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San Francisco Movement Arts & Dance Film Festival
With 250+ Local Artists in Dance, Theater, Music & Visual Arts celebrating the movement arts & turning the entire Grace Cathedral into a stage - including the main floor, attached chapels, hallways, stairways and front entry way. Simultaneous multiple performances
including modern & contemporary dance, ballet, ethnic, hip-hop, ballroom dancing, Movement Choirs and much more. Performances will focus on female empowerment; artistic beauty, social issues, cultural heritage, personal loss, family love, and beyond.

Friday, July 19th @ 5:30pm
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
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George Na'ope Hula Festival
Featuring hula kahiko performances and competition by soloists and groups from Hawai'i and the West Coast.

Friday, July 19th @ 11am
Saturday, July 20th @ 10am
Sunday, July 21st @ 10am

Holiday Inn Downtown Plaza, I5 & J Street
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Shamisen of Bachido + Awakko Ren
A three-string lute plucked and strummed with a plectrum, the shamisen has played an important role in Japanese culture for some five centuries.  Abbott and Los Angeles shamisen master Mike Penny kick off the concert playing a combination of traditional Japanese folk songs, improvised duets, originals, and a few old-time Appalachian songs (Abbott’s favorite music in his pre-shamisen life). For the second half they’ll be joined by the Bay Area Japanese dance group Awakko Ren, which specializes in a centuries-old festival dance from Tokushima.

Thursday, July 20th @12:30pm – 1:30pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Streets, San Francisco

Dimensions Dance Theater - Rites of Passage Summer Youth Showcase 2019
For more than four decades under the leadership of Co-Founder and Artistic Director Deborah Vaughan, Dimensions Dance Theater has dedicated itself to creating, performing and teaching dance that reflects the lives and historical experience of African Americans. Under Vaughan’s artistic leadership, Dimensions Dance Theater presents traditional African dances, as well as original contemporary choreography drawn from African, Jazz and Modern dance idioms. Rites of Passage's is the end of session summer showcase. Participants will share their experiences with movement through West African, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, Haitian and Dunham Technique.

Thursday, July 25th @ 7pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland
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Art + Soul Oakland 2019
Turf Dance Battle (Saturday)
Urban/World Dance Festival (Sunday)
The World/Urban Dance Showcase presented by Oakland’s Dance-a-Vision returns on Sunday with an electrifying mix of dance styles from across town and around the globe featuring everything from hip hop to lindy hop.

Saturday, July 27th @ 12:30pm to 5:30pm
Sunday, July 28th @ 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Plaza Stage, 14th Street in front of City Hall, Oakland

Salimpour School of Belly Dance Level 4 Certification Recital
Suhaila Salimpour's Bellydance Certification Program is composed of two dance formats, Suhaila format and Jamila format, and each includes five levels. Each level builds on the previous level, providing specialized training within a logical, cumulative sequence. Over the full course of study in the program, students are trained in dance technique, finger cymbals, rhythm identification, history, music, culture, improvisation, performance, choreography, teaching skills, etc. By the time dancers reach Level 4, they are required to perform in the Salimpour School Certification Performance Recital. Each candidate will perform personal choreographies and improvise to a live Arabic Band playing classical Arabic music.

Sunday, July 28th @ 6:45pm
Lesher Center for the Arts
George and Sonja Vukasin Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
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Pistahan Parade
The Pistahan Parade is the beginning of our two-day event that brings the sound, art and culture of the Filipino American spirit, with a mix of marching bands, and cultural dance groups.

Saturday, August 10th @ 11am
San Francisco Civic Center, along Market Street to 4th Street

Pistahan Festival
Beautiful cultural dances of the Philippines featuring up and coming artists from the Bay Area and beyond. TFC Hour on Sunday afternoon featuring TFC headline artists from Manila.

Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th @ 10am to 3pm
Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade, 4th Street and Mission, San Francisco

Mohala - Evolution: Hālau O Keikiali'i 25th Anniversary
25th Anniversary Hō`ike featuring Halau o Keikiali`i and special guests from Hawai`i, Japan, Europe and Mexico.

Saturday, August 10th @ 6pm
San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo

Rotunda Dance Series featuring Cuicacalli
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. Cuicacalli (meaning house of culture in nahuatl dialect) Dance Company, founded and directed by Mexican native, Jesus Jacoh Cortes, is a multi disciplinary dance company that fuse various styles such as Indigenious, Folkloric, and Contemporary Latino/Indio into a unique story of their own.

Friday, September 6th @ 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.
Volunteer ushers are needed, view shifts and sign up here.

Inherited Bodies presented by Hope Mohr Dance and SFMOMA
a series of lecture demonstrations by Sara Shelton Mann, Jarrel Phillips, Nadhi Thekkek, and Snowflake Towers
The featured artists will respond to the following questions through language and movement:
- How does history/the past operate in your work?
- Who or what are the giants in your tradition (whether forgotten or celebrated) and how do they figure in your work?
- How do you navigate between traditional and experimental forms in your work?

Thursday, September 26th @ 6pm
The Women's Building, 3543 18th St, San Francisco
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