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Bay Area Country Dance Society Calendar

Last updated on Wed, Apr 29, 1998.

APRIL 1998

BACDS currently holds dances on Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays. Click on the calendar dates to go to listings for that day.

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Key to Locations

Please note: Except where noted, all dances start at 8pm.

BET--Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez (at Clipper), San Francisco. 2nd Saturday English dance, 7:30pm.
CCH--Catholic Charities Hall, 600 Columbia Drive, San Mateo. Playford Ball rehearsal dances.
ECV--El Cerrito Veterans' Hall, 6401 Stockton at Kearney, El Cerrito. 2nd and 4th Sundays East Bay Square/Contra dance, 7pm
FCC--Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 4th Saturday contradances
FIN--Finn Hall, 1819 Tenth Street (near Hearst, off University), Berkeley. 2nd Friday contradances
GNC--Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St. (near Oxford), Berkeley. Dancing every Wednesday: contras on 1st, 3rd and 5th, English on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Also the 4th Saturday experienced English dance
MT--Masonic Temple, 461 Florence St. (near University), Palo Alto. 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday English dances
PA--Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma Street (near San Antonio Rd.), Palo Alto. 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday contradances.
SCZ--CPDES (Portuguese) Hall, 218 Evergreen (near Harvey West Park and Costco), Santa Cruz. SC/MCD Dawn Dance
SF--St. Paul's Church, 43rd Avenue @ Judah Street, San Francisco. contras on 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 4th Fridays
SJS--First Christian Church, 80 South 5th Street, San José. 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday English dancing, September through June.
SRB--Scottish Rite Ballroom, 1547 Lakeside Drive (south end of Lake Merritt), Oakland. BACDS' Playford Ball and No Snow Ball.
TOB--Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, 1821 Catalina Ave. (at Colusa), Berkeley.

Icons for type of dance: = contra; = English; = Square


Wednesday, April 1
No foolin'! There will be an outstanding contra in Berkeley at GNC. Erik Hoffman calls to the strangely diverse band of Shira Kammen, Chris Knepper and Charlie Hancock.

There's also an English country dance at SJS featuring Alisa Dodson and Jody McGeen together leading dances to the music of Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff and Stanley Kramer).

Friday, April 3
The Palo Alto English dance, in the heart of downtown at MT, has Bob Fraley teaching the dance, with music by the wonderful Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer) .

Saturday, April 4
The San Francisco contra at SF features genial host caller Charlie Fenton acoompanied by a very special band: Western Massachusetts wonders Donna Hébert and Diane Sanabria, and local keyboard virtuoso Charlie Hancock.

Wednesday, April 8
The second Wednesday English dance takes place at GNC, with Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Charlie Hancock, Dick Bagwell and David Strong.

Friday, April 10
It's the second Friday contra, at FIN, of course, with Kirston Koths and the amazing duo of Donna Hébert and Diane Sanabria, this evening accompanied by Daniel Steinberg.

Saturday, April 11
The San Francisco English dance kicks off at 7:30pm at BET. David Newitt, caller, joined by Mark Carroll, Laurie Edelman, and David Strong, musickers.

Sunday, April 12
& Come to the East Bay Square/Contra at ECV with series host Jim Saxe teaching you all you need to know and music by those dotGals (Susan Sullivan, Karen Warrick, Kathy Hirsh, and Adam Cavan).

Wednesday, April 15
If you've had a taxing day, put it all behind you at a contra at Berkeley's GNC. Erik Hoffman calls, with music by an Open Band led by Faultline (Betsy Branch, Paul Kotapish and Bobbi Nikles).

...or head south for the San José English dance at SJS, with Alisa Dodson and Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff and Stanley Kramer).

Friday, April 17
The third Friday downtown Palo Alto English dance at MT. Bruce Hamilton calls, with music by the Somesuch Country Dance Players (Kay Thorne, Stan and Susan Kramer).

Saturday, April 18
The San Francisco Contra at SF: Charlie Fenton calls to the decidedly Irish music of Tipsy House (Jack Gilder, Chris Knepper and Craig Johnson

Wednesday, April 22
The fourth Wednesday English dance at GNC features Lise Dyckman calling to the wonderful music of Chuck Ward, Judy Linsenberg and David Newitt.

Friday, April 24
The San Francisco contra at SF begins a month-long run of special guest musicians and callers: tonight it's George Marshall joined by the outstanding New England band Nightingale (Jeremiah McLane, Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy).

Saturday, April 25
The monthly Fairfax contra, at FCC, spotlights caller Ken Olcott with music by Chuck Aronson, Joanne Weil, and Bill Foss.

It's a fourth Saturday, so it's time for another experienced English country dance at GNC. David Newitt calls, music by Kay Thorne, Kathrine Gardner and Judy Linsenberg.

Finally, the Palo Alto contra at PA features Kimberly McKittrick calling to Irish music of Tipsy House (Jack Gilder, Chris Knepper and Craig Johnson.

Sunday, April 26
Community Band night at ECV starting at 7pm! Hell Broke Loose in Berkeley needs you to join the band (call Kathrine Gardner at 650/726-3495). Or just come dance, to the dulcet didactic vocals of caller Erik Hoffman.

Pre-dance potluck at 5:30pm--bring a dollar for rent and a dish to share.

Wednesday, April 29
It's Fifth Wednesday at GNC, and an open band/open callers' night. band led by Chuck Aronson, David Cory and Joanne Weil, to grab a caller's slot, contact Erik Hoffman at (510) 444-4397 or

Of course, there's also a fifth Wednesday English dance in San José at SJS, with Jody McGeen and Alan Winston leading the dance to the music of Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff and Stanley Kramer).

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