Best Way to Sample S.F.'s Contemporary Dance Scene

RAWdance's Concept Series

Dance aficionados and newbies find plenty to like in this semi-regular series at the historic James Howell Studio, hosted and curated by choreographers Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein. Because the venue is awkwardly shaped, you're bound to meet new people — there's really no option to keep quiet. You pay what you can to enter. There's food. And the work is really good. Smith and Rein sometimes perform with their entrancing group RAWdance, bolstering this already-strong argument for mixed-bill style performances. And there's this running joke they have with popcorn. Just go — and check the website for upcoming performances.

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