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BACDS December 2019 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.

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(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, 2020

Bay Area Country Dancer #120
December, 2019

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

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.

Berkeley Contra Winter season
1st/3rd/5th Wednesdays

Hayward Contra Winter season
4th/5th Sundays

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

San Jose Teen Contra Winter Season
January 4, February 15, April 18, May 16
San Jose

Teen folk music jam & games 6:30p, Contra dance 8p, Potluck snacks 10p. Register and more info at the link:

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

Gender-Free calling, Kid-friendly dance BEFORE the break. Take the intro and get a 2nd dance free pass (if you are new to contra).
***South Bay contra series continues!

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!

Hey Days English Dance and Music Week
Sunday to Sunday
July 5-12, 2020

Registration opens December 15, 2019.

Special Events

Check out our special event flyers

No Snow Ball
December 8, 2019

Special South Bay Family & Contra Dance
December 15, 2019
San Jose

New to contra? Come to the Introduction at 2:30pm
Everyone is welcome 3:00pm-3:45pm for dances accessible by all ages. Then 3:45pm-6:00pm is our regular contra dance for all ages.

Palo Alto New Year's Eve Contra
December 31, 2019
Palo Alto

Finish out 2019 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! (Shira Kammen, Patti Cobb, Erik Ievins). Gender-neutral calling (Larks & Robins) by Susan Petrick. Happy New Year!

ECD Style workshop
February 1, 2020
Palo Alto

Oakland Teen Contra
March 7, 2020

Teen folk music jam & games 6:30p, Contra dance 8p, Potluck snacks 10p. Register and more info at the link:

Contra College
Saturday to Sunday
March 14-15, 2020
Palo Alto

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

Playford Ball
March 21, 2020
San Jose

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

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