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Understanding AB5 and the Arts

Dancers’ Group is sharing the following information on Assembly Bill 5 that can make it more difficult for some employers to classify independent contractors, instead of employees.  Read this white paper and fact sheet to learn more about the bill.

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Please fill out Californians for the Arts quick survey to help them understand the impact of AB5 on the dance field.

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Free Webinar with Californians for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker and Stoel Rives attorneys Vida Thomas and Bryan Hawkins.
Tue, Dec 3, 10-11:30am

Theater Bay Area will hold a Town Hall with entertainment attorney Gabrielle Gomez, TBA Executive Director Brad Erickson, Californians for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker and more.
Tue, Dec 10, 6:30-8:30pm, Z Space, 450 Florida St

Grants for the Arts General Operating Support Fiscal Year 2021

Starting with applications for Fiscal Year 2021 grants, the Grants for the Arts General Operating Support grant will be split into two unique categories: 1) Arts and 2) Parades and Festivals. Read More

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Introducing 945 ArtSpace

Asian Improv aRts SF in collaboration with Lenora Lee Dance (LLD), API Cultural Center (APICC), and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) have secured a Chinatown storefront space and have received a Creative Spaces Grant from the SF Arts Commission in order to formulate a 3 year plan for improvements and programming. Read More

Afro Urban Society Announces 2019 Stage Lighting Fellows

Congratulations to the eight 2019 Stage Lighting Fellows who will study and apprentice the art and skill of theater lighting. Read More.

NEA report explores Folk & Traditional Arts Program's impact

A new report by the National Endowment for the Arts, Living Traditions, is the first analysis of the agency’s Folk & Traditional Arts Program portfolio. The report highlights the program’s geographic reach, its capacity to address historically underserved populations, and the activities and achievements of its grantees and partners. Read More.

Dec 2019

Cherie Hill: A Day in the Life

By Lashon A. Daley

As a black-dance scholar and dancer, I recently became curious about the methods and stamina—or shall I say “hustle”—that is required in order to maintain dance and dance scholarship as a top priority in my life. As a guest dancer in Hill’s newest work, She-Verse, I had the opportunity to sit down with her after a recent rehearsal and receive insight into her daily hustle.

Dec 2019

eMotion Arts

by Dancers' Group

Artistic Director Mariana Sobral and Assistant Director and Company Manager Susannah Faulkner discussed their company eMotion Arts with Dancers’ Group. eMotion Arts is a contemporary ballet company in their second season with a mission of spreading a message of Oneness through dance.


Dec 11

On Christmas Eve, 1944, SF Ballet presented America’s first full-length Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House, giving California the country’s first taste of “Nutcracker fever.” Now in the 75th anniversary year, Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker returns to the Opera House. Called "visually smashing" and "elegant and beautiful” by The New York Times, Tomasson's Nutcracker sets Clara's dream world in 1915 during San Francisco's world's fair. A special 75th anniversary commemorative book will be made free of charge to all guests, who will also experience festive décor around the Opera House, including romantic snowfalls and twinkling lights. Passport Performances offer an enhanced Nutcracker experience at no extra cost, treating guests to plush toy prizes, costumed character greetings, a keepsake mini passport, free treats at intermission, and carolers in the lobby, all within the price of admission. See website for details.

Dec 12

Smuin kicks off the holidays with the welcome return of The Christmas Ballet, a program featuring two acts packed to the brim with both breathtaking classical ballet and festive contemporary numbers. The beloved Bay Area tradition will bring back time-honored favorites and unveil brand new surprises set to holiday tunes and incorporating ballet, tap, jazz, and swing. The first act, Classical Christmas, features dancers costumed in snow-white ensembles performing flawless ballets celebrating the holiday season. The Cool Christmas second act brings a red-hot costume change along with a medley of lively modern numbers, including the iconic “Santa Baby” featuring a 42-foot long feather boa. “Sheer joy…the finest toast to the season,” declared the San Francisco Chronicle. The Christmas Ballet will tour the Bay Area, beginning with shows in Walnut Creek (November 22-23), continuing in Mountain View (November 29-December 1), San Francisco (December 12-23), and finishing up after Christmas in Carmel (December 28-29). Special addition: This year, Smuin will present an extra LGBQ+ performance in San Francisco only, with special guest Lady Camden in the role of “Santa Baby.”

Dec 12

This December, join CounterPulse as we revel in new community-driven, multimedia dance works by Cherie Hill IrieDance and Gabriel Christian & Chibueze Crouch that examine ecofeminism and religion through the lens of African Diasporic narratives.  She-Verse by Cherie Hill IrieDance is a multimedia piece inspired by drifting water, land, ancestors, bravery, and eco-feminism. The work is a meditation on dance, time, the body, femininity, and oneness with nature. Next, mouth//full by Gabriel Christian & Chibueze Crouch explores faith in the Black body, as told through the testimonies of two artists from the African Diaspora. By mining their personal relationships to spirituality within and outside religious institutions, they will create a new Mas(s) where all can feel truly whole and holy.

Dec 12

Join the Cairo Cabaret every 2nd Thursday (10/10, 11/14, and 12/12/2019) for: 1) Live Arabic music featuring the Georges Lammam Ensemble (Georges Lammam, Khader Keileh, Susu Pampanin, & Amina Goodyear) 2) Dance performances by Parya Dance, Abigail Keyes Dance, Janelle Rodriguez, Rachel Duff, Tina Vanessa, Kayla Belly Dance, & special guest dancers 3) Open dance floor & social dancing to Salsa/Latin Mix & Arabic/Persian music by DJ Nikolai Caswell 4) Fantastic Middle Eastern food & drinks Cover charge: $12 (discounted advance tickets) $15 (at door) Contact for more information

Dec 13

JOIN US FOR A WALK THROUGH A WINTER WONDERLAND!    Kathy Mata Ballet looks forward to this time of year and our annual holiday show at the Castro Senior Center, where we present classical and contemporary ballet pieces, all performed with live accompaniment, for your enjoyment and delight. We will be performing many different dance styles, including holiday themed, modern, lyrical fusion, contemporary, musical theater, character and so much more. We are celebrating 12 years!

Dec 13

Presented in partnership with History San Jose, The San Jose Nutcracker tells the well-loved story of Clara and the Nutcracker, while featuring historical references to the heritage that has made Santa Clara Valley the center of innovation it is today. The New Ballet Orchestra, a professional orchestra led by New Ballet Conductor Thomas Shoebotham accompanies performances of The San Jose Nutcracker.



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