Bay Area National Dance Week
Friday, May 2

Friday, May 2

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Learn to dance by drilling the basics in fun combinations. Using both slow movements and fast steps we'll get you dancing in your first class! Intro to partner and group dancing.

6:30pm-7:30pm Tribal Belly Dance Class
class  observation  no wheelchair access   (key)

FatChanceBellyDance Studio

670 South Van Ness Ave. (18th St.), San Francisco (map)
415 431 4322


Get into your body with Hooliehoop. Discover dynamic movement, stress release, energizing fitness, and fun through hoopdance! ZERO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Hoops provided.

12:15pm-12:45pm Beginning Hoopdance
class  observation  no wheelchair access   (key)

The Center for Transformation

735 Montgomery St. (Jackson St.), San Francisco (map)
415 829 7799

A teaser of the HoopGirl Workout, this class will get you pumping your hips while dancing with every part of your body. Experience how undulation churns your chi! All ages and abilities welcome! Hoops provided for class use. Best of the Bay Winner 06 & 07.

7:30pm-8:30pm Shake Those Hips! Hula Hoop Dancing for the Masses!
class  observation  no wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

Dance Ground Keriac

1805 Divisadero (Bush), San Francisco (map)
415 282 HOOP

Intimate Embrace Tango

Come sample delicious tapas or wine and dine in style with live Tango music. Join a Tango class and watch the social dancers do their stuff! Come celebrate Sonja's 10th year with National Dance Week!

9:00pm-2:00am Cava Tango
open house  observation  wheelchair access   (key)

Cava 22

3299 22nd St. (Valencia), San Francisco (map)
415 661 1852

liss fain dance

Observe a new work-in-progress as well as sections of repertory, followed by discussion with the dancers and choreographer on the creation and development of the work.

1:30pm-2:15pm Liss Fain Dance open rehearsal
rehearsal  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

San Francisco Dance Center

26 Seventh St (Market), san francisco (map)
415 380 9433

ODC/Rhythm and Motion

Selection of Free Classes Offering a selection of free adult classes for every day of National Dance Week! With almost 100 weekly classes representing movement forms from all over the world, including Afro-Brazilian, Ancient Hula, Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Modern, Feldenkreis, Hip Hop, Release, Rhythm Tap, Tribal Bellydance, Salsa, Yoga, and the groundbreaking Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout program, the spectrum of classes at the Dance Commons reflects the wonderful diversity found in the Bay Area. NDW special - New Students: any 3 classes for free; current students: check website for free daily class - or

8:30am-10:00pm Dance at The ODC Commons!
class  observation  participation  wheelchair access   (key)

ODC Dance Commons

351 Shotwell (17th & 18th Street), San Francisco (map)
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415 863 9830


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12:00am-11:45pm Mobile Poi Class
class  observation  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)


Everywhere (Any town), Earth (map)
414 424 8581

QB Presents

Lesson's and dancing for the same sex dancer!

8:00pm-9:30pm Queer Dance Party
observation  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

Queer Ballroom Studio inside Live Art Gallery

151 Potrero Ave. (15th Street), San Francisco (map)
415 305 8242


Please join RAWdance for an open rehearsal and a showing of past and new work.

4:00pm-5:30pm Open Rehearsal
rehearsal  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

James Howell Studio

66 Sanchez Street (bet. 14th & Duboce), San Francisco (map)

Richmond District YMCA Young Dancers

Dance performance in Studio 1 featuring the Richmond District YMCA Young Dancers, ages 3-13 years, under the direction of Marian Roth-Cramer

5:00pm-6:00pm Richmond District YMCA Young Dancers Onstage!
performance  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

Richmond District YMCA

360 18th Avenue (Geary), San Francisco (map)
415 666 9603

Performance in Studio 1 featuring members ages 3-50 who study dance at the Richmond District YMCA.

7:00pm-8:00pm Richmond District YMCA Dance Performance
performance  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

Richmond District YMCA

360 18th Avenue (Geary), San Francisco (map)
415 666 9603

San Francisco Biodanza School

Combining dancing, music and genuine connection, Biodanza leads you to feel, think and move in an integrated way. Explore life with authenticity, nurture your potentials, and find joy and ease as you follow the rhythm of your heart. All levels welcome.

7:30pm-9:30pm Biodanza: The Poetry of Human Encounter
class  observation  wheelchair access   (key)

Synergy School

1387 Valencia St. (25th St.), San Francisco (map)
415 339 8739

Shamanic Cheerleaders

Get in touch with SPIRIT with Rana Stewart and The Shamanic Cheerleaders! Immerse yourself in Empowered vocalization, Playful high-energy dance (both choreographed and improvistional), body percussion, affirmational cheerleading, and spirited acro-pyramid building. Expect to laugh a lot and engage your body, mind and voice!

7:00pm-9:00pm Shamanic Cheerleading Workshop
workshop  observation  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

City Dance

10 Colton Street (Mission and Market), San Francisco (map)
415 482 0333

ShoeBox Studio

45 minutes of intense Pilates followed by 15 minutes of intense Champagne drinking. Happy Friday!

1:00pm-2:00pm Champagne Pilates
class  observation  wheelchair access   (key)

ShoeBox Studio

855 Folsom St. #112 (5th), San Francisco (map)
415 861 5976

Vima Dance Studio

Join us for a fun-filled night of salsa dancing! First hour focus on basic rhythm and movement. Second hour focus on Salsa Rueda - a group form of salsa danced in a circle!

