Whether you enjoy tango, ballet, postmodern dance or even flamenco, the Bay Area has plenty of live performances to offer this summer. The region’s multicultural appeal attracts well-known artists from around the world, and many of the area’s local dance companies are globally-recognized as well. Live dance performances can be found in scenic parks and gardens, along with historic settings like the Presidio Officers’ Club. And a number of these events include specially prepared meals from some of the area’s best chefs.
Presidio Officers’ Club
60 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94129
Date: Jul. 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Founded over forty years ago by a fifth-generation San Franciscan, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company is one of the world’s pioneers in postmodern dance. The groundbreaking performances of Jenkins’ dancers engage audiences with their disruptive rhythm and symbolic choreographic essays. The company’s performance on July 16 will be located at the historic Presidio Officer’s Club. Admission includes a special meal from the Arguello Restaurant with the opportunity to talk with the artists over coffee and dessert after their performance.
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
Date: Jul. 30, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Project M, an all-male hip-hop dance company from the Bay Area, will perform in “Dance Showcase for A Cause” on July 30 in San Bruno. This local group was originally part of Funkanometry SF, an award-winning dance company in the Bay Area known for innovative choreography. In addition to their live performances, Project M also hosts hip-hop classes at San Francisco’s City Dance Studios. They are appearing in partnership with a local organization to assist homeless and children from low-income families.
19th Ave. and Sloat
San Francisco, CA 94132
Date: Jul. 31, 2016 at 2 p.m.
The longest-running ballet company in America makes a free appearance at the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco on July 31. It will be the company’s only summer performance in the Bay Area. They are scheduled to perform various selections from their current repertory and will be accompanied by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. There’s also a pre-concert talk at noon on the day of their appearance in Stern Grove during this major festival.
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave.
San Jose, CA 95116
Date: Aug. 7, 2016 at 5 p.m.
A celebration of the seductive Spanish dance form known as flamenco will be held in San Jose on August 7. “Flamenco Feria de Flores” will be presented by San Jose Nuevo Flamenco in an evening community event featuring dance, song and music. Admission includes a tapas plate and one drink (which can include vino and sangria). This is worth attending just to see the colorful and elaborate costumes on the performers as they whirl through the gardens of the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
Mountain View Center For The Performing Arts
500 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
Date: Jul. 31, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Popular all over the world, the tango (couple’s dance) is a playful opportunity for expression in a small setting. The perfect opportunity is available for Bay Area tango aficionados when an all-star cast of musicians, singers and dancers will hold a performance in Mountain View on July 31. Performers include Claudio Ortega, Christy Cote and Eugene Theron, along with Hugo Wainzinger and Joe Powers. After the performance, there will be more live tango (milonga) dancing in the rotunda of the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts.