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Black Choreographers Festival - SF

Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd & 24th @ 7:30pm
Featuring the work of dana e. fitchett, Ashley Gayle & Noah James (Saturday only), Shawn Hawkins (Saturday only), Cherie Hill, Joslyn Mathis Reed, Dazaun Soleyn, Jamie Wright (Sunday only).
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Masters of Rhythm: the Afro-Peruvian Way
Celebrate Black History Month with a film screening of the award-winning documentary Masters of Rhythm: the Afro-Peruvian Way. Enjoy music from the African diaspora in Latin America and learn about its roots. Live cajon demonstration follows!

Saturday, February 23rd @ 1pm
Oakland Library
César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 271, Oakland

Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade

Saturday, February 23rd @ 5:15 PM
Starts off at 2nd and Market Streets, goes around Union Square and ends at Kearny Street & Columbus Avenue.
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“Two Parts of Me” featuring Antonio Rey & Mara Rey with Special Guests
A night of Flamenco featuring the legendary guitarist Antonio Rey & singer and dancer Mara Rey, with special guests Bianca Rodriguez & Marlon Aldana!
Mara Rey is a flamenco singer-songwriter and dancer born in Madrid. For years she has worked as a dancer and flamenco singer with great flamenco figures such as Manuela Carrasco, Los Farruco, Poveda, Pipa, Duquende, and Canales, and has participated in great performances and theaters such as Lope de Vega, La Bienal de Flamenco and the Festival de Jerez.

Saturday, March 2nd @ 6:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Black Choreographers Festival - SF
Featuring the work of Frankie Lee Peterson lll, and Natalya Shoaf.

Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd & 3rd @ 7:30 pm
145 Eddy Street, San Francisco
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Sí Se Puede
Tales of resistance in the face of social injustice, expressed through the Indian Classical dance, Bharatanatyam. Featuring the struggles of Cesar Chavez and farm workers. Accompanied by Carnatic musicians and Mexican folkloric guitarists.

Sunday, March 3rd @ 4pm
School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose
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Russian Festival 2019
Featuring musicians and singers, food, vodka tasting, artwork and more. Dance ensembles and soloists perform Russian folk dances, ballet and ballroom dancing. Performers include the Russian Center Dancers, the Firebird Dance Ensemble, Lysaya Dance School, SDA Sukachov Dance Academy, and many others.

Friday, March 1st @ 6:15pm to 12:30am
Saturday, March 2nd @ 12:15pm to 9:40pm
Sunday, March 3rd @ 12 noon to 7pm
Russian Center of San Francisco, 2460 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Femina - Celebrating Women with World Music & Dance
Master local choreographers present seven artistic traditions from around the globe in celebration of International Women’s Day. Be inspired by the dynamism of the feminine and the dazzling diversity of our community with performances from the cradle of civilization to the new world. Featured styles include Cambodian (Charya Burt), Chinese (Haiyan Jackson Dance), Indian (Bharatanatyam – Vidhya Subramanian & Odissi- Guru Shradha), West African (Cheza Nami), and Cumbia Colombiana (Daybreaker Pro). The performance will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with artists.

Saturday, March 9th @ 4pm and 7:30pm
Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama Street, San Francisco
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Collage des Cultures Africaines: Africa Rising II
Resilience through Resistance Performance, featuring Dandha da Hora, Savage Jazz, De Rompe y Raja, Steel Drum Culcha-Keepers, Diamona Coura.

Saturday, March 9th @ 8pm
Odell Johnson Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland

Black Choreographers Festival - Oakland
Featuring the work of Kendra Kimbrough Barnes, Dayse Brasil, Tracee Henson, Shawn Hawkins, Robert Henry Johnson, Māhealani Uchiyama, Nafi Watson

Saturday and Sunday, March 9th & 10th @ 7:30 pm
Laney College Theater
900 Fallon Street, Oakland
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Rotunda Dance Series featuring Ballet Folklórico Mexico Danza
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. Ballet Folklórico Mexico Danza is a Hayward-based dance company that presents the beautiful, cultural heritage of Mexico through folkloric dance and live instrumentation.

Friday, March 15th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

Open seating on the Rotunda stairs; bring your own folding chair or cushion.
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Volunteer ushers needed, view shifts and sign up here

Ashkenaz 46th Anniversary Showcase!
Celebrate Ashkenaz's 46th Anniversary with a showcase of the artists who have been developing their work in our studios, teachers whose Ashkenaz-based ensembles have gone on to accolades, and the eclectic artists who have cultivated music & dance performance series on our stage. Featuring: Ashkenaz World Cultures Children's Choir; Cheryl McBride, Ted Sherrod, and the Tri-Tip Trio Music from the monthly Cajun/Creole Jam; Tamika Harris African Fusion Dance; Kathy Reyes Dance Championship Bachata Team; Mar Stevens & Friends of Women Drummers International; Carolyn Brandi and Amikaeyla of the Maestra Series.

Friday, March 15th @ 7:30pm
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

Susana Arenas Pedroso
Susana Arenas Pedroso is an internationally recognized Cuban folkloric and popular dancer. Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, she began her career in dance at age twelve, studying at La Casa de Cultura de Matanzas and at Cojunto Folklorico Nacional in Havana.

