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BACDS December 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.

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BACDS Quarterly Calendar
Bay Area Country Dancer #104 - December 2015
San Francisco Contra Winter season
San Jose Contra Winter season
San Jose English Winter season
Experienced English Winter season
No Snow Ball (2015-12-06)
Palo Alto Contra New Year's Eve (2015-12-31)
Phoenix Winter Frolic (2016-01-08 to 09)
Morris Winter Traditions Day of Dance (2016-01-23)
Contra College (2016-01-23 to 24)
Fundamentals of English Country Dance Style (2016-02-20)
Spring Fever Weekend (2016-03-11 to 13)
Playford Ball (2016-04-02)
Hey Days - save the dates (2016-07-30 to 08-06)
Are you a BACDS member?

BACDS Quarterly Calendar

See all the dances and special events for January-March 2016.

Bay Area Country Dancer, #104 - December 2015

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

San Francisco Contra Winter season

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

San Jose Contra Winter season

3rd Sundays, San Jose

San Jose English Winter season

1st Sundays, San Jose

Experienced English Winter season

4th Saturdays, Berkeley

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!

Morris Winter Traditions Day of Dance

Saturday, January 23, 2016, Sunnyvale and Mountain View

Bay Area and Southern California Various morris teams join to present border morris, molly, sword dancing and perhaps a mummers' play near Murphy Street in downtown Sunnyvale, and at the CPA and Caltrain station in Mountain View.  Check the Mad Molly Morris Facebook page for times and exact locations.

Contra College

Saturday-Sunday, January 23-24, 2016, Palo Alto

Fundamentals of English Country Dance Style

Saturday, February 20, 2016, Palo Alto

Bruce Hamilton offers a workshop for beginning and intermediate English Country Dancers, with a focus on being a good partner. This workshop will help you review and learn all the major figures, including heys and double figure-eights, and learn to let the music guide your dancing.

Spring Fever Weekend

Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, 2016, Aptos

Playford Ball

Saturday, April 2, 2016, San Jose

Join us for an origami of dancing and music at "If All the World Were Paper!"  Register early to avoid disappointment.  And check out all of the related workshops and other events on our web page!

Hey Days - Save the Date

Saturday-Saturday, July 30-August 6, 2016, Sonoma

Join us for Hey Days English Dance and Music Week July 30-August 6, 2016 at The Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma County! 

Talented Dance Staff: Joseph Pimentel, David Millstone, and Mary Devlin

Inspiring Musicians: Shira Kammen; Goldcrest (Dave Wiesler, Paul Oorts, and Daron Douglas; Fine Companions (Betsy Branch, Erik Weberg, Lisa Scott, and Bill Tomczak

Plus Singing with Fred Todt and Shira Kammen, Intro to Acting with Dan Kozloff, a full music track, and lots of community fun.

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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