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When Eyes Speak 2019
San Francisco’s first Indian choreography festival showcasing different artists each day.

Preeti Vasudevan performs San Francisco premiere of Stories by Hand
Thursday, March 21st @7:30pm

Rasika Kumar & Ensemble in Shakti Unveiled and Vaibhav Arekar in Debotar Grash
Friday, March 22nd @ 7pm

Bharatanatyam by Arun Mathai and The Affair choreographed by Sri China.
Saturday, March 23rd @ 6:30pm

Ananya Ashok in The Choreography in Music and Temple of Fine Arts (Malaysia).
Sunday, March 24th @ 6:30pm

All performances at The Costume Shop Theater
American Conservatory Theater
1117 Market Street, San Francisco

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Global Spring Festival
The 11th Chinese Performing Arts of America (CPAA)’s Spring Festival Silicon Valley (SFSV) is reborn. The show is in the theme our founder defined earlier last year: Chinese Emperor and the Nightingale. In the five acts show, you will experience the story via beautiful dances and music from different regions from the world by different groups. CPAA, known for its creativity in the production of high artistic spectacles, presents the 10th Spring Festival Silicon Valley, a variety classic and modem show of dance, singing, Chinese orchestra, Kungfu, Magic, and the spectacular fluorescent 60' Dragon to entertain audiences of all ages and different cultural backgrounds.

Saturday, March 23rd @ 7pm
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose
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¡Échate un Baile!
AguaClara Flamenco presents its 6th annual showcase of new group and solo choreographies at La Peña Cultural Center. Directed by Clara Rodriguez, the showcase will include 20+ dancers accompanied by local flamenco musicians.

Sunday March 24th @ 7pm
$18 General admission / $12 Kids advance purchase / free admission for children under 5 years
$22 at the door - cash only

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94705
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33rd Annual Isadora Duncan "Izzies" Dance Awards Ceremony
Celebrating 33 years of honoring local dance artists by acknowledging their outstanding achievements in dance. View the full list of nominees and honorees for the 2017-2018 performance season:

Monday, March 25th
Reception @ 6pm
Ceremony and performances @ 7pm

SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
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Broken Seeds (Still Grow) featuring Nava Dance Company
Created by Nadhi Thekkek and Rupy C. Tut, Broken Seeds (Still Grow) is a Bharatanatyam dance and visual art production inspired by the real-life stories from the 1947 Partition Archive and recent South Asian American history. This creative inquiry sources poetry, eyewitness accounts, and current events to understand the current political climate while reflecting on what it means to belong somewhere. This work includes original music by GS Rajan.

Friday, March 29th @ 8pm
Saturday, March 30th @ 8pm & 3pm
Sunday, March 31st @ 3pm
CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street, San Francisco
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Rotunda Dance Series featuring Sangam Arts in collaboration with Simorgh Dance Collective
The Rotunda Dance Series brings many of the Bay Area’s most celebrated dance companies to San Francisco City Hall for free monthly noon-time performances and is presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West in partnership with Grants for the Arts and SF City Hall.

Friday, April 5th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
Open seating on the Rotunda stairs; please feel free to bring your own folding chair or cushion.
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Volunteer ushers are needed, view shifts and sign up here

Dimensions Dance Theater presents We Have Ourselves 
Dimensions Dance Theater will feature two world premiers by two of its longtime company members: Latanya d. Tigner's "Sanctuary" and Erik Lee's "Armed with Joy" for its annual season. Set to a mix of South African house and gospel music, Armed With Joy is a celebratory work for Dimensions' full company, including Eric Lee himself.
Sanctuary, Latanya Tigner's newest, examines different ideas of safety, both in places of solitude and of community. The piece includes music by Hugh Masekela, and interpretations of Los Angeles line dancing, Detroit Hustle and house, invoking a joyful homecoming or family reunion.

Saturday, April 6th @ 8pm
Sunday, April 7th @ 4pm
Dimensions Dance Theater
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland
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15th Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music
Celebrating the vibrant cultural and artistic traditions of the Caribbean and its Diaspora, the festival will look beyond the well-known Afro and Timba forms to the lesser known Cuban social dances and their evolution over the years such as Danzón,
with all its beauty and grace; the classic Mambo, Chachachá; Son; Rumba and Conga.
Featuring Roberto Borrell, Ramón Ramos Alayo, Angel Yoel Mulen, Carola Zertuche, Arenas Dance Company, Los Lupeños, Moderna Tradición and more.