Saturday, March 16th @ 7:30pm (dance lesson), 8:30 (performance), 9:30 (DJ and dancing)
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
Featuring Irish dancers, marching bands, drill teams and more.

Saturday, March 16th @ 11:30am
2nd and Market Streets to Civic Center, San Francisco

Global Spring Festival
The 11th Chinese Performing Arts of America (CPAA)’s Spring Festival Silicon Valley (SFSV) is reborn. The show is in the theme our founder defined earlier last year: Chinese Emperor and the Nightingale. In the five acts show, you will experience the story via beautiful dances and music from different regions from the world by different groups. CPAA, known for its creativity in the production of high artistic spectacles, presents the 10th Spring Festival Silicon Valley, a variety classic and modem show of dance, singing, Chinese orchestra, Kungfu, Magic, and the spectacular fluorescent 60' Dragon to entertain audiences of all ages and different cultural backgrounds.

Saturday, March 23rd @ 7pm
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose
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Broken Seeds (Still Grow) featuring Nava Dance Company
Created by Nadhi Thekkek and Rupy C. Tut, Broken Seeds (Still Grow) is a Bharatanatyam dance and visual art production inspired by the real-life stories from the 1947 Partition Archive and recent South Asian American history. This creative inquiry sources poetry, eyewitness accounts, and current events to understand the current political climate while reflecting on what it means to belong somewhere. This work includes original music by GS Rajan.

Friday, March 29th @ 8pm
Saturday, March 30th @ 8pm & 3pm
Sunday, March 31st @ 3pm
CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street, San Francisco
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Continuum - An Electric Festival of North Indian Classical Dance & Music
A festival of North Indian classical music and dance - a thrilling showcase of world art at its pinnacle. Be transported to an elevated state with rich, soulful music and captivating dance. Featuring a lineup of artists that has never been brought together before, Continuum shines a spotlight on a new generation of young masters who bring a fresh lens, contemporary voice, and new dimension to these ancient art forms.

Thursday, April 18th @ 7:30pm
Nilanjan Chauduri, tabla; Shefali Jain, Ria DasGupta, and Joya Kazi, Kathak

Friday, April 19th @ 7:30 pm
Raaginder Singh Momi, violin; Rina Mehta, Kathak solo

Saturday, April 20th @ 2pm
Saili Oak, vocal solo; Sarah Morelli, Kathak solo

Saturday, April 20th @ 7:30 pm
Samantha Nagarkar, vocal solo; Rachna Nivas, Kathak solo

Sunday, April 21st @ 2pm
Jay Gandhi, Bansuri solo; Seema Mehta, Kathak solo

Sunday, April 21st @ 6pm
Jayanta Banerjee, sitar solo; Seibi Lee, Kathak solo

Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco
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Oakland Dance Festival
FREE to the public. Dance-A-Vision Oakland Dance Festival brings the best local dancers, choreographers, studios, and teachers to «Jack London Square» for Two days of fabulous rhythm and fun. This festival will showcase a dazzling array of dance genres including jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, folkloric dance and more. From little ones to professional adults, dancers of all ages will perform and celebrate the power of dance and culture. This event ends with a Large outdoor Public DANCE PARTY! 

Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th @ noon
Jack London Square, 472 Water Street, Oakland

A Taste of Odissi Dance! Bay Area Dance Week
Experience Odissi dance, a reconstructed ancient Indian classical dance form which has a deep relationship with temple sculptural art, bringing dance sculptures centuries old alive. Odissi dance is characterized by a juxtaposition of fluid upper body movements against strong footwork to create its unique grace. A Taste of Odissi dance showcases Guru Shradha's students of different levels all committed to perfecting the art of legendary Odissi maestro and key reconstructor, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, in the U.S., far from its original roots.

Sunday, April 28th @ 4pm and 7:30pm
Cubberley Community Center, Studio L6, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94303
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1st Annual Santa Clara University Powwow 
For the first time ever, Santa Clara University will be hosting their first American Indian Pow Wow! This is a one day event promoting higher education for American Indian Youth, running from 10:00am to 9:00pm, located on the beautiful Mission Gardens. There will be drumming, singing, dance contesting, traditional American Indian craft/artistry booths, educational booths and food booths! This is a free public event open to the community!

Saturday, May 4th @ 10am to 9pm
Santa Clara University Mission Gardens, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Brava! for Women in the Arts along with Calle 24 & Precita Eyes Muralists present - Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances
Brava! for Women in the Arts’ annual event takes over the streets and alleys of San Francisco’s Mission District to celebrate and preserve its living cultural heritage! Now in its seventh year, Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances draws the Bay Area’s most dynamic dance companies and performing artists to interpret the murals through music and dance, alongside detailed narration by Precita Eyes Muralists docents. Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances provides audiences an intricate look at each mural and its relationship to the culture and the life of the Mission. 

Sunday, May 5th, Tours begin @ 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Balmy Alley @ 24th Street between Folsom & Harrison Streets in San Francisco