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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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Today's Dances!

Sunday, April 21, 2019: CONTRA at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Kelsey Hartman with Jess Newman, Patti Cobb—Intro 2:30, dance 3–6  More Info

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.

Sunday, April 21, 2019: CONTRA at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose. Kelsey Hartman with Jess Newman, Patti Cobb—Intro 2:30, dance 3–6  More Info

Wednesday, April 24, 2019: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Alan Winston with Open Band led by Audrey Knuth, Betsy St. Aubin, Patti Cobb  More Info

Friday, April 26, 2019: CONTRA at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Erik Hoffman with Gordon Allen—Techno Contra benefit for Family Week Regular admission, additional donations welcome.  More Info

Saturday, April 27, 2019: CONTRA at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto. Donna Hunt [PA] with STEAM! (Dave Firestine [AZ], Alice Boyle [KS], Robert Rosenberg [KS], Claire Zucker [AZ])—Special price $14/$12/$7  More Info

Saturday, April 27, 2019: ENGLISH at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. David Newitt with Rebecca King, Susan Worland, David Mostardi (for experienced dancers) 7:30–10:30  More Info

Sunday, April 28, 2019: CONTRA at Hill and Valley Club - 1808 B Street (at Linden) in Hayward. Donna Hunt [PA] with STEAM! 4–7 Special price $14/$12/$7  More Info

Tuesday, April 30, 2019: ENGLISH at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Bruce Hamilton with Mary Tabor, Paul Kostka, Bill Jensen  More Info

Wednesday, May 1, 2019: CONTRA at Christ Church Berkeley (formerly Grace North Church) in Berkeley. Claire Takemori with Open Band led by Audrey Knuth, Chris Knepper, Erik Hoffman  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

Friday, May 17, 2019: ENGLISH/WALTZ/WORKSHOP/SPECIAL at Palo Alto Masonic Temple in Palo Alto. Lise Dyckman, Alan Winston with music by Robin Lockner, William Allen - BASIC WALTZ WORKSHOP Does the call "waltz around the other couple" leave you unsure what to do? Do you sit down when the band plays a free waltz? Lise Dyckman & Alan Winston, with musicians Robin Lockner & William Allen, will unlock the mysteries of basic round waltz. 7:00-7:45 pm, FREE (donations gratefully accepted). Beginners strongly encouraged!

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.

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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 April 18, 2019

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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