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.

Community news


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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.


Gerbode Foundation announces 2021 Choreography Award Recipients

Congratulations to the eight awardees: Artists in Motion Bay Area & Pilipino Education Project/Patrick Cruz, Authentic Arts & Media/Jose E. Abad, Dance Mission Theater/Adia Tamar Whitaker, Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance/Meridith Kaw?kiu Aki, Mosaic America/My-Linh Le, Noorani Dance/Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, The Lab SF/Indira Allegra, and Zaccho SF/Veronica Blair.


California Arts Council Launches DREAM Magazine

The annual publication features voices and stories from across the state, sharing a glimpse into the depth of impact of creativity and cultural expression in a region as large and diverse as California. The premier issue includes a contribution from Lenora Lee, director of Lenora Lee Dance, and features Hien Huynh on the cover. The print edition is available at no cost and a digital edition (English and Spanish) is also available for free on CAC’s website. DREAM is seeking contributors for future issues of the – submit the nomination form for consideration. Read more…


Report on Artist Space Needs – June 2021

In 2018, Dancers’ Group, Intersection for the Arts, and Theatre Bay Area formed a working group to explore opportunities to share space and deepen organizational collaboration. SF Arts Commission supported their work, and they called themselves the Space Alliance.

In the Spring of 2020, the Space Alliance paused its work due to COVID-19. In Feb 2021, the group reconvened and engaged Vogl Consulting to support a new round of research and discussion about the potential to share space, deepen collaboration, and address the space needs of artists and cultural organizations in a profoundly different post-pandemic context. Read the report…


Upcoming deadlines

PUSH for Campaign (P4C) Round 2

Supports dancers, choreographers, teachers, and administrators whose work is based in the exploration and expression of the African diaspora in the San Francisco Bay Area. This 2nd round centers on the theme of “Reopening” and will be distributing funds to 3 Choreographers at $1000 each and 20 runners-up at $200 each. Funds are unrestricted. Due date: July 30, 2021. Read more…


Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Special Grant

Support up to $100,000 for an arts organization located in San Francisco to highlight the cultural traditions of the Native American community. Specifically, the proposed project should provide an opportunity to engage and celebrate the resurgence and resilience of Indigenous peoples in traditional practices with an emphasis on California Native culture. Due date: July 21, 2021 at 12pm. Read more…


American Rescue Plan: Grants to Organizations

Provides one-time grants to eligible organizations to support their own operations. Unlike other NEA programs that offer project-based support, Rescue Plan funds are intended to support day-to-day business expenses/operating costs, and not specific programmatic activities. Applications will be submitted in two groups based on the organization’s legal name. The due date for Part 1 (Submit to is Aug 12, 2021 at 11:59pm ET for both groups. Read more…


Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists

This 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. In 2021, applicants from Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties are eligible to apply. The application period closes on Aug 18 at 12pm (noon). Read more…


Rainin Open Spaces Program

Supports nonprofits to partner with artists to create temporary, place-based public art projects that are responsive to issues relevant to communities in San Francisco and Oakland. Applicants may apply for either Development Support ($10,000-$15,000) or Production Support ($50,000-$100,000) grants. Accepting LOIs from July 12 to Aug 20, 2021. Read more…

Pre-application webinars:
Tue, July 20, 2021, 5-6pm
Fri, July 23, 2021, 12-1pm

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.

Dancer ArVejon Jones in a jump
Jun 2021

The Reclaiming

by ArVejon Jones

But I was never formally taught how to advocate for myself—there’s no class for that. But what if I had been expected to point my feet, hold my core, and be able to speak up for myself? What if there had been language developed to approach difficult dance situations?

Headshot of benedict nguyen taken at a beach
Jun 2021

stylish muscling

by benedict nguyen

dear reader,
welcome to a special edition of first quarter moon slush, a newsletter i started in 2018. in late-2020 editions, i wrote about dancing outside, running and biking, and floating atop snow. in 2021, i’ve been questioning my relationship to xtreme sports, including dancing in the wind, ice skating, and weight lifting.


