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The Bay Area Country Dance Society promotes, preserves, and teaches traditional English and American music and dance in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Dances During the Next Ten Days

Addresses, maps, start and end times, and lesson information (if a lesson is offered) for each location can be found by following the location link in each listing.

Saturday, May 25, 2019: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Alan Winston with KC & the MooNshiners (Karen Celia Heil, Elise Engelberg, Matt Knoth)  More Info

Saturday, May 25, 2019: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Sharon Green with Anne Goess, Judy Linsenberg, Charlie Hancock (for experienced dancers) 7:30-10:30  More Info

Sunday, May 26, 2019: CONTRA at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Open Callers’ Night with Kelsey Hartman with The Night Owls (Lee Anne Welch, Topher Gayle, Erik Hoffman) 4–7pm. To sign up as a caller, go to This Online Form  More Info

Wednesday, May 29, 2019: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Yoyo Zhou with Community Band Night, contact Erik Hoffman about sets & rehearsals! Come Play With Us!  More Info

Friday, May 31, 2019: ENGLISH at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. David Newitt with Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a & Strathspey Society Band (Betsy St. Aubin, Bruce Herbold, David Newitt, Heather MacKay, Patti Cobb)  More Info

Saturday, June 1, 2019: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Alex Deis-Lauby [NY] (calling Larks and Ravens) with Audrey Knuth, Chris Knepper, Josh Van Vliet  More Info

General Public: $12
Students/Low-income: $6
Members (of BACDS, CDSS or other CDSS affiliates) $2 discount
Supporting Level Admission: $20
Everyone is welcome so please come and pay as you can!
Prices may vary for special events or workshops. Check the calendar or website for specifics.

Upcoming Special Events

Sunday, June 16, 2019: SPECIAL at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Celia Ramsay with music by Transbay Contraband (Will Wheeler, Simon Lace)—Family Dance 3–4, Contra 4–6


The Bay Area Country Dance Society has been promoting, preserving, and teaching traditional English and American music and dance since the early 1980s. Our activities include:

  • Week-long and weekend music and dance camps in lovely SF Peninsula, Sierra foothill, and Santa Cruz locations.
  • Dance series featuring lively community dances and wonderful live music.
  • Occasional and seasonal special events, ranging from formal balls to workshops for dancers, musicians, dance leaders, and sound technicians.
  • Performance teams that bring lively and raucous English folk traditions to the streets, classrooms, farmers' markets, and festivals.

BACDS's activities are made possible through the efforts and contributions of our members. Please join us!

Consider making a tax-deductible donation

BACDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, so your donation to us is tax-deductible. Please consider including us in your charitable giving. Your donation helps us perform our mission! Details here.

Newcomers are welcome! Follow this link to learn more about our dances, or this link to find out what to expect at your first BACDS dance evening. We welcome first-timers at all our regular series dances except the Berkeley 4th Saturday experienced English (which is open to all on Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends), and the Hayward 5th Sunday zesty contra.

Sign up for Electronic Flyers and help save paper! Check out the current electronic mailing for links to flyers, website pages, and Facebook groups.

Want to get the latest news on BACDS events, performer changes, or hall updates? Join the bacds-announce email list.

Looking for folks to carpool to dances or events with? Interested in discussing BACDS activities with fellow dancers and musicians? Join the bacds-discuss email list.

Looking for community social dance, BACDS or not, contra/English or not? Join the ba-community-dance email list.

Looking for where your favorite morris team is dancing in the near future? Join the ba-ritual-dance email list.

Community members are welcome at BACDS Board meetings. Board elections for one-year terms are held at the May meeting; if you're interested please write to bacds-president at or bacds-boardchair at

The next Board meeting will be on May 16, 2019, at an as yet undetermined location.

For info, send email to As of April 2019 Board meeting locations will vary and sometimes be at a private home in San Francisco.

General info on Board meetings and location: here. If you are interested in following or joining the Board's online discussions about managing the BACDS organization, sign up for the bacds-board mailing list.

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