"Great dancers," said the late choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, "are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion." And while most of us will never perform at the White House or be named Dancer of the Century by Time like Graham, we can all find a bit of our own passion -- for free -- at Bay Area Dance Week. The festivities kick off with One Dance, an all-inclusive flash mob in Union Square on Friday at noon.
On Saturday, kids as young as 8 and adults can try Aerial Dance at Zaccho Studios. Kids classes start at 10:45 a.m. and adults fly at 11:45. Head back to Union Square on Saturday night to watch the Fire Dancing Expo. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and is family-friendly, but bring a chair and come early if you want to get close. At noon on Sunday, learn the basics of the Brazilian dance/martial art capoeira at ABADA's Community Capoeira class. Also on Sunday is the Kathy Mata Ballet 2013 Celebration, with performances from Gnosis Dance Collective, Natalie Lu, and JHoney Goddess Belly Dance Girl starting at 3:30 p.m. Freelancers and the funemployed can stop by City College all week during midday hours for classes in tap, jazz, modern, and Argentine tango, among others. But if you're behind a desk all day, the Mission Cultural Center has Latin Dance Grooves and Beginning Flamenco at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday. Then, on Tuesday, Hot Pink Feathers will teach Carnaval Cabaret Showgirl Dance at the City Dance Annex at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to catch the rare LINES Ballet Open Rehearsal at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Academy on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. And Wednesday isn't hump day when it comes to Dance Week. With over 700 groups, 100 forms of dance, and 600 free performances and classes, Dance Week had to be 10 days long. We think Martha Graham would have been proud.
Bay Area Dance Week starts at noon on Friday, April 26,in Union Square, S.F. Classes and performances in various venues run through May 5. All events are free. Call 920-9181 or visit bayareandw.org.