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BACDS Dance Calendar: May 1999

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Bay Area Country Dance Society Calendar

Last updated on Sat, Apr 10, 1999.

MAY 1999

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


Saturday, May 1
Morris! The first of May! Morris dancers around the world will be dancing up the sun today, and BACDS teams will be joining in the early morning revelry at four different locations; I've indicated webpages for more information. Berkeley Morris, 21 years old and still going strong, will dance up the sun at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. In Palo Alto, Mayfield Morris, Mad Molly and Deer Creek Morris Men will dance at "ConcreteHenge" in the Baylands--muffins and coffee will be served. In Santa Cruz, at the lighthouse, Seabright Morris and Sword will be out to kick off a day of dance. And finally, the newest team, San Francisco's Goat Hill Morris (no webpage yet, sorry) will dance on the east side of Twin Peaks in the heart of San Francisco. Other morris events abound this day and throughout May, see the individual pages for schedules!

Of course, there's the first Saturday contra at SF, too... featuring caller Andy Wilson with music by Rebecca King, John Light and Lee Anne Welch. Beginners' orientation at 7:30pm, as at all weekend contradances.

Wednesday, May 5
Berkeley contra at GNC, with the redoubtable Erik Hoffman calling, to hot tunes by The Earls (Ray Bierl, Alan Senauke and Marty Cutler) .

The San José English dance at SJS--Jody McGeen and Alisa Dodson lead the dance, Greenwich Mean Time (Vaughn Wolff, Kay Thorne, Stanley and Susan Kramer) provide the tunes.

Friday, May 7
Yes, it's a first Friday, and that means there's an English dance at downtown Palo Alto's MT. Tonight we have series host Bob Fraley, with music by Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer) .

Saturday, May 8
The SF English dance at BET starts at 7:30, with Bob Fraley and music by Charlie Hancock, Mark Carroll and Kathrine Gardner.

Palo Alto Contra at PA. Eric Black (Tokyo) calls this evening, with the wonderful band Sidesaddle (Lee Anne Welch, Jerry Ashford, Kim Elking, Beth McNamara, & Dave Ristrom) serving up the tunes.

Sunday, May 9
& East Bay Square and Contras at ECV... Jim Saxe is your caller, music by The Earls (Ray Bierl, Alan Senauke and Marty Cutler) , and the dancing begins at 7pm.

Wednesday, May 12
The second Wednesday Berkeley English country dance at GNC. Series host David Newitt calls, with music provided by Craig Johnson, Danny Carnahan and Avis Minger.

Friday, May 14
The Berkeley contra at FIN--Kirston Koths calls, with fine Irish tunes by Tipsy House (Jack Gilder, Chris Knepper and Junji Shirota).

Saturday, May 15
The SF contra at, well, SF. Charlie Fenton is your caller, music by the fine trio of WB Reid, Kathrine Gardner and Paul Kotapish.

Wednesday, May 19
English dance in downtown San José: at SJS, to be exact. Jody McGeen leads the dances. Music by Greenwich Mean Time (Vaughn Wolff, Kay Thorne, Stanley and Susan Kramer).

And in Berkeley, the 3rd Wednesday contra takes place at GNC. Erik Hoffman calls, with music by an Open Band lead by Chris Knepper, Paul Kotapish and Kyle Thayer.

Friday, May 21
A very special contradance benefit at SF to help long-time BACDS musician Gregory Wilson cover medical costs. The dance is from 7 to 11pm, sliding scale, and features Charlie Fenton and the The Contrabandits (Kathrine Gardner, Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock, and Kit Nelson) .

Lise Dyckman calls at the Palo Alto English dance at MT, with music by Nonesuch Country Dance Players (Ruth Anne Fraley, Susan and Stanley Kramer) .

Saturday, May 22
The Fairfax contra takes its monthly bow at FCC, with Stuart Moody calling to the music of 42 (John and Iseult Caulfield & Elisa Welch).

Palo Alto contra at PA, Charlie Fenton calls, with music by a hot duo from the East: Larry Unger and Elke Baker.

The East Bay experienced English dance at GNC--Lise Dyckman calls, with mellifluous music by David Strong, Mark Carroll and Dick Bagwell. The theme for this month--"Rule Brittania".

Sunday, May 23
& An East Bay square/contra to remember, as Jim Saxe, series host, calls to the music of Larry Ungar and Elke Baker. It all starts at 7pm.

Wednesday, May 26
There's dancing every Wendesday at GNC in Berkeley, and tonight, we close out May for the East Bay with the calling of Lise Dyckman and the wonderful English country dance tunes of Chuck Ward, David Strong and David Newitt.

Friday, May 28
The fourth Friday, so it must be a SF contra night--this one features Tom Roby calling, with music by the awesome The Crackerjacks (Chuck Aronson, Sylvia Herold, Paul Kotapish, and Barb Swan) .

Saturday, May 29
Finally, there's dancing on fifth Saturdays, too--the Palo Alto contra at PA. Tom Roby calls to tunes by Charlie Hancock, Kathrine Gardner and friends.

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