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Dance all day with old and new friends at the
25th Anniversary Party & Reunion!
Celebrate 25 years of fun!

Basics Staff Program Prices Volunteer! Got memorabilia? Food Directions Bring Contact

Contra Dance – English Country Dance – Squares – Morris Dance – Music
Meet new & old friends; dance new & old dances to new & old music!
Dance on two floors through the daylight hours
All welcome, whether you've been dancing 25 years or 25 days

Sunday, May 20 th , 2007

Nature Friends Hall
3115 Butters Dr., Oakland, CA
(near Joaquin Miller Rd., off Hwy. 13)
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Dancing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Here's the latest news on our cavalcade of BACDS callers and musicians!

and many other favorites, including

$35 all-day ticket, $25 day only, $20 evening only. Children half price.
Volunteer 1 hour, half off; volunteer 2 hours, free day OR evening; 3 hours, all free!

We need volunteers to help out with all aspects of the event. We especially need volunteers to spend an hour or two during the day itself with things like staffing the registration table, staff rides, BART shuttle, serving cake, and cleanup. Email Jens Dill at to sign up.

Parking is limited: make plans to carpool

We'll also have a History Room, where you can bring your own photos, videos, and mementos for display (get in touch with us if you want to arrange to send us electronic scans). Dig up those old pictures of Playford Balls, Dawn Dances, No Snow Balls, or local BACDS morris ales!

Button Collection: Bring your buttons and nametags from past BACDS events to display on community banners in the history room.

We can use help staffing the History Room, too -- email Julie Thomas to offer your memorabilia or to volunteer as a docent.

Got more questions about our anniversary party? Email

A variety of food and drink (including vegetarian selections) will be available for purchase, so that people will not need to leave the site or bring their own food for lunch and dinner. However, you're welcome to do so. We won't be able to sell beer or wine.

Directions: (First, carpooling is a good idea if you can manage it.) From Hwy 13 exit on Joaquin Miller Road. Take Joaquin Miller about 1/4 mile up the hill to the intersection with Butters. (Since parking is limited at the site, it may be a good idea to park on Joaquin Miller and carpool from here. There will be a carpool station at the corner of Joaquin Miller and Butters where you can meet to share rides. Please pick up people you see standing here if you're driving in.)

If driving - turn Right on Butters and go about 1/2 mile. Look for the small Naturfreunde sign, the BACDS Anniversary sign, the balloons, and a steep downhill driveway on the right side, taking you to their parking area.

There'll be a parking czar on duty. Follow the czar's instructions. (Try to be pleasant; he'll be out in the hot sun all day)

A huge outdoor dance floor is on the left, and the clubhouse is on the right. The dance floor has an incredible view of Oakland, San Francisco, the Bay and the Peninsula.

You may want to wear a good sun hat and possibly sunglasses for outdoor dancing. Bring a couple of pairs of dancing shoes. The outdoor floor is a redwood deck and may be slow; the indoor floor is a ballroom floor. Food and water will be for sale, but if you want to be sure of your beverage of choice, bring it (no hard liquor!).





10-11:30 Morris workshop(Cotswold) (Bampton with Alex Naar, music by Noel Cragg)

after workshop, morris program continues in outside grassy area.




11-11:55 English with Sharon Green, Mary Luckhardt, Alisa Dodson.
Music by Pickled Ginger (Avis Minger, Michael Siemon, Debra Tayleur)
Swords of Gridlock performs at break

(Morris program continues from outside dance floor)

11:30-1 — mass Morris dancing on hillside
Noel Cragg anchors band - all morris musicians welcome to join in!

12-1 Contra with Brad Foster
music by Three O'Clock Shadow (Erik Hoffman, Chris Grampp, Mike Stadler, Paul Knight )
Berkeley Morris performance at break (1:00 pm)

12-12:50 English with a cavalcade of callers: Alan Simpson-Vlach, Alan Winston, Joyce Uggla, Lise Dyckman
Music by Craig Johnson, Kathrine Gardner, Liz Dreisbach
Family Week Stilt-walkers perform at break

1:05-2:00 Contra with Erik Hoffman and Susan Murphy
music by Three O'Clock Shadow (see previous session)

Deer Creek Morris Men (and alumni) perform at break (2:00 pm)

1-1:55 The Future newly-composed dances, morris performance by children's team "Wildcat Morris", and more

1-2 Break

2:05-3 English with Bruce Hamilton
music by Community Orchestra
Berkeley Morris reunion jig at break (3:00 pm)

2-2:55 Squares with Lynn Ackerson and Jim Saxe
Music by Craig Johnson, Kathrine Gardner, Maxine Gerber, Brendan Doyle

2-3 Morris workshop with Randall Cayford
music by Joshua Lee and Abigail Craig.

Brush up your Fieldtown - Review Fieldtown if you're shaky, or just dance all your favorites!

3:05-4 Contra with Charlie Fenton and Andy Wilson
Music by Hillbillies From Mars

3-3:55 English with Bob Fraley and Jody McGeen
Music by Bubble & Squeak (Craig Johnson, Stan Kramer, Susan Kramer)
Mad Molly performance at break (3:55)

3-4 Lichfield Morris workshop with Alisa Dodson
Music by Hal Macbeth

4:05-5 Contra with Eric Black and Kirston Koths
Music by the Hillbillies From Mars

4-4:55 English with Bruce Hamilton
music by Claremont Country Dance Band

Goat Hill Morris performs at break (4:55)

4-5 Children's Morris Kid's morris workshop with Kyla Brooke
Music by Joshua Lee and Abigail Craig

5:05-6 Old favorites Contra and up-tempo English
with Brad Foster
music by Claremont Country Dance Band

5-6 Molly dance workshop with Jonathan Coxhead
Music by Jody Veahman


6-6:20 Happy Birthday, BACDS! Have some cake & ice cream.


6:20-6:30 Anniversary Waltz for all followed by ...
Performance: Jubilee American Dance Theater


6:30-7:30 Contra Medleys with Hillbillies From Mars
First medley (6:35 -7:00) : Mavis McGaugh, Lynn Ackerson, Jim Saxe, Charlie Fenton
Second medley (7:05 -7:30): Ken Olcott, Karen Fontana, Eric Black

Note: contra medleys require the ability to respond to commonly-used calls without hesitation. There will be no teaching or walk-through. Inexperienced or unsure contra dancers may find this a good time to get dinner.


7:30-9:30 Mixed set with Bruce Hamilton and Brad Foster
Music by Flashpoint (Jon Berger, Rebecca King, Howard Booster)


9:30-10 Waltz and couple dance party with Flashpoint