COVID-19 Information and Resources

We are thinking of you. The health and well-being of the artists, organizations, and communities we work with is vitally important to us. We’re aware that many are adjusting to new realities and facing hardships, and Dancers’ Group will continue to collect and share information under our Resources tab.

Theatre Bay Area, Dancers’ Group and IntermusicSF have partnered on the COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

As of April 28, 2021:

  • The relief fund has raised over $637,449
  • Distributed $550,000 through 738 grants to individual performing arts workers

119 applications remain on the waitlist are waiting to be funded.

This relief fund is still accepting both applications for support and donations.

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All DG memberships extended through Dec 2021

As of March 2020, Dancers’ Group is reviewing its paid membership program and has extended all current memberships through Dec 2021. If you’re interested in becoming a new member, consider joining at our free Community level.


Performing Arts Discovery 2021 Showcase – Call for Applicants

A virtual international showcase opportunity to convey the cultural and aesthetic plurality of American life to domestic and international audiences. In this first round, PAD will select 10 artists to showcase virtually at this year’s Western Arts Alliance and Arts Midwest Conferences. Later this year a second round will seek an additional 20 artists and ensembles for additional showcase opportunities. Application opens June 3 and closes June 25, 2021 at 5pm PST. Read more…


Gov. Newsom Proposes Significant Arts and Cultural Investments as part of new Economic Recovery Package

On May 14, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his $100 billion California Comeback Plan to the Legislature, a comprehensive recovery package tackling the most persistent challenges facing California. The package includes several proposed investments in arts and cultural projects of the California Arts Council. Read more…


For You Performance Collective launches The Great AAPI Elder Print Off

Erika Chong Shuch and Ryan Tacata are proud to launch The Great AAPI Elder Print Off with For You performance collective and in partnership with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE). In recognition of AAPI Heritage month and in response to growing anti-Asian hate across the country, The Print Off will connect AAPI artists from across the country with 120+ socially isolated monolingual and bilingual AAPI elders in the Bay Area. Read more…


Upcoming deadlines

Belonging In Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund

Provides two-year grants – ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 per year – and networking support to Oakland-based BIPOC artists/cultural practitioners who work deeply in and with their communities to co-create aspirations to build a racially just city. LOIs are due by June 14, 2021 at 6pm. Full proposals (by invitation) are due by Aug 11, 2021 at 6pm. Read more…


Center for Cultural Innovation CALI Catalyst

CCI launched the newest phase of its evolving-with-the-times California Arts Leadership Investments (CALI) program. Rebranded as CALI Catalyst, the program provides unrestricted grants of up to $5,000 to California changemakers whose bold actions are shifting the arts and culture sector in ways that give underrepresented populations—Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities—more power and influence. Due date: July 15, 2021 by 5pm. Read more…


Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants

The Foundation seeks to fund a broad range of arts groups that produce and present innovative new work by Bay Area artists. We prioritize grant requests that best support working artists and place particular emphasis on funding groups that represent and engage marginalized artists and communities. Arts and culture organizations with annual budgets of $100,000-$750,000 that are located and offer programming in the SF Bay Area are eligible to apply. Due date: July 15, 2021. Read more…


Wattis Foundation New Works Program (LOIs)

The foundation believes in the critical role artists play in our communities—challenging boundaries, creating new narratives, and reflecting on the changing tides that impact our collective experience. The New Works program draws inspiration from the founding vision of Phyllis Wattis by supporting smaller organizations to develop unique artistic experiences. Grants support daring and diverse projects across various disciplines while celebrate the inimitable creative spirit of the Bay Area. The application for New Works LOIs will be open from July 1 – July 16, 2021. Read more…


Center for Cultural Innovation: Investing in Artists

The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to support diverse working artists in the Bay Area in the performing arts and media arts, which includes the disciplines of dance, music, musical theatre, opera, theatre, video, film, and animation, to name a few. As such, applicants representing a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic practices in the performing arts and media arts are encouraged to apply. In 2021, applicants from Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties are eligible to apply. The application period will open on July 1 and close on Aug 16. Read more…

AB5 Updates

On September 4th, Governor Newsom signed AB2257 which modifies AB5 and creates several exemptions from the stricter requirements around independent contractors and employees.

Read a summary or the full text of AB2257.

Sean Dorsey wearing a black t-shirt.
Apr 2021

In Practice: Sean Dorsey, Fresh Meat Productions, and Trans Joy

by Sima Belmar

As he looks back on 20 years of making and producing performance by trans, gender-nonconforming (GNC), two-spirit, and queer artists in the Bay Area and across the country, Sean Dorsey, Artistic Director of Sean Dorsey Dance (SDD) and founder of Fresh Meat Productions (FMP), is positively glowing.

