Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now

Presented by Black Choreographers Festival

Feb. 22 - Mar. 8: Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm on all dates - Wknd 1 at SAFEhouse Arts, Wknd 2 at Dance Mission Theater, Wknd 3 at Laney College Theater

The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now presents three weekends of performances in San Francisco and Oakland celebrating the diversity of artistic expression within the context of African and African American dance and culture.

The first weekend, February 22 - 23, features natalya shoaf in an evening-length solo in three parts, co-choreographed with Bianca Stephanie Mendoza, Charbel Rohayem and Jane Selna. This event is co-sponsored by SAFEhouse Arts' Resident Artist Workshop (RAW).

The second weekend, February 29 - March 1, features "New Voices / New Works" at Dance Mission Theater. Among the participating artists, each showing short works between seven and 15 minutes in length, are Gabriel Christian and Chibueze Crouch, Alexander Diaz, Clarissa Dyas, dana e. fitchett, Ashley Gayle, Shawn Hawkins, Jhia Jackson, Frankie Lee Peterson III, Dazaun Soleyn, Andrea Spearman and Jamie Wright.

In the final weekend, the Festival goes out with a bang at Laney College Theater in Oakland, with an eclectic program by established artists including Los Angeles-based tap dancer and Emmy-nominated choreographer Chloe Arnold, BCF Co-Artistic Director Kendra Kimbrough Barnes, Gregory Dawson and Raissa Simpson.

In addition to the evening performances, the Festival is pleased to offer a master class with Arnold from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The class will take place at the Flax Building at 1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Participation is open to all for a $15 fee. To register, visit

Price Range:
$10 - $30.