Performances & Events

Upcoming Events – December!


Student Showcase – San Francisco Conservatory of Dance

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An informal, in-studio showing of selections from our advanced students’ work during the Fall semester, to be followed by light refreshments.  We will also share the work of our youngest students led by Kaitlin Parks, who teaches our Children’s Classes.

Saturday Dec 14, 12 noon to 1pm.  San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, 301 Eighth St.


Spring Semester Announcement!
We are excited to announce that in the upcoming spring semester, the year-round students will be working with both Azsure Barton and Doug Letheren!  Stand by for opportunities to participate – open class, workshops, etc.  We do not have the dates set quite yet, but we will be sure to post them as soon as they are available.


the metrics of intimacy – Hope Mohr and Christian Burns

Photo credit: Parker Murphy

Photo credit: Parker Murphy

The metrics of intimacy offers a unique window into the creative relationship between Hope Mohr and Christian Burns, which has developed over time through an intimate studio practice of improvisation.  Acclaimed performers Mohr and Burns draw on their different dance lineages: Mohr is anchored in modern and post-modern dance; Burns in ballet.  Their shared attention to being in the moment allows the emergence of a visceral and thoughtful portrait of intimacy. Presented as a part of the Footloose monthly series.

Dec 4-5 at 8pm, The Garage, 715 Bryant St, SF,,

Tickets are $10-20, or 1-800-838-3006.


Geneva Boredom – Joy Prendergast

Photo: Joy Prendergast

Photo credit: Joy Prendergast

First created for the Garage RAW residency program, Geneva Boredom has now been reset as an art installation/amateur light show specifically for SFCD studio 270. The idea is to bring the atmosphere of the piece to new locations, giving the audience a closer look at, and into, our fantasy worlds. Choreographed by Joy Prendergast.  Performed by Dee Gooding, Rachel Prendergast, and Joy Prendergast

Saturday Dec 7, at 7:30pm.  San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, 301 Eighth St, Studio 270.

Queen of Knives – Sharp & Fine

Photo credit: Shannon Kurashige

Photo credit: Shannon Kurashige

Based on a poem by beloved and internationally celebrated author Neil Gaiman and choreographed and directed by Megan and Shannon Kurashige, Queen of Knives is an evening-length dance piece that examines love, loss, and regret through the mysterious, transformative lens of magic. Created in collaboration with the dancers of Sharp & Fine, Queen of Knives pushes the boundaries between classical ballet technique and contemporary experience to bring the audience into a story filled with visceral, surprising, and beautiful images.

Dec 12-14 at 8pm, Dec 15 at 2pm.  Z Space Theater, 450 Florida Street.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  General seating.


2014 New Year’s Workshop

Summer Showcase '13

December 28, 29, 30 & 31, 2013

This 4-day workshop will include daily Gaga classes taught by Doug Letheren, Ballet with Summer Lee Rhatigan, and choreographic exploration and coaching with Alex Ketley. Doug will also teach and coach the repertory of Sharon Eyal. This workshop is for advanced dancers.

Cost $325

For more information contact Megan Kurashige,
Telephone: 415-640-7009


2013 SFCD Summer Dance Series

Starting next week! The 2013 SFCD Summer Dance Series

2013 SFCD Summer Dance Series

photo credit: Jubal Battisti

SFCD is delighted to announce the fourth annual SFCD Summer Dance Series. This year, we will present three world premieres and dance artists from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv. Three of SFCD’s resident companies–Project Thrust, Sharp & Fine, and burnsWORK–will perform, as well as Danielle Agami’s Los Angeles-based dance company, Ate9. The final program in the series will be a piece created by Bobbi Jene Smith, a dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company.

The SFCD Summer Dance Series was launched in 2010 as a way to present dance works by choreographers and dance companies engaged in the creation of compelling and groundbreaking work.
Project Thrust in Kingdom
July 1, 8 PM
July 29, 8 PM
SFCD company in-residence Project Thrust will perform Kingdom, an evening-length work of dance-theater choreographed by the company’s artistic director Malinda LaVelle that muses on miscommunication, the isolated worlds we build around ourselves, and the illusions that fuel our perception of self. (Advisory: this work contains a few moments of rear nudity).
Tickets: $20; available online at or at the theater box office.
Sharp & Fine and burnsWORK
July 2, 8 PM
July 30, 8 PM
SFCD companies in-residence Sharp & Fine and burnsWORK will perform, respectively,Love Songs and sonorous figuresLove Songs is a collaboration by choreographers Megan and Shannon Kurashige, opera singer Ina Rae, and the dancers of Sharp & Fine. sonorous figures, co-created by choreographer Christian Burns and musician Donald White, investigates underlying connections between sound and movement, classicism, improvisation, and narration.
Tickets: $20; available online at or at the theater box office.
Ate9 in Sally Meets Stu
July 3, 8 PM
Los Angeles-based guest company ate9 will perform Sally Meets Stu, choreographed by company artistic director Danielle Agami (formerly a dancer with the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company). This work envisions a meeting between a man and a woman, opening questions that allow the audience to lean back and enjoy the unpredictable.
Tickets: $20; available online at or at the theater box office.
Bobbi Jene Smith in Arrowed
July 31, 8 PM
Guest artists Bobbi Jene Smith (currently a dancer with Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company) and Christian Burns will perform Arrowed, a work Bobbi created which is an interpretation of an ongoing interview between two people.
Tickets: $20; available online at  or at the theater box office.
Photo credits: Project Thrust, Brian Henderson; Sharp & Fine, Shannon Kurashige; Bobbi Jene Smith, JB Photography.

