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Leilah Broukhim Flamenco: Dejando Huellas (Traces)
Join Diaspora Arts Connection and acclaimed Flamenco dancer and choreographer Leilah Broukhim for a fiery evening of multicultural performance. Broukhim’s Dejando Huellas (Traces) explores her Jewish and Persian heritage through furious Flamenco footwork that exalts the Spanish art form. Broukhim also expresses powerful emotions as she tells her personal story about a woman searching for meaning and identity.

Friday, January 19th @ 8pm
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco
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Farah Yasmeen Shaikh: The Parting
Live performance of dance, theater and music, in collaboration with EnActe Arts, inspired by stories of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

Friday, January 19th & Saturday January 20th @ 8pm
Sunday, January 21st @ 2pm

Z Space
450 Florida Street, San Francisco
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Cirque Arabesque: A pop-up supper club event with Circus + Belly Dance + Folklore
Khepri Productions & Berber SF have come together to host an elevated evening of artful eats and spectacular performances. Revel in an intimate dining experience, enjoy modern North African cuisine prepared by Chef Hicham Sanheji, and watch a mesmerizing, cant-miss dinner show that celebrates the modern and traditional arts of the Middle East. Performances by Andrea Sendek, Susu Pampanin, Juliano Wade, Sylphie Ariella, and Khepri Dance Company. Luxurious 5 course meal of North African cuisine, curated dinner show & live percussion. Cash bar with show-inspired cocktails, post-show DJ with open dance and lounge.3 hours of live performance, 5 courses, one night only.

Sunday, January 21st from 6pm-9pm
Doors open at 5pm, dinner and show start at 6pm. Space is limited to 80 diners.

1516 Broadway, San Francisco
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South Asian Choreography Festival: When Eyes Speak
Curated by Preethi Ramaprasad
When Eyes Speak: South Asian Choreography Festival was created to showcase the many nuances of these intricate dance forms, SAFEhouse Arts is proud to present the first San Francisco choreography festival entirely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of thought and movement in South Asian dance.

Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th @ 8pm
SAFEhouse Arts
145 Eddy Street, San Francisco
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Peking Acrobats
Performances combine the deep tradition and rigorous training of ancient folk arts with the sleek theatricality and technical savvy of the 21st century. Dressed in ornate costumes and accompanied by live music on Chinese instruments, performance will showcase acrobats with aerial routines, juggling, tumbling, somersaults and gymnastics.

Saturday, January 27th @ 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, January 28th @ 3pm

Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
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7th Annual Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the BAAITS powwow mission. It is currently the Worlds’ only Two Spirit organized powwow and draws some of the area’s top dancers together for a day of fun and appreciation of the Native American Two Spirit tradition. The Baaits Powwow embraces traditional Native American culture while also providing a uniquely San Francisco experience.

Saturday, February 3rd, @ 10am-6pm (Grand Entry @ 12pm)
Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco

Colors of India: Dholrhythms Dance Company
Experience the beauty, colors, rhythms, sounds, and flavor of India featuring Dholrhythms Dance Company. The upbeat and joyful dance production tells the story of women in the villages of Punjab, India told through beautiful dance choreography weaved in with music, visuals, props, narration, live drumming, and song. Performance show will lead into dance instruction with easy to learn dance steps, followed by a dance party on the floor with Dholrhythms Dance Co and music by DJ Jimmy Love (Non Stop Bhangra) accompanied by live dhol drummers.

Saturday, February 3rd @ 8pm
Other Marin JCC Hoytt Theater, San Rafael
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SANSKRITI 2018: Illuminate
Dancers include Navia Dance Academy, Guru Shradha, Anther Asthaayi, Natyalaya
North Bay Hindu Center in collaboration with Sangam Arts presents SANSKRITI 2018 – an annual festival exploring Indian cultural heritage through classical dance and music featuring performances from across the subcontinent by world-renowned artists and emerging talent. A fundraiser for North Bay Hindu Temple Project.

Saturday, February 3rd @ 5pm

Showcase Theater, San Rafael, CA
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Rotunda Dance Series featuring Carnaval San Francisco with Fogo Na Roupa
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.

Friday, February 9th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall
Open seating on the Rotunda staircase, feel free to bring your own folding chair or cushion.
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The African Diaspora in South America
De Rompe y Raja (Afro-Peruvian) and Fogo na Roupa (Afro-Brazilian)
Follow the African Diaspora through South America on this evening of dance and music performance. Experience the music and dance that emerged where indigenous Peruvian, African, and European cultures intersected with De Rompe y Raja, followed by Afro-Brazilian drum and dance ensemble Fogo na Roupa.

Sunday, February 10th @ 8pm
1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
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4th Annual Kāpili Polynesian Dance & Music Workshops
Presented by the Māhealani Uchiyama Center for International dance. Kāpili is structured to encourage the student to go deeply into their chosen topic through directed study with a single master teacher for a full weekend of instruction. Kapili is recognized and supported by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts Living Cultures Grants Program.

Saturday, February 10th - Sunday, February 11th
Berkeley Maynard Academy
6200 San Pablo Avenue, Emeryville

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Dublin Irish Dancers: Stepping Out
Dublin Irish Dance is an exhilarating company whose members have performed throughout the world. The all-star cast brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture, carrying its traditional melodies and steps to the New World with a celebration of Irish Music and Dance.

Friday, February 23rd @ 7:30pm
Weill Hall, Sonoma State University
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Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali
Experience the inspirational source of these composers in this special performance by the musicians and dancers of Gamelan Çudamani.

Wednesday, February 28th @ 7:30pm
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Eva Yerbabuena Company
In her introspective and compelling ¡Ay!, flamenco superstar Eva Yerbabuena showcases her extraordinary technique and bold, minimalist choreography, performing a series of solos accompanied by a virtuoso ensemble of musicians.

Wednesday, March 7th @ 8 pm
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
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Yamato Drummers
For the Yamato Drummers, every encounter with listeners is a precious experience, with a goal to send audiences home with a new vitality and passion for life. They perform in front thousands of people over the world, committed to preserving the art of Taiko, a musical instrument often called “the spirit of Japan.”

Friday, March 16th @ 7:30 pm
Weill Hall, Sonoma State University
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10th Annual SF Salsa Festival
A weekend of world-class performances, dancing, competition, and workshops with top salsa instructors.

Friday, March 23rd @ 5pm - 2 am
Saturday, March 24th @ 9am - 2 am

Park Central Hotel, 50 Third Street, San Francisco

Bay Area Dance Week
A 10-day celebration of dance featuring hundreds of free classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the Kick-Off event p
resented by Dancers’ Group

Friday, April 27th - Sunday, May 6th

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, praised for its "burnished grace" and "selfless concentration," is much more than a dance company. With exceptional synchronicity, and compelling physicality the ensemble has earned international acclaim for its ability to redefine both dance and theatre.

Friday, April 27th @ 7:30 pm
Weill Hall, Sonoma State University
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