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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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Today's Dances!

Friday, May 22, 2015: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Alan Winston with Erin Shrader, Richard Mandel  More Info

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, May 22, 2015: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Alan Winston with Erin Shrader, Richard Mandel  More Info

Saturday, May 23, 2015: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with The Santa Barbara Mountain Boys (Erik Hoffman, Dan Engle)  More Info

Saturday, May 23, 2015: ENGLISH at Finnish Brotherhood Hall in Berkeley. Sharon Green with The Raggedy Annes (Anne Bingham Goess, Andy Eggleston, Charlie Hancock) with Judy Linsenberg — for experienced dancers (note the different location at Finnish Brotherhood Hall!)  More Info

Wednesday, May 27, 2015: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Mary Luckhardt with Open Band led by Andy Eggleston, Betsy St. Aubin, Debra Tayleur  More Info

Friday, May 29, 2015: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Stan & Susan Kramer, Daniel Soussan, Rob Powell, Mary Tabor, Mark Daly)with Bill Jensen  More Info

Saturday, May 30, 2015: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Susan Petrick with Strings ’n’ Things (Derya Akin, Deniz Akin, Molly McNeil)  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

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!

Consider making a tax-deductible donation

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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Looking for folks to carpool to dances or events with? Interested in discussing BACDS activities with fellow dancers and musicians? Join the bacds-discuss email list.

Looking for community social dance, BACDS or not, contra/English or not? Join the ba-community-dance email list.

Looking for where your favorite morris team is dancing in the near future? Join the ba-ritual-dance email list.

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 Thurday, June 18, 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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