San Francisco is known the world over for its cultural diversity, and its dance offerings reflect the city’s rich mix of nationalities, races, physical abilities and gender orientation. The dance consumer can readily sample fare from Balinese, Indonesian, Indian and Japanese traditions. African, Middle Eastern, Central American and Spanish forms are also well represented. San Francisco’s yearly Ethnic Dance Festival, presented at a selection of venues, allows for a glimpse into a broad range of world cultures.
The world-class San Francisco Ballet heads a list of classical troupes that includes Smuin Ballet and Lines Ballet, all critically acclaimed nationwide. If your taste runs more to the modern, ODC Dance, Axis Dance and Robert Moses’ Kin are scene stalwarts, ever-surprising, always innovative. Relative newcomer Sean Dorsey and his company are recognized internationally as a choreographer and troupe to watch.
Dance is a universal language that is always evolving, ever-involving and, best of all, entertaining. Whatever your preference, the City by the Bay is sure to offer a dance experience to suit. (Daphne O’Neal)