Saturday April 13th @ 8pm
Sunday, April 14th @ 3pm

Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street San Francisco
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Danzantes Unidos Festival 2019 - 40th Anniversary Gala
The annual Danzantes Unidos Festival (DUF) is the largest Mexican folk dance gathering in the United States and provides an opportunity for Mexican folk dancers to meet, study and perform in united celebration. The three-day festival offers movement classes, lectures, costume showing, visual arts workshops, dance presentations and musical recitals. Emphasis is placed on sharing and participation is open to all dancers regardless of age and skill level. Over 1500 participants travel from various parts of California and the United States to attend the festival.

Friday, April 12th, 4:30pm - midnight
Saturday, April 13th, 7:30am - midnight
Sunday, April 14th,  8am - 7pm

Warnors Center for the Performing Arts (showcase concerts)
1400 Fulton Street, Fresno

SplashoMania 2019 featuring Gurus of Dance
SplashoMania is the biggest Bollywood Rain Dance HOLI celebration in the United States. HOLI, the festival of colors is one of the most celebrated Indian festival.
Dance in the Rain to Bollywood music and immerse yourself into more than 5000 pounds of free organic colors.

Saturday, April 13th @ 11am - 3pm
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose
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Continuum - An Electric Festival of North Indian Classical Dance & Music
A festival of North Indian classical music and dance - a thrilling showcase of world art at its pinnacle. Be transported to an elevated state with rich, soulful music and captivating dance. Featuring a lineup of artists that has never been brought together before, Continuum shines a spotlight on a new generation of young masters who bring a fresh lens, contemporary voice, and new dimension to these ancient art forms.

Thursday, April 18th @ 7:30pm
Nilanjan Chauduri, tabla; Shefali Jain, Ria DasGupta, and Joya Kazi, Kathak

Friday, April 19th @ 7:30pm
Raaginder Singh Momi, violin; Rina Mehta, Kathak solo

Saturday, April 20th @ 2pm
Saili Oak, vocal solo; Sarah Morelli, Kathak solo

Saturday, April 20th @ 7:30pm
Samantha Nagarkar, vocal solo; Rachna Nivas, Kathak solo

Sunday, April 21st @ 2pm
Jay Gandhi, Bansuri solo; Seema Mehta, Kathak solo

Sunday, April 21st @ 6pm
Jayanta Banerjee, sitar solo; Seibi Lee, Kathak solo

Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
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Caminos Flamencos -- "Encrucijada"(Crossroads) 
San Francisco-based Caminos Flamencos has been presenting Flamenco performances since 2001. With Emmy Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director, Yaelisa, and Musical Director, Jason McGuire "El Rubio," at the helm, Caminos Flamencos' productions have won awards for choreography, concept and music. Encrucijada will feature several guest artists from Spain including Madrid’s award-winning dancer, Alfonso Losa, and guitarist Antonio Sancheznephew of world-renowned Spanish virtuoso Flamenco guitarist, Paco de Lucia. Sanchez toured the world for several years with de Lucia before his uncle’s death in 2015. This heir to de Lucia’s incredible musical legacy will be making his Bay Area debut. Encrucijada pushes each artist in the cast towards a camino or journey of their own inner boundaries at this time and place where their individual art is at a crossroads: the time in one’s life when you choose between should and must

Friday, April 19th @ 8pm
Saturday, April 20th @ 8pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason, San Francisco
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ABADA-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF) presents its 28th Annual Youth and Adult Batizado Festival
The Festival includes workshops, the Batizado graduation ceremony, and a performance featuring top-level local and visiting Capoeira artists.The Batizado is a traditional ceremony that welcomes new students into the art, and recognizes the growth of new and continuing students through a changing of cords ceremony. The Batizado includes an opening performance by top-level guest artists and ACSF company members, followed by a reception. 

Thursday, April 25th
Event kick-off youth and adult workshops led by Mestrando Mobilia from Brazil and other visiting artists.

