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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.

Friday, November 21, 2014: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Mary Luckhardt with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Stan & Susan Kramer, Mary Tabor, Rob Powell, Daniel Soussan, Mark Daly) with Ruth Anne Fraley  More Info

Saturday, November 22, 2014: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Kalia Kliban with Hillbillies from Mars (Ray Bierl, Kevin Carr [OR], Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg)  More Info

Saturday, November 22, 2014: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Sharon Green with The Raggedy Annes (Charlie Hancock, Andy Eggleston, Anne Goess) — experienced dancers — dances of Fried Herman and friends  More Info

Wednesday, November 26, 2014: ENGLISH / JAM at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Music by English Tunes Jam led by Bill Jensen — FREE! 6:45–7:30pm  More Info

Wednesday, November 26, 2014: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Mary Luckhardt with Open band led by Maggie Moore, Betsy St. Aubin, Bill Jensen  More Info

Friday, November 28, 2014: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Frannie Marr [SoCal] with DJ Gordon Allen — Special Techno Contra!  More Info

Saturday, November 29, 2014: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Frannie Marr [SoCal] with Magic Reelism (Cheryl McKinney, Susan Jones, David Wright, all from Sacramento) with Del Eckels  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

Saturday, December 6, 2014: CONTRA / SPECIAL at Alameda Ballroom in Alameda. 28th Annual No-Snow Ball — Couple Dancing 6:30pm, Contra 7pm–11pm, $30 (BACDS members with card: $25) — Note Special Location! — Alameda Ballroom, 1415 Broadway (between Central Ave. & Santa Clara Ave.), Alameda. Potluck contributions appreciated! . Charlie Fenton & Susan Pleck with music by 28th Annual No-Snow Ball with Rodney Miller [NH], David Cahn [Seattle], Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock More Info

Wednesday, December 31, 2014: CONTRA / SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. New Year’s Eve Contra DanceWEDNESDAY, 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!. Yoyo Zhou with music by New Year's Eve Contra Dance with Common Ground (Derya Akin, Deniz Akin, Molly McNeil)


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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Community members are welcome at BACDS Board meetings. Board elections for one-year terms are held at the May meeting; if you're interested please write to bacds-president at or bacds-boardchair at The next meeting will be held Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm. 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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