Bay Area Dance Festival
The current national climate, when looked at with even the most cursory of glances, can quickly become overwhelming. Each news headline, each Tweet by powerful global figures, each new population survey or scientific report can bring us closer and closer to the brink of complete existential despair. How do we function when each day seems littered with catastrophe?
In 1993, a popular and incredibly skilled hip-hop dance teacher in San Francisco named Micaya decided to start putting on her own shows. Funded largely by her own means and the donations of friends and family, Micaya’s shows were an immediate success, and they began selling out almost immediately.
Dance, like music, is a universal language. No words are needed to accompany the movement of bodies on a stage. Whatever our cultural background, whatever our life experience, dance exists as a powerful signifier of the human spirit and its potential. Few events recognize this power like the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Now headed into its 39th year, the SFEDF has been highly praised by such outlets as The New York Times as being one of the most compelling annual dance events in the country. Visitors to San Francisco in the early weeks of June have the opportunity to experience for themselves this magical cultural event.