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BACDS September 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
October to December, 2018

Bay Area Country Dancer #115
September, 2018

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.

CDSS Scholarships

BACDS Code of Conduct

Am I a Lark or a Raven?

Here's a quick-reference guide for Gender-free dances in the Bay Area: BACDS Berkeley 1st/3rd/5th Wednesday, BACDS South Bay Contra 3rd Sunday, BACDS Hayward 4th/5th Sunday, Circle Left Oakland Queer contra 2nd Friday. 


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
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 BEFORE the break, your first-time trying contra is free with Intro at 2:30p.

Special Events

Check out our special event flyers

Benicia Contra
October 14, 2018
6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Eric Hoffman calls with music by the San Francisco/Berkeley Community Band

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

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

Palo Alto Halloween Contra
October 27, 2018
Palo Alto

Join us in Palo Alto for the 38th annual BACDS Halloween Costume Ball, a fangtastically fun evening of contra dancing with skillful calling of Kalia Kliban and special ghosts and RIPping good music of Chris Knepper, Will Wheeler, Christopher Jacoby. Costumes encouraged (compete for the Ron Award!) but not required.

Portland English Country Dance Weekend
Friday to Sunday
November 2 to 4, 2018
Portland, OR

Peninsula Family Dance for all ages
November 12, 2018
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Kid-friendly dances with live band of young siblings. Potluck snacks. Click on link for RSVP.

San Jose Family Dance
November 15, 2018
San Jose

Kid-friendly dances with live band of young siblings. Potluck snacks. Click on link for RSVP.

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 SOLD OUT!

No Snow Ball
December 2, 2018

Palo Alto New Year's Eve Contra
December 31, 2018
Palo Alto

Finish out 2018 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 Pepperjack (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Ben Graubart, Scott Jespersen). Calling by Andy Shore. Happy New Year!

Playford Ball
March 30, 2019
San Jose

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

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