Feets, Get Movin’

The apex of the tourist season is several months away, but one of our biggest visitor destinations gets quite crowded today -- with dancers (some of whom might be tourists). It’s Bay Area Dance Week, which starts at noon in Union Square with One Dance. Event organizers say last year saw some 2,000 people dancing and watching, and they hope for a bigger turnout this year, the 30th birthday of the San Francisco-based Dancers’ Group. Participation isn’t limited to professional dancers. In fact, more than 100 Bay Area dance organizations and artists lead events for dancers of all skill levels. At today’s One Dance, participants perform a short piece based on music and choreography that can be found on the group’s website. The 10-day “week” continues with some 600 events taking place across the Bay Area, including classes, open rehearsals, and performances. Events include a Japanese modern-dance workshop at MoBu Dance Studio (Saturday, April 21, at 1:30 p.m.), a fire-dance performance at City Hall where photographers are welcome to shoot (Sunday, April 22, at 7:15 p.m.), and a class on blues-dance basics at Studio Gracia (Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m.). Anna Halprin hosts the closing event on April 29, a production of her acclaimed Planetary Dance, where participants form three circles that each go in separate directions at varying speeds. Halprin is 91 and survived a 1971 diagnosis of colon cancer -- let her life and performance be an example of what dance can do for you.
April 20-29, noon, 2012

 
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