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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123
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“One of the city’s most popular traditions.” —San Francisco Chronicle


The world takes the stage as 29 of Northern California’s most exciting ethnic dance companies and musicians perform in three weekends of extraordinary dance and music beginning on June 11, 2005 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

This year, the Festival’s three weekends explore the origins, journeys and transformations of people and dance traditions throughout time and around the globe. From ancient myths, migrations, and modern innovation, we highlight the diversity and connections within and among living traditions.

Unique in the United States, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival has been hailed as one of the most significant festivals of its type in America. It has been deemed a major factor in making the Bay Area one of the dance capitals of the country. With three weekends of performances, featuring a different roster each weekend, the Festival has been instrumental in introducing large audiences to many of the world’s most distinctive cultural traditions as performed by dancers from throughout Northern California.

TRANSFORMATIONS: Living traditions give rise to change and innovation

  • Chinese Performing Artists of America
  • A humorous Chinese theatrical dance of courtship

  • Harsanari Indonesian Dance Company
  • Youthful social dances incorporating martial arts from West Java

  • Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
  • Graceful step dances from the Scottish highlands

  • Barbary Coast Cloggers
  • Unforgettable precision clogging

  • Ong Dance Company
  • Virtuosic Korean drum dance full of power and grace

  • Kalanjali: Dances of India
  • Brilliant South Indian bharata natyam dance

  • Shuvani
  • Dances following the trail of the Romani people from India, through Turkey, Russia, and Spain

  • Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos
  • Nuevo flamenco embodying the new wave of music from the youth of Spain

  • Te Mana o Te Ra
  • Joyful Tahitian dance of enlightenment, growth and celebration

    Narration interludes by Mahealani Uchiyama

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