The Bay Area Country Dance Society Website

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All of us in California should by now be aware that the Governor has declared an emergency “Shelter In Place” order, and has banned all nonessential gatherings of any number of people.

As much as we might feel that dancing is essential to our health and well-being, we must cancel all in-person events until further notice. We’re all in this together! Let’s keep us all healthy!

We look forward to resuming our dance and other activities as soon as possible. In the meantime, please join our many wonderful musicians and other performers as they stream online house concerts and other tastes of the culture we love so much.

And please consider sharing the money you would have spent on dances to the stellar performers who no longer have those gigs. Donate as much as you can to help support our many musicians, callers, and sound techs, for many of whom this is their only or main source of income. Buy CDs directly from the band (instead of Amazon or streaming), support their Kickstarter program, buy a tunebook, book a remote lesson over Skype.

Consider Donating to BACDS to help cover staff payments for events which have been canceled (a PayPal account is not required to donate via PayPal using your credit card).

Wash Your Hands!

It's Cold & Flu Season (plus that other thing that's making the rounds), so please be sure to wash your hands often, with soap and hot water. We touch and connect with lots of people at our dances, so it's especially important to wash up before enjoying those tasty snacks, and before scratching that itch on your face. Please cough into your elbow or armpit, and not out into the room, and definitely do not cough politely into your hand that you are about to offer to your next neighbor in the dance Eewww.... Actual scientific experience shows that hand sanitizers are not as effective as plain-old vigorous washing for 20+ seconds with soap and hot water.

Wash Your Hands!

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!

Upcoming Week's Dances / Upcoming Events / Calendars for Current and Past and Future Months / Acrobat Printable Calendars / / Flyers from current mailing / About BACDS / Code of Conduct

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, 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 March 19, 2020, at a location yet to be determined. 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 February 2019 Board meeting locations will vary and sometimes be at private homes and businesses in the San Francisco area.

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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