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Bay Area Country Dance Society Calendar

Last updated on Wed, Apr 29, 1998.

MAY 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


Friday, May 1
Morris! May first is the traditional day that Morris dancing teams around the world "dance up the sun." BACDS teams will be joining in at Berkeley, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz... Here's more information.

Also on the first is the first Friday English dance at MT. Bob Fraley calls with music by the Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer) .

Saturday, May 2
[changed 4/22] A very special evening for the San Francisco contra at SF--local faves Québecquasi (Kevin Carr, John Hamstra, Caroline Cirimele, Barbara Mendelsohn, Laurie Rivin, Daniel Steinberg) are joined by three stellar musicians from Québec--Yvon Mimeault and Guy and Laura Bouchard. Charlie Fenton calls.

Wednesday, May 6
The first Wednesday contra at GNC. Series host Erik Hoffman calls the dances, an Open Band led by Bruce Reid, Ray Bierl, and Stefan Curl serve up the tunes.

In San José, at SJS, the English dance holds forth with Jody McGeen and Alisa Dodson leading dances, and music by Greenwich Mean Time (Kay Thorne, Vaughn Wolff and Stanley Kramer).

Friday, May 8
A fine evening of contradance in Berkeley at FIN. Kirston Koths calls, with music by those The Contrabandits (Kathrine Gardner, Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock, and Kit Nelson) .

Saturday, May 9
The 2nd Saturday English dance in San Francisco at BET starts at 7:30pm and features Alisa Dodson calling, with luscious music by Allen Dodson, Kathrine Gardner, and Charlie Hancock.

[changed 4/22] The Palo Alto contra at PA. David Newitt calls with music by Faultline (Betsy Branch, Paul Kotapish and Bobbi Nikles).

Sunday, May 10
& It's a second Sunday, so the East Bay Square and Contra will take place at ECV in El Cerrito at 7pm. Jim Saxe will be teaching and calling, with music by WB Reid and Kathrine Gardner.

Wednesday, May 13
The Berkeley English dance at GNC has David Newitt teaching and Danny Carnahan, Dick Bagwell and Craig Johnson playing for your dancing pleasure.

Friday, May 15
Palo Alto English dance at MT: Bob Fraley calls with tunes by the Somesuch Country Dance Players (Susan and Stan Kramer, Kay Thorne).

Saturday, May 16
and BACDS hosts several events at the free Lark in The Morning gala at the Cannery in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, see Lark's page.

Wednesday, May 20
Fred Park, everyone's favorite North Carolina caller, begins a tour of BACDS dances, fronting for an Open Band at GNC led by Mark Mueller, Craig Johnson and Paul Kotapish. Don't miss it!

Friday, May 22
The fourth Friday SF contra at SF. It features Fred Park calling, and Mark Mueller, Kathrine Gardner, Leon Bumanglag musicking.

Saturday, May 23
The Fairfax contra at FCC with caller Stuart Moody and music by dotGals (Susan Sullivan, Karen Warrick, Kathy Hirsh, and Adam Cavan).

The fourth Saturday experienced English dance at GNC. Ace caller Alan Winston (by day, mild mannered and stalwart BACDS Secretary to the Board) cshares the bill with musicians Mark Carroll, and Stan & Susan Kramer.

Another chance to dance to Fred Park ... this time in PA with music by Mark Mueller, Leon Bumanglag and Chris Jong.

Sunday, May 24
Some great goings-on in El Cerrito at ECV. First, a family dance and story session with Fred Park, Mark Mueller and Leon Bumanglag. Fred is a master storyteller, and the band will be great! From 3:30 to 5:30, followed by a potluck dinner.

& Then, at 7pm, an East Bay Square/Contra at ECV featuring Fred Park and and Open Band led by Mark Mueller and Leon Bumanglag.

Wednesday, May 27
Fifth Wednesday English dance at GNC. David Newitt calls the dances, to the music of the mighty foursome of Chuck Ward, Mark Carrol, Dan Reynolds and David Strong.

Friday, May 29
Fifth Friday English dance at MT. Seriesmeister Bob Fraley leads the dance, Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer) calls the tunes.

Saturday, May 30
The Palo Alto contra at PA features Erik Hoffman and The Crackerjacks (Chuck Aronson, Sylvia Herold, Paul Kotapish, and Chris Lewis) .

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