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The North Bay Country Dance Society (NBCDS) teaches and runs regular and special traditional American dances including contra dance, English country dance, and morris ritual dance. Our events are held in Sonoma County and Marin County, in the San Francisco North Bay Area.

Our Contra and English Country Dances are easy, fun, friendly and inclusive. All dances are taught and prompted, with live music. No experience is necessary; if you can walk, you can dance! Come alone or bring a friend: No partner is required, no costumes, no classes; just wear comfortable clothes and dancing shoes which are low, smooth-soled, comfortable and that do not mar, scratch or damage.

No running shoes or shoes with tread are allowed. First-timers are encouraged to come early for an orientation, and for simpler dances early in the evening.

Apple Tree Morris  requires a commitment to regular training and participation, and is more challenging.  Dances are choreographed and include the use of sticks, hankies and swords.  The dancersperform in full costume.  They perform traditional dances like "Speed the Plow" and "Curly Headed Plowboy."

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Love a Challenge?

Experienced dancers should calendar the fifth Saturday contra at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa. Programmed by Michael Martin, the fifth Saturday series now features more complex dances, fewer walk-throughs, and no introductory lesson. Flourishes are taught and encouraged.

We love beginners at NBCDS, but not on fifth Saturdays!

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