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BACDS September 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
October to December, 2017

Bay Area Country Dancer #111
September, 2017

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

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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 Fall season
4th/5th Sundays

Peninsula English Fall season
1st/3rd/5th Tuesdays
1st/3rd/5th Thursday in October only
Palo Alto

South Bay Contra Fall season
3rd Sundays
Newcomers' Introduction 2:30p, Dance 3:00-6:00p
San Jose

Gender-Free calling, Kid-friendly dance, First time trying contra is free with Intro at 2:30.

Special Events

Check out our special event flyers

Northwest Passage Contra Dance and Music Camp
Labor Day Weekend
Friday to Monday
September 1 to 4, 2017
Mt Hood, OR

Northwest Passage alternates dance style focus each year. This year is Contra; 2018 will be English.

Kitchen Sink Molly morris workshops
September 9 and 23, 2017, 1:30p-3:30p
Palo Alto

Camp New Harmony Benefit
September 22, 2017
San Francisco

There will be a special contra dance to benefit the campership fund to Camp New Harmony, an annual music/dance camp put on by the San Francisco Folk Music Club over New Year's Eve.

Playford to the Present Ball
October 7, 2017

Fall Frolick Dance Weekend
Friday to Sunday
October 13-15, 2017

Palo Alto Halloween Contra
October 28, 2017
Palo Alto

Join us in Palo Alto for the 37th annual BACDS Halloween Costume Ball, a fiendishly fun evening of contra dancing to the calling of Susan Petrick and special ghosts, and the mesmerizing music of George Paul, Ben Schreiber, and Mike Scott. Costumes encouraged (compete for the Ron Award!) but not required.

Portland English Country Dance Weekend
Friday to Sunday
November 3 to 5, 2017
Portland, OR

No Snow Ball
December 2, 2017

Next Steps Contra Workshop
December 17, 2017
San Jose

Camp New Harmony
Wednesday to Monday
December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Santa Rosa

San Francisco Folk Music Club regrets that the site for Camp New Harmony burned to the ground in the early hours of the Tubbs fire on October 9-10. We have found an alternative site for this year's camp, but the size will be greatly reduced. Please refer to

Palo Alto New Year's Eve Contra
December 31, 2017
Palo Alto

Finish out 2017 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 Shira Kammen). Calling by Kalia Kliban. Happy New Year!

Arizona Winter Frolic
Friday to Saturday
January 12-13, 2018
Mesa, AZ

Playford Ball - Save the Date
March 24, 2018
San Jose

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

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