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Queer Valentine's Day

Starts at Rockridge BART
Sunday, February 13, 2022 | 2-4:30pm

A neighborhood excursion featuring valentine-making, poetry, serenades, and an outdoor dance party!

Staggered start times, masks required, one mile route, family friendly!

Free! Donations are welcomed.


Cynthia Ling Lee by Darial Sneed

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October 2-3, 2021
Saturday at 5 & 7p | Sunday at 5p
2727 California Street, Berkeley, CA

If you are Blind/Low-Vision and are interested in the Oct 3rd Live Audio Description we have tickets available - contact to reserve

Didn't get tickets? Come to Real Talk #2, an online screening of Estrellx's film Saturday 10/2 at 1pm!
Bonus: You'll get to hear about their process!
FREE - Register Here


Live Events:


photo: Guerilla Davis

Live Dance Performance by Octavia Rose Projects

Bodyfabric II

performed by Jhia Jackson, Noah James, and Heidi Cash

Dance film screening

uuu_prelude: wet dreams of J.A.P.A.N. pt. 1 & pt. 2

created & performed by Estrellx Supernova



Bring your date(s) to hang on the outdoor patio before & after the performance - BYOB!!


2727 California is a fully ADA accessible space with a gender-neutral wheelchair-accessible (power and manual) bathroom. 


Live Audio Description will be offered at the Sunday, Oct 3rd performance. Tickets are still available for Blind/Low-Vision folks. Contact


This performance features no spoken text. ASL interpretation is available upon request - please let us know which show you'd like to come to! Closed captioning will be available for the house speech.

Contact or 510-654-5921 to request additional access or if you have questions!


Audiences are capped at 15 people for the indoor performance. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. 

To make a vaccine-exemption request for medical, religious or personal reasons and attend the show with recent COVID-negative test please visit:

Contact if you have questions or concerns.

Online Events:

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Saturday, October 2nd | 1-2pm PST

Real Talk #2: digging into confessions of a stone whore


Online screening of the full film 

uuu_prelude: wet dreams of J.A.P.A.N. pt. 1 & pt. 2

followed by an artist talk and discussion with Estrellx Supernova


FREE ~ Pre-registration required

Zoom link will be sent to attendees the day of the event.


Closed-captioning provided.

Need more help accessing this event? Email

photo: Ainsley Elizabeth Tharp

Sunday, October 3rd | 10am-1pm PST

New Moon de Quebrantamiento Werqshop

con Estrellx Supernova

Estrellx invites you to take part in this virtual workshop series where you will be supported with digging deeper into your crystalline and cellular structure. The focus of our time together will be to give ourselves permission to get wild, messy, and ask, “What do I really want and need? What kind of nutrients is my root system asking for? What parts of me need more oxygenation? What am I ready to receive and let go of?”
The workshop will weave together a series of exercises I have been working with including inner child prayers, somatic scores, club dancing, Tarot divinations, 1:1 + group discussion, writing-doodling-streaming, meditative states, wandering, and ultimately you get to choose how you ride the waves of the experience. Let’s practice surrendering, alone and together. Let’s practice speaking what we desire and need into existence. Let’s practice the art of letting go and grieving as an act of praise without attachment to that which we are letting go.

Bring a journal. Bring snacks. Bring your pets. Bring your plants. Bring water.



(two live online performances by ten commissioned artists)

Saturday - Sunday
September 19th - 20th, 2020

The 2nd Annual Queering Dance Festival presents FROLIC ONLINE, showcasing 10 LGBTQ+ dance artists sharing new work in the this free two-day live online event.

Saturday, Sept 19 | 7-8pm PST

Zoe Huey/Nicole Maimon

Río Saúl


Lucia August

randy reyes

Sunday, Sept 20 | 7-8pm PST

Bernard Brown/bb moves

Heather Stockton/Aiano Nakagawa

Octavia Rose-Hingle

Kevin Gaytan

Chibueze Crouch

Each performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists!

Read the performance reviews:

Saturday Night: "Shift into Queer Time" by Aiano Nakagawa

Sunday Night: "of our bodies, in time" by Audrey Johnson

randy reyes by Yvonne Portra


ASL Interpretation available both nights

Highlighting the artistic work and issues on the minds of the queer, trans and gender-nonconforming dance community in the East Bay, QUEERING DANCE aims to present dance through a queer lens, elevating the work and diverse voices of local LGBTQ+ movement artists from all backgrounds.

