The Bay Area Country Dance Society Website

This page is: www.bacds.org

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.

Today's Dance:

Sunday, February 25: ONLINE/ENGLISH at online in the cloud. Kalia Kliban with Recorded Music by Odd Sundays Garage Band and others - 1:30-2:30pm More Info

Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 25: ONLINE/ENGLISH at online in the cloud. Kalia Kliban with Recorded Music by Odd Sundays Garage Band and others - 1:30-2:30pm More Info

Thursday, February 29: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Deanna Rubin with The Leap Frogs: Will Wheeler, Noel Cragg, Randy Fish More Info

Friday, March 1: ENGLISH at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Lise Dyckman with Caroline McCaskey, Thomas Dewey, Christopher Jacoby - English dancing for all - dance 7:30-10:00 More Info

Saturday, March 2: Saturday night Square Dance with Larry Edelman ( SPECIAL/SQUARE ) at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Larry Edelman (CO) with Greg & Jere Canote…and friends - Special traditional square dance with master caller Larry Edelman and master musicians Greg & Jere Canote, brought to town by Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. Not to be missed! More Info

Sunday, March 3: PLAYFORD BALL PENINSULA WORKSHOP ( ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Bill Jensen, Valerie Rose - Learn the dances for the Playford Ball! More Info

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

Friday, March 8: REGENCY/ENGLISH at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Divertimento More Info
Presented by the BACDS and the Bay Area English Regency Society.

Saturday, March 9: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Yoyo Zhou with Little Big Band: Bob Silberstein, Marta Lynch More Info

Saturday, March 9: ENGLISH at St. John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Bruce Herbold with Craig Johnson, William Allen, Michele Winter, Diana Gómez More Info

Sunday, March 10: ONLINE/ENGLISH at online in the cloud. Sharon Green with Recorded Music by Odd Sundays Garage Band and others - 1:30-2:30pm More Info

Sunday, March 10: ENGLISH at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Alan Winston with Mary Tabor, Robin Lockner, William Allen More Info

Thursday, March 14: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Lise Dyckman with Michelle Masek, Judy Linsenberg, Bill Jensen - English dancing for all - newcomer lesson at 7:15; dance 7:45-10:00 More Info

Upcoming Special Events

Saturday, March 2: Saturday night Square Dance with Larry Edelman ( SPECIAL/SQUARE ) at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Larry Edelman (CO) with Greg & Jere Canote…and friends - Special traditional square dance with master caller Larry Edelman and master musicians Greg & Jere Canote, brought to town by Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. Not to be missed! More Info

Sunday, March 3: PLAYFORD BALL PENINSULA WORKSHOP ( ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Bill Jensen, Valerie Rose - Learn the dances for the Playford Ball! More Info

Saturday, March 16: PLAYFORD BALL EAST BAY WORKSHOP ( ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. David Newitt with Charlie Hancock, Michelle Masek - Learn the dances for the BACDS Playford Ball! More Info

Friday, March 29: PLAYFORD BALL REHEARSAL DANCE (ENGLISH/SPECIAL) at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward.
A cavalcade of callers will teach the dances on the Playford Ball program. (Ball admission not required, and there's no advance registration - pay $20 at the door whether or not you're going to the Ball.). We'll have fabulous music from Thomas Dewey, Craig Johnson, and Caroline McCaskey. 7:00-10:30pm. Go to the ball web site for info about this and the other Playford events.

Saturday, March 30: BACDS PLAYFORD BALL (ENGLISH/SPECIAL) at San Jose Woman's Club in San Jose.
BACDS Playford Ball - "A Parade of Stars" Star caller - Alisa Dodson Star musicians - Shira Kammen, Rebecca King, Jim Oakden Star sound tech - Christopher Jacoby At the lovely landmark ballroom of the San Jose Woman's Club Doors 6:30, dancing 7:15 - 11:00 Refreshments will be served. Formal dress, period costume, and masks will be admired, not required. Space is limited! Register early to be sure of admittance. No registration at the door.
Go to the Playford Ball website to register and find out about workshops, rehearsal dance, after party, and Sunday brunch. Also there, view the list of dances and the dance directions.

Sunday, April 28: Celebration for Sharon Green's CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award ( ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at Albany Veteran's Memorial Building in Albany. - Dancing, speeches, and food - all in well-deserved honor of Sharon Green, the 2024 CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award recipient. Pre-registration will be required; more info to come.
Presented by the Country Dance and Song Society.

Friday, May. 17 - Friday, May. 17: ENGLISH/SPECIAL at Petaluma Women's Clubhouse in Petaluma. Kalia Kliban with Jacqueline Schwab, Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea - Mad Robin "Weekend Welcome Dance" More Info
Presented by the North Bay Country Dance Society.

Saturday, May. 18 - Saturday, May. 18: MAD ROBIN BALL ( ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma. Gene Murrow with Jacqueline Schwab, Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Daniel Beerbohm - (advance registration required). workshop 1:30-4:00, ball 7:00-10:00pm More Info
Presented by the North Bay Country Dance Society.

Sunday, May 19: Memorable Melodies Dance ( ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at St John's Episcopal Petaluma in Petaluma. Gene Murrow with Jacqueline Schwab, Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Daniel Beerbohm - (Potluck Brunch 12:30-2:00, Dance 2:30-5:30pm, Community Dinner -prepaid catering - 6:00pm) More Info
Presented by the North Bay Country Dance Society.

Tuesday, May 21: Mad Robin Special Peninsula Dance ( ENGLISH/SPECIAL ) at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Jacqueline Schwab, Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Daniel Beerbohm - note special location, time (7:30-10:00), and price ($25) More Info

Sunday, Jun. 16 - Sunday, Jun. 23: Hey Days at Sonoma State. (ENGLISH/CAMP) at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.
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 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!

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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, 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!

BACDS
412 Winding Way
San Carlos, CA 94070

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 February Board meeting is scheduled for Monday February 26, beginning at 5pm PST.

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

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