Regularly-Scheduled Dance Series
BACDS operates many regularly-scheduled dance series on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. If you live in the greater San Francisco bay area, one of our regular dances is close to you. See the individual series page for start and end times, prices, and maps, or our directions page for an overall area map.
Online Virtual EventsWhile in-person events are canceled due to the Coronavirus, BACDS and our sister organizations are hosting many online “virtual” contra dances, English Country dances, concerts, and other events, using Zoom, FaceBook Live, and other online meeting resources.
Check our schedule for online events sponsored by BACDS and our sister organizations in Northern California. Also see the CDSS online schedule.
In-Person EventsWe are slowly and carefully resuming some of our in-person events. Please check the Online Calendar and the BACDS COVID Dance Safety Guidelines for details.
In the meantime, here is information about those dances that have returned from the pandemic shutdown:
Contra and Square Dances
Contra dancing is a simple yet lively social dance form that originated in New England during Revolutionary times. All of our dances are accompanied by top-notch musicians performing music from Irish, English, and American folk traditions and led by dance callers with local and national followings. Contra dances can be found in the following bay area communities:
A thirty-minute newcomer's welcome and intro class precedes each of our contra dances, although the welcome and intro may be cancelled if there aren't any newcomers at the scheduled start time, so if you want the lesson, be on time!
English Country Dances
If you've ever been to a Renaissance Pleasure Faire or seen one of the film or TV adaptations of Jane Austen's works, you've probably seen English country dance. English country dances are social dances that range from the elegant and graceful to the raucous and exuberant. We're proud to feature some of the nation's finest dance leaders and musicians at our dances. English country dances can be found in these communities:
With the exception of the fourth Saturday dance in Berkeley (which is geared towards the experienced dancer), all of our English dances are appropriate for folks of all dance levels. A short lesson often precedes the Berkeley Thursday and Palo Alto Friday dance.
Other Community Dances
BACDS supports a variety of special community dances, including influences from English, Contra, Ceilidh, and related styles, as well as experimental sessions for developing or testing out new dance material.
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