Conga mayhem.The Bay Area National Dance Week kicked off yesterday with conga dancing in downtown San Francisco. We hear the public conga line, which took place in Union Square, wasn’t much of a success — despite the encouragement of an entire brass band and a host of wiggling, jiggling go-go dancers. For a conga line that aspired to be the West Coast’s longest, participation peaked at about a couple dozen dancers. Aw, shucks.

The event still has about 300 other chances to redeem itself. Through this weekend and the next week, about 2,500 dance artists and 20,000 members of the public are expected to participate in 300 events. Reportedly, the list of free classes include “Alexander Technique, capoeira, classical Indian dance, contra dance, embodied presence, Feldenkrais, hip-hop, hula, improvisational dance, salsa, same-sex partner dancing, tango, tap and tribal belly dance.” For those in your general vicinity, check out the list after the jump.

Sunday, April 27

Berkeley Public Library

2090 Kittredge; 510 981 6100

Did you ever want to dance in the library? Come to a free merengue lesson with professional dance instructor, Gale Robinson, followed by an hour of dancing in the Historic Lobby of the Berkeley Public Library. All skill levels welcome.
4:00pm-6:00pm Boogie around the Books

Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance

729 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley; 510 845 2605

An art form as old as antiquity, with origins in religion, the hula is tied to both spirituality and nature, and is a celebration of life’s mysteries. Including live drumming and music!
6:00pm-7:00pm Intro to Hawaiian Hula

Tuesday, April 29

Berkeley Moving Arts: Western Sky
2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley; 510 848 4878

Join us for an advanced beginning modern dance class. Veteran teacher Ruth Botchan offers a class in Erick Hawkins’ technique, a unique approach from the “inside out” that encourages efficient use of the body’s natural structure. Please call to reserve a space.
7:30pm-9:00pm Modern Dance, A Body-Mind Approach

Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance

729 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley; 510 845 2605

An introduction to the basics of the dance of Bali with Kompiang Metri-Davies
6:00pm-7:00pm Balinese Dance

Wednesday, April 30


STUDIO 12

2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley; 510 587 0770

9 to 13 year old girls fly, swing, twirl and float on Motivity trapezes. It is fun! It is creative! At STUDIO 12-we fly!
4:15pm-5:30pm GIRLS WHO FLY

This mixed level aerial class emphasizes the merging of dance technique with the use of aerial equipment. Learn basic movement vocabulary in the air using Motivity trapezes, hoops and slings.
6:30pm-8:00pm Aerial Dance

Thursday, May 1

May Day — Dance the Sun Up
Inspiration Point, Tilden Park
5:30am-7:00am
Wildcat Canyon Rd, Berkeley (map)
[email protected], www.berkeley-morris.org/
510 886 6549

Berkeley Folk Dancers: Live Oak Park social hall
1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley; 510 549 0337

Enjoy an evening learning simple dances from around the world. No partner necessary.
7:30pm-9:30pm International dance

Berkeley Moving Arts: Western Sky
2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley; 510 848 4878

7:45pm-9:45pm Belly Dance from The Inside Out

For more options, check out the event’s website.

Image Source: atc under Creative Commons
S.F. conga line spices up Union Square area [SF Chron]
Bay Area National Dance Week begins April 25 [SF Chron]



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Dec 6, 2011 at 3:36 am

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