Ecstatic Dance is what you make of it... a freeform movement space where: dance expands, spirit activates, boundaries melt, boredom ceases, creativity breaks out, hope happens, beauty flows, communities collaborate, ritual is reinvented, harmony resonates, and the beat deepens as an electronic tapestry of world rhythms weave us together, as individuals, within a greater family.
Tango (the Beat in Berkeley)
Prepare to enter the world of the Milonga by exploring the intimacy and power of the social dance Argentine Tango through music and the connection with another. This dance is one of the most sensual, intimate, passionate dance I have experienced.
East Bay Waltz is a casual social dance held each month on the second Saturday, featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up. Come enjoy some casual dancing with a friendly crowd.
The Gaskell Ball is the bay area's oldest and finest formal ball. If you want to experience vintage dancing to live music with elegant costumes in a beautiful 1920's ballroom, make sure to join us for the next Gaskell Ball. This is a affordable formal ball that gives you a chance to dress up in your tuxedos and gowns for some social dancing.
Peers (San Mateo)
The main activities of PEERS have traditionally centered around our historical and literary re-creation events. These have covered a wide number of historical periods and have included such diverse events as a Canterbury Tales Feast & Ball, a recreation of Lord Capulet's Ball from Romeo and Juliet, an outdoor Restoration Fete and Ball, an 18th-Century Scarlet Pimpernel Ball, a Mostly Mozart Ball set in the Amadeus universe, a Jane Austen Tea, Fete and Assembly, a Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Ball, a Sherlock Holmes Mystery Party and Ball, an Edwardian Music Hall, a bi-lingual Moulin Rouge Ball, a Tango Tea, a 1920's Speakeasy, a 1930's Mystery Party, a 1941 Evening in Casablanca, a Film Noir Black & White Ball, a variety of Victorian Balls and our famous annual Le Bal des Vampires, a recreation of a 19th century French costume ball. We can also often be found relaxing from the rigors of running events by enjoying ourselves at historic events run by other groups (We refer to this as "assisting" them).
The Bay Area Country Dance Society promotes, preserves, and teaches traditional English and American music and dance in the San Francisco Bay area. These dances feature a beautiful array of formal clothing and has a class to learn the dances ahead of time.
Ceili dance is much like the step dancing seen in Riverdance but far more casual and danced in sets (similar to contra). Absolutely no prior dance experience is required, we love beginners! We will teach all the basic steps, and build to more intermediate choreographies.