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BACDS December 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
January to March, 2018

Bay Area Country Dancer #112
December, 2017

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

Are you a BACDS member?

NOTE: If you receive paper mailings as well as ePubs, please click the email link below to confirm that you still want to receive paper.  Only members will receive paper flyers from now on, and only if they request them.  Be sure to mark your mailing choice every time you renew your membership.  Non-members, please join, especially if you wish to receive paper mailings from us.

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

You can win a Scholarship

NOTE: BACDS provides, co-sponsors, or participates with a number of music and dance scholarships.  Are you taken advantage of them?

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 Winter season
1st/3rd/5th Tuesdays
Palo Alto

San Francisco English Spring season
2nd Saturdays
San Francisco

South Bay Contra Winter 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 2:30p.

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 1-6, 2018
La Honda

Special Events

Check out our special event flyers

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

Contra College
Saturday to Sunday
March 10-11, 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.

Playford Ball
March 24, 2018
San Jose

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

FNW Contra Waltz
May 4, 2018
Palo Alto

Friday Night Waltz presents this mashup of contras and couple dances. Introductions to one-step, waltz, mixers and contra taught 7-9pm in two halls by Richard Powers and Susan Petrick. Then from 9pm to midnight The Offbeats (Jeff Spero and Ashley Broder of The Syncopaths, plus Ben Schreiber) play for contras (called by Susan) alternating with pairs of couple dances.

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