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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 6, 2016: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. David Newitt with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Mark Daly, Stan & Susan Kramer, Daniel Soussan, Rob Powell, Mary Tabor) with Patti Cobb  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 6, 2016: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. David Newitt with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Mark Daly, Stan & Susan Kramer, Daniel Soussan, Rob Powell, Mary Tabor) with Patti Cobb  More Info

Saturday, May 7, 2016: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Susan Pleck with Ben Schreiber, George Paul [NC]  More Info

Wednesday, May 11, 2016: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Ric Goldman [OR] with Anne Goess, Judy Linsenberg, Patti Cobb  More Info

Friday, May 13, 2016: ENGLISH/REGENCY at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Divertimento (James Langdell, William Allen, Paul Kostka) — Dance in the Sanctuary tonight!  More Info

Saturday, May 14, 2016: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Susan Petrick with Magic Reelism [Sacto Area] (David Wright, Susan Jones, Cheryl McKinney, Del Eckels)  More Info

Saturday, May 14, 2016: ENGLISH at DanceGround Keriac in San Francisco. David Newitt with Maggie Moore, Craig Johnson & friends  More Info

Sunday, May 15, 2016: ENGLISH at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Alisa Dodson with Quite Carried Away [Sacto area] (Arlene Jamar, David Wright, Dick Holdstock, Jane Kostka, Martin Lodahl, Sandy Westfall, Susan Jones)  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 26-Friday, July 1, 2016: CAMP/CONTRA/
: Jones Gulch Camp. It's a Dance Camp with Music! It's a Music Camp with Dance! Contras, Squares, and MORE by Cis Hinkle [GA] & Will Mentor [VT]; Music by Genticorum [Canada] (Pascal Gemme, Yann Falquet, Nicholas Williams), Stringrays (Rodney Miller [WA], Max Newman [MA], Stuart Kenney [MA], David Surrette [ME], Matt Kenney [MA]), Laura Light (from the Avant Gardeners), Audrey Knuth & Amy Englesberg (from the Free Raisins); Singing with Susie Burke [ME]; music tutorials with staff musicians, traditional crafts with Rachel Olguin; 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 26–July 1 More Info

Friday, July 1, 2016: CONTRA/SPECIAL at Lucie Stern Center in Palo Alto. Extra Palo Alto Contra: Gala AmWeek Celebration at Lucie Stern Center with AmWeek staff! 8–11pm (newcomers' orientation at 7:30). Special price: $10 members, $12 non-members, $6 students.. Cis Hinkle [GA], Will Mentor [VT] with music by Genticorum [Canada] (Yann Falquet, Pascal Gemme, Nicholas Williams), Stringrays [mostly MA] (Rodney Miller [WA], Max Newman, Stuart Kenney, David Surette [ME], Matt Kenney) — Special price $12/$10/$6 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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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, May 19, 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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