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The Bay Area Country Dance Society promotes, preserves, and teaches traditional English and American music and dance in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Dances During the Next Ten Days

Addresses, maps, start and end times, and lesson information (if a lesson is offered) for each location can be found by following the location link in each listing.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Cavalcade of Callers (Sharon Green, David Newitt, Alisa Dodson, Kalia Kliban) with Open Band led by Charlie Hancock, Danny Carnahan, Jon Berger - Benefit dance for fiddler Avis Minger. Special Price: $12 / $10 / $7 or donate what you can.  More Info

Friday, September 30, 2016: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Bruce Herbold with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Mary Tabor, Daniel Soussan, Mark Daly) with Patti Cobb, Clara Stefanov-Wagner and Ben Schreiber  More Info

Saturday, October 1, 2016: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Jacqui Grennan [L.A.] with Avenue X (Christopher Jacoby, Ross Harriss [NJ], Ruthie Byers)  More Info

Sunday, October 2, 2016: CONTRA at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Jacqui Grennan [L.A.] with Tempest in a Teacup (Ben Schreiber, Daniel Steinberg, Adrianna Ciccone) — lesson at 2:15, dance 2:30–5:30  More Info

Tuesday, October 4, 2016: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. DANCE MOVED with See Special Date & Location OCT. 6  More Info

Wednesday, October 5, 2016: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Jacqui Grennan [L.A.] with Open band led by The wiNgNuts (Chris Knepper, Isele Harper Hubbard, Will Wheeler)  More Info

Thursday, October 6, 2016: ENGLISH at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Ric Goldman [OR] with Bill Jensen, Clara Stefanov-Wagner, Paul Kostka  More Info

General Public: $9 weeknights, $10 Fri/Sat/Sun
Students/Low-income: $5
Members (of BACDS, CDSS or other CDSS affiliates) $2 discount
Supporting Level Admission: $15
Everyone is welcome so please come and pay as you can!
Prices may vary for special events or workshops. Check the calendar or website for specifics.

Upcoming Special Events

Friday, October 14-Sunday, October 16, 2016: ENGLISH/CAMP/SPECIAL: Monte Toyon Camp, Near Aptos. Fall Frolick English & Display Dance Weekend — Pregistration required — more info at . Gary Roodman [MA], Kalia Kliban, Kevin Hughes, Susan Kevra [TN], Sharon Green with music by Charlie Hancock, Jim Oakden, Jon Berger, Karen Axelrod [MA], Rachel Bell [PA], Rebecca King, Shira Kammen, more! More Info

Saturday, October 29, 2016: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Kelsey Hartman and Special Ghost Callers with music by Possum Hollow (Daniel Steinberg, Ben Schreiber, Ashley Broder [SoCal]) — 36th Annual BACDS Hallowe’en Costume Ball, 8pm–midnight. Special Price: $14/$12/$7. Wear a danceable costume & compete for the Ron Award. Potluck contributions welcome to supplement the provided refreshments. For more info see

Saturday, November 19, 2016: ENGLISH / SPECIAL/ WORKSHOP at Finnish Brotherhood Hall in Berkeley. Gene Murrow [NY] with music by Fall Ball Workshop with Persons of Quality (Rebecca King, Jon Berger, Jim Oakden), 2–4:30, included with Fall Ball admission, or $15/advance $20/ at the door for workshop only

Saturday, November 19, 2016: ENGLISH / SPECIAL at Finnish Brotherhood Hall in Berkeley. Gene Murrow [NY] with music by Fall Ball with Persons of Quality (Rebecca King, Jon Berger, Jim Oakden) — 6:30–10:30 pm, $42 if paid for (postmarked) by November 4, $50 at the door (includes 2 pm workshop); Dinner option available. See for more information

Monday, November 21, 2016: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Lindsey Dono [WA] with music by The Syncopaths — Special time: 7:30–10:30pm (beginners’ welcome 7:00); Special price $12/$10/$6

Sunday, December 4, 2016: CONTRA / SPECIAL at Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland. Frannie Marr [SoCal] with music by The Burners (Ben Schreiber, Audrey Knuth [MA], Scotty Leach [USA], Chris Knepper) with guest percussionist Joe Craven — 30th Annual No-Snow Ball — 6pm–10pm, $30 (BACDS members with card: $25, students with ID card: $20) — Note Special Day and Location! — SUNDAY at the Lake Merritt Dance Center. Potluck contributions welcome to supplement the scrumptious dessert feast!

Saturday, December 31, 2016: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Andy Shore with music by StringFire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, Shira Kammen) — New Year's Eve Contra Dance SATURDAY, December 31, 8pm–12:15am. $20, $16 members, $10 students. Ring out the old year and waltz in the new with a special contra dance at a special time. Potluck contributions welcome to supplement the provided refreshments — your chance to show off!


The Bay Area Country Dance Society has been promoting, preserving, and teaching traditional English and American music and dance since the early 1980s. Our activities include:

  • Week-long and weekend music and dance camps in lovely SF Peninsula, Sierra foothill, and Santa Cruz locations.
  • Dance series featuring lively community dances and wonderful live music.
  • Occasional and seasonal special events, ranging from formal balls to workshops for dancers, musicians, dance leaders, and sound technicians.
  • Performance teams that bring lively and raucous English folk traditions to the streets, classrooms, farmers' markets, and festivals.

BACDS's activities are made possible through the efforts and contributions of our members. Please join us!

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BACDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, so your donation to us is tax-deductible. Please consider including us in your charitable giving. Your donation helps us perform our mission! Details here.

Newcomers are welcome! Follow this link to learn more about our dances, or this link to find out what to expect at your first BACDS dance evening. We welcome first-timers at all our regular series dances except 4th Saturday experienced English (which is open to all on Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends)

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The next meeting will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm. For info, email General info on Board meetings and location: here. If you are interested in following or joining the Board's online discussions about managing the BACDS organization, sign up for the bacds-board mailing list.

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