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Haitian Arts & Culture Festival 2019 
Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company presents Ezili Danto Tribute "Set Kout Kouto". A night of dance, music, food & photography.

Friday, September 20th @ 7pm
Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, Oakland

Mabagwe: A Tribute to the Elders
Los Rumberos de la Bahía is a San Francisco-based rumba/folklore group led by Michael Spiro and Jose Luis Gomez. This concert celebrates the success of their 2019 CD "Mabagwe: A Tribute to the Elders" which was nominated for Cuba's prestigious CUBADISCO "Tradición Afrocubana" award. Featuring special guest Ernesto "Gato" Gatell (formerly of Clave y Guaguancó and Los Rumberos de Cuba), with a broad spectrum of today's Bay Area-based rumberos (musicians and dancers) including Michael Spiro, José Luis Gómez, Jesus Díaz, Fito Reinoso, José Francisco Barroso, Sandy Pérez, Jessica Recinos, Roberto Borrell, Yenne Guibert, Yoel Mulen, Gabriel Navia, Genesie Reinoso, Camilo Landau, Manuel Suárez and Remi Spiro.

Friday & Saturday, September 20th and September 21st @ 8pm
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series
Gamelan Sekar Jaya - Music of Bali is presented as part of Rhythmix Island Arts Concert Series, honoring island traditions from around the world, with gamelan angklung and gamelan jegog at the Island Arts Concert Series. Both ensembles will be accompanied by a magnificent company of dancers.

Saturday, September 21st @ 8pm
Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda

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 Street, San Francisco
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Journey Along the Silk Route
Enjoy a dazzling dance concert that celebrates the diverse cultures, music, and dance traditions of the Silk Road. Featuring ethnic dances of Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkey, and more performed by the Simorgh Dance Collective, Eastern Arts, members of the Aylan Dance Group, and live music by Homerya Banejad and Ensemble. Arrive early to shop treasures at a Silk Road bazaar.

Saturday, September 28th @ 7pm
Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 19624 Homestead Road, Cupertino
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Los Lupeños de San Jose
The Cashion Cultural Legacy invites you to GALA Concerts, the culmination of the Los Lupeños 50th Anniversary Season! Under the artistic direction of choreographer Samuel Cortez, experience a deep-dive into four regions of México showcasing the past, the present, and the future - all with live musical accompaniment. Over 100 performers will share the stage including Los Lupeños Juvenil, Los Lupeños Legacy, Madrigal Musical, Ensamble Folklórico de Veracruz, and more!

Saturday, September 28th @ 8pm
Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
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Kaisahan Unidad
An evening of dance and music from Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco and LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble. A collaborative performance by two veteran dance groups from the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Saturday, September 28th & 29th @ 7pm
Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco
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24th Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival
In addition to the dragon boat race itself, performances each day:
Saturday performances: Red Panda Acrobats, Cal - VSA Lion Dance, Ong Dance Troupe, Parangal Dance Company
Sunday performances: Chinese Folk Dance Association, Yau Kung Moon Martial Arts, Chung Ngai Dance Troupe, RAHITI ‐ Polynesia Dance Company, Emeryville Taiko

Saturday & Sunday, September 28th & 29th @ 10am - 5pm
Lake Merritt Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Duniya Dance & Drum Company presents African Arts Festival
Featuring traditional performing arts groups representing different regions of Africa and the African diaspora. The lineup will include some of the Bay Area’s premier dance companies, including: Afro-Urban Society, Shabbal, Chinyakare Ensemble, Fua dia Congo, Diamano Coura, Águas Dance Company, Duniya Dance & Drum Company and The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts World Music + Dance departments.

Sunday, September 29th@ 11am-4pm
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive, McLaren Park, San Francisco

Sintonia Presents "Tattooed: An experimental flamenco dance performance about survivors’ strength and resilience"
Sintonia (in harmony, in Spanish), a new Oakland-based flamenco dance troupe founded in 2018 by Fanny Ara and Marina Elana, presents its inaugural production, Tattooed. Guest artist and local flamenco great, Yaelisa, and some of Spain’s foremost flamenco artists and musicians will join Sintonia in presenting Tattooed, a series of theatrical vignettes that utilize each dancer and musician as a player in the narrative, giving voice to survivors marked by abuse. Ultimately, Tattooed is a proclamation of strength, resilience, and seeks to challenge people's perspectives on flamenco and survivors. Collaborators include internationally acclaimed flamenco artist, José Maldonado, and Grammy nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist, Gonzalo Grau. Also featuring: singer, Matías López “El Mati” (recent winner of one of Spain’s most prestigious flamenco awards “La Lampera Minera 2019”); percussionist, David Chupete; and violinist, Ernesto Briceño.

Thursday, October 3rd @ 7pm
Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th at 8pm
Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco

Rotunda Dance Series featuring Awakko Ren
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. 
More information about Awakko Ren here

Friday, October 11th @ 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.

¡Fiesta Flamenca!
A passionate evening of flamenco dance and music in the authentic style of the tablaos of Spain: Experience an intimate live performance with dancers, guitarists and singers from the vibrant Bay Area flamenco community, followed by a sevillanas and bulerias dance party for all! Fiesta Flamenca is a celebration for the Bay Area flamenco community hosted by La Tania, a world-renowned dancer, choreographer and master teacher. At Fiesta Flamenca, everyone in the Bay Area flamenco community can express themselves through the beauty and soul of flamenco. Artistic Direction: La Tania; Guest Dancer: Melissa Cruz; Vocals: Roberto Zamora; Guitar: Roberto Aguilar; Fiesta Flamenca Cuadro Dancers: Sara Moncada, Claudia Deveze and Ana Lucia Jardim; and Presenting Student Guest Dancer: Mimi Wiener-Mishor.

Sunday, October 13th @ 6:30pm (doors open 6pm; dance party 8pm)
(recurring event, every second Sunday starting October 13)
There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door! 
Manny's, 3092 16th Street, San Francisco

21st Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest
For one spectacular weekend, Micaya presents the SF International Hip Hop DanceFest, an event of groundbreaking hip hop performances by professional dance companies from around the globe. 2019 marks the festival’s 21st year of presenting inspiring, electrifying and thought provoking works.

Friday, November 22nd to Sunday, November 24th

Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco