Bay Area Dance Week

Alt text: Advertisement featuring a dancer wearing a traditional Mohiniyattom pleated skirt and scarf, and 4 round images; a smiling dancer with a billowing blue traditional skirt, a group of fat-identified contemporary dancers, a group of male and nonbinary ballet dancers on pointe, and a group of vogue dancers. Text Reads: “April 26-May 5, 2024. Bay area dance week. ALL DANCE. ALL FREE. ALL WEEK. (Left) CounterPulse Saraswathy Lakshmivaraham, photo by Sean Anomie; (Clockwise from bottom) Arenas Dance Company, photo by Jim Watkins; Big Moves’ emFATic DANCE, photo by Lisa J. Ellis; Ballet22, photo by Natasha Adorlee; Joaquese Whitfield, photo by Jim Watkins”April 26 – May 5, 2024

all dance, all free, all week


Registration is open for artists and organizations to add free events open to the public during April 26 – May 5, 2024.

To register your free events for Dance Week:

  1. Visit the Bay Area Dance Week Bopsidy Hub
  2. Log in to your Bopsidy profile.  New to Bopsidy? Visit and Sign up!
  3. Click “Submit an Event” and fill in your details. For more instructions, click here.

Curious about what you might offer in 2024? View 2023 events to see examples of the type and range of activity.


Join us for the Kickoff!
April 27 at Yerba Buena Gardens


Rhythm & Motion will lead One Dance.
No experience needed.

Learn the moves & register to let us know you’ll be there!

The Festival

10 days of free dance events celebrating our dynamic and diverse Bay Area dance community. Watch inspiring artists, practice your own style, or discover a new groove. Participating each year is easy and everything is free.

Event hosts around the Bay Area can submit free events to take place during Dance Week, ranging from classes, performances, open studios, workshops, and more.

Participants can explore the Bay Area Dance Week Hub in March and April to sign up for free events and customize their own Dance Week experience. Become a free community member to receive updates on Bay Area Dance Week and stay in the know about dance jobs, auditions, performances, discounts, and more.

Whether hip hop, hula, salsa, aerial, folk, modern, Bollywood, ballet, West African, or many more – Join together in dance, regardless of cultural background, race, faith, size, shape, sexuality, gender, or ability or age.


History of Bay Area Dance Week

National Dance Week was founded in 1981 to increase awareness of dance and its contributions to our national culture. The first Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) festival grew out of a public dialogue in 1998, when dance artists, administrators, and organizations came together to explore how best to spotlight Bay Area dance during National Dance Week. The festival that emerged took a national initiative and imbued it with the innovative and inclusive spirit of the Bay Area. As the largest per capita center for dance in the United States, the Bay Area’s festivities have been the most extensive and best attended celebrations in the country since BADW’s inception. Each year, over 100 dance organizations and artists present events during Bay Area Dance Week, involving more than 2,500 artists and 20,000 attendees.

Bay Area Dance Week is presented by Dancers’ Group.


Watch Past Dance Week Videos

Thumbnail images of six Bay Area Dance week videos on YouTube


Selected Press

Making Moves – East Bay Express – April 26th, 2023

Bay Area Dance Week waltzes back after 3-year absence – Mercury News/Marin Independent Journal/East Bay Times – April 18th, 2023



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