15th Anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week in April

Hundreds of Free Dance Events in SF, East Bay, North Bay, South Bay

Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 15th anniversary of Bay Area Dance Week (BADW), April 26-May 5, 2013. As dance continues to enjoy increased popularity around the nation, BADW is anticipating another action-packed festival – with over 600 free events in San Francisco, the East Bay, North Bay and South Bay.

Each year hundreds of dance organizations throw open their doors and invite the community in to try something new. BADW draws thousands of people to its free events – individuals ranging from dance aficionados to those who have never taken a dance class or attended a dance performance. Last year over 24,000 people participated in free classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and a host of other dance activities throughout the Bay Area.

This year’s festival kicks off on Friday, April 26 at 12noon with One Dance led by the Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Program, at Union Square. One Dance is a hit year after year and features dance groups, families, professional companies and students from public and private schools, from a wide array of dance styles – all coming together to perform moves from a short dance posted online at www.bayareadance.org. Downtown visitors, shoppers, office workers, dancers and non-dancers are invited to participate in the final dance. Also that day Dancers’ Group presents the annual Dancers Choice Award. Now in its sixth year, the Dancers Choice Award celebrates individuals and organizations that are finding effective and creative models that impact dance. Recipients are nominated by the community – previous award winners include Della Davidson and Ernesto Sopprani (2012), Antoine Hunter (2011), AXIS Dance Company (2010), Alleluia Panis (2009) and Jessica Robinson Love (2008).

In addition to the Dancers’ Choice Award this year BADW introduces the Della Davidson Prize, a new award created in honor of the life and work of choreographer and teacher Della Davidson, who passed away in 2012. An annual prize of at least $1,500 will be awarded to an innovative choreographer dance-maker producing work in the spirit of Della Davidson.

Throughout the 10-day festival the public can pick up a free event guide or visit www.bayareadance.org to learn about the hundreds of free dance events presented throughout the Bay Area. Once again this year all genres of dance will be represented – including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, capoeira, aerial dance, West African, and contact improvisation, among many others.

BADW culminates with Anna Halprin’s Planetary Dance on Sunday, May 5, at 2pm at Yerba Buena Gardens and presented in partnership with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Postmodern dance and performance pioneer Anna Halprin has been hosting this participatory dance for peace and healing on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County for more than 30 years. This is the second year Halprin brings this powerful work to be performed as part of BADW in the urban setting of downtown San Francisco.

The History of Bay Area Dance Week
National Dance Week was founded in 1981 to increase awareness of dance and its contributions to our culture. The first Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) festival grew out of a public dialogue in 1998, when dance artists, administrators, and organizations came together to explore how best to spotlight Bay Area dance during National Dance Week. The festival that emerged took a national initiative and imbued it with the innovative and inclusive spirit of the Bay Area. As the largest per capita center for dance in the US, the Bay Area’s festivities have been the most extensive and best attended celebrations in the country since BADW’s inception. Each year, over 200 dance organizations and artists present events during Bay Area Dance Week, involving more than 2,500 artists and 24,000 attendees. Dancers’ Group presents the annual event.

Dancers’ Group promotes the visibility and viability of dance. Founded in 1982, we serve San Francisco Bay Area artists, the dance community and audiences through programs and services that are as collaborative and innovative as the creative process. As the primary dance service organization in the Bay Area, we support the second largest dance community in the nation by providing many programs and resources that help artists produce work, build audiences, and connect with their peers and community. www.dancersgroup.org

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