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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, March 27, 2015: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. CANCELED with NO DANCE — Go to NBCDS Epicenter Weekend  More Info

Friday, March 27, 2015: ENGLISH/WORKSHOP at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Cavalcade of Callers with Charlie Hancock, Susan Worland, Tom Lindemuth — Playford Rehearsal Dance, $15  More Info

Saturday, March 28, 2015: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Charlie Fenton with The Rosin Doctors (Daniel Engle, Erik Hoffman, Topher Gayle)  More Info

Saturday, March 28, 2015: ENGLISH at Finnish Brotherhood Hall in Berkeley. CANCELED with NO DANCE — come to the Playford Ball, and we’ll see you at next month’s experienced dance!  More Info

Saturday, March 28, 2015: ENGLISH/SPECIAL at San Jose Woman's Club in San Jose. Mary Luckhardt with Bill Jensen, Anne Bingham Goess, Elizabeth Todd, Andy Eggleston 35th Annual BACDS Playford Ball! 6:45–11pm. Pregistration required. More info at  More Info

Tuesday, March 31, 2015: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Ruth Anne Fraley, Stan & Susan Kramer  More Info

Wednesday, April 1, 2015: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Erik Hoffman with Seaglass (Andrew VanNorstrand [NY], Eileen Nicholson [NY], Rachel Bell [PA]) — Special Price $12/$10/$7  More Info

Friday, April 3, 2015: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Bob Fraley,Cassandra Vlahos with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Stan & Susan Kramer, Daniel Soussan, Rob Powell, Mary Tabor, Mark Daly) with Ruth Anne Fraley  More Info

Saturday, April 4, 2015: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Warren Blier with Seaglass — Special Price $12/$10/$6  More Info

Sunday, April 5, 2015: ENGLISH at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. CANCELED with NO DANCE  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, March 28, 2015: ENGLISH/SPECIAL at San Jose Woman's Club in San Jose. 35th Annual BACDS Playford Ball! 6:45–11pm. Pregistration required. More info at Mary Luckhardt with music by Bill Jensen, Anne Bingham Goess, Elizabeth Todd, Andy Eggleston More Info

Sunday, June 28-Thursday, July 3, 2014: CAMP/CONTRA/
: Jones Gulch Camp, . It's a Dance Camp with Music! It's a Music Camp with Dance! Contras, Squares, and MORE by Nils Fredland [NH] & Linda Leslie [MA]; Music by The Syncopaths (Ryan McKasson [WA], Ashley Broder, Jeff Spero, Christa Burch [3 from SoCal]), Clew Bay (Alden Robinson [ME], Peter Siegel [VT], Owen Marshall [ME], Matt & Stuart Kenney [MA]), The Avant Gardeners (Laura Light [NC], George Paul [VA]) music tutorials with staff musicians, traditional crafts with Lea Smith, tunewriting, dance composition, and more! — Preregistration Required: see many great leaders with music by BACDS American Dance & Music Week in the Redwoods at La Honda, CA, Sun-Fri June 28–July 3 More Info


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 February 19, 2015, 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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