Get Your Kicks at National Dance Week

The annual event offers a smorgasbord of opportunities.

The East Bay abounds with dance — there are few other places in the world where you can see hula one day, world-class ballet the next, and fire dance all weekend. Sample these and countless other movement styles during National Dance Week, April 23-May 2, when companies and schools open their doors for dozens of free classes, workshops, demonstrations, and dance jams.

Speaking of fire dancing, see Pyromancy’s overview at their warehouse on Monday, April 26. Adventurous types can also seek topsy-turvy serenity via AcroYoga at Athletic Playground on Tuesday, April 27, and try aerial dance at Studio 12 flys on Wednesday, April 28.

Learn the Duke of Kent’s waltz, circle dances, and other Victorian favorites from Fezziwigs Dance Guild at Prop Box Studio on Sunday, April 25. Appalachian clogging is afoot during Jubilee American Dance Theatre’s beginning class at Ashkenaz on Monday, April 26.

AXIS Dance Company welcomes people with and without disabilities to a physically integrated dance class on Monday, April 26, and to an open rehearsal on Wednesday, April 28, at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts.

San Francisco Movement hosts an Agile Aging workshop for seniors at Marina Community Center on Friday, April 23. Saturday, April 24, meanwhile, begins with Ariana Candell’s conscious/improvisational movement in Joaquin Miller Park.

OngDance will fill the Oakland Asian Cultural Center with the rhythms of Korean drumming on Sunday, April 25. And on Tuesday, April 27, Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance teaches the dances of Persia, Central Asia, Egypt, Turkey, and Morocco.

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is home to two events during the week. On the afternoon of Thursday, April 29, Danse Lumiere will perform contemporary ballet from The Star Dances along with new pieces. Exploring a different aspect of dance, Anna and Daria Halprin’s Tamalpa Institute facilitates a workshop in expressive arts therapy, including movement, drawing, and writing, on Sunday, May 1.

En Pointe Youth Dance Company II welcomes all ages to an open rehearsal of lyrical, modern, ballet, and contemporary dance at Berkwood Hedge School on Sunday, April 25, while kids and teens are invited to EastSide Arts Alliance on Sunday, May 1, for a youth hip-hop, funk, B-boy, turf dance, and house performance.

There’s so much more to try: flamenco, ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, African dance, ballroom, kids’ movement, queer contra. Waltz over to for complete listings, locations, and event times. Some events require preregistration, so sign up on the web site to ensure your place in the kickline.


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