Jul 24

Following the success of her ballet about homelessness, From Shadows (ODC Theater, October 2017), Choreographer Marika Brussel presents the streaming performance and world premiere of her new work, House of Names: an evening-length contemporary ballet reshaping the narratives of women and mythology. House of Names will consist of four original pieces, all focusing on women in biblical and mythological stories: Lot’s Wife, Cassandra, La Llorona and Miriam. Brussel will be exploring these stories with a contemporary eye: Lot’s Wife as a modern immigration story; Cassandra in the #metoo era, La Llorona as a woman haunted by her post-partum psychosis. And Miriam, a prophet and leader. Collaborating with composer Carla Lucero, Marika Brussel will delve deeply into these stories, making them new and relevant.

Jul 25

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.

Jul 25

The Power of Resiliency 2021 July 25- August 8 Resiliency continues to be a defining theme this year. One year after our first online series, we bring you more innovative programming. Join this virtual event that brings dancers and musicians from Cuba and Puerto Rico, breaking limitations in a digital meeting space. Cuba y Puerto Rico Dos Alas Del Mismo Pájaro Sankofa Short films by Fist up and Guampara Films followed by Q and A with film maker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Jul 25

AAAPAC & K*Star*Productions in partnership with Dance Mission Theater present Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now 2021 Summer Series 1, 2, 3… Go! An informal showing of solos, duets, and trios followed by audience feedback and artist conversations. Choreographers have been in residency at Dance Mission this Summer. Join us for an evening to check out the new works-in-progress and get a glimpse into the process of an artist. Featured artists include Gregory Dawson / dawsondancesf, Ashley Gayle / Visceral Roots, Shawn Hawkins / Dark Faith, Erik Lee, Yeni Lucero / KKDE. COVID precautions: Please arrive 15 min early for COVID screening process. Masks are required to be worn by all, regardless of vaccination status. Please note that the performers are vaccinated and will not be wearing masks. If you do not feel good, or if you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 within the past two weeks you must stay home.  

Jul 30

Join Deborah Slater Dance Theater and Studio 210 for an evening of dance films by Summer Residents Angela Arteritano & Alyssandra Katherine Dance followed by discussion with the artists! Virtual Screening; Held on Zoom This summer’s 8-week residency at Studio 210 culminates in a virtual showing exploring themes of identity & viewership, migration & belonging. Both residents will present dance films made in collaboration with Clare Schweitzer which explore the perspectives and experiences of historically marginalized communities. Drawing from her background in visual art and Traditional Flamenco, Angela Arteritano utilizes an interdisciplinary choreographic practice to generate a multimedia experience which encapsulates the many layers and dualities experienced by the body in migration in her dance film, "Retratos Migrantes." In "The Oriental Woman", Alyssandra Katherine Dance explores the stereotypes and fetishization of Asian women in Western culture and how, historically, Asian women’s identities are strongly defined by the misogynistic white perspective in Occidental countries. Performances will be followed by discussions with the artists, moderated by award-winning choreographer Deborah Slater. Closed captions will be available at this event. This event is held on Zoom, and requires that participants have the Zoom app. Access information will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event. Ticket sales close 3 hours prior to event start. The Studio 210 Residency is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at

Jul 31

Presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ChoreoFest 2021 highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene. Curated by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors Wendy Rein, Ryan T. Smith and Katerina Wong, the fourth annual YBG ChoreoFest is reimagined as safe artistic gatherings in response to San Francisco’s return to live, outdoor performances. Spanning three Saturdays this summer, on July 10, July 31, and August 14, nine local companies will activate and enliven the beloved downtown park with special site-specific performances. ChoreoFest - Day 1, Saturday, July 10, 1:00-2:30pm Kiandanda Dance Theater/Byb Chanel Bibene SAMMAY RAWdance ChoreoFest, Day 2, Saturday, July 31, 1:00pm-2:30pm FACT/SF Margaret Jenkins Dance Company Shinichi Iova-Koga ChoreoFest, Day 3, Saturday, August 14, 1:00pm-2:30pm CALI & CO dance/Christine Cali Concept o4 Fog Beast  



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