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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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016: 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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Alisa Dodson with Lee Anne Welch, Clara Stefanov-Wagner, Elizabeth Todd, Debra Tayleur  More Info

Friday, February 12, 2016: ENG/REG at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Open band led by Divertimento (James Langdell, William Allen, Paul Kostka)  More Info

Saturday, February 13, 2016: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Susan Petrick with Strings 'n Things (Deniz Akin, Derya Akin, Molly McNeil)  More Info

Saturday, February 13, 2016: ENGLISH at DanceGround Keriac in San Francisco. Nick Cuccia with Rob Powell, Jenny Hanson, William Allen  More Info

Tuesday, February 16, 2016: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Lise Dyckman with Bill Jensen, Stan Kramer, Richard Page  More Info

Wednesday, February 17, 2016: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Susan Petrick with Open band led by Switching Protocols (Ruthie Byers, Christopher Jacoby, John-Michael Seng-Wheeler)  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 11-Sunday, March 13, 2016: 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. Gaye Fifer [PA], Nikki Herbst [IA], Adina Gordon [VT] with music by Triple A Plus (Audrey Knuth [MA], Amy Englesberg [WA], Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand [NY]), Wilson’s Arch (Larry Unger [MA], Sam Bartlett [IN], Karina Wilson [NM]), The Whoots (Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Michelle Levy, Charlie Hancock) 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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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 Thursday, January 21, 2016 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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