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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.

BACDS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your tax-deductible donation will help us perform our mission. Thank you!

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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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Celia Ramsay with Community Band Night! Contact Erik Hoffman if youd like to join the band:  More Info

Friday, January 31, 2020: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Nonesuch Country Dance Band (Daniel Soussan, Robin Lockner, Mark Daly, Mary Tabor) with William Allen  More Info

Saturday, February 1, 2020: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Kelsey Hartman with The wiNgNuts (Chris Knepper, Isele Harper, Will Wheeler)  More Info

Saturday, February 1, 2020: ENGLISH WORKSHOP at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Bill Jensen, Mary Tabor. English Country Dance Style Workshop 2–5pm, $20, see:  More Info

Tuesday, February 4, 2020: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Kalia Kliban with Renata Bratt, Elizabeth Todd, Bill Jensen  More Info

Wednesday, February 5, 2020: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Andy Shore with Open band led by Audrey Knuth, Erik Hoffman  More Info

Friday, February 7, 2020: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Lise Dyckman with Dave Wiesler [MD], David Knight [DC]  More Info

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

Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 15, 2020: CONTRA / WORKSHOP / SPECIAL at Royal Hodge Masonic Center in Menlo Park. Contra College is a 2-day workshop on contra dance where new, intermediate, and experienced dancers become more proficient in a relaxed, low-stress setting. preregistration required — see for information. Alan Winston, JoLaine Jones-Pokorney [FL] with music by Contra College with Jim Oakden, Kevin Carr [OR], Back Pocket (Jess Newman and Will Wheeler)

Saturday, March 21, 2020: ENGLISH/SPECIAL at San Jose Woman's Club in San Jose. 38th Annual BACDS Playford Ball! 7:15–11pm. Pregistration required. David Newitt with music by Charlie Hancock, Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Allison Zelles Lloyd 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!

Consider making a tax-deductible donation

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.

Sign up for Electronic Flyers and help save paper! Check out the current electronic mailing for links to flyers, website pages, and Facebook groups.

Want to get the latest news on BACDS events, performer changes, or hall updates? Join the bacds-announce email list.

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 Board meeting will be on January 16, 2020, at the Google Community Space on Embarcadero. If you want to attend we will need to get you on the list, so this requires advance notice rather than just dropping in.

For info, send email to 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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