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Presidio Dance Theatre's 20th Anniversary Celebration
With performances from dancers of all ages, this family-friendly event is a multicultural mosaic of dance, celebrating cultural diversity and inspiring human connection through the artistry of dance.
Created by PDT Artistic Director Sherene Melania, the evening features a mixed media presentation and live dance performances in one of San Francisco's most stunning venues, the Palace of Fine Arts. 

Thursday, May 24th @ 7:30pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, SF
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5 x Lorca (Lorca by 5) 
Presented by San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company
An aleatoric work by five flamenco choreographers based on works by celebrated Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Through music, dance and poetry, experience the fierce, poetic, sensual, heartbreaking, reflective, chaotic and joyful parts of human experience and are reminded of what unites us all. With original choreography by Manuel Gutierrez, Mizuho Sato, Melissa Cruz, Clara Rodriguez, and Kerensa DeMars. 

Friday, May 25th @ 9:30pm
Fort Mason Center
Gallery 308
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco's 27th Annual Youth Fest
Four-day event includes the batizado graduation ceremony and performance, a capoeira master class, and the SF Carnaval Parade. Featuring special guest Brazilian artists Professora Yara and Professor Gordinho, as well as several other instructors from around the world.The batizado is a traditional capoeira ceremony in which new students are initiated into the world of capoeira. New students receive a capoeira nickname and play with a Master or Instructor, symbolically welcoming them into the capoeira community. For continuing students, the batizado is a time of celebration and recognition of their growth in capoeira. New and continuing students receive a cord that represents their level.The event brings together youth from ACSF’s school-based and on-site programs, to learn and celebrate Brazilian cultural arts.

May 25th, 6pm-8pm
ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco ACSF
3221 22nd Street, San Francisco
Free to public. Donations accepted at the door.
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Carnaval SF 2018: Festival
Multiple dance groups, including Hip Hop, Folkloric, and Carnaval companies, perform on one of several stages in the festival area.

Saturday, May 26th @ 11am - 6pm
20th Street and Harrison Street, San Francisco

The 2018 Grand Annual Gala presented by Feng Ye Dance Theater
Gala and performances featuring Feng Ye, founder, artistic director, choreographer, and dancer of Feng Ye Dance Studio with dancers of Feng Ye Dance Company. Special guest performer Zhang Aoyue, Chinese dancer and champion of 'So You Think You Can Dance' in China. Also featuring narrator Margaret Mitchell, musician guest Freddy Clarke, and special music guest Alfa Erfat from China.

Saturday, May 26th @ 7:30 pm
Montgomery Theater 271 South Market Street, San Jose
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Carnaval SF 2018: Grand Parade
Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. Brazilian-style “escola” samba schools with up to 300 members dance through the streets in fantastic feathered headdresses or sweeping Bahia skirts, while Caribbean contingents perform the music and dance of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. Other parade groups include Mexican Aztec performers, traditional African drummers, Polynesian dancers, Japanese drummers, giant puppets and folkloric groups representing Guatemala, Honduras and Bolivia.

Sunday, May 27th @ 9:30am
24th Street and Mission Street, San Francisco

Leyte Dance Theater presents Salida: Simbolo at Kultura
LDT has traveled to the USA seven times and performed for Filipino-American and an International audience with overwhelming response. After four years Leyte Dance Theater is back in the Bay Area. An afternoon of culture, custom and heritage through dance performances.

Friday, June 1st @ 6:30pm
Independence High School Theater
1776 Educational Park Drive, San Jose
Sales end on May 20th

Punta y Tacon VIII - 7th annual full-length student showcase
Presented by La Tania Baile Flamenco & the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Award-winning dancer and master teacher La Tania, presents new and unique choreography celebrating traditional flamenco dance with students showcasing performances from beginning to advanced levels, and special guests.

