It may seem like a joke that those silenced by their conditions can resort to communicating in interpretive dance. But Dance Brigade, which has put on activist dances in the Mission for the past 30 years, is no joke and anything but silent. – Irene Hsiao, SF Weekly (May 2014)
The SF Weekly awarded Dance Brigade with the title of "Best Silent Cultural Commentators", referring to our sold out and extended 13-show run of the most recent original Dance Brigade production Hemorrhage in Jan/Feb 2014 at Dance Mission Theater. The show featured the hallmarks of all Dance Brigade shows: politics, humor, and social commentary delivered with the powerful movement, Taiko drumming and visceral impact of the Bay Area’s original political, feminist dance company.
In 2014, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Grrrl Brigade, our own in-house performance ensemble of young women from the ages of 9 to 17. Highlights of Grrrl Brigade’s 2014 performances in the community include their sold out original show, Dancing on the Edge of the World, participating in the Christy Funsch’s show This is the Girl, drumming in SF Taiko Dojo's Taiko for Tomorrow, parading with Tania Santiago in Carnaval, as well as playing all the major roles in the Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie, our biennial holiday program at Brava Theater.
Dance Mission Theater:
This year, our theater was booked for 48 weeks, filled shows by an incredible range of independent, self-producing artists and dance companies. In 2014 we hosted Sidra Bell Dance New York, Lenora Lee Dance Company's 7th Anniversary Season, Global Dance Project's Bacchanal de Afrique, among others. We co-presented Afoutayi's Haitian Dance Festival, Antoine Hunter's Deaf Dance Festival, Alayo Dance Company's Explosión Cubana, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Black Choreographer’s Festival, the CubaCaribe Festival, and our very own Grrrl Brigade.
In 2014 our youth program continued to grow, reaching an enrollment of over 300 children and young people from ages 3 to 17 who studied creative movement, ballet, hip hop, belly dance and more with our team of great instructors. We are proud to have given so many kids from the community the opportunity to discover dance at a young age and perform in our spring and fall recitals. Our teachers also taught at Stern Grove’s Kids Days and Kids Stage for the fourth consecutive year.
We estimate that over 20,000 people attended classes and workshops in our studios in 2014, a testimony to our award-winning dance instructors, such as our master of Vogue-ing, Jocquese Whitfield (named as “Best Dance Instructor of 2014” by the SF Bay Guardian) and Sexitude diva D'arcy Drollinger (named “Best Blonde Ambition” of 2014 by the SF Bay Guardian), and also to the range of offerings from Hip Hop to Haitian to Samba.
Dos Rios Artists Space and Retreat:
Not even the drought could keep us from expanding programs at our satellite performing arts space in Mendocino, with dance camps, workshops, and performances. In 2014, we opened the gates to collaborate with CubaCaribe for our first Cuba Camp and hosted our 2nd annual Summer Feast performance event with Naka Dance Theater. We welcomed over 150 people to experience site specific performance and master classes with artists like Sara Shelton Mann, Abby Crain and Richelle Donigan.
However, the outlook is not all rosy for the future. San Francisco has become the playing field for a battle between the forces of financial power and economic gain on one side and the working class, immigrant and artists communities that make this city so special on the other side, and nowhere more than in the Mission. Dance Mission is also caught in the crossfire, having just been taxed with a dramatic rent increase and placed on a one-year lease. We cannot absorb this increase and keep our classes and rental rates affordable, so that our space remains the most financially accessible in the city, without raising the money to offset this blow. This is where you come in.
Our goal this year is to raise $60,000 to support our programs and to help offset the unexpected $25,000 dollar a year rent increase. If you have money, and some of you do, please make a big donation. By that we mean $1000 or more. We are a non-profit organization so this can be written off your taxes at the end of the year. But no amount is too small to make a difference for us, so at whatever level you can, put your money where your heart is, and support Dance Brigade and Dance Mission. Once again, thank you all for your continued support and we wish all of you and your families happiness, health, peace, and justice in the new year.
Krissy Keefer, Artistic Director
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3316 24th St
SF CA 94110.
All donations are tax deductible. THANK YOU for working with us!!!
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