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Diablo Ballet's Felipe Leon and Jordan Tilton in Sean Kelly’s A Swingin’ Holiday. Photo by Aris Bernales  

Contra Costa Ballet's The Nutcracker

Updated November 17, 2018

Check with theaters for performance, dates
Nov. 1, 8:00 pm
Detour Dance
An 8-Hour Experiment
Detour Dance will devise and perform a new piece over the course of 8 hours. FREE! RSVP required.
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
Nov. 2, 7:00 pm
ODC/Dance unplugged
World's on Fire
An inside look at the new collaboration between choreographers Kate Weare and Brenda Way and musician Jeff Kazor of The Crooked Jades, explores the emotional underpinnings of communities everywhere and the cyclical nature of human experience.
ODC Dance Commons, Studio B, San Francisco
Nov. 2-3
Oakland Ballet
Luna Mexicana: Day of the Dead Celebration
A dance and music celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)! This family friendly performance is filled with spirited dancing, live music, colorful costumes, and a festive atmosphere, includes the world premiere of a new ballet celebrating the life and singular artistic vision of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo – created by Artistic Director Graham Lustig in collaboration with Martín Romero, Artistic Director of Ballet Folklórico México Danza.
Paramount Theatre, Oakland
Nov. 3, 3:30pm-5:15pm
Kathy Mata Ballet
November Encore Performance
New pieces followed by the musical "Just Another Ordinary Day", includes live accompaniment by pianists Lucy Hudson, company music director, and Michael Dolman. Admission is FREE, donations are welcome.
Alonzo King's LINES Ballet San Francisco Dance Center
Nov. 3, 7:00 pm
Flyaway
Performs at the YBCA 100 Summit. Sonsherée Giles and Megan Lowe perform an excerpt from TENDER (n.).
YBCA Theater, San Francisco
Nov. 4, 10:00 am–noon
San Francisco Ballet School
Master Class: Patrick Armand & Karen Gabay on Audition Preparation
Observer, as well as participant, tickets are available. Observers must register in advance. For male and female students ages 15–19 currently training at the advanced level in ballet. Students learn how to put their best foot forward in auditions from the director of one of America’s leading ballet schools and an experienced SF Ballet School Faculty member.
San Francisco Ballet, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco
Nov. 4, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
San Francisco Ballet School
Master Class: Kristi DeCaminada on Nutcracker
Observer, as well as participant, tickets are available. Observers must register in advance. Boys and girls ages 10–14 currently training in ballet join SF Ballet School Faculty member Kristi DeCaminada, who coaches the children’s roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, to learn some of the most well-known choreography from the SF Ballet studios.
San Francisco Ballet, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco
Nov. 7, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Latinx Aesthetics in Dance
Discussion features local and international choreographers talking about the role of aesthetics and embodiment in contemporary dance. Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz, Ph.D. Candidate in performance studies, will facilitate a discussion with dance makers Randy Reyes (Oakland), Fabiola Guillén (Mexico), and Vanessa Sanchez (San Francisco). Free and open to the public. Food and refreshments provided. Please RSVP.
Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley
Nov 8-10, 8:00 pm
Nov 11, 2:00 pm
Deaf’s IMPRISONED
Antoine Hunter, Urban Jazz Dance Company, Rosa Lee Timm, Christopher Smith, Ian Sanborn. Deaf artists exploring the literal and metaphorical meanings of Deaf people being in a “prison within a prison," using sign language, spoken text, dance (modern and jazz), silence, film, and music, to look at life of a Deaf person in prison, life as Deaf woman of color, life as a Gay Black Deaf Man and what is Deaf Utopia/Deaf Diaspora.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
Nov. 9, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
EchoTheaterSuitcase project
Centennial Reckoning
Artistic Director, Krista DeNio. Brings to light untold stories of LGBTQ+ and Immigrant veterans, active duty service members and non-veterans, from WWI to today. An audience-interactive experience throughout the historic veterans building, war memorial and site, bringing together theater, dance, ensemble devised, site-specific, contemporary performance.
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, San Francisco
Nov. 9, 8:00 pm
Nov. 10, 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
RAWdance
CONCEPT series: 24
Five Bay Area choreographers join RAWdance to share works-in-progress and revamped repertory tailored for intimate viewing. RAWdance with guest artists: Liss Fain Dance, OOMPH Dance Theater, REACH BC Dance Company, Sarah Woods-LaDue and Robert Woods La-Due, SOULSKIN Dance.
The Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, San Francisco
Nov. 9, 8:00 pm
Nov. 10, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Nov. 11, 2:00 pm*
Diablo Ballet
A Swingin’ Holiday and More

