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SF Ethnic Dance Festival

The 40th Anniversary
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
July 6-22, 2018

“The city at its best” – Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle

Forty years – Hundreds of dance styles – Thousands of artists
Countless moments of joy
The ultimate embodiment of community

Our 40th Anniversary Season was comprised of two distinct celebrations at San Francisco City Hall followed by two thrilling weekends of awe-inspiring performances.

The festivities began at noon on June 8 at San Francisco City Hall with an award-winning performance by the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, followed by the presentation of two of this year’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Awards: one to Lily Cai, and one to the Festival’s Lighting Designer for 39 years, Patty Ann Farrell.

Next, the Festival opened on July 6 with a free Rotunda Dance Series performance at San Francisco City Hall, when we filled that grand space with dance, music, and spoken word.

Then, we returned to the Opera House July 14-15 and July 21-22 for performances by 21 dance and music ensembles showcasing the best of the Bay Area’s magnificent artistic community.

Read the Festival Program Book here.



Festival Opening Event at San Francisco City Hall
Friday, July 6 at Noon


Rotunda Dance Series performance by AERODANCE (Indian Folkloric – Gujarat), Mussel Rock Cloggers (Appalachian Clogging), and Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco and member of the Cherokee Nation, who will offer a special poem for the Festival opening.

Opera House Weekend One
Saturday, July 14, at 8pm / Sunday, July 15, at 2pm

Performances by 12 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world.

*Preshow musical performance outside the Opera House by Te Pura O Te Rahura'a (Tahitian 'Aparima) and in the lobby by Vinic-Kay (La Gente y El Canto) (Mexican Folkloric)

Performances by:
AguaClara Flamenco - Spanish Flamenco
Arenas Dance Company - Afro-Cuban
Bolivia Corazón de América - Bolivian Folkloric–Tarabuco and Potosí
Chitresh Das Youth Company (accompanied by the Toronto Tabla Ensemble) - North Indian Kathak
Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco (accompanied by Vinic-Kay) Mexican Folkloric – Tabasqueño
Leung’s White Crane Lion & Dragon Dance Association - Chinese Dragon Dance
Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers - Alaskan Yup’ik Eskimo
Parangal Dance Company - Philippine Folkloric – Meranao
Te Pura O Te Rahura'a - Tahitian 'Ote'a and 'Aparima
Ye Feng - Chinese Contemporary

Opera House Weekend Two
Saturday, July 21, at 8pm / Sunday, July 22, at 2pm

Performances by 10 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world.

*Preshow musical performance outside the Opera House by Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean Traditional) and in the lobby by Hermanos Herrera (Mexican Folkloric)

Performances by:
Ananya Tirumala - South Indian Kuchipudi
Antara Asthaayi Dance - North Indian Kathak
Caminos Flamencos - Spanish Flamenco
Charya Burt Cambodian Dance - Cambodian Classical
De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association - Afro-Peruvian
Los Danzantes de Aztlán de Fresno State (accompanied by Hermanos Herrera) - Mexican Folkloric – Huapangos
Nimely Pan African Dance Company - Liberian Folkloric
OngDance Company - Korean Traditional and Contemporary

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