Dance Week San Francisco 2014 kicks off with another free dance-along in Union Square. START NOW to learn an easy dance at home online, or attend one of the free rehearsals to learn it. Bring friends or come solo to shake your booty with fellow San Franciscans!
Union Square Park, SF
Friday, April 25, 12-1pm
Click here to see this year’s dance performed.
Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Click here to see a video from the 2013 kick-off event.
Be transported by ODC at YBCA
Congratulations to ODC Dance for TWO stupendous premiers at YBCA in downtown San Francisco!
If you want funny, go to Program B. Mythical multi-media world premier, go to Program A. In the dark, before the light came up for the curtain call, the nearly sold-out audience sprung to their feet screaming, whistling and clapping. After half a dozen curtain calls, ODC can probably feel appreciated. Ya think?
Tick tock, though. Only a few performances left, including 4:00 today.
Don’t miss the FREE and FABULOUS San Francisco Trolley Dances today, departing from the SF Rail Museum every 15 minutes, 11:00-2:45. More than half a dozen professional dance companies perform new works for us, natives and tourists alike. This is the perfect way to avoid the traffic jams during the BART strike as you enjoy San Francisco in new ways, guided by energetic and knowledgeable leaders. Bring your kids, your Clipper Card or transit fare, add your sense of art and adventure, and enjoy the ride.
Lose yourself in the crowd or stand out in all your glory. Your choice, but you no longer have an excuse not to dance in San Francisco. Check out the FREE dance lessons and live music series in Union Square
Swing in the Square with The Rumble Strippers
Wednesday, Aug. 28
6pm – 8pm
Tango in the Square with Redwood Tango Ensemble
Sunday, Sept. 1
2pm – 4pm
Salsa in the Square with Los Boleros
Wednesday, Sept. 4
6pm – 8pm
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Broke but love the SF Ethnic Dance Festival? Grab friends and kids for a FREE dance performance and workshop this Saturday, 11:30, at the Yerba Buena Garden’s Forum, featuring a Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro. Then enjoy our gorgeous spring weather in San Francisco’s most perfect urban park.
The World United Through Dance
Forum at YBCA — FREE Event
Saturday, June 22 11:30AM-1:30PM
Woo hoo, great Flash Mob to kick-off Bay Area Dance week, thanks to the event staff! It looked like the line dancers could have danced all night.
Click here to see more free events: http://bayareandw.org/free_events.php
It’s the best Flash Dance of the year! Dancing in the streets today, noon at Union Square. There’s one section of unison movement that you can learn ahead of time, but you don’t have to do that section. There’s a giant line dance at the end that’s easy enough for your most klutzy friend. Or just watch and enjoy.
Always wanted to dance in the streets with thousands of your fellow San Franciscans? This is your big chance to boogie in the large group opening ceremony for Dance Week, organized by One Dance:
Friday, April 26
Noon in Union Square
One must learn a fairly easy piece of large-group choreography first:
with full instructions at
This is just the large group unison section. A small neighborhood group will also perform very, very easy 50 counts of original dance before the large group sections on April 26. If you would like to help create or just learn this short introduction for the Union Square event, rehearse in Huntington Park at 10:00am on Saturday, April 13. Look for the choreographer wearing a big pink sunhat, at the fountain.
Giants fans love SF’s Russian ballerina, Maria Kochetkova. Seriously. When Maria’s performing, as she will be in San Francisco Ballet’s Program 7 this spring, you’ll see beer-gut guys with hot-dog breath nudging their dates and asking, “Wasn’t she that little Olympic gymnast we saw on TV?” The sheer beauty and athleticism will capture the heart of the most avid anti-dancer. If you sit in the balcony, you’ll overhear conversations in Russian because a segment of the substantial Russian immigrant population in San Francisco wouldn’t miss a ballet danced by Maria Kochetkova, who was born in Moscow and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet.
Click to see Maria in a sampling of her roles.
Click to see Maria in Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini.
If you like dance at all, or graceful gumby-bear girls or gorgeous guys in speedo shorts, don’t miss the rare opportunity to see the world-class Hamburg Ballet perform Nijinsky through Tuesday at the San Francisco Opera House. It’s dark and moving, like the life of the world’s greatest dancer himself. By the finale of the 2-hour piece by American choreographer John Neumeier, you’ll be a firm believer that “Dance is poetry with arms and legs.”