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BACDS March 2020 Electronic Mailing

Cancellations - due to COVID-19 health concerns, some dances and events are being cancelled or postponed, possibly with short notice.  Be sure to check the associated website link before you head to a listed event.

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.  Sign-up for our to be notified when electronic mailing information is updated.

(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, 2020

Bay Area Country Dancer #121
March, 2020
The BACDS newsletter. Catch up on all the local dance news.

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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.

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 Spring season
4th/5th Sundays

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

South Bay Contra Spring 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!

Family Week
Sunday to Friday
June 28- July 4, 2020

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

Special Events

Check out our special event flyers

May Day Morris - Dance up the Sun
May 1, 2020
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 2020 North America May Day Morris page.

South Bay Family Dance
June 21, 2020
San Jose

Everyone is welcome at 2-2:45pm for dances accessible by families. Then 3-6pm is our regular contra for all ages.

Balance the Bay
August 7-9, 2020
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
September 4 to 7, 2020
Mt Hood, OR

The Pacific Northwest's fabulous 4-day English Country Dance weekend. Calling by Susan Kevra and Melissa Running.  Music featuring Alchemy (Karen Axelrod, Rachael Bell, Eric Martin), and The Whoots (Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Charlie Hancock).  Registration now OPEN!

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