Care. Liberation. Now.: Changing Shape, Shaping Change

Dancing Care In April 2021, right after we’d both been vaccinated, I began to meet weekly with a dancer friend and collaborator.  We met, keeping our masks on, in my living room, on my building roof, in the park.  It was the first time either of us was making dance with another human in over […]

Curating Performance in East Bay: Spotlight on Four Artist Groups

As most young artists discover, making the art is only half the work. Bringing the art to people involves a particular method to the madness. Commissions, showcases, residencies and co-productions, to name a few, are ways to produce a piece of work. An alternative approach is to independently organize and curate the event. A Do-It-Yourself […]

For the Love of Dance; Dance Writers on Criticism, Nov 2007

Dancers’ Group asks seven Bay Area dance critics questions about their jobs and role of dance criticism.

Participating Artists

Amara Tabor-Smith is a San Francisco NATIVE. Born on Majestic Ave, raised on Castro St. She is a dancer because of ED MOCK who taught her about music, spirit, love, storytelling, truth telling, mischief making and being fearless and free. She started dancing with him when she was 13 years old and has never stopped. […]

In a New Place: Dance & Disability in 2018

The San Francisco Bay Area is known to be on the vanguard of what is possible in dance, who dances, where, and how. Because of the work of AXIS Dance Company, Dandelion Dancetheater, the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, Jess Curtis/Gravity, Sins Invalid, and other local companies, we are exposed to all kinds of […]

Bigger, Better, Faster, More: Audience Development Tools for the 21st Century

THERE’S A REVOLUTION BREWING in audience development, that amorphous and all-encompassing term that describes the tools we use to lure and keep patrons in our seats. A slew of new tools is being developed simultaneously by arts organizations, foundations and for-profit vendors that, in the next year or two, may drastically improve the specificity and […]

Bring Your Best Social Self to #DanceUSAconf

This year you will not get a folder filled with schedules, bios, and panel descriptions. Instead, organizers chose the eco-friendly option and made a mobile app that will contain your personal schedule, the conference schedule, and all the information you need to attend, post, share, and access the content and excitement of the 4th annual […]

Online – Subversion, a progressive works development series with IncivilitySF

IncivilitySF is an irreverent showcase of politically-inspired work from San Francisco’s underground. Subversion—our monthly development series—invites artists working with themes of social justice, community-empowerment, and political awakening to come try out new work/work-in-progress in front of a live audience. Each fourth Friday of the month we have four featured performances, plus an optional facilitated feedback […]

Do You Know? Alicia Langlais

Highlighting the Activities of Artists/Organizations in Our Region Alicia “the Dance Dragon Slayer” Langlais is a self-described dance entrepreneur; whose work includes teaching and coaching. Alicia says she hopes that her students “find the inspiration and courage through my classes, workshops, and coaching to slay and reclaim that human birthright to dance and allow it […]

The Crisis in Criticism: The Economy, the Internet and the Death of Dance Writing, Jun 2009

If you are reading this, odds are you earn at least part of your living working in the arts, or are a committed member of the dance audience. Let me ask you to think about key issues affecting the dance world, and the livelihood of those who want to work in it. How do you […]