style workshop (2015-02-07)
  • Berkeley Contra Rotary Waltz workshop (2015-02-18)     [item added 2015-01-10]
  • Spring Fever Weekend (2015-03-13 to 15)
  • Playford Ball (2015-03-28)
  • American Week (2015-06-28)
  • Hey Days (2015-08-16)
  • Are you a BACDS member?

BACDS Quarterly Calendar

See all the dances and special events for January-March 2015.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #100 - December 2014

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

  • We're Looking for a Few Good Men!
  • Work on your Styling with Bruce Hamilton (February 7, 2015)
  • 100th Issue of the Dancer! (by Chris Folger)
  • Hey Days English Dance and Music Week! (August 16-23)
  • American Week: There is a Place for You (June 28-July 3) (by Stuart Kenney)
  • Spring Fever is Bigger and Better than Ever (at Monte Toyon, March 13-15) (by Jens Dill)
  • Dance Trivia: Balance?  What Balance?
  • Dancing at the Village Market Square (the 2015 Playford Ball, March 28) (by Shirley Worth)
  • A Note from Sharon Green (CD Launch and CDSS Benefit December 18) (by Sharon Green)
  • BACDS Organizes a Mini-Tour in Honor of CDSS Centennial
  • The San Jose Community Dance enters its fourth year
  • The President's Corner (by Jens Dill)
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • Upcoming Events

Dancer #100 issue

No Snow Ball

Saturday, December 6, 2014, Alameda

San Francisco Contra Winter season

1st, 3rd Saturdays, 4th Fridays, San Francisco

Palo Alto New Year's Eve Contra

Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Palo Alto

Finish out 2014 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 Common Ground (Derya and Deniz Akin and Molly McNeil). Calling by Yoyo Zhou. Happy New Year!

Berkeley Wednesday English Winter season

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, Berkeley

It's a fiddle feast and more at the Berkeley Wednesday English Country Dance this quarter.  We'll have a waltz session with Rodney Miller and Charlie Hancock, a Tune Jam led by Elizabeth Todd, and an Introduction To English Country Dance taught by David Newitt with Shira Kammen, Michelle Levy and Maggie Moore - and those are just the pre-dance specials!  Check out our flyer for the details, and come dance ECD with us every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Christ Church Berkeley (Cedar and Oxford).

San Jose community dance Winter season

1st & 3rd Sundays, San Jose

Maivish 1st quarter 2015 tour

Multiple dates and locations

Popular east-coast band Maivish, consisting of fiddler Jaige Trudel and guitarist Adam Broome of Crowfoot plus Matt Olwell on flute and percussion, joined by caller/trombonist Nil/s  Fredland, will be visiting the Bay Area twice in the winter 2015 quarter. First, they'll be coming to Palo Alto on January 10th.  Then they'll be back in March for Spring Fever Dance Weekend plus special post-Spring-Fever dances in San Francisco and Palo Alto

Winter Traditions Day of Dance

Saturday, January 24, 2015, Palo Alt & San Jose

Local team Mad Molly is pleased to host the 2015 Winter Traditions Day of Morris Dance to be held on Saturday, January 24 in the Palo Alto/San Jose area.  Winter traditions morris dances encompass border, molly, sword, clog and mumming - basically everything but Cotswold morris.  Full details will arrive soon on Mad Molly's Facebook page.

Patt & Possum

Saturday, January 31, 2015, Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Contra is pleased to present Patt & Possum -- three-time Illinois state fiddle champion Charlie "Possum" Walden and keyboardist Patt Plunkett--playing for our January 31 dance, with caller Jean Gorrindo.  During his bay area visit, Charlie will also be leading afternoon fiddle workshops in San Francisco (Jan 30) and Palo Alto (Jan 31), with Patt (an experienced caller herself) on hand to offer advice about matching tunes with dances as well as tips for any accompanists who attend.

ECD Style workshop

Saturday, February 7, 2015, Palo Alto

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.

Berkeley Contra Rotary Waltz workshop

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Berkeley

Phillip Garrison offers a special workshop to help dancers to improve their waltz technique at 6:30p before the regular Wednesday contra dance.

Spring Fever Weekend

Friday-Sunday, March 13-15, 2015, Aptos

Playford Ball

Saturday, March 28, 2015, San Jose

Celebrate springtime by dressing up and dancing at the "Village Market Square"! The workshop schedule is slightly different this year: the East Bay Workshop has a new location, and the Peninsula Workshop will be held a bit later in the month than usual due to scheduling conflicts. The Sacramento Country Dance Society will also offer a Sunday afternoon workshop on March 22; see their website for details.

American Week

Sunday-Friday, June 28 to July 3, 2015, La Honda

Hey Days

Sunday-Sunday, August 16 to 23, 2015, Bishop's Ranch (near Healdsburg)

Join us for Hey Days English Dance and Music Week, August 16-23, 2015 at Bishop's Ranch CA - dancing, singing, music workshops, pool parties, camp gatherings, and more

Are you a BACDS member?

Are you a current member of BACDS?  If you have any doubt contact  If you need to join, rejoin or extend your membership, please  print and mail a flyer with your check.  You can also just send a check with the memo "All the same" and the name or names included in your payment to BACDS Membership, PO Box 6147, Albany, CA 94706.  $25 for an individual, $40 for a family of 2 at the same address, $60 for 3, etc.

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