What do nearly 600 dancers, 37 companies, and 20 cultures equal? Well, if you said the best ethnic dance festival ever, you’re right! It’s hard to believe that the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival auditions were held almost six months ago! But now, the best of the best of the best are on stage for your cultural enjoyment. Haitian, taiko, Mexican folkloric, and more, all under one roof. The festival’s already 1/4 over, but there are still three full weekends of world dance ready for your viewing pleasure.

What: San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco
When: June 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27, Saturdays at 2PM & 8PM, and Sundays at 2PM. Gala on June 11 at 6PM.
Tickets: $22 – $44; discounted family tickets are available for the Saturday 2PM shows. Online or via phone at 415.392.4400

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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