Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater


House Artists / Festivals

In House Artists

Lenora Lee

Lenora Lee
Lenora Lee (artistic director) has been a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. In 2013 she was an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum and a Djerassi Resident Artist. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater and a Visiting Scholar at New York University through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute. The mission of Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) is to create and present large-scale multimedia performance works integrating dance, music, video projection, and text that connect various styles of movement and music to culture, history, and human rights issues. LLD is weaving together multiple artistic disciplines and socially conscious work, pushing the relevance of arts in various communities throughout the country.

Soul Force

Micaya / SoulForce
Soul Force was created in 2001 by a legendary choreographer, teacher and SF Hip Hop DanceFest producer, Micaya. Not your average hip hop dance company, Micaya's choreography and SoulForce dancers have been described as "witty, dramatic and emotionally nuanced" by Dance Magazine, this dynamic group brings together dancers of diverse backgrounds to create inspiring works on stage.

Nicole Kalymoon

Nicole Kalymoon's Embodiment Project
Founded by Nicole Klaymoon in 2009, Embodiment Project's mission is to explore how movement drives narrative, using a variety of urban dance styles and text to enhance our notions of "language" and find new ways to express facets of emotion that cannot always be captured in words. Embodiment Project (EP) bridges the traditional divide separating the so-called "high art" of modern dance and "street" dances which, while rarely performed in Western theatrical contexts, are nonetheless longstanding cultural traditions. By abstracting different underground styles from their traditional performance contexts to reinterpret them as concert dance, EP presents movement that purposefully and productively transforms socially accepted ways of embodying race, sexuality, femininity and masculinity.

Susana Arenas

Susana Arenas' Arenas Dance Company
Founded and directed by Ms Susana Arenas Pedroso, Arenas Dance Company's mission is to preserve and promote the rich and diverse Cuban folkloric and popular (i.e. social) dance traditions - from the percussive Arará to the sensual Rumba to the energetic Palo - making it accessible to wide audiences via performances and classes. Born from a commitment to educate and enrich the communities in which Ms. Pedroso lives, Arenas Dance Company inspires the hearts and minds of its audiences in the way it brings the history of Cuban dance and musical culture to life.

Mind Over Matter

Allan Frias' Mind Over Matter
Allan has been a leading force of the Bay Area Hip Hop scene for over a decade. His hip hop ensemble, Mind Over Matter, performs throughout the Bay Area and beyond. He was in Season One's Top Ten on Fox TV's So You Think You Can Dance. His enormous size and personality lend power to his teaching, stage presence and choreography. His performance quality is riveting which comes across in his packed classes at Dance Mission Theater.
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Maikaze Daiko

Bruce Ghent's Maikaze Daiko
Bruce Ghent's Maikaze Daiko is a San Francisco-based performance ensemble and taiko dojo. The name, "Dancing Wind", reflects the focus on innovative arrangements, precision taiko playing and creative use of movement and space. Maikaze Daiko performs work that expresses a fresh perspective on the rich world of taiko drumming today. Founded in 2007 by Sensei Bruce "Mui" Ghent, Maikaze Daiko offers a range ofclasses open to the public at our home, Dance Mission Theater. Contact us to have Maikaze Daiko perform at your next event!

Sean Dorsey

Sean Dorsey Dance
Dorsey is an award-winning choreographer whose critically acclaimed work is creating new space for transgender and queer bodies and stories in modern dance. Sean Dorsey Dance's Home Season is in February at Dance Mission Theater, and the company is available for national and international tour bookings.

Nol Simonse

Nol Simonse
Nol Simonse is an artist, dancer and teacher based in San Francisco. He has been a hard-working member of the dance community for over a decade, working with Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre for the past eight years, Janice Garrett and Dancers for the past six years, and as a founding member of Kunst-Stoff. He recently performed in the Tosca Project at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) under the direction of Carey Perloff and Val Caniparoli. He has also collaborated with Eric Kupers, Lori B and Andrew Ramer. His own work has been shown at Dance Mission Theater, Chuck Ream’s Windswept Ranch and the Jon Sims Center. Nol teaches modern, ballet and creative movement to children and adults at Dance Mission, ODC, Dance Attack! and the San Francisco Dance Center.

In House Festivals

Black Choreographer's Festival

Black Choreographer's Festival
Black Choreographer's Festival Here and Now, strives to serve the community by providing a forum to increase the visibility of African American dance. This project aims to recognize the ingenuity and uniqueness of African and African American Choreographers. It is a project integral to the Bay Area arts community presenting local and national artists in a series comprised of contemporary and traditional concerts, showcases, mentoring, educational programs, community partnerships, symposia and archival documentation.

CubaCaribe Festival

CubaCaribe Festival
Annual dance and music festival exploring the ever evolving Carribbean Diaspora held at Dance Mission Theater. The festival provides a unique opportunity to pay tribute to the struggle, perserverance, survival and spirit of the artists who create the work.

Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival

Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival
Directed by Antoine Hunter, the festival celebrates the artistic talents of hearing-impaired performing (dance, music) and fine artists (painting, other handcrafted wares) and highlights the ways in which hearing and deaf artists can collaborate with exciting results.

Mission in the Mix

Mission in the Mix
Mission in the Mix, Micaya presents Mission in the Mix, an annual 2 week Hip Hop Festival at Dance Mission Theater featuring SoulForce Dance Company, Micaya's Workshop and Special Guests.

Harvest Moon Maikaze Daiko Festival-ODAIKO

Meigetsu (Harvest Moon) Taiko Festival
Meigetsu (Harvest Moon) Taiko Festival, hosted by Maikaze Daiko, is currently the only taiko event in San Francisco that showcases Bay Area taiko groups and their original creative works. Over the course of the three-day celebration, more than 70 artists from around the San Francisco Bay Area will perform a selection of cutting edge taiko-based music, including innovative arrangements, modern styles and cross-genre collaborations.

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