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Belly Dance Tuesdays
Featuring Rasa Vitalia

Every Tuesday @ 8pm
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St Studio A, SF
More info: MissionCulturalCenter
Cover: $12

Flamenco Wednesdays
Free performance featuring Melissa Cruz dancer, Jason McGuire "El Rubio" on guitar, and Jose Cortes vocals.

Second and Fourth Wednesday of each month @ 10pm
Dunya Wine Bar, SF
Info: or 415.400.5770 or 415.400.5770

Milonga at The Verdi Club Thursdays
Every Thursday @ 7pm
The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, SF

Live Flamenco every second Saturday night of each month
Featuring Misión Flamenca

Second Saturday of each month @ 7:30pm
Bissap Baobab Village
3372 19th Street @ Mission Street, SF

Peruvian Independence Day Party
Peruvian food and refreshments available and live performances featuring
De Rompe Y Raja Cultural Association, Huaranguito Youth Ensemble, Peta Robles, Marina La Valle, and Rosa Los Santos.
Special guests from Peru: Members of Ambiente Criollo, Hijas del Sol & Teatro Milenio. Peruvian Ensemble: Master Percussionist Kata Robles, and Peruvian Guitar Ruth Torres

Friday, July 29th @ 8:30 pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Advance Tickets $15, Door $18

Tango Addiction
TANGO: A gift to the world from Buenos Aires brings passion, seduction and addiction together for an afternoon of live music with show dances by world-renowned musicians, dancers, and singers from the Bay Area and Argentina.  Enjoy live dancing in the rotunda after the performance.

Sunday, July 31st @ 2:30pm
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tickets: $40
More Info: TangoAddiction

Varsha Raghavan Arangetram
With Mythili Kumar & Malavika Kumar Walia on nattuvangam, Megha Ranganathan on vocals, Amit Ranganathan on mridangam, Hrishikesh Chary on veena, and Sasidhar Madugula on violin.

Sunday, July 31st @ 4 pm
Mission City Center for Performing Arts, Santa Clara
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Rotunda Dance Series - Presented by World Arts West and Dancers' Group
NAKA Dance Theater premieres an excerpt of their upcoming site-specific performance project, RACE. Fittingly taking place on the exact day of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, NAKA performs RACE to investigate past and present Olympic Games—paying tribute to the tumultuous 1968 Mexico City Olympics and various civil disobedience movements that broke out worldwide. RACE offers a powerful look at the poverty industrial complex. The “cleaning up” that happens in preparation for the Olympic Games globally is analogous to conflicts in San Francisco, where the economic tech boom often ousts the city’s most vulnerable residents. When city streets are cleaned up, who benefits? Who is swept aside?

Friday, August 5th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall
Free with open seating on the steps of the Grand Staircase. Feel free to bring your own folding chairs.
Pill Hill Community Dance Day
Team 510 Studios opens up their doors to the neighbors of Downtown Oakland and beyond with an evening of teaser classes including the styles of Africa, Haiti, yoga, Zumba, and more!

Friday, August 5th @ 6pm
Team 510 Studios
2914 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
$5 per class
More Info: Team 510

Festival Folklorico Nicaraguense
Nicaragua Danza Hijos Del Maiz celebrates their 5th Company Anniversary with a dynamic festival that includes new works and special guests, Colombia Soul Dance Company, Alafia Dance ensemble, Bolivia Corazon de America, and poet Katia Barillas.

Saturday, August 6th @ 7pm
Sunday, August 7th @ 4pm
1100 Ellis Street, San Francisco
Tickets: Pre-sale $20, at the Door $25
More Info:
Nicaragua Danza

Aloha Festival
Two-day festival celebrating Pacific Islander culture. Live music, dance, arts and crafts, authentic food, and educational workshops.

August, 6th & 7th, 10am-5pm

San Mateo County Event Center (SMCEC)
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
Free admission
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Abhinaya Dance Company
Curator Forrest McGill will present an overview of the exhibitions; and scenes from the Ramayana will be interpreted by Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, and an Asian Art Museum storyteller. RSVP by Friday, July 29th because space is limited.

Sunday, August 7th @ 5pm
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St, Milpitas
Free Admission, RSVP HERE
More Info: Abhinaya

The Latin Roots of Jazz
A six-class series co-presented by MoAD, YBGF, and SFJAZZ with
Instructor John Santos.
Latin American music and musicians have played fundamental and innovative roles in the history and evolution of jazz. Jelly Roll, Louie, Duke and Diz are among the legions of jazz pioneers who acknowledged these facts. The Latin Roots of Jazz is the continuation of John Santos’ ongoing yearly series presented by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and SFJAZZ, featuring live musical examples (in weeks one and six) in addition to selections from his legendary collection of audio and video recordings.

Wednesday, August  10th - September 14th, 7pm-9pm
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
685 Mission Street, SF

SFJAZZ/MoAD/YBGF Members: $15/class or $75/series
Public: $20/class or $100/series
Info and tickets:

Angelica’s Presents “Una Noche de Flamenco"

Special performance with guest dancers Manuel Gutierrez, extraordinary bailaor, Estefania Narvaez, recently returned from Spain, with Bay Area dancers Clara Rodriguez, Devon LaRussa and Yaelisa, as well as the virtuoso guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” and singer Jose Cortes.

