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 November 12, 2020:

  • The relief fund has raised over $597,356
  • Distributed $502,500 through 634 grants to individual performing arts workers

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

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

Community news

Updated April 6, 2021

The Bay Area Dance Week festival as previously hosted by Dancers’ Group will not take place in 2021. Over the last year, we’ve witnessed the strength and resilience of the dance community.

In the spirit of dance week, Dancers’ Group will promote dance activities by re-posting and sharing on our social media channels—all free and paid events that occur during the week of Fri, Apr 23 through Sun, May 2.

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All DG memberships extended through June 2021

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


2021 Guggenheim Fellowships Announced

Congratulations to José Ome Navarrete Mazatl, co-director of NAKA Dance Theater! Fellowships were awarded to 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists. Read more…


Inaugural Rainin Fellows Announced

Launched by Kenneth Rainin Foundation and administered by United States Artists, the Rainin Fellowship recognizes artists who push the boundaries of creative expression, anchor local communities and advance the field. Congratulations to the inaugural Rainin Fellows: Amara Tabor-Smith (Dance), Rodrigo Reyes (Film), Margo Hall (Theater), and People’s Kitchen Collective (Public Space), who were awarded unrestricted grants of $100K as well as tailored supplemental support. Read more…


Upcoming deadlines

Applications open for first ever artist-centered Guaranteed Income Pilot

The Guaranteed Income Pilot is grounded in the belief that when empowered with adequate resources, artists stimulate social cohesion, foster equitable economic development, and drive health and well-being in their communities. Over a period of six months, 130 eligible SF artists will receive monthly payments of $1,000. The program is a partnership of the Office of Racial Equity at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the Arts Impact Endowment—co-funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and Grants for the Arts—and YBCA. Apply by April 15, 2021 at 11:59pm PT. Read more…


Akonadi Foundation So Love Can Win Fund

Provides general support grants of $10,000 to Oakland’s organizers, storytellers, culture bearers, and healers who seek to ignite and implement a radical collective vision of freedom and racial justice. Applicants must employ at least one of the following strategies: local racial justice organizing, arts and culture, healing and wellness, and journalism or narrative change. Round 1 due date: May 1, 2021.  Read more…


Actos de Confianza: Relief Grants Cycle 3

The 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies. Opens April 28, 2021; due date: May 12, 2021 at 11:59pm CT. Read more…


Gerbode Foundation Invites Applications for 2021 Choreography Awards

Up to six $50,000 grants will be awarded for new dance and movement-based projects. The new works will be commissioned by Bay Area nonprofit arts presenting organizations with productions between July 2022 and Dec 2024. Proposed commissions in all dance forms will be considered for this round. Applicants must be nonprofits based in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma counties. Applications must be submitted by email no later than 4pm on Thu, May 20, 2021. Read more…


Zellerbach Community Arts COVID Response Grant

Provides general operating support to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties suffering revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events. Response grants will be for organizational stability/general operating support, and will be awarded for $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000. Due date: June 21, 2021. 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.

Founded in 2001, Fresh Meat Productions is a trans-led-and-serving, history-making organization committed to shining a light on and reflecting the light of artists who, despite increased visibility in popular culture, continue to struggle to find their voices amplified, uplifted, and represented in theatrical contexts.

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.


Apr 13

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) will present its first-ever virtual South and Southeast Asian New Year Celebration with a weeklong schedule of diverse cultural content featuring new year’s traditions from Cambodia, Thailand, India, and more! Following a successful virtual Lunar New Year Celebration, OACC is excited to continue the festivities for our Oakland Chinatown neighborhood and our broader communities this Spring. Enjoy engaging South and Southeast Asian cultural demonstrations, performances, and children’s story time, all from the comfort of your home! In addition to our online festivities, this celebration week will be the last chance to access our inaugural Virtual Community Night Market before it closes on Mon, Apr 19. Visit for the latest updates. This celebration is FREE to the public and fun for the whole family. The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander (API) arts and cultural programs that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, understanding, collaboration, and social justice. For more information visit For information, images, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Akemi Chan-Imai by email:

Apr 13

Bridging a performing arts gap created by the pandemic, Yale Schwarzman Center (YSC) has partnered with the Yale Dance Lab and 16 renowned dance artists to launch a 16-episode series, dubbed Transpositions: Dance Poems for an Online World, which features digital dance poems, performed by 66 dancers from 12 dance groups and a variety of genres. Each weekly episode knits together local, national, and international communities of dance and explores the continuous and interrupted dance practices in digital life. New episodes, along with behind-the-scenes interviews, are scheduled to air from February 15 through May 10. Transpositions began when Emily Coates (associate professor and director of dance in the Theater and Performance Studies Program) matched dance artists from New Haven, Philadelphia, New York, and South Africa with dancers based on mutual interests in dance styles, or, conversely, because “the match may pose a direct collision of different backgrounds and styles that might broaden the dancers’ knowledge of choreographic processes.” Each choreographer worked with a group of dancers for two 2-hour sessions to experiment and explore ideas to create a digital dance poem. About YSC: Yale Schwarzman Center (YSC) is transformational for Yale in providing, for the first time, a center for student life and the arts at the historic heart of the Yale University campus.      YSC produces digital programs and collaborative arts experiences geared toward audiences within and beyond the Yale campus. Learn more at About the Yale Dance Lab: The Yale Dance Lab promotes cross-disciplinary research in dance through partnerships with schools and departments across Yale’s campus. The Dance Lab emphasizes studio practice, whether reconstructing older works or experimenting with new ideas, as a unique form of research, revealing an artist’s choreographic vision and historical milieu. The discipline, ritual, and repetition inherent in creative practice forms the Lab’s core knowledge—Dance Lab members deepen their technical strength and artistry, even as they gain insight into some of the most powerful sociopolitical ideas of our time. Learn more at

