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New Ballet's Cinderella   Oakland Ballet's Nicole Townsend and Logan Martin in Exquisite Corpse, choreography by Phil Chan. Photo by John Hefti
Updated May 25, 2024

Check with theaters for performance, dates and times.

April 26—May 5
Dancers’ Group
Bay Area Dance Week

A 10-day celebration of movement, dance, and community. All Events Are Free
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
May 3-12
SF International Arts Festival
Multiple Dance Artists:
Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Aura Fischbeck Dance, CALI & CO, InSyncKathak Dancers, Joe Landini Dance, Megan Nicely/dance with Shoshana Green and Kevin Corcoran, Ranko Ogura Dance, Rosemary Hannon & Miriam Wolodarski, Sarada Kala Nilayam, Sha Sha Higby with Keith Evans, Theatre Flamenco de San Francisco
Mission District venues, San Francisco
May 3 – 4, 7:30 pm
Oakland Ballet Company
Lustig LIVE!

A celebration of the choreography of Graham Lustig, including the world premiere of Faun. Live music.
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College, Oakland
May 3 - 5, 9 - 12
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 2

Tupelo Tornado, a World Premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (See interview with choreographer)
Broken Open by Amy Seiwert, composer/cellist Julia Kent plays live May 3-5
Untwine by Brennan Wall
Starshadows by Michael Smuin
May 9–11, 8pm
Meredith Webster
Empress Archer

Meredith Webster, former LINES Ballet Dancer and current Rehearsal Director, and Ariel Freedman in the Bay Area premiere of Empress Archer. This collaborative work digests the input of twelve choreographers.
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
May 10, 7:30pm
May 11, 2:00pm
Contra Costa Ballet
Swan Lake

Features the choreography of Petipa/Ivanov set to Tchaikovsky's score. Special meet-and-greet with the dancers in the upstairs lobby following the May 11 performance.
Lesher Center, Walnut Creek
May 16 - 19
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 2

Tupelo Tornado, a World Premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (See interview with choreographer)
Broken Open by Amy Seiwert, composer/cellist Julia Kent plays live May 3-5
Untwine by Brennan Wall
Starshadows by Michael Smuin
May 17 - 18
Diablo Ballet
The Firebird

The Firebird
Music: Igor Stravinsky, Choreography: Brian Enos
4 in the Morning
Music: William Walton, Choreography: Val Caniparoli
Light Rain
Music: Douglas Adamz and Russ Gauthier, Choreography: Gerald Alpino
Lesher Center, Walnut Creek
Saturday, May 18: 2pm Saturday, May 18: 7pm (LGBTQ+ night) Sunday, May 19: 11am (My Very First Ballet*) Sunday, May 20: 2pm
New Ballet’s Cinderella
Staged by Director and Founder Dalia Rawson
*My Very First Ballet: Cinderella on Sunday is a special shortened performance for families with toddlers and preschoolers (Run Time: One hour with no intermission).
MAY 19, 6:00 PM
Oaklash Festival
Rebirth: The Death of Drag

Experimental movement by dancers including Hollow Eve, Kim Ip, Pseuda
Omni Commons, Oakland
May 21, 8:00 PM
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Hana Sakai & Udai Shika
The Dying Swan & Its Cause of Death

Japanese prima ballerina Hana Sakai performs followed by a provocative new interpretation directed by award-winning theater director Toshiki Okada. Enhanced by live cello by Udai Shika, the contemporary piece also delves into environmental issues, with unexpected expressions from the ballerina.
Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco
May 22, 6:00 pm
San Francisco Ballet School Fundraiser
Hosted by the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary performance, followed by dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco
May 22, 6:00 pm
May 23–24, 7:30pm
San Francisco Ballet School
2024 Spring Festival
Original performances starring the SF Ballet School Students. Features a world premiere by SF Ballet corps de ballet member Pemberley Ann Olson.
May 24 - 25
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 2

Tupelo Tornado, a World Premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (See interview with choreographer)
Broken Open by Amy Seiwert, composer/cellist Julia Kent plays live May 3-5
Untwine by Brennan Wall
Starshadows by Michael Smuin
May 24-26
San Jose Dance Theatre
The Little Mermaid
May 26, 3:00pm & 6:00pm
Contra Costa Ballet Centre
Student Showcase

A collection of choreographed pieces that demonstrate the breadth of each level’s training over the course of the school year.
May 30 - 31
Smuin Ballet
Dance Series 2

Tupelo Tornado, a World Premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (See interview with choreographer)
Broken Open by Amy Seiwert, composer/cellist Julia Kent plays live May 3-5
Untwine by Brennan Wall
Starshadows by Michael Smuin
May 31 - June 9, 7:30pm
Megan Lowe Dances
Just a Shadow (World Premiere)

Seven artists make 6 distinct duets that highlight the unique strengths and creative modalities of each collaborator, including contemporary dance, site-specific dance, vertical dance, turf dance, contact improvisation, and live music.
The Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco

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