Sunday June 3rd @ 7pm
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
Tickets: or 415.643.2785
Rotunda Dance Series
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 40th Anniversary Celebration Event
Featuring Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company

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.
Join us as we honor two of this year’s Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at this special Rotunda Dance Series event, which includes a restaging of the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company’s 2017 Izzies Awards winning performance. We’ll present Lifetime Achievement Awards to company Founder and Artistic Director Lily Cai, and the Festival’s longtime Lighting Designer Patty Ann Farrell.

Friday, June 8th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall
Open seating on the Rotunda staircase, feel free to bring your own folding chair or cushion.
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Parampara - Presented by Tarangini School of Kathak Dance
A magical evening of Kathak dance, in honor of its 25th anniversary. Parampara is a celebration of Padmavibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj-ji's 80th birthday with a performance by the maestro himself, accompanied on tabla by Padmabhushan Ustad Zakir Hussain-ji. The event will showcase the lineage of Kalka Bindadin through five generations Sapna Saswati Sen, Deepak Maharaj and Mamta Maharaj (son and daughter of Maharaj-ji), Ragini Maharaj, Tribhuwan Maharaj, and Shinjini Kulkarni (grandchildren of Maharaj-ji), and Tarangini dancers, along with accomplished musicians Utpal Ghoshal on tabla, Chandrachur Bhattacharjee on sitar, and Anirban Bhattacharyya on vocal.

Friday, June 8th @7:30pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco
More information: Anuradha Nag: 408.374.8017

Māhealani Uchiyama (Kids’ Show)
Hālau KaUaTuahine shares songs and dances of Hawaiʻi and Tahiti,
offering a cross section of classical and contemporary Hawaiian hula as well as joyful rhythms of the traditional Tahitian ʻōteʻa and ʻaparima.

Friday, June 8th @ 11am and 12:15pm
Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

Gamelan Sekar Jaya
The most celebrated gamelan ensemble outside of Bali, Gamelan Sekar Jaya returns to Yerba Buena Gardens Festival with a breathtaking mix of traditional and contemporary music and dance works. Under the direction of internationally renowned gamelan composer and performer I Dewa Putu Berata and dance master I Made Suteja, the 50-member Bay Area company presents a program showcasing three different gamelan ensembles. The program also features exciting dance works highlighting masked dance topeng performed by renowned topeng master Suteja.

Saturday, June 9th @ 1pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

Japanese Cultural Fair
Performances include Taiko, Martial Arts, and various Japanese folk dance styles.
Saturday, June 9th @ 11am - 6pm
Mission Plaza Park, Santa Cruz

Parangal Dance Company (Kids’ show)
Parangal Dance Company is a Filipino folk dance group dedicated to preserving and promoting the ethnic attire, music and dance of the Philippines through research, workshops and performances. With its disparate array of dances, this program reflects the diversity of the archipelago. From Kalinga Province, the warrior dance Kalasag is a fierce spectacle. From the province of Lanao del Sur on the island of Mindanao, there’s the elegant court dance Pagapir, featuring fans and dainty steps. Further south on Mindanao in Basilan the dance Pansak Ngeddek is based on movements related to the traditional cycle of rice production. And in Tinikling, a dance from the central island of Leyte, dancers emulate the tikling bird’s grace and speed by skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo poles.

Friday, June 15th @ 11am and 12:15pm
Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

Featuring Alayo Dance Company
Alayo Dance Company will perform the World Premiere of Calle, co-choreographed by Ramos and Jamaica Itule, featuring seven dancers and live music, and exploring the gap between “high art” and “street art,” concert dance and dances that happenin the street or calle. When Alayo moved to the Bay Area, he was struck by the way Oakland street dances – such as hip-hop, specifically turfing and break dancing – were also celebrated as cultural treasures and yet simultaneously overlooked, much like Rumba, the national dance of Cuba which was started by marginalized Afro-Cubans.

Friday, June 15th & Saturday, June 16th @ 7pm
Sunday, June 17h @ 4pm

Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center at Laney College in Oakland
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