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. read more »