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Dance with Pride 2024

Registration is open to dance with Rhythm & MotionDancers’ Group, and Bopsidy in the 2024 San Francisco Pride Parade. This is your chance to dance your heart out through the center of the city alongside your friends, teachers, and fellow Bay Area dancers, as we highlight this year’s theme, Beacon of Love! We’ll be performing three fun, energetic routines celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and welcoming people to San Francisco through the joy of dance. Attendance at two in -person rehearsals is required.

Registration closes Friday, June 21 at midnight (or earlier if capacity is reached).  Read more…

Dancers in ourple shirts at the Pride parade

In Dance: Spring Issue

Cover for Spring 2024 issue of In Dance

Guest Editor Rowena Richie writes:

“Welcome, spring.

The articles and conversations in this issue — there are budding connections among them — explore the tension between what something is and what it means.”

Read the articles…

 

Community

 

2024 National Dance Project Finalists include 6 Bay Area artists and organizations

Stewarded by NEFA’s values and NDP program criteria, this funding opportunity will be provided to 20 grantees with the following framework of support:

$45,000 to create a new dance project;
$10,000 in unrestricted general operating support;
$10,000 to support a Production Residency in Dance and/or additional community engagement work; and
$35,000 in tour subsidy that goes to U.S.* organizations that bring the new dance project and related engagement activities to their communities. Read more…

 

Foundation Awards 2024 Rainin Arts Fellowship To Four Bay Area Anchor Artists

This year’s Fellows draw upon rich artistic and activist legacies in the Bay Area, bringing forth dynamic histories while also forging new networks of artistic production. While anchored in their respective disciplines, their work unfolds across multiple forms of artistry, encompassing various geographies and ranging cultural and generational perspectives. Read more…

NEWS

Upcoming Deadlines

For more opportunities, visit our Grants & Artistic Support Calendar.

 

The Oaklash Disability Fund

Supports chronically ill and disabled queer and trans performance makers in need of critical support. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • An illness or pain flare-up
  • Loss of job associated with illness/disability
  • Loss of funds associated with illness/disability
  • Lack of accessible work or performance space
  • Inability to meet basic needs associated with an inability to work full-time

They are offering small grants in the amount of $500 and $1000 to a select group of applicants in need. Selection will be done randomly though applicants who also identify as Queer or Trans BIPOC will be prioritized.  Due Sat, Jul 13.  Read more…

 

Zellerbach Family Foundation: Community Arts

Supports the creation of work by Bay Area artists and access to the arts for Bay Area communities. Grantseekers must be located in or serving communities in Alameda, Contra Costa or San Francisco Counties. While Community Arts grants are awarded as general operating support, application materials must include information about an upcoming project. Grants will be awarded in $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 amounts.  Due Mon, Jul 22 at 5pm. Read more…

 

The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation: New Works Program

Draws inspiration from the founding vision of Phyllis Wattis by supporting smaller organizations to develop unique artistic experiences. Grants support new daring and diverse projects across various disciplines while celebrating the inimitable creative spirit of the Bay Area. $5,000 – $20,000. Due Mon, July 22. Read more…

 

Alliance for California Traditional Arts: Living Cultures Grant

Seeks to sustain and strengthen traditional arts in the state of California with $7,500 grants to individual artists/culture bearers and $10,000 grants to California-based nonprofits and Tribal Nations, as well as other organizations and community groups with a fiscal sponsor. Projects involving any genre of traditional arts—including but not limited to dance, music, foodways, material arts, and oral traditions—are welcome. Due Wed, Jul 31. Read more…

Online Info Session: Fri, Jun 14 at 12pm

Black man up close, glasses, smiling, stack of pencils in jean jacket pocket.
Apr 2024

Beauty in Search of a Resting Place

by Michael French
An elderly man waist deep in the Atlantic Ocean
Apr 2024

My Father’s Swimming Pool

by Jo Kreiter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jun 18

Curated and presented with Queering Dance Festival Featuring: Amara Tabor Smith, Jess Bozzo, Richelle Donigan, and one TBC panelist moderated by Chibueze Crouch A panel conversation troubling and uplifting the liminal category of “Dyke,” exploring Dyke culture, Dyke identity, and Dyke history in dance. We will discuss the history of queer women*, lesbian and dyke dancers and choreographers in the Bay Area. How have they played a foundational role in the queer community and local dance scene? How have their stories been invisibilized or re-framed over time? From the 70s, 80s, and 90s to the 2000s, the definition of “dyke” has changed, with some feeling included or excluded by this term as gender identities beyond the binary have become more visible. Are we in a post-dyke era? How have younger generations re-defined what “dyke” means to them? How do older generations feel about these shifting identities? And how has all of this impacted the dance ecosystem in San Francisco and beyond?

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Jun 21

The wildly-popular FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of Trans & Queer Performance is back with edgy, exquisite, extraordinary dance, theater and live music … and is brimming with world premieres! Voguing superstars, Deaf theater visionaries, queer Salsa champions, Trans-americana music, taiko, hip-hop, comedy, South Asian contemporary dance, Bomba music and dance, and much MORE! The 23rd annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is thrilled to premiere new works commissioned especially for the festival by our 2024 FRESH WORKS! Commissioned artists: LBXX, Christopher Smith, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and Mark Travis Rivera. The festival lineup also features: Batey Tambó, DJ ONYX MOSCHINO ESCADA, Iman, Ishami Dance Company, Lottie Riot, The Monarchs, Queer Taiko, Sean Dorsey Dance, Shawna Virago, femme-cee Churro Nomi and more! KN95 masks will be provided and required. ASL Interpretation will be provided at all performances. Z Space theater is wheelchair accessible and has all-gender bathrooms.

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Jun 21

A joyful and diverse set of performances by Bay Area Artists. Hip Hop Dance, Tap dance, contemporary dance, singers, salsa dancers and youth performers.

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Jun 22

The wildly-popular FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of Trans & Queer Performance is back with edgy, exquisite, extraordinary dance, theater and live music … and is brimming with world premieres! Voguing superstars, Deaf theater visionaries, queer Salsa champions, Trans-americana music, taiko, hip-hop, comedy, South Asian contemporary dance, Bomba music and dance, and much MORE! The 23rd annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is thrilled to premiere new works commissioned especially for the festival by our 2024 FRESH WORKS! Commissioned artists: LBXX, Christopher Smith, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and Mark Travis Rivera. The festival lineup also features: Batey Tambó, DJ ONYX MOSCHINO ESCADA, Iman, Ishami Dance Company, Lottie Riot, The Monarchs, Queer Taiko, Sean Dorsey Dance, Shawna Virago, femme-cee Churro Nomi and more! KN95 masks will be provided and required. ASL Interpretation will be provided at all performances. Z Space theater is wheelchair accessible and has all-gender bathrooms.

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Jun 22

All-stars of the dance world come together to celebrate dance, music & American history. Former soloists with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, & over 40 Broadway shows, perform beautifully crafted pieces to honor the legacy of DMX, Little Richard, Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone & Maya Angelou. Using dance and music to teach and celebrate Black history, the power of dancers in their 50's uplift, inspire, and create a beautiful healing space for us to see ourselves and see each other.

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Jun 22

Featuring members of Asian Babe Gang, Queering Dance Festival, rupture, Bridge Live Arts, a worker-owned cooperative, and Bay Anarchist Free School Are you tired of bosses or choreographers barking orders? Are you organizing to abolish top-down business as usual? Working in a collective and facing tough questions? With a focus on dance and culture work, this panel conversation brings together members of six different Bay Area collectives to share stories, questions, and ideas about working without hierarchy.

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