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COVID Safety Info

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.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 5: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Kalia Kliban with Bill Jensen, Renata Bratt, Ben Jackson More Info

Thursday, December 7: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Celia Ramsay with The Whiskey Brothers Trio: Dave Courchaine, Jeff Ward, John McFarlane More Info

Saturday, December 9: ENGLISH at St. John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Lise Dyckman with Patti Cobb, Noel Cragg, Valerie Rose More Info

Sunday, December 10: ENGLISH at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Alan Winston, Lise Dyckman with Mary Tabor, Robin Lockner, William Allen - Holiday party dance. More Info

Monday, December 11: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Frannie Marr with Janie Rothfeld, Alan Carr More Info

Thursday, December 14: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Kalia Kliban with Charlie Hancock, Jon Berger, Valerie Rose - English dancing for all - newcomer lesson at 7:15; dance 7:45-10:00 More Info

Monday, December 18: WOODSHED at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos. Maybe you? More Info

Tuesday, December 19: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Bill Jensen, Judy Linsenberg, Mary Tabor More Info

Thursday, December 21: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Eric Black with Christopher Jacoby, Valerie Rose More Info

Upcoming Special Events

Sunday, Jun. 16 - Sunday, Jun. 23: Hey Days at Sonoma State. ( ENGLISH/CAMP ) at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. David Millstone, Melissa Running, 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. More Info

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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 welcomes people without regard for age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

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

Calendars for Current and Past and Future Months / Acrobat Printable Calendars / Flyers from current mailing / About BACDS / Code of Conduct / COVID Safety Guidelines

Want a customized listing of dances at a given location or featuring a particular style, caller, band, or musician? Want to see all scheduled events? Use our convenient dancefinder tool!


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.
  • 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!

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).

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.

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 or
bacds-boardchair at

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

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