Featuring two ballets for the whole family. A Swingin’ Holiday by choreographer Sean Kelly includes new dances created specifically for this season, set to music performed live by the 16-piece Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra. Also Carnival of the Imagination choreographed by Robert Dekkers. *Prior to the November 11th matinee, Diablo Ballet will present its 2nd Annual Sugar Plum Party.
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Nov 15-17, 8:00 pm
RUDA/Arruda
A collaboration between Aguas Dance Company representing Brazil and Cunamacué representing Peru inspired by the Amazon River and its plant/spirit’s medicines, centers around dance and music as healing medicine and is inspired by the properties of the Rue plant.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
Nov. 16-17
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The Christmas Ballet
25th anniversary season. The 2018 edition returns to many original pieces from founder Michael Smuin plus two festive world premieres.
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Nov. 16-17
Cal Performances
Compagnie Käfig
Pixel
Precision, energy, speed, power—Compagnie Käfig merges elements of Brazilian urban dance and capoeira with hip-hop, modern dance, and circus arts in its breakneck productions. Pixel was created by founder Mourad Merzouki in collaboration with the French digital production studio Adrien M & Claire B
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Nov.17, 7 P:00 M
ODC Co-Presents
Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock

FREE Frameline Encore screening of Brontez Purnell's documentary. San Francisco’s Ed Mock gets his due in this heartfelt documentary, chock-full of archival footage of the avant-garde dance legend. Interviewees describe his classes and performances as something akin to attending church, in this moving homage to the life and art of a gone-but-not-forgotten black ambisexual San Francisco icon.
Landmark Theater, Piedmont
Nov. 17, 6:00 & 8:00 pm
Nov. 18, 7:00 pm
Molly Rose-Williams & Co
Social Movement
Moving targets, hand signals, hope, and human pyramids. A fusion of contemporary dance, acrobatics, physical theater, percussion, and song, it's loud, weird, fast, funny, slow, tender, and heartfelt.
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley

Due to hazardous air quality in the Bay Area, SFDanceworks in the Presidio will be postponed until January 13th, 2019.

Nov. 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SFDanceworks in the Presidio
Features bites and beverages and an exclusive look at new works by emerging choreographers, including San Francisco Ballet’s Sarah Van Patten, as well as excerpts from Danielle Rowe’s work from Season Three, “The Old Child.” All proceeds benefit SFDW programming for the year.
Presidio Log Cabin, San Francisco
Nov. 23 - 4:30 & 7:30pm
Nov. 24 - 2:00, 4:30 & 7:30pm
Nov. 25 - 2:00 & 4:30pm
Contra Costa Ballet
THE NUTCRACKER
This one-hour performance is an elegant introduction to the holiday classic.
Lesher Center for the Arts Hofmann Theatre, Walnut Creek
Nov. 29, 7:00 PM
Post:Ballet
Sneak Peek
Highlights material-in-the-making by choreographers Vanessa Thiessen and Robert Dekkers, created in collaboration with acclaimed composer Samuel Adams.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
Nov 24 - Dec 9
ODC/Dance
The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, San Francisco
Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The Christmas Ballet
25th anniversary season. The 2018 edition returns to many original pieces from founder Michael Smuin plus two festive world premieres.
Sunset Center, Carmel
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