Bay Area Dance Week events at SFCD

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SFCD cordially invites you to join us on Sunday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 30, for some FREE events in celebration of Bay Area Dance Week.

Come by on Sunday at any time between 10 AM and 8 PM to see what two of our resident companies are working on. Sharp & Fine, directed by Megan and Shannon Kurashige, will be working from 10 AM-5 PM. They are currently developing Love Songs, a collaboration with opera singer Ina Rae that will premiere in July as part of the SFCD Summer Dance Series.


Sharp & Fine: Shannon Leypoldt and Carson Stein

Project Thrust, directed by Malinda LaVelle, will be working from 5 PM-8 PM. They will be rehearsing Kingdom, a piece premiered at The Garage earlier this year, which is being developed and remounted for performances during the Summer Dance series.

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Project Thrust: Madelyn Biven (photo credit: Rob Kunkle)

On Tuesday, April 30, join SFCD for an open house and two free Gaga classes. Come and meet some of the artists who are a part of the SFCD community.

  • 10 AM-11:15 AM: FREE open Gaga/Dancers class with James Graham
  • 12:30 PM-3:30 PM: Open rehearsal with Liss Fain Dance
  • 3:30 PM-4:00 PM: Work-in-Progress showing with Christian Burns
  • 6:15 PM-7:15 PM: FREE open Gaga/People class with Hallie Dalsimer

Gaga teacher James Graham was recently profiled by the San Francisco Chronicle. Both James and Hallie are eager to develop their Gaga classes within the San Francisco community and have been reaching out to a broad audience of both dancers and non-dancers.

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James Graham (photo credit: Lance Iverson)

Liss Fain Dance is a San Francisco-based contemporary dance company that often rehearses in the Conservatory studios. They are currently rehearsing The Water is Clear and Still, an installation piece that will be performed at the YBCA Forum in May.


Liss Fain Dance (photo credit: RJ Muna)

Christian Burns is a SFCD faculty member. He is also a choreographer/improvisation artist whose company burns-work is one of the resident companies at SFCD. He will be showing an excerpt from a piece he is developing in collaboration with pianist Don White for performances during the SFCD Summer Dance Series.


Christian Burns (photo credit: Andrea Basile)

Open House with Doug Letheren

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Please join us for an open house on Thursday, February 28, from 2:00-3:00 PM. The fantastic Doug Letheren has been a guest teacher at the Conservatory during the month of February. He has been teaching Gaga and introducing students to the work of Sharon Eyal. On Thursday, dancers from the SFCD year-round program will show excerpts of choreography by Sharon Eyal. The showing will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments. This is a free event, so don’t hesitate to join in the fun!


Thursday, February 28, 2:00-3:00 PM at the SFCD studios, located at 301 Eighth Street #270. 

For those of you so inclined, the Facebook event is HERE.

December Student Showcase


Last weekend, our year round students performed an in-studio showing of the work they have been developing over the fall semester, including excerpts of new material by Alex Ketley and Christian Burns, choreography by Robert Moses (set by the brilliant Tristan Ching), and a duet created by Joy Prendergast, an SFCD alumna.

We also got to share the work of our youngest students. Kaitlin Parks, who teaches our Children’s Classes, led her charges through a wonderful series of little dances that showed off both their studies and energy.


Our year-round program is taking a brief break. The new semester starts on January 3rd. In the meantime, you can still join us for some exciting open classes. Malinda LaVelle will be teaching her last Jam Class of the year tomorrow, Saturday 12/22, at 11 AM. In the new year, Malinda will be launching a program of Jam Classes for the blind and visually impaired in partnership with SFCD and LightHouse for the Blind. Hallie Dalsimer will be teaching an open Gaga/People class on Sunday 12/23 at 12:00 noon. As always, you can find information about our open classes HERE.