World Arts West
SF Ethnic Dance Festival
2002 Festival Dancer


San Francisco's 5th Annual Lady's Tango Festival
Friday-Sunday, September 22nd-24th

Alam del Tango Studio
167 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo
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LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble presents Karangalan
The LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble of San Francisco is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a cultural display honoring the many customs of the 7,000 island archipelago. The show, entitled Karangalan, means “to honor”, and LIKHA is bringing to the stage renounced cultural bearers from the Philippines who will participate in the performance.

Saturday, September 23rd @ 7pm
Sunday, September 24th @ 2pm

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Featuring Los Lupeños de San José, under the direction of choreographer Samuel Cortez, and Tonatiuh Danzantes del Quinto Sol, under the direction of Ramón Silva in this unique collaboration of dance artistry for two shows.

Saturday, September 30th @ 8pm
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
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Foundation Center Grant Workshop — A Road Map to Culturally Specific Grantseeking
Join Anne Huang and Kevin Seaman for a three-hour interactive workshop to build a culturally competent foundation in which to assess your organization’s grant readiness, gain insight into the funding process, implement a grant strategy, and create dynamic language that reflects your organization's unique practice.

Tuesday, October 3rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Foundation Center West
312 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Fee: $75-$95

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Rotunda Dance Series - featuring Madhuri Kishore School of Kuchipudi
Presented by World Arts West and Dancers' Group. Open seating on the Rotunda staircase, feel free to bring your own folding chair or cushion.

Friday, October 6th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall Rotunda
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

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3rd Annual illumi Dance Festival
dance from traditions originating in the US, Korea, the Middle East, and India with Indian Bharathanatyam, themed on women's rights activists. Music composed by Ambika Gopalan and performed by an all female orchestra. Buy a ticket for the illumi Dance Festival for women's empowerment.

Saturday, October 7th @ 4pm
Cubberly Theatre, Palo Alto
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22nd Annual Arab Cultural Festival
Saturday, October 7th from 11 am - 6 pm

Union Square, San Francisco
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Hula Guyz
A dazzling program featuring kumu hula, musician extraordinaire, and Hawaiian cultural treasure Robert Cazimero. Featuring the men of Hālau nā Kamalei o Līlīlehua and the men of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wē

Saturday, October 21st @ 8 pm
Sunday, October 22nd @ 2 pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theater
3301 Lyon Street, SF
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Lily Cai Dance Company Home Season Concert
Lily Cai Dance Company returns to the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture with a captivating, elegant, and sensual performance. The evening-length concert showcases four works of virtuosity, dazzling theatrics, stunning visual presentations, and classical inspiration: The Mist Beneath, SenseScape, Shifting, and Silk Cascade. Lily Cai’s choreography transforms traditional dance styles into sharp, edgy, contemporary movements with sinuous, compelling beauty.

Saturday, October 21st @  8:00pm
Sunday, October 22nd @ 3:30pm
Cowell  Theater, Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, SF
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International Taiko Festival
Featuring Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo with special guests.

Saturday, November 4th @ 7pm
Capuchino High, San Bruno
Online tickets available October 2017
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Auditions for 2018 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

Don't miss the liveliest and most diverse celebration of dance this season! You're invited to watch as the Bay Area's finest companies present dances from around the globe, hoping for a place in the July 2018 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Come for an hour, or stay all day—it's up to you!  You can even step out for lunch and come back for more (space permitting).

Saturday & Sunday, November 4th & 5th
Saturday & Sunday, November 11th & 12th
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, SF

$10 general admission at the door (cash only) with
in/out privileges all day space permitting
Free for children age 12 and under

Times and schedule will be posted here at the end of September/early October

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company presents — Africa Rising
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company commemorates its 42nd Anniversary
with public performances to honor the company's long-standing commitment to community, cultural traditions, and education.

Saturday, November 25th @ 8pm
Malonga Casquelourd Theater
1428 Alice Street, Oakland
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