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Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Dance performers include: Siamsa Scottish & Irish Dancers, The Crown & Anchor Dancers, Silk Road Ceilidh, Pipe & Bowl Morris and Le Cancan Bijou, among others.

Through Sunday, December 23rd
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, San Francisco
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Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza - The Nutcracker Piñata
Experience the beauty, magical atmosphere and exhilarating dancing of Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza's 7th annual Nutcracker Piñata, a national holiday tradition with a fusion of Mexican folklore that follows Clara on a journey through the beautiful states of Mexico. 

Saturday, November 24th @ 7pm
Sunday, November 25th @ 3pm
San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro
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Diamano Coura West African Dance Company - Power Through Tradition
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company commemorates its 43rd Anniversary with public performances to honor the company's long-standing commitment to community, cultural traditions, and education. "Power Through Tradition" will pay homage to traditional initiation dances of Liberia West Africa along with a debut ballet "Oussouye" which will tell a riveting story about the beautiful people of Cassamance.

Saturday, November 24th @ 8pm
Malonga Casquelourd Theater, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland
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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz - Harsanari 
Harsanari is a San Francisco-based company founded in 1995 to teach and perform Indonesian dance and to educate the American public about Indonesian dance and culture. Since 1997, under the leadership of Michael Ogi, Harsanari has specialized in dances from Sunda, West Java, Indonesia. From classical masked dances and dramas that enact the great Hindu epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to the contemporary folk dance forms that incorporate martial arts movements, Sundanese dance is rich and complex. It shows the influence of the many groups that have traded and settled in the area over the centuries, but also remains uniquely distinctive. 

Sunday, November 25th @ 7pm
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley 
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Beat-Lele featuring Hālau Hula ‘o Ku’ulei
A tribute to the Beatles! Hālau Hula ‘o Ku’ulei will be performing with Beat-Lele and Faith Ako.

Friday, November 30th @ 6pm
Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield
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Nutcracker Arabian Nights 2018
Enjoy this special performance celebrating the classic Nutcracker with a Belly Dance twist that will delight dance fans of all ages. Starring Basinah of Palo Alto as the special guest Sugar Plum Fairy!

Fire Benefit Show: Saturday, December 1st @1pm (all proceeds support three longtime dance friends who have lost their homes in the Paradise fire).
Saturday, December 1st @ 6pm
Sunday, December 2nd @ 1pm
Redwood Raks World Dance Studio, 824 L St, Arcata
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Jyoti Kala Mandir - Gamika-The Traveler
Jyoti Kala Mandir celebrates its Silver Jubilee, 25 years of promoting Odissi dance in the West. Founder/Director Guru Jyoti Rout arrived in San Francisco 25 years ago, starting with only one student in the US. Jyoti Kala Mandir has since nurtured hundreds of Odissi dancers and touched the lives of thousands through classes, workshops and performances. 

Saturday, December 1st @ 4pm
Shirdi Sai Parivaar, 1221 California Circle, Milpitas

Navidad El Rincón
This Live Flamenco Holiday Show includes a special program with Villancicos Flamencos! Featuring Artistic Director & Bailaora: Carola Zertuche, Flamenco Guitarist: Roberto Aguilar, Flamenco Singer: Piruz, and Carola Zertuche Centro de Arte Flamenco Dancers: Cynthia S., Lauren S., Linsay G., Takako M., and Traci P.

Saturday, December 1st @ 7:30pm
Carola Zertuche Centro de Arte Flamenco 
670 South Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco
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Presidio Dance Theatre - Beyond the Land of Sweets
Sherene Melania's Beyond the Land of Sweets™ shakes up the holiday magic! A lively spin-off of the cherished Nutcracker Ballet, Clara travels around the globe, celebrating holiday traditions across cultures. An enchanted trip to Whoville, dancing reindeer and Tinsel the Tree, make this the perfect family-friendly show. Costumes for this production have been created primarily by the artists of the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Sunday, December 2nd @ 3pm
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
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Monthly Rotunda Dance Series featuring Cunamacué
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.
Cunamacué in collaboration with Pierr Padilla, presents work inspired by Son de los Diablos, an Afro­Peruvian street masquerade dance that dates back to times of colonization as part of the Spanish attempt to Christianize Africans. This dance is one of the first manifestations of cultural resistance of African descendants in Peru.

Friday, December 7th @ Noon
San Francisco City Hall
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.

Aerodance presents Aerovaganza 2018
Semi-Classical, Folk, Fusion and Bollywood dances featuring: 
- African Ensemble presented by Aerodancers and Omulu Capoeira
- Classical arts showpieces by Kalawishkar and California Nupur Dance

Saturday, December 8th @ 3pm
Performing Arts Theater, Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

Parol Lantern Fest
Featuring a community-wide performance of "Sayaw sa Illaw". Inspired by the sun and the stars, the performance aims to recall and contemporize indigenous practices of celebrating fruitful harvests, a good year, and meditate on and prepare for the future. The piece is inspired by "Pandanggo sa Ilaw", choreographed by Master Sydney Loyola and music by Zarina Raha. Anyone who wishes to participate in the dance performance can attend workshops during November and the first week of December.

Saturday, December 8th @ 5-9pm
Jesse Square
736 Mission Street, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
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Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno - Natividad en Mexico 2018
Featuring special guest singers Mariachi Colima, the company's yearly "Navidad en Mexico" show at Chabot College in Hayward is a highlight for the entire Bay Area community.

Saturday, December 8th @ 8pm
Sunday, December 9th @ 2pm
San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro
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Friday Nights @ OMCA — Winter Fest featuring Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Celebrate diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Enjoy storytime with the Oakland Public Library, winter-themed activities, strolling carolers, and a special Balinese dance and music performance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya Ensemble's Gong Kebyar and Jegog Ensembles. Create a candle to take home to we wrap up the final Friday Nights @ OMCA for 2018.

Friday, December 14th @ 5-9pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland