WestWave Dance Festival Artists Speak

In addition to our interview with Joanna Haigood, we asked the 45 artists participating in this year’s DanceWaves and Film Night to offer up a first person perspective—or in grant-speak, an artist statement—that will provide our audience and readers insight into their work. As you peruse these, you will discover a variety of dance styles […]

Who to See When Your Body Needs Support: Health Resources for Dancers

This list of health care providers has been compiled in part with the help of dance companies in the Bay Area who provided recommendations, with additions from Dancers’ Group. It is neither complete, nor is it an endorsement of any of the practitioners listed. Official dance medicine programs exist at St. Francis Center for Sports […]

Presence and Liveness in Online Learning: A Lesson in Choreographing Students from Afar

For the past year, I have been working on a new choreography that premiered this past April 17-26 as a part of the annual Berkeley Dance Project (BDP) directed by Lisa Wymore for the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. I remotely choreographed the composition, entitled MOOCing?, for […]

A Turning Point

A bounty of generous resources from our dance community and the San Francisco Bay Area is how I found my way through a return of breast cancer and the death of my mother a few weeks before the mastectomy of my right breast. A list of resources that support healing, and living with cancer, is […]

Community Calendar

Do You YouTube?

Every week, I get a question from someone in the dance community about online videos. As a web consultant with a variety of dance experience, I know a thing or two about the subject. By the end of this article, I hope you will too. Why put dance videos online? YouTube and a number of […]

The Art of Storytelling: Kathak’s Evolving Connection to Religion

Religion is very personal, and yet, since the beginning of time, it has been of great influence to societal structure at just about every level, including the arts. For many dance forms, this too is the case and thus begs the question how or where does that influence exist today, and does an artist need to practice the religion that […]

Dancing Diplomacy; One Woman’s Journey to the Heart of Kathak

The traditional Kathak solo is alive and well. In India? Maybe not. But in California, yes! In 1992, I wandered into Pandit Chitresh Das’ Kathak class at SFSU when I couldn’t get into an overenrolled Flamenco class. It didn’t take long for him to instill a deep sense of awe and determination in me for […]

Online Salsa Class w/ Ava Apple

Join Ava on Wednesdays 7-8pm and Fridays 2-3pm FREE Online SALSA for Beginners FREE ONLINE SALSA SHINES (Footwork) Class – level I/II FREE Online Salsa for Kids No partnerwork so all can participate, class is ONLINE so even if you are brand new – no one is watching, just do the best you can! DONATIONS […]

From Kathakali to Kathak: Eight Indian Classical Genres at the 2014 SF Ethnic Dance Festival 

The weekend of June 14-15, 2014, is shaping up as an unusual opportunity for Bay Area dance lovers: the chance to experience a stellar showcase of Indian classical dance by some of the finest dancers in America. While an evening of wonderful Indian dance is hardly a rare occurrence in the culture-rich Bay Area, this particular confl uence has a […]