2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival to Kick Off Third Weekend, 6/18

The 2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which this year features more than 400 dancers and musicians from 32 top Bay Area dance companies representing more than twenty world cultural traditions, 12 world premieres, and two North American premieres, concludes with Weekend 3 June 18 and 19 at the historic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

The 2016 Festival features dance traditions and innovations from Bolivia, Cambodia, China, the Congo, Egypt, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Okinawa, the Philippines, Scotland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Tajikistan, and the US.

A complete 2016 Festival schedule and list of artists is available online. Tickets, priced $33-$48. For information, visit www.sfethnicdancefestival.org .

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Saturday, June 18 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, June 19 at 4pm
TICKETS: $33-$48
Available online at www.sfethnicdancefestival.org, or by phone: 415.392.4400

A "classic" Festival program featuring ten Bay Area dance companies showcasing traditions from around the world, plus a special Belly Dance Cabaret in the theater lobby beginning 45 minutes before each show.

The 8pm performance on Saturday, June 18, includes the presentation of the Festival's Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award to Valerie Watson, Founder and Artistic Director of Alafia Dance Ensemble.

Palace Lobby Belly Dance Cabaret
Alma (Egyptian Belly Dance)
Khepri Dance Company (Egyptian and Lebanese Belly Dance)

Performances by: Alafia Dance Ensemble (Haitian Traditional); Antoine Hunter of Urban Jazz Dance Company (American Sign Language Dance); Ballet Folklórico México Danza (Mexican Folkloric - Jalisco); Ballet Lisanga Congolese Performing Arts Company (Congolese Traditional); Charya Burt Cambodian Dance (Cambodian Classical); Jubilee American Dance Theatre (US Regional Social Dances); Juli Kim (Korean Traditional); Los Danzantes de Aztlán de Fresno State (Mexican Traditional - Veracruz); Tiruchitrambalam (Indian Bharatanatyam); Xpressions (Indian Folkloric).

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Sunday, June 19 at 1pm
Tickets: $10 (general admission)
Purchase online at www.sfethnicdancefestival.org, or by phone: 415.392.4400

30th Anniversary screening of "And Still We Dance," a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ashley James about the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festivalthat premiered in the 1986 San Francisco International Film Festival.

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