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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!

Saturday, January 31, 2015: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Eric Black with Patt and Possum [IL] (Charlie Walden, Patt Plunkett) — special price $12/$10/$6  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.

Saturday, January 31, 2015: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Eric Black with Patt and Possum [IL] (Charlie Walden, Patt Plunkett) — special price $12/$10/$6  More Info

Sunday, February 1, 2015: ENGLISH at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Alan Winston with The Phoenix (William Allen, Stan & Susan Kramer, Mary Tabor)  More Info

Tuesday, February 3, 2015: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Ric Goldman [Portland] with Bill Jensen, Stan Kramer, Susan Worland  More Info

Wednesday, February 4, 2015: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Ric Goldman [Portland] with Open band led by The Rosin Doctors (Daniel Engle, Erik Hoffman, Topher Gayle)  More Info

Friday, February 6, 2015: 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 Bill Jensen  More Info

Saturday, February 7, 2015: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Karen Fontana with Brian Theriault Band (Brian Theriault, Chris Knepper, Will Wheeler)  More Info

Saturday, February 7, 2015: ENGLISH/WORKSHOP at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. English Style Workshop with Bruce Hamilton, Bill Jensen, Stan Kramer, 2–5pm More Info

Tuesday, February 10, 2015: WOODSHED at Carriage House at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. maybe you? with maybe you? a peek backstage to try out new material. FREE!  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, March 13-Sunday, March 15, 2015: ENGLISH/CONTRA/SPECIAL/CAMP: Monte Toyon Camp, Near Aptos. — BACDS Spring Fever Dance Weekend at Monte Toyon — Bringing English & Contra Dancers Together Again! 3 whole programming tracks: American Dance, English Dance, Music & Singing and more! Pregistration required; see for more info. Nils Fredland [NH], Gene Murrow [NY], Kalia Kliban with music by Maivish (Jaige Trudel [QC], Adam Broome [QC], Matthew Olwell [VA]), A Joyful Noise [NJ] (Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm, Kathy Talvitie), Ruth Anne Fraley, Anne Goess, StringFire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb, James MacQueen [CO], Annie Rodier) More Info

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


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 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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