Saturday, June 30, 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, July 1, 3pm

Dance from Hawai'i, India, Indonesia, Japan, Liberia, Mexico,
the Philippines, Spain, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan


Yerba Buena Forum Grand Lobby
Saturday, June 30, 6:00–7:45pm


Join us for our annual fundraiser, a festive reception filled with wonderful food, wine, music, and a great silent auction filled with many one-of-a-kind dance opportunities. All Benefit attendees are encouraged to attend the 8pm show inside the Novellus Theater. Tickets are $50 available through the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Box Office.

Order by phone 415.978.2787 or online at http://tickets.ybca.org


Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose and San Jose Taiko, India, the Philippines and Japan

Synergy is created when bharatanatyam, a classical dance from Southern India, meets taiko, Japanese drumming and dance, resulting in high-energy interplay between ancient art forms

Mariam Gaibova and Abbos Kosimov, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

A magnificent duet between a master Uzbek percussionist playing the doira, a ceremonial frame drum, and a deeply expressive Tajik dancer demonstrates the unifying possibilities of a dancer and musician in sync

LIKHA - Pilipino Folk Ensemble, Philippines

Dried palm leaves and bamboo poles are featured prominently in Semba, a nomadic Batak tribal ritual accompanied by live music intended to appease the spirits of nature, warding off evil and seeking blessings for hunting, planting, and harvesting

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, Hawai'i

Under the direction of Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne, this breathtaking hula performance honors Kumulipo, the epic Hawaiian creation chant, and Māui, the sun-catcher

Gadung Kasturi, Bali, Indonesia

Flower petals cast from ceremonial bowls and the trains of beautifully patterned sarongs offer blessings and prayers in this ethereal dance inspired by traditional temple ceremony from the Balinese village of Ngis, calling for health, safety, and peace throughout the world

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Spain

San Francisco's second oldest dance company performs an intimate, barefoot milonga style of flamenco from Spain, with quiet, dream-like choreography utilizing the bata de cola (long train skirts), and exploring essential characteristics of identity and being

Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, Mexico

Three folk dances from the southern Sotavento region of Veracruz, Mexico – La Carretilla, La Iguana, and El Zapateado – demonstrate Spanish-influenced intricate footwork, with playful teasing amidst the competitive spirit

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Liberia

A rite of passage dance for Lorma girls of Liberia at the close of their schooling in the Sande Society, a school that has existed since the Crusades and maintains total secrecy from men. As the girls display skills taught to them by their elders, the cow horn and saasaa gourd call masked dancers who bless the girls before returning to their parents

Rotunda Dance Series

FREE public performances the first Friday of each month at noon at San Francisco City Hall

Events and Classes

Local listings for upcoming classes and performances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area