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