COVID safety policy is evolving. Details might change minute-by-minute.
UPDATE: As of October 1, 2023, BACDS COVID policy no longer requires masking for anyone.
N95-equivalent masks are still strongly recommended while dancing. There is no vaccination
card check or testing requirement. Individual dance series may have more stringent requirements,
so please click through to the series page before choosing to attend.
For details check the COVID Safety Guidelines page.
No dances tonight
Upcoming Special Events
Sunday, Jun. 16 - Sunday, Jun. 23:
Hey Days at Sonoma State.
( ENGLISH/CAMP ) at
Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.
Bridget Whitehead with Alchemy: Jeff Spero, Karen Axelrod, Eric Martin, Rachel Bell, Dave Langford
- Hey Days (BACDS English Dance and Music Week) June 16-23 – a residential camp in the North Bay with English Country Dance, square dance, singing, a music track, and more. Staff includes Melissa Running, David Millstone, Bridget Whitehead (program director), more with Alchemy (Karen Axelrod, Eric Martin, Rachel Bell), Jeff Spero, Dave Langford, Jonathan Werk, more, Sound engineer Alan Roberts. Advance registration required; registration opens January 2; postmark lottery deadline February 1.
Join in the fun!
The Bay Area Country Dance Society promotes, preserves, and teaches
traditional English and American music and dance in the San Francisco
BACDS welcomes people without regard for age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, or sexual
BACDS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your tax-deductible donation will help us perform our mission. Thank you!
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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, North Bay Wine Country,
and Santa Cruz locations.
featuring lively community dances and wonderful live music.
Occasional and seasonal
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
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).
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The next Board meeting is scheduled on Zoom for Monday, December 18, 2023, starting promptly at 5:00pm.
Board meetings are all held online, generally fourth Monday of the month from 5:00-7:00pm (but occasionally a different day/time depending on availability). Meetings are only scheduled at the previous meeting (when people's calendars are more filled in and it's possible to determine whether there'll be quorum) so we can't publish a full calendar, but the next scheduled date will generally appear right here.
Most of the board activity is in effectively enabling volunteers to run things (dances, camps), centralizing some policy decisions, and stewardship of organizational resources. Board meetings appoint people to positions, approve budgets and so on. For example, it needed a whole organizational overview and multiple policy and procedural changes to effectively implement electronic payments for regular dances. Most decisions about how dance series or dance camps are run and most responses to emergencies belong to the volunteers running the event.
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
BACDS community members may request an invitation to attend any given meeting, especially if you have business for the board, for which you should request an agenda spot as well as an invitation. If the board needs to go into executive session you may have to leave the meeting.
To request an agenda spot and invitation, write to bacds-boardchair at bacds.org