Bay Area Dance Week 

Updated March 3, 2021

The Bay Area Dance Week festival is currently on hold and the staff and board of Dancers’ Group are assessing this program.

To find dance activities happening throughout the year, connect with Dancers’ Group and discover Online Offerings from the Community.

You are welcome to submit events, including livestreamed events and recorded offerings.

More resources and information regarding COVID-19, as well as online dance offerings.


Bay Area Dance Week, one of the nation’s largest, most inclusive celebrations of movement and dance, was originally planned to take place April 24 – May 3, 2020. Due to the COVID19 pandemic and the need to shelter in place the 2020 festival as previously planned was cancelled.  Over its 22 year history the Bay Area Dance community opened its doors and invited the public to experience its rich and vibrant dance scene, completely free of charge.

Bay Area Dance Week offers something for everyone, regardless of experience, age, and agility. Participants can choose from workshops, performances, classes, open rehearsals, and more. Whether Bolivian folkloric dance, Tahitian dance, Congolese Dance, Hula, Jazz, Hip Hop for adults and kids – this festival has something for everyone.


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 Excerpts and Tutorials from Archived Bay Area Dance Week Kickoffs!


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A large group of people dancing at San Francisco City Hall.