Vocal activist Melanie DeMore leads a Skywatcher community processional through the Tenderloin
Apr 2021

From Containment to Expansion: A Tenderloin Meditation

By Marvin White

With From Containment to Expansion ABDProductions /Skywatchers Ensemble marks a decade of radical community-centered art making in the Tenderloin. This work heralds a future in which we celebrate, illuminate, and amplify what is powerful and unique in our most disinvested neighborhood. In honor of this work, we invited poet and GLIDE’s Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White to reflect and prospect with ABD/Skywatchers on the work on Skywatchers and this upcoming multidisciplinary performance piece.


Jun 12

SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts presents West Wave, a dance festival of digital and live performances. Pre-recorded virtual programs: Fri-Sun, Jun 11-13, 5pm PST Live performance: Sat, Jun 12, 8pm PST -- at Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama Street, in San Francisco's Mission district  This 29th anniversary of West Wave is packed with three live shows and eight pre-recorded videos by creators who appear in their own dramatic, comedic and musical dance pieces. Four different programs highlighting QT&POC -- Queer, Trans and People of Color will be shown over three evenings of shared programs. Ticketholders should check website for safety protocol updates. Our local arts community remains steadfast during Covid-19 in presenting new works whether it be through pre-recorded video, live streaming or live with limitations. SAFEhouse Artistic Director, Joe Landini, and fellow staff curator, Jesselito Bie, did not know what to plan for this year, so they had to adapt. The result is a hybrid format that updates this community tradition. They chose risk takers who desire to expand their potential with new formats and genres. Some are challenging themselves by combining filmmaking with their choreographic impulses. Most are up-and-comers building their performance careers. All bring a resurgence of creative energy to the 29th West Wave Festival. West Wave festival schedule: Virtual: Fri, Jun 11, 5pm:  Gina Stella dell'Assunta Sat, Jun 12, 5pm:  Sawako Gannon, Kevin Wong, Raven Malouf-Renning, Eve Chosak Sun, Jun 13, 5pm:  Snowflake Calvert, JP Bayani, Rebekah Enderle, Swathi Lakshmanan In-Person: Sat, Jun 12, 8pm:  Tachíria Flamenco, Dwayne Worthington, Rebekah Enderle at Joe Goode Annex

Jun 17

he Just In Case Woman - a dance installation that explores the relationship between survival and the search for safety in the 21st century. The installation features an array of chambers that will explore the changing roles, responsibilities and expectations of women in our fast paced, complex, and unsteady world. This installation invites audience members to deconstruct personal survival and the search for safety through a critical lens-- looking at how women are impacted by the broader economic and social systems that govern society. This installation highlights how these systems prioritize production and consumerism over creativity, nature, time, and community, thereby creating a life out of balance. The Just in Case Woman installation celebrates the wisdom, skills, strength and power of women to restore balance to their lives and families despite external pressures. Opening weekend will feature a multi-sensory dance installation with live performances, 3D elements, audio soundscapes and video with somatic artist Diana Lara, visual artist Kim Campisano and contemporary dancers Gizeh Muniz and Amy Wasielewski. The audience is encouraged to interact with the art while reflecting on their personal experiences related to safety. The installation seeks to provide a healing space, a place to nurture creativity and recovery in a shared environment. Project director and choreographer: Diana Lara Collaborator and visual artist:  Kim Campisano Performers:  Gizeh Muniz, and Amy Wasielewski Interviewees: Roberta Chavez, Mariah Rankine-Landers, Mary Fonte, Gizeh Muniz Music:  Tanya Tagaq, and music commissioned and performed by Cobrabob and Micropixie. With the generous support from the San Francisco Arts Commission/individual artist grant, and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

Jun 18

The final program of Diablo Ballet&'s 27th Season, Love Stories, features the wedding celebration from one of the best-loved classical ballets, Coppelia. This charming, lighthearted, romantic comedy staged by Artistic Director, Lauren Jonas, and Broadway choreographer, Sean Kelly, features a brash young protagonist, a doll that comes to life, and a dash of magic. Also included is the romantic duet, Carousel (A Dance) choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, inspired by the Broadway musical; and the fun and light-hearted Frugivory by Portuguese choreographer Bruno Roque. The performance was filmed in our black box theatre and Patrons can view the performance at anytime and as many times as they like on the weekend of their choice.   Performance Information: WHAT: Diablo Ballet presents Love Stories WHEN: Virtual Link will be available for two weekends, Friday-Sunday, June 18- 20 and June 25-27. TICKETS: $30 per household through June 9, after the price goes up to $35 per household. 925-943-7469, or

