"Anyone can dance! Seriously, even if you think you need to be drunk at a wedding,” uforia studios owner Sarah Lux exclaims regarding her daily Hip Hop Class. “The class is very repetitive and builds throughout so you do each move many times, and love that at the end you know the choreography to basically an entire song!"
While others among the 7x7 editorial team instantly deleted an email this morning with the subject line, "So You Think You Can Lap Dance?" I, for one, saw promise. Turns out, the attention-grabbing one-liner is also a new monthly event at PianoFight in the Tenderloin.
For a swift dose of the diverse, friendly, creative and vibrant community that is the essence of the San Francisco Bay, step and sway inside its blues music scene. Here are a couple of noteworthy venues worthy of your dance floor moves.
Living in SF, we hear a lot about groundbreaking ideas—everything from tech and clean energy to arts and culture. Here's another to add to your radar (hold the eye roll, please). LEVYdance, which was formed by UC Berkeley kids in 2002, has been pushing the envelope for 10 years now, and their reach extends far beyond SF. The Washington Post describes artistic director Benjamin Levy as a stylish craftsman and the Chronicle declared last year's ROMP one of the top 10 dance moments of 2011. The company has also toured more than 20 cities nationally and internationally to Scotland, Germany, and Lithuania. Not too shabby.
Always looking for new ways to help save the ocean, here's one I hadn't heard of. Capacitor is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary dance company known for mind blowing, visually stunning performances. Think Cirque du Soleil, on a smaller scale. Aerial dancers and contortionists are regular performers, but it's their involvement with members of the scientific community that makes non-profit Capacitor something to watch and listen to.
InkBoat’s Line Between
InkBoat tends to shift between the stages and streets of New York, Berlin, and Tokyo, but San Francisco gets this world premiere. Line Between is a physical exploration of the space between waking and sleeping from this inventive dance theater cadre. Influences include Korean shamanism, conversations with neuroscientists, and detailed pondering about why celebrities get so much air time in our dream worlds.
December 2-4. ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street. Tickets are $17-30 at odctheater.org.
Hover Space by Stacey Printz Dance