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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. For details check the COVID Safety Guidelines page.

Today's Dance:

Tuesday, October 3: ENGLISH at Saint Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. Alan Winston with Bill Jensen, Paul Kostka, Valerie Rose More Info

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 3: ENGLISH at Saint Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. Alan Winston with Bill Jensen, Paul Kostka, Valerie Rose More Info

Thursday, October 5: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Music by Barry’s Favorites: Will Wheeler, Laurel North, Sean Wahl More Info

Friday, October 6: ENGLISH at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Mary Tabor, Patti Cobb, Robin Lockner - English dancing for all - dance 7:30-10:00 More Info

Sunday, October 8: ENGLISH at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Cin Barnes with Mary Tabor, Robin Lockner, William Allen More Info

Monday, October 9: WOODSHED at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos. Maybe you? More Info

Thursday, October 12: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Bruce Herbold with Bill Jensen, Craig Johnson, Michelle Masek - English dancing for all - newcomer lesson at 7:15; dance 7:45-10:00 More Info

Friday, October 13: REGENCY/ENGLISH at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with Divertimento More Info

Saturday, October 14: ENGLISH at St. John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Steve White with David Newitt, Heather MacKay, William Allen More Info

Tuesday, October 17: ENGLISH at Saint Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. Lise Dyckman with Craig Johnson, Mary Tabor, Susan Jensen More Info

Thursday, October 19: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley in Berkeley. Alan Winston with Beth Christian, Janette Duncan, Roxanne Oliva More Info

Upcoming Special Events

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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, October 28, 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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