Dancers’ Group is pleased to announce the 18th annual Bay Area Dance Week (BADW), running April 22-May 1, 2016. BADW will be a vibrant celebration, with an anticipated 400+ free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the return of the wildly popular Kick Off Event on Friday, April 22 in Union Square Park, SF.
The Bay Area has one of the largest, most active and thriving dance communities in the country. BADW invites participants and volunteers to celebrate dance, offering hundreds of free events representing the diversity of dance forms practiced in the region. From established company programs to one-time events, BADW provides an opportunity for dance-lovers of all ages and experience-levels to take a grand tour of the many movement styles, including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, contact improvisation, and more.
Bay Area Dance Week is presented by Dancers’ Group.
Dancers’ Group promotes the visibility and viability of dance. Founded in 1982, we serve San Francisco Bay Area artists, the dance community, and its audiences as both a service organization and a presenter of performance opportunities. Dancers’ Group envisions that dance is situated at the center of civic life and the ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community is diverse, resilient, and artistically vibrant.
Since 2012, Bay Area Dance Week has teamed up with Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Program to kick of the festival in One Dance, with nearly 1,000 people dancing together.
Bay Area Dance Week and Dancers’ Group is supported by California Arts Council, Delta Dental of California, Fleishhacker Foundation, Grants for the Arts, James Irvine Foundation, J.B. Berland Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation. Walter & Elise Haas Fund, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation and individual donors.
Bay Area Dance Week History
National Dance Week was founded in 1981 to increase awareness of dance and its contributions to our national 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 United States, the Bay Area’s festivities have been the most extensive and best attended celebrations in the country since BADW’s inception. Each year, over 100 dance organizations and artists present events during Bay Area Dance Week, involving more than 2,500 artists and 20,000 attendees. The annual event is presented by Dancers’ Group.