Jun 18

The 20th annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender, gender-nonconforming, and queer performance, showcasing dance, theater, music, poetry, and comedy – expands to two weeks of FREE online performances, presented from June 18-27 during Pride 2021 - and features edgy, exquisite, and extraordinary performances by 40+ groundbreaking transgender, non-binary, queer, BIPOC, Deaf and disabled artists and ensembles selected from the Bay Area and across the U.S.

Jun 18

About the Program The program will include excerpts from beloved classic ballets, Le Corsaire, Giselle, Carmen, and Paquita. You will also experience contemporary ballets by Nicholas Rose and Myles Thatcher. The Three Odalisques is an excerpt from a pirate ballet, Le Corsaire. Be dazzled by the athleticism and wittiness of the Three Odalisques. This trio showcases the defiance of oppression and the will to overcome. The Romantic-era ballet Giselle tells the tale of betrayal and forgiveness. The tragic story follows the journey of Giselle, a young peasant who is wronged by their lover and dies of a broken heart. The Grand Pas de Deux from Giselle Act II will transport you to the graveyard where Giselle's spirit reunites with Albrecht for one final dance. Celebrate love with the Grand Pas de Deux from Paquita. This joyous excerpt tells the story of Paquita, a Spanish gypsy who saves the life of French officer, Lucien. When it is discovered that Paquita is of noble birth, they marry in a big celebration. In this opening solo from Carmen you will experience flashes of freedom and passion, an exhibition of the strength of the independent spirit. Ballet22 is proud to bring Ballet du Funk to the Bay Area. Choreographed by Nicholas Rose, "...this ballet is a celebratory ballet, plain and simple. This is a celebration for me and my ancestors Blackness, queerness, and all that I am...HUMAN! I want the audience to get swept away in the artists' energy and the vibe they bring to the stage. I encourage everyone to really listen to the lyrics and jump into the fun of it all!" The program will close with a world premiere choreographed by Myles Thatcher, celebrated San Francisco Ballet soloist, and choreographer. About Ballet22 Founded in 2020 by Roberto Vega Ortiz and Theresa Knudson, Ballet22 exists to push the boundaries of what is possible in ballet while focusing on producing and presenting works, ranging from classical to contemporary ballet, that break gender normative traditions, specifically by presenting men, mxn, and non-binary artists "en pointe." Ballet22 is a member of Intersection for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. About the Cast Ballet22's cast includes dancers from Boston Ballet, Ballet Arizona, City Ballet of San Diego, Alabama Ballet. Each chosen for their brilliant pointe work and performance abilities, these mxn are challenging gender stereotypes and rebuilding what it is to be a ballet dancer en pointe.

Jun 19

Saturdays and Sundays, June 12-July 25, 11am and 3pm OUT of Site, San Francisco's performance-driven queer history tour, returns this summer with a dazzling new edition starring award-winning stage, television and film actor Tina D'Elia. Following the sold-out tours of North Beach and South of Market, this year's edition reveals the untold queer history of the neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury, a name synonymous worldwide with the hippie counterculture that emerged here in the 1960s. Performing two key figures from the era, D'Elia will steer audiences on a journey from the historic Doolan-Larson Building at Haight and Ashbury Streets to the erotic underground of Buena Vista Park to the former site of the notorious Haight Theater and several other points in between. Audiences will meet Peggy Caserta, a successful out lesbian business owner on Haight Street and inventor of the bell bottom jeans, outfitting rock's new royalty like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. She was also Janis Joplin's laid-back lesbian lover, later scapegoated as the cause of Joplin's untimely death. The tour will also feature George Harris III aka Hibiscus, the original flower power child who would go on to found the psychedelic pansexual theater collective known as the Cockettes. Bedecked in thrift-store finery, decaying flowers and dripping with glitter, Hibiscus left a lasting mark that's visible today across the worlds of drag, theater, music and fashion. We are committed to safely re-opening our local small businesses and arts organizations. This intimate new edition of OUT of Site will follow the latest covid safety protocols for outdoor arts performances and utilize audio headsets to bring the experience to life. The audience size for each show will be limited to 25 people or to whatever the current number is as prescribed in city guidelines at the time of opening.



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