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Weekend and Week-long Dance and Music Camps

BACDS operates a number of weekend and week-long dance and music camps catering to the needs of our community. Our camps cover a wide range of family friendliness and coverage of dance and musical traditions. Many are fragrance-free events.

Weekend Camps

Spring Fever

BACDS Spring Weekend ("Spring Fever") is a high energy multi-tradition dance and music weekend at the Monte Toyon camp near Aptos. Its program features an eclectic mix of dance, music, and singing workshops embracing both English and American traditions with a focus on high quality dance, with separate tracks for contra and English. The camp is generally held on the weekend containing the third Sunday in March. For more information about this camp's program and schedule and talent, please visit the camp website.

Balance the Bay!

Balance the Bay is an urban Contra dance weekend held in San Francisco just a quarter mile from Ocean Beach. The weekend features high energy contra dancing, plus workshops in couple dancing, music, and calling. Balance the Bay is generally held on the second weekend in August at the Janet Pomeroy Center overlooking Lake Merced. Come experience the cool of summer in San Francisco! For more information, please visit the website

Fall Weekend/Fall Frolick

Typically held on the weekend containing the third Sunday in October. Click the link above for the camp website with details on the amazing staff.

Through 2007, BACDS Fall Weekend was a family-friendly multi-tradition camp at the Monte Toyon camp near Aptos. Since 2008, Fall Frolick has been a primarily English country and display (morris/sword, etc) dance weekend, with a strong music and singing track.

Contra College

Contra College is an intimate environment focused on teaching Contra dance to new and intermediate dancers. Experienced dancers can improve their skills, help newer dancers, or practice the other gender role. There is ample time to ask questions and to work on basic elements of the dance that enhance the quality of interaction with partners and neighbors. Contra Colleges are held on weekends with a Saturday night contra dance; the perfect way to put lessons into practice.

Week-Long Camps

American Week

Thirty-five years after its first camp at the Mendocino Woodlands, BACDS American Dance & Music Week continues this long tradition at our convenient Bay Area location. Join us for contras, squares, music, singing, and general fun in our new home on the San Francisco Peninsula at Jones Gulch YMCA Camp in the redwoods of La Honda, June 26 – July 1. For more information about the 2016 camp's program and schedule, please visit the camp website.

Family Week

Looking for a fun-filled week of dance, song, crafts, and activities for families of all sizes and ages? BACDS Family Week is the camp for you. Its program includes both age-specific and age-neutral activites, and is the ideal activity for families of all sizes (including families of one). For more information about the most recent camp's program and schedule, please visit the camp website.

BACDS Family Week celebrates its twenty-fifth year in 2016, this year at a different location: Monte Toyon Camp in Aptos (near Santa Cruz), July 3 – July 8.

Hey Days (formerly English Dance Week)

With our new location at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in the Wine Country of Northern California, BACDS English Dance and Music Week will continue the tradition of offering a fabulous array of workshops and music presented by the finest regional, national and international musicians and leaders of English country dance, display dance, song, and more. In 2016, the camp will be held July 30 – August 6. For more information about the camp's program and schedule, please visit the camp website.

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