Apr 13

The Festival runs from Tue, April 6– Sat, May 8. The Cal State East Bay Department of Theatre and Dance is collaborating with Dandelion Dancetheater and a wildly diverse group of artists, activists, free-thinkers, and creative rabble-rousers to launch the first annual Inclusive Performance Festival (IPF) throughout April/May 2021. The IPF is a grass-roots, DIY, radically inclusive, process-oriented festival that is experimenting with sharing performance in accessible, relevant, life-affirming, and innovative ways to meet the needs of many intersecting communities in this new era for the arts. Planned collectively by a council of Queer, BIPOC, Autistic, Disabled, Jewish, Neurodivergent, Fat, Young, Elder, Outsider, and uncategorizable artists, the festival will present virtual, in-person, and hybrid dance, music, theatre, drag, ritual, educational, and participatory performances, discussions, workshops, ceremonies, and more. IPF is directed by Eric Kupers in collaboration with a planning council of event organizers, and will feature: the Wandering Ensemble, SNJV Shapes and Shades Dance Company Wildance Emmaly Wiederholt & Tonya Rivera Evangel King Dancing Earth Creations Us in the U.S. the CSUEB Pilipinx American Student Association Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers Dandelion Dancetheater Ultrasonic Curren the College Link Program Mohini Studio Rebekah Enderle the Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble and more.

Apr 14

Where does your identity begin <> end? Combustible is CounterPulse’s highly-acclaimed dance/technology residency that carves a place to experiment on the edge of what is known. Join us this April for two immersive, internationally-devised and intermedia dance/installation works that alter perceptions through a dystopian machinescape and mediated interactivity.

Apr 16

Sean Dorsey Dance brings our 2021 home season INTO YOUR HOME! Join us for a FIRST LOOK at Sean Dorsey Dance’s new multi-year project: THE LOST ART OF DREAMING explores and creates expansive Futures for our communities. Over the past year, Sean Dorsey Dance has been rehearsing (on Zoom), dreaming, planning, filming and creating for YOU! Register for your free ticket to view a special program we’ll stream on YouTube, featuring: The world premiere of new dance films by Sean Dorsey Dance A special message from Sean Dorsey Exclusive access to preview upcoming activities from our THE LOST ART OF DREAMING project Register in advance for a free ticket (we will send you the link to watch!) Dates & Times: Friday April 16 @ 5pm PDT (6pm MDT / 8pm EDT) Saturday April 17 @ 5pm PDT (6pm MDT / 8pm EDT) Sunday April 18: available on-demand all day NOTE: the same program will be streamed at all dates Donations welcome! Access: All programs will be held online, and will be Closed-Captioned for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing audiences. Access questions? Email our Access Coordinator at

Apr 16

A virtual event centering 6 dances written inside Norco Prison, a 40-minute dance film, 11 artists conversing on dancing in carceral spaces (7 choreographic interpreters, 4 formerly incarcerated narrators) Produced by Dancing Through Prison Walls and 18th Street Arts Center (Spanish translation available) In 2016, choreographer and educator, Suchi Branfman, began a five-year choreographic residency inside the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security state men’s prison in Norco, California. The project, dubbed Dancing Through Prison Walls, developed into a critical dialogue about freedom, confinement, and ways for surviving restriction, limitations, and denial of liberty through the act of dancing.  It is an honor to dance these works into the “free” world. Highlighting six of the dances written/choreographed inside the prison by Brandon Alexander, Richie Martinez, Landon Reynolds and Terry Sakamoto Jr., this event includes a film of the written work transformed into embodied dances in sites throughout the Santa Monica civic center area, drawing focus to the nation’s school to prison nexus (Meiners, 2007), followed by a conversation with the eleven artists involved.  With artistic direction by Suchi Branfman and cinematography by Tom Tsai, the dances are narrated by Marc Antoni Charcas, Ernst Fenelon Jr., Richie Martinez and Romarilyn Ralston (formerly incarcerated movers and organizers) and choreographically interpreted by a group of brilliant choreographers: Bernard Brown, Jay Carlon, Irvin Gonzalez, Kenji Igus, Brianna Mims and Tom Tsai (all of whom have joined Branfman dancing inside the Norco prison). Each team was entrusted with bringing one of the written dances to action. Between them, they are steeped in hip hop, tap, breaking, performance art, quebradita, spoken word, Butoh and contemporary dance forms. Released from prison during the summer of 2020, Richie Martinez joins the cast as he narrates and performs in “Richie’s Disappearing Acts” which he wrote while incarcerated at the Norco prison during the pandemic.  In December 2020, Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic was published by the inimitable Sming Sming Books. Benefiting the authors, Critical Resistance and California Coalition for Women Prisoners,  the 2nd edition of the sold out book is forthcoming. This project was made possible by Art of Recovery, an initiative of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, @Cityof SantaMonica



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