Friday, August 12th @ 8:30pm
Reservations recommended:
Tickets online or reservations by phone 650.679.8184

Mona Khan Company presents Awaaz, an intimate experience of Indian contemporary dance vignettes, a blend of the east and the west exploring themes of beauty and disintegration, love and loss, strength and vulnerability.
Saturday, August 13th @ 3pm
Sunday, August 14th @ 6pm
ODC Theater
3153 17th Street, San Francisco
More Info: Awaaz

Shake the Bay
An evening of belly dance performances benefiting the Alzheimer's Association featuring such groups as Khepri Dance Company, Fat Chance Belly Dance, Suhaila Dance Company, and many more!
Saturday, August 13th @ 8pm
Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco
More Info: Shake The Bay

Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival
Antoine Hunter's Urban Jazz Dance presents "Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival", where performances and workshops are lead by local and international Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing artists. All (non-hearing and hearing) are welcome to attend the dynamic performances and learn something new in the step-by-step workshops.
Friday, August 12th @ 8pm
Saturday, August 13th @ 8pm
Sunday, August 14th @ 4pm
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street @ Mission St., San Francisco
Tickets: BAIDDF

Celebrating Filipino and Filipino-American arts and culture, the 23rd annual Pistahan features 2 days of art pavilions and stages highlighting contemporary and traditional music, dance, art, crafts, cuisine, and artifacts.  A trade expo offers products unique to the Philippines, including foods, books, jewelry, clothes and products for the home created from mother of pearl, bamboo, coconut, mahogany, marble, pineapple fiber and more.  It's the next best thing to a trip to Manila.

Saturday, August 13th @ 11am-5pm

Esplande, Yerba Buena Gardens
773 Mission Street, San Francisco
Free Admission
More Info: Pistahan

1001 Nights
Join us on an amazing dance journey through space and time! International Star, Ozgen of Turkey is visiting the Bay Area and will perform in one show only! Ozgen will showcase his versatility ranging from authentic Turkish Romani (Gypsy) dances to his very elegant theatrical style to Latin fusion and more! The show will also feature many loval beloved Bellydance stars who will showcase a wide variety of styles and genres.

Saturday, August 20th @ 8:30pm

Angelicas - Bell Stage Main Dining Room
863 Main Street, Redwood City
Admission: $20/$28 Online, $30 At the Door
More Info: 1001Nights

Oakland's 16th Annual Art & Soul Festival
This year the Oakland Art & Soul Dance Stage will take you on a trip down memory lane as some of the Bay Area's favorite companies, crews, and soloists present "Television to Stage". Everyone will be bringing some of the best musical movie and tv scenes to life, including The Wiz, Dirty Dancing, Grease, Happy Feet, step It Up, and many more.
Sunday August 21st @ 12pm - 6pm
Downtown Oakland
More Info: Art & Soul

Aloha Poly Fest
Come join us for great entertainment and fun activities for the entire family at our 6th free admission and parking event that welcomes everyone to celebrate and learn about Polynesian (Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Cook Islands, New Zealand), Melanesian (Fiji) and Micronesian (Guam) islands in the Pacific Ocean through cultural dances, songs, crafts, merchandise and more.

Saturday, September 3rd @ 11am - 4:30pm
Golden Gate Park - San Francisco County Fair Building
1155 - 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, San Francisco
Free Admission
More Info: AlohaPolyFest

The Conference of the Birds: EnActe & Sangam Arts
Thirty dancers and fifteen actors representing twelve ethnic traditions spanning four continents feature in one vibrant, multi-sensory interpretation of the timeless Sufi quest narrative - The Conference of the Birds.

Friday, September 9th @ 8pm
Saturday, September 10th @ 2pm and 8pm

Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
Tickets: $20-$100
More Info: TheConferenceOfTheBirds

Vijaya Dashmi 2016: International Dance Competition
Folk Dance Theme - Good vs. Evil.  Bollywood Dance Theme: Balance - Career and/or Family.

Sunday, October 9th @ 12pm-6pm
Chabot College Theatre
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
Participant Fees: $45 per participant before June 19th, $65 per participant
Attendee Tickets: $30 per attendee before June 19th, $55 per attendee
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Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco: El Latir del Tiempo
One of the oldest dance companies in the Bay Area, Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of home season performances entitled:  El Latir del Tiempo / The Beat of Time. 

Friday, November 4th @ 8pm
Mountain View Center For The Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA

Saturday, November 5th @ 8pm
Herbst Theater
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More Info: TheatreFlamencoofSanFrancisco

Finding Compás
This artistically ambitious film brings with it the opportunity to grow awareness of the powerful art of flamenco, to bring new levels of richness and inspiration to the complexities of life, and to celebrate the expansiveness of the human spirit.
More info: FlamencoCompas