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Upcoming ONLINE Events

We can't dance together physically these days due to the Coronavirus, but we can still enjoy music and dance using online technology! Below are the events coming up in the next 18 days.

NOTICE: For safety, most "online meeting" links will ONLY be available via email, starting 9/21/20. If you get the BACDS-Announce emails (or Claire's Mailchimp weekly updates), you are all set. Otherwise, sign up here.

Monday, October 26, 2020: ONLINE Workshop Audrey Knuth leads the continuing Audrey's Tunes ’N Stuff Contra Dance Masterclass for Musicians, Mondays 4–5:30pm PDT (7–8:30pm EDT). For information and to register, contact Audrey at; More at

Sunday, November 1, 2020: ONLINE ENGLISH DANCE Sharon Green or Kalia Kliban with music by favorite recorded musicians! Sharon & Kalia call solo adaptations of English Country dances either to recorded or live music. Doors open 1:00 pm PDT (sound check and chat), dance starts at 1:30PM PDT. Link will appear the Thursday or Friday before the dance on bacds-announce mailing list (subscribe here) and on the Odd Sundays mailchimp list (to learn how to join that Odd Sundays email list, email Sharon at More information and planned set list at

The Online Calendars list past as well as current events, showing how many events we continue to support and conduct). See for more online music & dance events hosted by other organizations.


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 as their source of income.

You can Donate to BACDS to help support performers whose events have been canceled, as well as other aspects of BACDS continuing operations. A PayPal account is not required to donate via PayPal using your credit card.

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 or Zoom.

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.

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.

BACDS Grants: During the COVID-19 pandemic, while we can not hold our regular in-person events, BACDS is supporting our performers and teachers with grants to facilitate their continuing contributions to our music and dance community. See more about our COVID-19 Grant Program.

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. The Board typically meets on the third Thursday of the month, usually skipping December and January.

As of the March meeting, Board meetings will be held online. All are welcome to attend. For meeting access information please write to bacds-president at or bacds-boardchair at

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, starting promptly at 8:00pm.

If you are interested in following or joining the Board's online discussions about managing the BACDS organization, we invite you to sign up for the bacds-board mailing list. The more people who get involved, the less work there is for any one person!

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