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BACDS March 2018 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, 2018

Bay Area Country Dancer #113
March, 2018

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.

CDSS Scholarships

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.

Berkeley Experienced English Spring season
4th Saturdays

Hayward Contra Spring season
4th/5th Sundays

Peninsula English Spring season
1st/3rd/5th Tuesdays
Palo Alto

San Francisco Contra Spring season
1st & 3rd Saturdays
San Francisco

San Francisco English Spring season
2nd Saturdays
San Francisco

South Bay Contra Spring 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

Family Week
Sunday to Friday
July 1-7, 2018

Hey Days English Dance and Music Week
Sunday to Sunday
August 19-26, 2018

Registration is open.  Postmark deadline to be in the lottery is March 16.

Special Events

Check out our special event flyers

Contra College
Saturday to Sunday
March 10-11, 2018
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"

Remembering Michael Siemon
March 25, 2018

A celebration of Michael's life, including English dance, Morris dance, songs, music, pictures, and tales. FREE. RSVPs preferred but not required, to Sharon Green

May Day Morris - Dance up the Sun
May 1, 2018
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 Tuesday 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.

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.

SPECIAL Teen Contra Dance
May 6, 2018
San Jose

Pizza, live band, glow sticks, black lights. $10 adv/$15 door. Click on the link for more info and to register

Balance the Bay
August 10-12, 2018
San Francisco

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

Northwest Passage English Dance and Music Camp
Labor Day Weekend
Friday to Monday
August 31 to September 3, 2017
Mt Hood, OR

Northwest Passage alternates dance style focus each year. This year is English Country Dance; 2019 will be Contra.

Fall Frolick Dance Weekend
Friday to Sunday
October 19-21, 2018

California's own all-English country dance and music residential weekend, and one of the world's best.

1718 Celebration Ball
November 17, 2018

For connoisseurs of the early 18th Century, a program drawn entirely from dances published in 1718, a great year! Experienced English dancers only, space is very limited.

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