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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, July 21, 2017: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Dilip Sequiera & Rachel Pusey with Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Daniel Soussan, Mark Daly, Mary Tabor) with Bill Jensen, Robin Lockner  More Info

Saturday, July 22, 2017: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Celia Ramsay with Whimsical (Beth Christian, Janette Duncan, Regan Hemphill, Roxanne Oliva, Debra Tayleur)  More Info

Saturday, July 22, 2017: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Alan Winston with Puck’s Deceit (Ben Schreiber, Charlie Hancock, Judy Linsenberg)—for experienced dancers  More Info

Sunday, July 23, 2017: CONTRA at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Open Callers’ night with Magic Reelism (Susan Jones, Del Eckels, David Wright, Debra Tayleur), 4–7pm; Callers please contact  More Info

Wednesday, July 26, 2017: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Alan Winston with Open band led by Maggie Moore, David Strong, Patti Cobb  More Info

Saturday, July 29, 2017: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Eric Black with Switching Protocols (Ruthie Byers, Christopher Jacoby, John-Michael Seng-Wheeler)  More Info

Sunday, July 30, 2017: CONTRA at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Eric Black with Switching Protocols (Ruthie Byers, Christopher Jacoby, John-Michael Seng-Wheeler), 4–7:15pm—Zesty!  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, August 11-Sunday, August 13, 2017: CONTRA/CAMP: Janet Pomeroy Center, near Lake Merced in SF. Contra Dance Weekend with calling by Luke Donforth [VT], Sarah VanNorstrand [NY], music by Maivish [QC/VA] (Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell, Jaige Trudel) and Great Bear [NY/MA/VT/NC]] (Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Kim Yerton, Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, Dana Billings, Chris Miller); Pre-registration required—see for details. Luke Donforth [VT],
Sarah VanNorstrand [NY] with music by BALANCE THE BAY
Fri–Sun August 11–13

Sunday, August 20-Sunday, August 27, 2017: CAMP/ENGLISH/MUSIC: Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg in the Sonoma wine country. Leaders Andrew Swaine [UK], Brooke Friendly [OR], Daisy Black [UK], & Kalia Kliban are joined by The Figments (Anna Patton [VT], David Knight [DC], Owen Morrison [MA]), Barry Truter (Canada), Jonathan Jensen (MD), Nicky McConkey (UK), Charlie Hancock, and Jon Berger for a week of Music, Dance, Singing, Mummer's Play, Joy and More.—SOLD OUT! See for more info. many great leaders with music by HEY DAYS English camp at Bishop Ranch
Sat–Sat August 20–27


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 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 Board meeting is July 20th, 2017.

For info, send email to 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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