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Contradancing as only the Bay Area can do it!

39th Annual BACDS
Hallowe’en Costume Ball

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Contra dancing and Waltzes

at the First United Methodist Church

Calling by
Special Ghost Callers

Alan Winston
Dane Wallinga
Deanna Rubin
Eric Black
Jim Saxe
Ken Cheng

We will be using "gents" and "ladies" as the names of the dance roles. We expect these roles to be taken on by ghosts, goblins, or spectral entities of any shape, species, vital status, planet of origin and any or no gender, with whatever partners they may find mutually agreeable.

Music by
Pepperjack (Jess Newman, Derry Akin, Scott Jespersen)

Map to First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Avenue
(Near Middlefield Rd)
downtown Palo Alto

Bring Potluck Goodies to Share!

Admission: $15 ($13 for BACDS members, $7 for student/low-income)

Bring a potluck treat to share!

All are invited to wear a danceable costume and compete for a Ron Award
(named after the legendary costumes of Ron Shattil)

Please lend a hand and help make this annual tradition a success.

1991 Costume Winner

1991 Costume Winner

2000 Winner

2000 Winner

2002 Costume Winners

2002 Costume Winners

Hillbillies in 2000

Hillbillies from Mars in 2000

Hillbillies in 2003

Hillbillies from Mars in 2003

Dancers in 2004


Dancers in 2001


Dancers in 2002


Dancers in 2003


Please pitch in!

We need a few volunteers to help with:

  • Decorations preparation and setup late Saturday afternoon
  • Organize and set out potluck treats for the break
  • Hall cleanup after the dance
Helpers receive discounted or free admission to the evening dance (depending on how much time you can donate).
Please contact our volunteer coordinator if you can help.


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