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Man, that sun is beating down upon my office window. Maybe that’s why there’s tons of hot dance shooting through the city right now…

Case in point: VERGEfest, which “came out of an interest in supporting artists at varying stages of their careers on their path as teachers/performers.” Affectionately nicknamed “VERGE” (which can be defined as “the limit or point beyond which something begins or occurs” or the “brink”), this week-long festival offers an opportunity for “new teachers to emerge and seasoned teachers to share and motivate.” In its inaugural year, VERGE focuses on two themes: improvisation and practice-to-performance. Christine Cali, curator/choreographer/performer, describes VERGEfest as “rich and deeply investigative.” Now whip out the SPF 80 because that’s hot.

The week includes workshops scattered throughout and performances Thursday through Sunday evenings.

Collaborators include (but are not limited to) Sara Shelton Mann, Nita Little (Divisadero Research Group), paige starling sorvillo (blindsight), Christine Cali, Paul Laurey, Folawole, Sebastian Grubb, Andrew Ward, Rosemary Hannon, Vitali Kononov, Melecio Estrella, Christine Bonansea, and Rajendra Serber.

What: VERGEfest @ The Garage
When: Workshops March 14-21; Performances March 18-21 @ 8PM
Where: The Garage, 975 Howard St., San Francisco
Tickets: Workshop registration $20-85 online or RSVP via email; Performances/$15 online or in person night of the show.

Photo: Sebastian Grubb and Christine Cali

the author

Becca Klarin writes about dance. Her first stage role was at the age of four, where she dressed in a brightly colored bumble bee tutu and black patent leather taps shoes. She remembers bright lights and spinning in circles with her eleven other bees, but nothing more. Becca also has an affinity for things beginning with the letter "P", including Pizzetta 211, Fort Point, pilates, parsvakonasana, and plies.

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