World Arts West
SF Ethnic Dance Festival


Each year World Arts West produces and presents the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and auditions, the Rotunda Dance Series, and other special events.

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival celebrates and fosters appreciation for the diverse ethnic communities in the Bay Area through an annual performance season of dance styles that have included traditional classical dance, sacred dance genres, vernacular dance forms, social dance and folk dance presentations.

Since 1978, the Festival’s performances have presented over 12,000 dancers from over 700 companies and soloists to tens of thousands of audience members.

The annual Festival program is selected from a series of auditions open to any self-defined ethnic dance artist or group living in Northern California. Work is evaluated by a panel of dance experts from around the country along with World Arts West staff.

Now working with a field of over 700 practicing companies and soloists from throughout Northern California, the Festival has taken significant leadership in broadening the public awareness of world dance and music forms and in encouraging many artists to maintain their distinct traditions.