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BACDS September 2015 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 #103 - September 2015
  • San Francisco Contra Fall season
  • San Jose Contra & English Fall season
  • Experienced English Fall season
  • Atlanta's 20th Annual English Country Dance Weekend "Fandango" (2015-09-25 to 27)
  • Register for Fall Frolick (2015-10-16 to 18)
  • Palo Alto Halloween Contra (2015-10-31)
  • KlezCalifornia's Yiddish Cultural Festival (2015-11-07 to 08)
  • Register for Fall Ball (2015-11-14)
  • No Snow Ball (2015-12-06)
  • Palo Alto Contra New Year's Eve (2015-12-31)
  • Phoenix Winter Frolic (2016-01-08 to 09)
  • Spring Fever Weekend - Save the Dates (2016-03-11 to 13)
  • Playford Ball - Save the Date (2016-04-02)
  • Are you a BACDS member?

BACDS Quarterly Calendar

See all the dances and special events for October-December 2015.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #103 - September 2015

The BACDS newsletter. Catch up on all the local dance news.

San Jose English and Contra Fall season

1st & 3rd Sundays, San Jose

English 1st Sundays and Contras 3rd Sundays: September through June, 2:30-5 pm at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, 160 N. 3rd St. (across from St. James Park). Free street parking; VTA stop 1 block away. $10, $8 BACDS or church members.

San Francisco Contra Fall season

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

Experienced English Fall season (added 2015-10-05)

4th Saturdays, Berkeley

Atlanta's 20th Annual English Country Dance Weekend "Fandango"

Friday-Sunday, September 25-27, 2015, Aptos

ECD Atlanta hosts with caller Brad Foster and band Foxfire (Daron Douglas, Karen Axlerod), at the Decatur Recreation Center, 213 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030.  Decatur is a wonderful Atlanta suburb (access from the airport by MARTA subway) with a variety of hotels and restaurants within walking distance.

Register for Fall Frolick

Friday-Sunday, October 16-18, 2015, Aptos

Palo Alto Halloween Contra

Saturday, October 31, 2015, Palo Alto

Join us in Palo Alto for the 35th annual BACDS Halloween Costume Ball, a monstrously fun evening of contra dancing with spellbinding music by TripleNewt+ (Ben Schreiber, Chris Knepper, Noel Cragg, and Isaac Schwartz) and spirited calling by Susan Petrick and special ghosts. Costumes encouraged (compete for the Ron Award!) but not required.

KlezCalifornia's Yiddish Cultural Festival

Saturday-Sunday, November 7-8, 2015, Berkeley

Register for Fall Ball

Saturday, November 14, 2015, San Mateo

No Snow Ball

Sunday, December 6, 2015, Oakland

Don't miss the 29th annual No Snow Ball! For the first time ever, we'll have contras and waltzes going on at the same time in two ballrooms! Happening on Sunday from 6-10 this year, it will be at Lake Merrit Dance Center, where the very first No Snow was held 28 years ago!

Palo Alto Contra New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2015, Palo Alto

Finish out 2015 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 StringFire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, and James MacQueen). Calling by Lynn Ackerson. Happy New Year!

Phoenix Winter Frolic

Friday-Saturday, January 8-9, 2016, Mesa, AZ

The Phoenix Winter Frolic is back and we would love to have some Bay Area contra dancers come to Arizona!

Spring Fever Weekend - Save the Dates

Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, 2015, Aptos

Playford Ball - Save the Date

Saturday, April 2, 2016, San Jose

Are you a BACDS member?

Are you a member of BACDS?  If you are, does your membership expire soon?  Has it already expired?  If you aren't a member, why not?  Dues are $25/year, $40 for 2 people at the same street address, and are good for discounts at dances (usually $2 off the regular admission price, special events may be different).  Add a student family member for $15/year.  Not sure of your status? email

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