The Bay Area Country Dance Society Website

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Welcome, Newcomers!

We're glad you are coming to join in the fun!

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This is the dance form America grew up with: the barn dance, the hoedown, the fancy dress ball. It's been fun for more than three centuries. It's still fun. We think you'll like it, too. Here's why:

  • It's easy to learn. If you can walk and smile, you can do this kind of dance. The caller will explain [more ... ]
  • It's a great social mixer. This is "community" dancing. Come alone or with another; you're WELCOME either way. [more ... ]
  • It's easy, yet never boring. As quickly as you'll pick up the mechanics of moves, you'll also start seeing patterns, flow, rhythms, begin to appreciate the beauty [more ... ]
  • And there's the music Did I mention the music? It's all live music: fantastic fiddle tunes, driving Celtic rhythyms, Cajun and old-timey and [more ... ]

Want to try a taste? Of course you do! Many of our evening dances are preceded by a free newcomers' session to introduce the basics. If you are new to this kind of dancing, please try to arrive in time for that class (although it's not required). You'll feel much more comfortable much sooner. Plus, first-time attendees to the newcomers' session get a "next dance free" coupon!

For a list of upcoming dances and special events, visit the BACDS Home Page.

Oh and sure, while you're having fun, you can brag about the tradition. This is the dance form America grew up with, the barn dance, the hoedown, the fancy dress ball, and all the rest of it. It's been fun for more than three centuries — if that's not a trend, what is?

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