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COVID-19 Information and Resources

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Choreographer Alice Sheppard Awarded 2021 Neilsen Visionary Prize

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has announced that Alice Sheppard, internationally-recognized dancer, choreographer, and founder of disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light, is a recipient of the $1 million 2021 Neilsen Visionary Prize. Fellow 2021 recipients are Kim Anderson-Erisman, PhD and Wesley Hamilton. Sheppard plans to use 100% of the award to create a fund to support disabled artists; funding equipment, access, care, travel and other needs related to training, development, and creation. Read more…

 

Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions in Folk & Traditional Arts Announced

The 10 new commissions showcase the urgency of cultural preservation and celebrate a broad array of artistic, musical, and cultural traditions. Congratulations to the awardees: Marcia Treidler/ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol/Art + Soul Oakland, Mahsa Vahdat/Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music, Tsering Wangmo/Chaksam-pa, Susana Arenas Pedroso/Dance Brigade, Devendra Sharma/Devendra Sharma Nautanki Folk Opera Ensemble, CK Ladzekpo/East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Charya Burt/Musical Traditions, L. Frank Manriquez/Queer Cultural Center, and Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ/Vietnamese American Nongovernmental Organization Network. Read more…

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Read our Commitment to Racial Equity

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.

Upcoming deadlines

 

East Bay Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts

Responds to the ongoing economic crisis, and ensuing financial needs of individuals, that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund intends to help the region’s artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who comprise the various and diverse cultural communities of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Due date: Wed, Dec 8 at noon. Read more…

 

Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists

Offers direct support to individual artists who have developed a sustained and intentional practice of working through dance and movement-based modalities to address social change. DFA will fund 30 one-year fellowships of a minimum of $30,000 per awarded artist. Fellowship funds can be used at the artist’s discretion. Awarded fellows are not required to complete a project with the financial award. Due date: Wed, Dec 8. Resources and assistance are available for DFA applicants. Read more…

 

Zellerbach Community Arts COVID Response Grant

Supports organizations suffering revenue loss, requiring operational support, producing and presenting, and/or engaging in recovery and reopening. Available to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties. Due date: Mon, Dec 20 at 5pm. Read more…

A woman with long curly hair, arching back while reaching up with her arm, standing on bleachers in front of a large window.
Sep 2021

Jazz: Digging Deeper

by Ashley Gayle

Whenever someone asks me to identify or define Jazz dance, I never have an easy answer. The Jazz dance tree is very dense…I’ve been inspired to reconnect with the roots of Jazz and learn more about its diverse history by embedding it throughout my dance career as a professional artist and educator.

Author Julia Davidson's former childhood Strip Mall Dance Studio, a beige single story building now housing a shop called
Sep 2021

Dancing Happens in Strip Malls Too

by Julia Davidson

Strip Mall Dance Studios have long stood at the periphery of my mental schema of Successful Dance Education, where Those Who Can’t Do go to Teach because they can’t Hack It at Real Dancing.

Real Dancing is always happening elsewhere—at sleek Big Name Company Dance Studio or edgy Movement Complexes (gawd knows I have some movement complexes). Even raw, unpretentious spaces such as the local Community Center or Church Basement contain Real Dancing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec 5

Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF announces the return of in-person performances for its annual holiday show, Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets, now in its 13th season of the production. Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets is a unique 50-minute version of the Nutcracker specifically designed for families with young children. The production features a live 9-piece chamber orchestra with Keisuke Nakagoshi as the pit conductor, Carlos Venturo as Drosselmeyer, Vincent Chavez as the Nephew/Nutcracker and Megan Kurashige as Clara. The Tchaikovsky score was re-orchestrated by the late Maestro Michael Morgan of Oakland Symphony Orchestra; set design by Peter Crompton; costume design by Richard Battle; and production and projection design by Frédéric O. Boulay. NEW THIS YEAR: Brian Fisher who performed the role of Drosselmeyer for many years is stepping down from performing and will serve as the production’s Artistic Associate and Rehearsal Director. Fisher has served as choreography assistant and rehearsal director for 20 of Foehringer's works. He danced for ODC/Dance San Francisco as well as others. He performed on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles and toured nationally with The Music Man and The Wizard of Oz Live.

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Dec 5

More Forever brings together dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher, a founding member of Dorrance Dance and two-time Bessie Award winner, with pianist and composer Conrad Tao, a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, in their Cal Performances debut. More Forever combines tap and Lindy Hop and is danced by the members of Teicher’s acclaimed company without tap shoes, in a 24-foot-square sandbox; Tao performs the piano and electronic score live.

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Dec 9

Megan Lowe Dances presents Tangram, an evening of dynamic partnering featuring Megan Lowe and Brenton Cheng that uses physical puzzles to explore relationship, geometry, and their shared Chinese heritage. Propelled by momentum, Brenton and Megan lift and are lifted by each other in ever-changing roles of mover and moved, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Tangram performances continue MLD's mission of deepening roots to heritage, deconstructing familiar tropes, and offering the fruits of those efforts back as thought-provoking dance performance. Choreographed and Performed by: Megan Lowe with Brenton Cheng Music by: Megan Lowe, Brenton Cheng, Zachary Abelson, Andrea Wang, and The Shanghai Restoration Project

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Dec 9

Not About Race Dance is a collaborative, choreographic response to the unacknowledged racial politics in U.S. postmodern dance. It features an all-BIPOC ensemble of five dancers that includes Styles Alexander, Gerald Casel, Audrey Johnson, Karla Quintero, and Cauveri Suresh, with an original score performed live by sound designer Tim Russell. Additional collaborators include Aron Altmark (lighting and media design) and Rebecca Chaleff (dramaturgy). Tickets: $15-35 (Thursdays are pay-what-you-can; Fridays include a post-show discussion) counterpulse.org/event/notaboutrace

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Dec 10

RAWdance’s intimate and informal salon goes digital – featuring short dance films by five guest choreographers. Hosted live by RAWdance Co-Artistic Directors, the 3rd Digital Edition highlights dances for camera, with a mix of short dance films, works-in-progress, and digital experiments. Throughout 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. Featuring RAWdance with guest artists: Leighann Kowalsky Natalya Shoaf Visceral Roots Dance Co. Hannah Westbrook ... and more! The CONCEPT series offers a high-quality performance experience with a living-room vibe. Join us as we all 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 always. “If anything can jolt us out of our digital doldrums, even for an hour, it’s the eternal sunshine of RAWdance…” -Claudia Bauer, Dance Tabs “From beginning to end, RAWdance’s CONCEPT series: Digital Edition [1] was a rousing success…” -Heather Desaulniers, HeatherDance.com

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Dec 10

Audiences across San Jose will be swept up in the magic of the season as San Jose Dance Theatre returns to the stage  with the 56th annual classic Christmas favorite, The Nutcracker, performing at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. SJDT will entertain communities across the San Francisco Bay Area with this magical Christmas story.

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