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BACDS March 2017 Electronic Mailing

Here you'll find electronic flyers from this quarterly mailing (plus a few "bonus" items) with links related to the events or associated dance series.  Wanna see something?  Just click on an image or icon!  Hold your mouse over an image or icon for a short description of what it does or links to.

Can't find an old flyer?  Don't forget to check out our archive of past mailings.

(Note: The icon indicates a BACDS or BACDS co-sponsored activity or event.  Non-BACDS items are included as a courtesy to the submitting organizers, and their inclusion on this page does NOT imply any endorsement or recommendation from BACDS of the event or activity itself).

Table of Contents

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BACDS Quarterly Calendar
April to June, 2017

Bay Area Country Dancer #109
March, 2017

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

Are you a BACDS member?

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Here's a membership form and a link to email the membership secretary.

BACDS Code of Conduct

BACDS Dance Series

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.

Here are selected series' schedules.

Hayward Contra Spring season
4th/5th Sundays

San Francisco English Spring season
2nd Saturdays
San Francisco

San Jose English Spring season
2nd Sundays
2:30p-5:00p (lesson at 2:15p)
San Jose

South Bay Contra Spring season
NOW 3rd Sundays
Intro 2:30p, Dance 3:00-6:00p
San Jose

BACDS Summer Camps

BACDS conducts three week-long dance & music camps in the summer: Family Week, American Dance & Music Week, and Hey Days English Dance & Music Week. Each offers a unique experience for dancer, musician, camper, or just plain vacationer. There's no better way to learn new and improve existing skills or to meet new friends than by immersion. Dive in!

American Week
Sunday to Friday
July 2-7, 2017
La Honda

Family Week
Sunday to Friday
July 2-7, 2017

Hey Days English Dance and Music Week
Sunday to Sunday
August 20-27, 2017

Registration is open.  Postmark deadline to be in the lottery is March 17.

Special Events

Check out our special event flyers

Contra College
Saturday to Sunday
March 11-12, 2017
Palo Alto

Contra College is an urban weekend in downtown Palo Alto, CA, focused on teaching Contra dance to new and intermediate dancers, and where experienced dancers can improve their skills, help newer dancers, or practice the other gender role.

Queer Contra Camp
Friday to Sunday
April 7 to 9, 2017

Playford Ball
April 8, 2017
San Jose

"The Bay Area's grandest English Country Dance gala"

Family Week Benefit
April 9, 2017

FNW Contra Waltz
April 14, 2017
Palo Alto

Friday Night Waltz presents this mashup of contras and couple dances. Introductions to one-step, waltz, polka, and contra taught 7-9pm in two halls by Richard Powers, Nick & Melissa Enge, Susan Petrick. Then from 9 to midnight The Hillbillies from Mars play for contras (called by Susan) alternating with pairs of couple dances. Performance by Jubilee American Dance Theatre at 10:30.

James Candlin Memorial
April 23, 2017
Palo Alto

Hayward Contra 10th Anniversary dance
April 23, 2017


May Day Morris - Dance up the Sun
May 1, 2017
Early morning
Throughout the Bay Area

Every year, BACDS teams and others join in a world-wide celebration to dance the Sun up and celebrate the 1st of May. In the Bay Area you'll find us that Wednesday morn in Sebastopol, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, and Santa Cruz, with lots of dancing the whole day long. It's an age-old tradition! We've been doing it for decades, and the Sun keeps coming up, so we must be doing something right. Come out and join us!

Out of the area? No worries - just check the North America May Day Morris page.

Balance the Bay
August 11-13, 2017
San Francisco

Join us for San Francisco's own urban Contra Dance weekend.

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