Dance Repertory’s Vision Series
This annual performance series each March brings high school and college dance students to the stage to perform the work of emerging choreographers. School groups are mentored by professionals and assigned a dance “buddy” company.

Bay Area National Dance Week - April/May

This 10-day celebration of dance each April offers free events including performances, open rehearsals, classes and workshops at venues throughout the Bay Area.

Bay Area Tap Festival
A week of classes, workshops and discussions culminates in the Bay Area Rhythm Exchange, in which showstopping performers share the stage with live jazz accompaniment each summer.

Carnaval San Francisco April/May concluding with West Coast's largest display of ethnic dance on Memorial Day Sunday
Every May, San Francisco’s Mission District hosts a multicultural celebration featuring dance, music and a parade.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
A mosaic of dances from around the globe share the stage in this festival, held every June. The range of movement styles, from clogging to Mexican folk dance to Balinese dance, is inspiring.
San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Founded in 1976, this June festival offers performances in music and dance in a variety of folk styles.

Stern Grove Festival
This esteemed festival of free outdoor dance and music performances celebrates its 70th season this summer. San Francisco Ballet is a regular.

Isadora Duncan Awards (the “Izzies”)
The Izzies honor excellence in performance, choreography and contribution to Bay Area dance and give divergent elements of the dance community an opportunity to celebrate in the annual free awards ceremony in April.

Retail Dance Festival
Dancers delight unsuspecting shoppers with performances in store windows and inside boutiques during this weeklong event, held biannually.

San Francisco Aloha Festival
This festival, held each August, celebrates Pacific Island culture with performances by dance troupes and workshops in arts and crafts and island cuisine.


San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest
Groups big and small, professional and amateur, from the U.S. and abroad share the stage each November for this two-program show that brings audience members to their feet.

Trolley Dances
In October, this free festival (with MUNI trolley fare) takes place on public transportation with five professional companies performing at select stops.

WestWave Dance Festival
Each July, this festival combines a half dozen choreographers on each of the multiple programs, giving the dancemakers a chance to have their work seen without selfproducing and audiences a chance to see a variety of approaches.

Women on the Way Festival
Held in January, this annual event showcases the works of female choreographers, with multiple dancemakers sharing each bill.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
This free series offers outdoor dance and music programs in the summer months, featuring major players in dance, music and opera, and has included a “ChoreoFest” of programs combining multiple dance companies.



Dancers’ Group
In addition to serving as a clearinghouse for information about the Bay Area dance community and creating the newsletter In Dance, this nonprofit organization provides grants for small companies, acts as a presenter and administers the Parachute Fund for dance artists facing AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses.

San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum
Started more than 60 years ago as a private collection, SFPALM now encompasses more than 2 million items relating to Bay Area performing arts, including the archives of many local arts organizations. Its exhibitions have focused on America’s dance treasures and George Balanchine’s career, and an interview series illuminates celebrated dancers and choreographers.
A Dancer's Guide to San Francisco by dancespirit.com [2007]
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