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Bay Area Country Dance Society Calendar

Last updated on Sunday, February 23, 1999 (4th Saturday contra change).


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, February 3
The Berkeley contra at GNC: seriesmeister Erik Hoffman calling, Open Band lead by John Pederson, Michael Drayton and Perry Fly.

English dancing in downtown San José at SJS. Jody McGeen (programmer of this choice series) joins Alisa Dodson in calling, with music by Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff and Stanley Kramer).

Friday, February 5
FIrst Friday English dance in downtown Palo Alto at MT, with Bob Fraley and Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer) .

Saturday, February 6
The SF contra at SF, of couse... Jim Saxe calls, to the music of Squeaky Wheel (Jim Oakden, Charlie Hancock, and Chuck Aronson) (and no, they're not a hurdy-gurdy band).

Wednesday, February 10
Wednesday Berkeley English dance at GNC: your series host David Newitt calls, tunes by Laurie Edelman, David Mostardi and Craig Johnson.

Friday, February 12
That 2nd Friday Berkeley contra at FIN. Kirston Koths is your caller, with music by Paul Kotapish, Kyle Thayer and friends.

Saturday, February 13
The 2nd Saturday SF English dance at BET starts at 7:30pm. Bob Fraley calls, with music by Mark Carrol, David Strong and Anise Feldman.

The rollicking Palo Alto contra at PA features the well-traveled Eric Black calling, with music by Ray Bierl, Daniel Steinberg and friends.

Sunday, February 14
Contra till the sun rises at the Santa Cruz Dawn Dance at "SCZ". Great local bands and callers, 8pm to 7am with a midnight potluck. Call 408/423-5218 for info, or check out the Santa Cruz/Monterey Country Dancers webpage.

The East Bay square/contra has been cancelled--go to the Dawn Dance!

Wednesday, February 17
East Bay contra at GNC! Kirston Koths is the caller, music by on Open Band lead by the incredible trio of Shira Kammen, Chris Knepper and Charlie Hancock.

San José English at SJS. Jody McGeen and Alisa Dodson call, with fine music by Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff and Stanley Kramer).

Friday, February 19
Palo Alto's English dance at "MT". David Newitt is the guest caller, music by the usual stalwarts of Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Stanley and Susan Kramer, Mark Daly and Paul Kostka).

Saturday, February 20
A wonderful SF contra (at SF): The SF Scottish Fiddle Club featuring Alasdair Fraser is the band, Charlie Fenton, the caller. A benefit for the club.

Wednesday, February 24
The fourth Wednesday Berkeley English dance at GNC. Alisa Dodson teaches, to the music of Chuck Ward, Anise Feldman and Laurie Edelman.

Friday, February 26
Contradancing to music by two New England legends at the San Francisco contra at SF: fiddler Donna Hébert (Yankee Ingenuity and the Chantrelles) and pianist Peter Spicer (founding member of Fiddleheads). Charlie Fenton is your caller.

Saturday, February 27
[2/21] The fourth Saturday Fairfax contra at a special location for this month only--Marin Primary School, 20 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur (Call 415-380-8632 for more information). The dance features Elizabeth Douglas calling, music by Gus Garelick and Don Coffin. Here are directions to the hall.

This months Berkeley experienced English dance at GNC with Alan Winston calling and music by Mark Carrol, Laurie Edelman and Dick Bagwell.

Hot contradancing down the peninsula at PA as Los Angelina Susan Michaels takes the mike, great music by Suzy's Floozies (Suzy Thompson, Kate Brislin, and Maxine Gerber).

Sunday, February 28
It's less than four dancing weeks until the Playford Ball, so come to the first Ball workshop, in El Cerrito at ECV at 2pm. Jody McGeen will teach all of what's on the program, music by Charlie Hancock and David Strong.

& The East Bay square/contradance turns 8! Celebrate at 7pm at "ECV" with the renowned Cavalcade of Callers, and that fine community band Hell Broke Loose in Berkeley (call Kathrine at (650) 726-3495 to join). Pre-dance (and post-Workshop) potluck at 5:30...

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