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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

 

Read our Commitment to Racial Equity

 

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.

 

Naomi and Zakarya Diouf of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company are NEA National Heritage Fellows

On March 4, 2021 at 5pm PST, these Oakland-based artists will be featured in “The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows,” a pre-recorded, virtual trip across the country taking viewers into the homes and communities where the 2020 National Heritage Fellows live and create. Read more…

 

ODC Announces New Health Initiatives Program Director
Rachel Abair

In this new role, Abair will be responsible for designing and coordinating all of ODC’s health initiatives, including ODC fit, ODC’s Healthy Dancers’ Clinic(HDC), as well as ODC’s multi-disciplinary programming for seniors. Read More

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Upcoming deadlines

Spring 2021 CA$H Dance Application Open! 

NEW — The CA$H Dance grant can be used for a project, to support your artistic process generally, or to support you as an artist/organization. This is often referred to as general operating support. Deadline: Wed, Apr 7. 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…

 

Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions – Folk and Traditional Arts LOI submissions now open

Commissions will support the creation of 10 new works in the folk & traditional arts to premiere in the Bay Area between 2021-2024. The commissions will fund projects based in performative genres. This year’s awards are being administered by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA). LOIs are due on March 8, 2021. If invited, full proposals are due May 18, 2021. Read more…

View the recording of a previous info session.

 

Creative Capital Award

Creative Capital supports forward-thinking and adventurous artists across the country by providing up to $50,000 in project funding, counsel, and career development services. The application is open to artists, collectives, and collaborations working in all disciplines starting Feb 1 through March 1, 2021 at 4pm ET. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mar 1

Saint Mary's College's Children's Tales From Around the Globe is an on-demand dance theatre film of stories inspired by the books Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola, My Feet Are Laughing by Lissette Norman, Call Me Tree by Maya Christina Gonzalez, The Corn Story, and other favorite childhood tales from the Saint Mary's College dancers'/actors' diverse cultures. Post-show discussion topics and ideas for lessons can be emailed to teachers who are interested and indicate their desire for this material.   The film will be available on demand to watch at your convenience starting Feb. 19, 2021. The running time is expected to be about 30 minutes, but you may pause, or watch each 5 minute segment at a later time. The theme of the show is Inclusion and Identity. All ages will enjoy this show, but it is primarily targeted to preschool through third graders.

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Mar 5

Dance in Revolt(ing) Times (D.I.R.T.) Festival 2021: Harriet’s Gun, Shapeshifting Towards a Radically Imagined Black Future is a ritual of black joy, possibility, and healing. As we reckon with the 30 years between Rodney King and Breonna Taylor, Black artists tell their stories, uplift creative medicine, and conjure hope. Virtual performances include Two distinct programs featuring 18 artists. Presented by Dance Mission Theater and curated by Sarah Crowell and Adia Tamar Whitaker with work by Zaccho Dance Theater, Afro Urban Society, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and many others. Program A will be March 5 and Program B is March 13.

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Mar 5

Join Studio 210 and Deborah Slater Dance Theater at this virtual performance event by our Winter 2021 Residents: Cynthia Ling Lee and Bahiya Movement! The performance will be a culmination of an 8-week residency and will explore rituals of grief and healing in response to our current moment of crisis. In Grief Rituals/Somatic Scores for Living During a Pandemic, Cynthia Ling Lee has been exploring participatory structures that create intimacy, invite somatic embodiment, and offer communal rituals for processing grief and trauma. Ranging from audio-based improvisational scores to carefully crafted mourning rituals on Zoom, her work asks questions specific to our current moment. Bahiya Movement will present and perform in Abacus, a movement performance in which “abused feelings reject the calculated process of healing.” Exploring the body’s response to trauma and challenges brought about by recovery, Bahiya Movement seeks to uncover the painful process of healing and the strength one must find to persevere. This event will be hosted on Zoom and tickets are a suggested donation of $5-$50. Proceeds support the Residency program and Studio 210, helping us continue to offer this opportunity to performing artists throughout the greater Bay Area. If you are unable to donate at this time, but would like to attend, please email residency@deborahslater.org for a free URL to the event. Audience participation is the final major component of this residency for the artists and we invite the audience to participate in a discussion following the performance portion of the evening. The artists will first ask questions of the audience and then the audience will have an opportunity to ask the artists and performers questions. Visit www.deborahslater.org/residency to learn more about Studio 210's Residency. The Studio 210 Residency is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

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Mar 26

RAWdance’s intimate and informal salon goes digital – featuring short dance films by five guest choreographers, a DJ’ed dance party, and more! Hosted live by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors, Katerina Wong, Wendy Rein, and Ryan T. Smith, the 2nd Digital Edition will highlight dance for camera, with a mix of short dance films completed as we all continue living under the necessary pandemic restrictions, as well as works-in-progress and digital experiments. It will be followed by a full on dance party! Throughout and following the event, audiences will be encouraged to share impressions and feedback with the choreographers, helping provide an outside perspective as they continue to craft their works. All ticket profits will be shared equally amongst the participating guest artists. The Concept Series has always aimed to create a high quality performance experience with a living-room vibe. Here’s another chance to tune in from our actual living rooms, to connect to what’s brewing for dance makers and to reconnect as a community. Complete with popcorn breaks, as usual.

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Jan 2021

I Wonder if My Neighbors Can Hear Me Singing

by Bhumi Patel

In March, when we received the Stay at Home Order, I was burnt out. Most days, I was driving in circles around the Bay to keep up with my freelance gigs, eating peanut butter sandwiches in my car between jobs, and desperately in need of a break. I couldn’t have imagined when we received that first Stay at Home order on March 16 that we would be here now.

It’s January 2021 as you read this, but I’m writing to you on an early December morning of clear blue skies and crisp air, having just looked at a map that describes 99% of the population of California in places of widespread transmission, the highest tier. We are on the precipice of another sweeping Stay at Home Order, with hospitals nearing capacity. For some of us, this does not affect us – we have not been leaving our houses for nonessential purposes so we will continue to not leave our homes for nonessential purposes. For some, this may mean loss: of work or otherwise. For others, this could mean something else entirely.

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Jan 2021

What’s in a Conversation?

By Jochelle Pereña

“We had an incredible Practitioner Exchange last night!” I tell my Luna colleagues, “I laughed, I even cried, we danced around, and the conversation just flowed.” I realize as I’m saying this, that I’m not fully describing the depth of the discussion, and that in fact, it sounds a bit trite. But my colleagues are curious, “Great! What did you learn?” I pause, mouth open, stumped. What did I learn? What am I actually learning from all these Exchanges? What’s in a conversation?

At Luna, we’ve been offering informal community conversations around dance teaching inquiry for over 10 years under various names and formats—Topic Tuesdays, Issues of Practice, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

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