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Delvis Frinon, left, and Helen Wicks danced in “The View From Here” by Joanna Haigood during the first week of the Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now. (Courtesy Jason Hairston)

Black choreographers fest kicks off powerfully

Taking inspiration from James Baldwin, who said, “I am what time, circumstance,…

Delvis Frinon, left, and Helen Wicks danced in “The View From Here” by Joanna Haigood during the first week of the Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now. (Courtesy Jason Hairston)
Hien Huynh, bottom, and Allegra Bautista appear in Kristin Damrow & Company’s “Impact,” premiering Jan. 31. (Courtesy RJ Muna)

Brutalism inspires Kristin Damrow’s choreography

Bay Area choreographer Kristin Damrow has set her new evening-length premiere “Impact”…

Hien Huynh, bottom, and Allegra Bautista appear in Kristin Damrow & Company’s “Impact,” premiering Jan. 31. (Courtesy RJ Muna)
Sofiane Sylve and Aaron Robison in Danielle Rowe’s “UnSaid” were the highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s 2019 gala performance. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet opens 86th season with dazzling duets

San Francisco Ballet gave its 2019 opening gala performance an appropriate title:…

Sofiane Sylve and Aaron Robison in Danielle Rowe’s “UnSaid” were the highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s 2019 gala performance. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Mark Foehringer Dance Project

Winter 2019 Arts Preview: Dance

The thriving Bay Area dance community -- and guests -- offer up…

Mark Foehringer Dance Project
Wendy Rein appears in RAWdance's "Roar." (Courtesy Elena Zhukova]

RAWdance roars into the future

San Francisco contemporary troupe RAWdance is happily marking a momentous anniversary with…

Wendy Rein appears in RAWdance's "Roar." (Courtesy Elena Zhukova]
From left, Mingxuan Wang, Jim Sohm and Kristi DeCaminada (as the grandparents) and Lauren Parrott -- along with San Francisco Ballet School students -- appeared opening night Dec. 12 of San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 “Nutcracker.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s 2018 ‘Nutcracker’ underway with good cheer

In Wednesday’s opening of San Francisco Ballet’s 74th year of “Nutcracker” --…

From left, Mingxuan Wang, Jim Sohm and Kristi DeCaminada (as the grandparents) and Lauren Parrott -- along with San Francisco Ballet School students -- appeared opening night Dec. 12 of San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 “Nutcracker.” (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Browsers at

San Francisco reminds shoppers to buy local this holiday season

Black Friday is expected to draw swarms of bargain hunters to Union…

Browsers at
Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets -- featuring, from left, Brian Fisher, LizAnne Roman Roberts and Jerry Lin -- celebrates its 10th anniversary in San Francisco. (Courtesy Matt Haber)

Holiday Dance 2018: It wouldn’t be Christmas without ‘The Nutcracker’

Students and professionals get on their toes in the classic ballet across…

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets -- featuring, from left, Brian Fisher, LizAnne Roman Roberts and Jerry Lin -- celebrates its 10th anniversary in San Francisco. (Courtesy Matt Haber)
Susan Graham and David Daniels of San Francisco Opera in a file photo. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco Opera cuts ties with star accused of sexual assault

San Francisco Opera has severed connections with superstar countertenor David Daniels, 52,…

Susan Graham and David Daniels of San Francisco Opera in a file photo. (Courtesy photo)
Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu's appearance in Times Square is part of "I Mua: Hula in Unusual Places" at the Palace of Fine Arts. (Courtesy Julie Mau)

Fun time for all in ‘Hula in Unusual Places’

Bay Area hula master Patrick Makuakāne knows how to put on a…

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu's appearance in Times Square is part of "I Mua: Hula in Unusual Places" at the Palace of Fine Arts. (Courtesy Julie Mau)
Kim Epifano of Epiphany Dance Theater is on board for the 15th annual San Francisco Trolley Dances. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)

SF Trolley Dances move from Mission Creek to SFMOMA

As her logistics-laden community arts festival San Francisco Trolley Dances observes its…

Kim Epifano of Epiphany Dance Theater is on board for the 15th annual San Francisco Trolley Dances. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)
Liane Burns and LizAnne Roman Roberts appeared in FACT/SF's “Remains,” a companion piece to "death," opening this week at CounterPulse. (Courtesy Gema Galina)

FACT/SF turns 10 with premiere of ‘death’

San Francisco choreographer Charles Slender-White’s upcoming premiere “death” at CounterPulse represents the…

Liane Burns and LizAnne Roman Roberts appeared in FACT/SF's “Remains,” a companion piece to "death," opening this week at CounterPulse. (Courtesy Gema Galina)
Mary Sano appears with her company in two programs at ODC on Sept. 7-8. (Courtesy photo)

Mary Sano keeps Isadora Duncan’s art, spirit alive

Mary Sano, upon celebrating the 20th anniversary of her South of Market…

Mary Sano appears with her company in two programs at ODC on Sept. 7-8. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco troupe Soulskin Dance premieres “Hero,” a follow up to “To Command,” at Dance Mission on Sept. 7-9. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)

Soulskin Dance’s Adrianna Thompson takes on text in ‘Hero’

Soulskin Dance founder Adrianna Thompson’s first plan to follow up her dystopian-themed…

San Francisco troupe Soulskin Dance premieres “Hero,” a follow up to “To Command,” at Dance Mission on Sept. 7-9. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)
East Bay vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP appears in the 2018 San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)

SF aerial arts fest looks back and moves forward

With obvious connections to circus and a vertical movement platform tilted 90-degrees…

East Bay vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP appears in the 2018 San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival. (Courtesy Andy Mogg)
James Gilmer appears in Amy Seiwert's Imagery’s “Sketch 8” at ODC this week. (Courtesy Patrick Stull)

Dance maker Amy Seiwert prepares ‘Sketch’ series and big move

San Francisco choreographer Amy Seiwert is happily presenting the eighth installment of…

James Gilmer appears in Amy Seiwert's Imagery’s “Sketch 8” at ODC this week. (Courtesy Patrick Stull)
The South Korean troupe Ambiguous Dance Company appears in “Rhythm of Human” on May 31. (Courtesy photo)

SF International Arts fest again takes on social issues

Since 2003, the San Francisco International Arts Festival has presented artists from…

The South Korean troupe Ambiguous Dance Company appears in “Rhythm of Human” on May 31. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Byb Chanel Bibene, Sevan Kelle Boult, Nafi Thompson and Afia Thompson appear in “Nikisi Nkondi: Sacred Kongo Sculpture.”  (Courtesy Jen Philip)

Striking Congo sculptures inspire dance premiere

Bay Area choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene’s Kiandanda Dance Theater premiere in ODC…

From left, Byb Chanel Bibene, Sevan Kelle Boult, Nafi Thompson and Afia Thompson appear in “Nikisi Nkondi: Sacred Kongo Sculpture.”  (Courtesy Jen Philip)
Benjamin Freemantle was in the spotlight on Trey McIntyre’s “Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem” on San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program C.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

SF Ballet’s Unbound fest reveals ties that bind

Contemporary ballet requires dancers to shift from rapid off-center neoclassicism to soft…

Benjamin Freemantle was in the spotlight on Trey McIntyre’s “Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem” on San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Program C.  (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
One Dance opens Bay Area Dance Week on April 27 at San Francisco’s City Hall. (Courtesy Dancers’ Group)

Bay Area Dance Week turns 20

It's the 20th anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week, which kicks off…

One Dance opens Bay Area Dance Week on April 27 at San Francisco’s City Hall. (Courtesy Dancers’ Group)