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Oakland Greek Festival, 2019
Five Ascension teams and one guest dance group will present Greek folk dance performances throughout the three-day Festival at one central locations: the Cathedral Windmill Courtyard.

Friday, May 17th @ 10am-11pm
Saturday, May 18th @ 11am-11pm
Sunday, May 19th @ 11am-9pm

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland hills

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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Himalayan Fair, 2019
Dance performances include: Odissi dance performance by Jyoti Kala Mandir; Nepali children perform songs and dances; Bharatanatyam solo by Akanksha; Dolrhythms; Bharatanatyam by Ushanjali School of Dance; Odissi dance by Odissi Vilas; Tibetan dances and songs by Tibetan children; Mongolian Dance & Music by Ger Youth Center; Classical Tibetan dances by the Chaksam-pa.

Saturday, May 18th @ 9:30am - 6pm
Sunday, May 19th @ 9:30am - 5:30pm

Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Tarangini School of Kathak Dance presents Smriti Maalika
In Sanskrit, Smriti means "that which is remembered" and Maalika means "garland." This production is thus a garland of memories, featuring select pieces from the Tarangini portfolio. Smriti Maalika includes a tribute to the late Pt. Vijai Shankar, an icon of the Kathak scene in Bengal and recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award. Guruji, who passed away in March, was a beloved mentor of Tarangini Artistic Director Anuradha and conducted workshops with Tarangini students in the school's early years. Over the two days, two very different, unique collections from the school's repertoire will be presented. A popular piece composed by Vijai Shankar Guruji, and another well-known choreography by Director Anuradha will be presented on both days.  

Saturday, May 18th @ 5pm
Sunday, May 19th @ 5pm
Smithwick Theater, Foothill College,12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Tickets go on sale April 18th: 
One-day tickets: smritimaalika
Discounted two-day tickets: smritimaalika2daypass
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9th Annual Bay Area Belly Dance Festival
Bay Area Belly is an independent Belly Dance Festival. This event is open to the general public, dancers and dance enthusiasts who would like to experience the enchanting atmosphere of dance and live music from the Middle East.

Sunday, May 19th @ 11am - 6:30pm

Angelicas, 863 Main Street., Redwood City
Information and tickets: bayareabelly

Shedding Light
Featuring: Rasika Kumar, Nadhi Thekkek (Nava Dance Theater, SF) and Sahasra Sahi Sambamoorthi (Navatman Dance, NYC)
This work was developed over the last 2 years and has evolved over time based on many discussions about life and the topics on our mind. It's no surprise, then, that the #metoo movement and the recent outpouring of stories of harassment was a topic that resonated with all. Music composed by Roopa Mahadevan and performed by local orchestra: Malavika Walia - nattuvangam, Aditya Ganesh - mridangam, Aarti Shankar - violin.

Sunday, May 19th @ 3pm
Independence High School, 617 N Jackson Avenue, San Jose
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South India Fine Arts presents New Dimensions to Margam
Dance ballet by Nrithya Choodamani Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan & Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel

Sunday, May 19th @ 5:30 pm
Independence High School, 617 N Jackson Avenue, San Jose
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Rotunda Dance Series featuring Carnaval SF and La Cumbiamba Colombiana
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.
This performance is a collaboration from Carnaval SF and La Cumbiamba Colombiana showcasing Colombian folklore and culture.Carnaval San Francisco cultivates and celebrates the diverse Latin American and Caribbean roots of the Mission District and the San Francisco Bay Area with an annual Memorial Day Weekend event featuring a Grand Parade and 2–day Festival. In 2017, La Cumbiamba Colombiana received the prize for First Place in the Traditional Folklore category for its presentation at the Grand Parade.

Friday, May 24th @ 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

Nava Dance Theatre and Oakland Ballet presents Jangala 
Jangala follows the story of Mowgli, a lost boy who is adopted by a pack of wolves and must use his wits to survive in the wild. Oakland Ballet Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s version of Kipling’s classic tale is set in an urban city. Jangala is a fun, fast-paced, and family-friendly performance that brings “The Jungle Book” to life through an innovative mix of ballet and Indian Bharatanatyam dance. Featuring an all-Indian musical score and guest performances by Nava Dance Theatre. Nadhi Thekkek, Artistic Director of Nava Dance Theatre, performs the role of Messua, Mowgli's human mother.  

Thursday, May 30th @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 31st @ 7:30pm
Saturday, June 1st @ 3pm and 7:30pm
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center Theater
Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Tunes of Sudan, featuring The Sudan Music Ensemble Youth
Little known in the West and rarely heard in the Bay Area since the passing of legendary oud master and composer Hamza El Din in 2006, Sudanese music is an exquisitely expressive and deeply subtle tradition ripe for rediscovery. The Sudan Music Ensemble brings together some of the finest musicians from the vast and troubled North African nation, showcasing the ancient land’s various regions and ethnic groups through music, dance and spoken word. The Sudan Music Ensemble Youth, an organization devoted to passing on Sudanese culture to children growing up in the diaspora, opens the concert with traditional dances.

Saturday, June 8th @ 1pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts., San Francisco

Mona Khan Company presents America's Got Bollywood
Captivating. Beautiful. Unforgettable: The Mona Khan Company produces America’s Got Bollywood twice a year in spring and fall. The Bay Area’s largest Bollywood resident show is a grand celebration of the best and biggest Bollywood talent pool in the Bay. Spectacular displays of dance skills, energy, music, production, choreography and costumes. Show highlights also include exceptional students from specialty classes – the Emerging Performers, Jollywood (their amazing senior citizens class) and Jeena (their rockstar students with special needs).

Sunday, June 16th @ 10am, 2pm, and 6pm
Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
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Native Contemporary Arts Festival
A beloved Father’s Day tradition celebrating the creativity of North America’s indigenous peoples, the 20th annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival showcases a diverse program of native music, dance, spoken word, visual artists, vendors and native crafts.

Sunday, June 16th @ Noon

Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts., San Francisco

Mahealani Uchiyama and Halau Ka Ua Tuahine: Dances of Tahiti
Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series honors island traditions from around the world, on the island of Alameda. Journeying through the Caribbean and Pacific to the Java Sea and the Sea of Japan, audience members will gain an appreciation and understanding of the variety of ways that culture is expressed and celebrated through a sampling of the dance and music of these island nations.Māhealani Uchiyama and Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine will take you on a journey to the islands of Tahiti with an evening of ʻōteʻa, ʻaparima and mehura accompanied by live singing and a traditional Tahitian drum orchestra.

Saturday, June 22nd @ 8pm
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
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Bangles & Beats-Dholrhythms Celebrates 15 Years!
Dholrhythms Dance Company reaches a milestone 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. The evening will feature beautiful dance performances, dance lesson, live drums, special guests sharing live music, henna, visuals, live art, complimentary snacks, beer & wine, and more. The night will end with an open floor dance party with the Non Stop Bhangra crew.

Saturday, June 29th @ 8pm
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
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Duniya Dance and Drum
To cultivate respect for traditional forms, foster cultural exchange, effect social justice and engage in community building, Duniya performs and teaches traditional and innovative performance pieces from Guinea, West Africa and Punjab, India. Introduce kids to West African beats from Duniya Dance and Drum!

Friday, July 5th @ 11am & 12:15pm
Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens, 799 Howard St., San Francisco