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
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.
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
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.
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
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.