Sunday, April 28th @ 2pm - 4pm
Batizado Graduation and Cultural Performance

ACSF, 3221 22nd Street, San Francisco
Tickets at the door $10 (youth 12 and under free)

Bay Area Dance Week 2019 presented by Dancers’ Group
A 10-day celebration of dance featuring hundreds of free classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the wildly popular Kick-Off event.

Friday, April 26th - Sunday, May 5th
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Oakland Dance Festival
Dance-A-Vision Oakland Dance Festival brings the best local dancers, choreographers, studios, and teachers for two days of fabulous rhythm and fun. This festival will showcase a dazzling array of dance genres including jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, folkloric dance and more. From little ones to professional adults, dancers of all ages will perform and celebrate the power of dance and culture. This event ends with a large outdoor public dance party.

Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th @ Noon
Jack London Square, 472 Water Street, Oakland

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose - I Have A Dream: Stories of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrayed in Indian Classical Dance 
Directed by Artistic Director, Mythili Kumar, I Have A Dream depicts the non-violent resistance strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and seeks to demonstrate that the fight for social justice is ongoing and that past struggles provide lessons that enable us to confront our current problems. Abhinaya dancers will dramatically portray key protests in King’s life, where he emphasized the principle of non-violence deriving inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s resistance movement against the British in India. Acclaimed choreographer and dancer Rasika Kumar will be presenting her solo on the Life of Rosa Parks. Abhinaya will tell these stories by employing the stylistic vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, a dance form that originated in the Hindu temples of India over 2000 years ago.

Saturday, April 27th @ 4pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland
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A Taste of Odissi Dance! Bay Area Dance Week
Experience Odissi dance, a reconstructed ancient Indian classical dance form which has a deep relationship with temple sculptural art, bringing dance sculptures centuries old alive. Odissi dance is characterized by a juxtaposition of fluid upper body movements against strong footwork to create its unique grace. A Taste of Odissi dance showcases Guru Shradha's students of different levels all committed to perfecting the art of legendary Odissi maestro and key reconstructor, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, in the U.S., far from its original roots.

Sunday, April 28th @ 4pm and 7:30pm
Cubberley Community Center, Studio L6, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
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1st Annual Santa Clara University Pow Wow 
A one day event promoting higher education for American Indian youth. There will be drumming, singing, dance contesting, traditional American Indian craft/artistry booths, educational booths and food booths. This is a free public event open to the community.

Saturday, May 4th @ 10am to 9pm
Santa Clara University Mission Gardens, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Brava! for Women in the Arts along with Calle 24 & Precita Eyes Muralists
Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances
Brava! for Women in the Arts’ annual event takes over the streets and alleys of San Francisco’s Mission District to celebrate and preserve its living cultural heritage. Now in its seventh year, Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances draws the Bay Area’s most dynamic dance companies and performing artists to interpret the murals through music and dance, alongside detailed narration by Precita Eyes Muralists docents. Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances provides audiences an intricate look at each mural and its relationship to the culture and the life of the Mission. 

Sunday, May 5th, tours begin @ 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Balmy Alley @ 24th Street between Folsom & Harrison Streets, San Francisco

Chitresh Das Institute presents: Aranya Katha, Part II - The Maharaja's Decree
This performance will transport the audience to Rajasthan in the 1700's to a pivotal moment that has impacted environmental movements around the globe to this day, told through captivating kathak dance and live music. Choreographed by Chitresh Das Institute Artistic Director Charlotte Moraga and featuring Chitresh Das Institute Director of Percussion Nilan Chaudhuri (tabla), Chitresh Das Institute Artist in Residence Ranjana Ghatak (vocal), Ben Kunin (sarode), and guest artist Pankaj Mishra (sarangi).

Sunday, May 12th @ 6pm
Samuel Johnson, Jr. Performing Arts Center
Capuchino High School, 1501 Magnolia Drive, San Bruno
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Mexico Magico featuring Los Laureles Company and Mariachi Tapatio
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the magic of Mexico's delightful culture with Los Laureles, Silicon Valley's premier Folklorico company for a lively and exciting night of dance and music alongside Mariachi Tapatio.

Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre
101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose
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