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The 100th anniversary of the birth of choreographer Merce Cunningham has inspired many events to celebrate his work. Director Alla Kovgan's 93-minute documentary Cunningham brings together his dances with archival footage and audio of Cunningham, from 1942 to 1972, into an aesthetic collage with 3D touches. Kovgan wrote and directed the film...

December 13, 2019—Now in its 25th year, Smuin Ballet's The Christmas Ballet has become a treasured experience as well as a tradition. This season Smuin has performed The Christmas Ballet in Walnut Creek and Mountain View; last night was opening night at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

December 12, 2019—A gathering of Claras, showers of red and white balloons, nostalgic scenes of San Francisco, exuberant dancing, and an enthusiastic audience all contributed to yesterday's opening night of the 75th anniversary of America's first full-length Nutcracker. On Christmas Eve, 1944, San Francisco Ballet launched what would become one of...

On Christmas Eve, 1944, San Francisco Ballet launched an American tradition by presenting the country's first full-length Nutcracker. Fittingly, the tradition has a distinguished pedigree—the then Artistic Director Lew Christensen prepared for the ballet by consulting George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova, who were visiting San Francisco...

For the past eighty years the dance program at Mills College in Oakland has distinguished itself as a pioneering force in moving beyond artistic conventions. Ann Murphy, Head of the Mills College Dance and Theater Studies Department, talked with BayDance.com's Michael Phelan recently to discuss the dance program's venerable roots, its challenges,...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-September 10, 2019-ODC/Dance has announced the addition of five new dancers: Jaime Garcia Castilla, David Calhoun, Christian Squires, Calvin Thomas and Miche Wong. Their addition brings the Company's total number of dancers to eleven.

September 4, 2019—Choreographer and dancer Alyssa Mitchel is inspired to create dance from experiences: moments in time, loss, transition, travel. So it follows naturally that she's created a dance from her experience as a teacher with an education and math degree (Summa Cum Laude with Honors). Premiering September 7th and 8th at ODC, Alyssa's...