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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!

Sunday, October 20, 2019: CONTRA at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Yoyo Zhou with Ground Lift (Brian Lindsay [WA], Christopher Jacoby)—Special Fiddle & Electronic music. $14/$12/$7, Intro at 2:30, Dance 3–6pm  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.

Sunday, October 20, 2019: CONTRA at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Yoyo Zhou with Ground Lift (Brian Lindsay [WA], Christopher Jacoby)—Special Fiddle & Electronic music. $14/$12/$7, Intro at 2:30, Dance 3–6pm  More Info

Wednesday, October 23, 2019: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. David Newitt with Open band led by Anne Goess, Christopher Jacoby, Bill Jensen  More Info


Saturday, October 26, 2019: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Special Ghost Callers with Pepperjack (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Scott Jespersen) — 39th Annual BACDS Hallowe’en Costume Ball, 8-11:30pm. Special Price: $15/$13/$7. Wear a danceable costume and compete for the Ron Award. Potluck contributions welcome to supplement the provided refreshments. www.BACDS.org/Halloween  More Info

Saturday, October 26, 2019: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Lise Dyckman with Charlie Hancock, Christopher Jacoby, Judy Linsenberg (for experienced dancers) 7:30–10:30pm  More Info

Sunday, October 27, 2019: CONTRA at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Lynn Ackerson with The Whiskey Bros Trio (John MacFarlane, Jeff Ward, Dave Courchaine), 4–7pm  More Info

Tuesday, October 29, 2019: ENGLISH at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Lise Dyckman with Audrey Knuth, Susan & Bill Jensen—October location  More Info

Wednesday, October 30, 2019: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Claire Takemori with Community Band led by Erik Hoffman & Audrey Knuth. Contact Erik at erik@erikhoffman.com for info about reheasals & link to latest set lists. Come in costume, or not.  More Info

PRICES
General Public: $12
Students/Low-income: $6
Members (of BACDS, CDSS or other CDSS affiliates) $2 discount
Supporting Level Admission: $20
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, October 18-Sunday, October 20, 2019: ENGLISH/CAMP/SPECIAL/WEEKEND: Monte Toyon Camp, Near Aptos. . Robin Hayden [MA], David Millstone [NH], David Newitt, Sharon Green, Kalia Kliban with music by Jon Berger, Charlie Hancock, Rebecca King, Judy Linsenberg, David Mostardi, Jim Oakden, Susan Worland. Songleader: Doug Olsen. Fall   Frolick English & Display Dance Weekend — Pre-registration required. Financial assistance available. See www.BACDS.org/fallfrolick for links to registration flyer & more.

Saturday, October 26, 2019: CONTRA/SPECIAL at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Special Ghost Callers with music by Pepperjack (Derry Akin, Jess Newman, Scott Jespersen) — 39th Annual BACDS Hallowe’en Costume Ball, 8-11:30pm. Special Price: $15/$13/$7. Wear a danceable costume and compete for the Ron Award. Potluck contributions welcome to supplement the provided refreshments. www.BACDS.org/Halloween

Sunday, December 8, 2019: CONTRA/SPECIAL at Lake Merritt Dance Center in Oakland. Frannie Marr [SoCal] with music by Maivish [QC] (Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome)  - 33rd Annual No Snow Ball  - Special Day, Time, Location, & Price: 6-10PM, $20-$30 Sliding Scale  -  Your contributions toward the Dessert Potluck are appreciated  -  To welcome and include everyone in this dance, the caller will be using the gender-free terms. To volunteer, email les.addison@gmail.com More Info

About BACDS

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 the Berkeley 4th Saturday experienced English (which is open to all on Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends), and the Hayward 5th Sunday zesty contra.

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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 bacds.org or bacds-boardchair at bacds.org

The next Board meeting will be on October 24, 2019, at a member's home in San Francisco.

For info, send email to bacds-boardchair@bacds.org. As of April 2019 Board meeting locations will vary and sometimes be at a private home in San Francisco.

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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