7:00pm-9:00pm Salsa Caliente!
class  observation  wheelchair access   (key)

Vima Dance Studio

560 Third Street (Brannan), San Francisco (map)
415 977 0203

Stage Dor Dance Studio

Stage Dor is offering an evening of free jazz and salsa classes and open rehearsals of its resident dance company, The Don't Quit Your Day Job Dancers. Please visit our website for details.

5:00pm-9:00pm Stage Dor Dance Studio
observation  participation  wheelchair access   (key)

Stage Dor

10 Liberty Ship Way, #340 (Bridgeway), Sausalito (map)
415 339 1390

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose

Classical dance in India is an eloquent expression of an ancient civilization. Come, join us and experience the joy of South Indian dance in our dancing technique workshop. Learn the language of gestures and how to put it together to narrate stories.

7:00pm-8:30pm Splendor of Indian Classical Dance
workshop  observation  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

Saratoga School of Dance

18778 Cox Avenue (Quito Village), Saratoga (map)
408 983 0491

Bay Area Country Dance Society

Lively, elegant English Country Dance, as seen in "Pride and Prejudice." Dancers weave through patterns to marvelous live music that ranges from stately to rollicking. Even more fun than in Jane Austen's time. Free admission to regular dance after class.

6:30pm-7:45pm Introduction to English Country Dance
class  observation  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

Palo Alto Masonic Temple

461 Florence St (University), Palo Alto (map)
510 886 6549

College of San Mateo

A casual showcase and celebrating the creative work of our CSM students in dance, creative writing, visual art and mixed media.

2:00pm-4:00pm Create! Celebrate @ CSM!
performance  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

College of San Mateo - SoTL Center

1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd (Hillsdale Blvd and CSM Drive), San Mateo (map)

650 574 6243

Halanda Studio

Inayan System of Eskrima is a Filipino martial arts encompassing hand to hand and weapons arts. Plus Folkloric Dances of Turkey, the Levant, Greece, and Armenia. Dabke. Spoon dance. Classical dance influences from Armenia, Persia, Central Asia, and Ballet.

5:15pm-7:30pm Eskrima Self Defense, Near Eastern Dances; Belly Dance & beyond
class  observation  participation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)

Halanda Studio

1062 Lincoln Ave (between Coe & Willow), San Jose (map)
408 246 1129

Ariana Candell

Find your dance and creative spirit in nature! A workshop blending improvisational movement, earth art, meditation and group fun! Using structured and open-ended exercises to inspire our connection with the earth, ourselves and each other- in a beautiful redwood grove. (NOTE: MAP IS WRONG: take left on Sanborn across from Robinson)

9:00am-10:30am Movement and Meditation in Nature
workshop  observation  no wheelchair access   (key)

Joaquin Miller Park- Community Center

3594 Sanborn Dr. (Robinson), Oakland (map)
510 466 5114

Berkeley Moving Arts

Join us for an intermediate/advanced modern dance class. Veteran teacher Ruth Botchan offers a class in Erick Hawkins' technique, a unique approach from the "inside out" that encourages efficient use of the body's natural structure. Please call to reserve a space.

10:00am-11:30am Modern Dance, A Body-Mind Apprach
class  observation  wheelchair access   (key)

Western Sky

2525 Eighth Street (Dwight Way), Berkeley CA (map)
510 848 4878

Harmonious Path Martial Arts

Enjoy a brief introduction to kuk sool, a graceful yet powerful martial art based on ancient fighting techniques. See how dance-like stances and movements can metamorphoze into strikes, kicks, and spins that are both beautiful and practical as self-defense. Taught by a woman black belt with a background in dance.

7:30pm-8:30pm Martial Arts for Dancers
class  observation  participation  no wheelchair access   (key)

Harmonious Path Martial Arts

192 10th Street #202 (Jackson), Oakland (map)
510 496 6075


Cynthia doesn’t just play around, she plays like life depended on it. The cofounder and master teacher of InterPlay leads a meditative, fun-loving group with lots of room for stillness, body wisdom practices, and affirming community.

10:30am-12:00pm InterPlay Movement as Meditation
class  observation  wheelchair access  all ages welcome   (key)


2273 Telegraph Ave (23rd Street), Oakland (map)
510 465 2797


Come create and play with Taira Restar, ordained minister and associate teacher for Anna Halprin and Tamalpa Institute. Through somatic explorations, dance, drawing and writing, you will be invited into the present, into the truth of now, into your source. This class is part of the Embodied Arts Program at Rudramandir.

7:15pm-9:15pm Source Dance
class  observation  wheelchair access   (key)


830 Bancroft Way (6th Street), Berkeley (map)
510 486 8700

Trip the light fantastic

A dance space for Bay Area women and the queer community. This is the place to be on the 1st and 3rd Friday nights of each month. Dances include two stepping, east and west coast swing, salsa, waltzes, night club 2 step, and line dances. Beginners welcome.

7:30pm-8:45pm Trip the light fantastic Friday dance lesson
class  observation  wheelchair access   (key)

Lake Merritt Dance Center

200 Grand Ave, (Harrison), Oakland (map)
510 763 1343