2020 Commissioned Artists



Friday, September 13th, 2019
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Neyborly - Poets Corner

2043 San Pablo Ave 

Berkeley, CA


(kick-off party)

~ drag ~ dance ~

~ films ~ art~

~free food ~ cash bar~

Kel Dae by Meagan McBride

Drag and dance performances by:
~ Kel Dae ~ LOTUS BOY ~ SNJV ~ Mira ~
~ Sissy Slays ~ Pepper Pepper ~ Octavia Rose Hingle ~

Films by:
Raymond Samame
Jules Rezlaff
Nicole Maimon, Kass Friend, Zoe Huey

Art, Books, Community:
Cecilia Dong
Zoe Huey
Scott Duane
CTRL+SHFT Collective
The Pacific Center
ABO Comix

Wheelchair accessible
Single stall all gender restrooms

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(free workshops, panel talk, artist showings)

11am - Sharing Weight: Queer Partnering with Andrew Merrell & Rogelio Lopez
12:30pm - Bay Area Queer Dance-Making: Past, Present & Future

Join us for a intergenerational panel talk with local choreographers:

Anne Bluethenthal (ABD Productions, CIIS)

Nina Haft (Nina Haft & Co, CSU East Bay),

Jesselito Bie (STEAMROLLER Dance Company),

Aiano Nakagawa (Luna Dance Institute).

Facilitated by Shaunna Vella, assistant professor of dance at St. Mary's College of CA.

2pm: Supporting and Sustaining: Resources for Queer Dance-makers

Join Sarah Crowell of Destiny Arts in a discussion about ways to

make art and make life work in the Bay.

4pm: The Queer Body in Process:

Open Work-In-Progress Peer Share facilitated by Marc Brew of AXIS Dance & Bhumi Patel of pateldanceworks

Sunday, Sept 15th, 2019
11a - 6p
Shotgun Studios
1201 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA

2019 Commissioned Artists

The Queering Dance Festival is generously supported by:

The Zellerbach Family Foundation

City of Berkeley Civic Arts Festival Grant

MAJ Realtors - a team at Red Oak Realty

Bruce Rizzo, Doctor of Chiropractic

Lucia August/Everybody Can Dance

Joan Lazarus, Lazarus Productions

Interested in business sponsorship or community organization partnerships? Email Marketing Coordinator Jessi Barber at

2021 Queering Dance Festival Steering Committee Members

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center’s Queering Dance Festival (QDF) seeks LGBTQ+ dancers, performers and community members to join QDF’s new Steering Committee in five paid temporary positions. 


The Steering Committee is a new, decentralized, non-hierarchical leadership group for the Queering Dance Festival. The goal of creating the Steering Committee is to ensure the guiding voices of the festival reflect the diversity of the Bay Area queer community. Members will work collaboratively to program festival workshops and events, develop community and organizational partnerships, support curated artists, and make sure the festival is safe, accessible, and joyful for all. This year’s committee members will also be instrumental in developing the committee’s structure for the future, and concretizing the festival’s mission and governance.


Committee Members will collaborate in guiding all aspects of the festival, but each will have a particular responsibility/focus they will lead and work on. Applicants are invited to apply to one or multiple roles in the committee.

  • Disability and Access

  • Race & Gender Equity

  • Community Safety & Experience

  • Marketing & Public Relations

  • Community and Partner Outreach


Committee members will work closely with Event Producer Jessi Barber who will facilitate monthly meetings and provide production support, and will be supported by Artistic Director Jill Randall.


Timing and Commitment

  • One 2-hour committee meeting per month, May-September

  • 3 hours per month in support of festival planning tasks (exact tasks determined by specific committee role)

  • Possible on-site work TBD during the Festival itself, held at various outdoor and online locations, September 20-26, 2021 



$25/hour, temporary independent contractor position. Committee Members are independent contractors and will submit a simple scope of work/contract once selection is complete. The QDF budget allows for each steering committee member to work a maximum of 20 hours. Additional time may be added to the scope of work as the steering committee’s process develops and needs are identified, and as the festival budget allows. Independent contractors of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center invoice the organization for payment and will be paid via an electronic deposit/bank transfer. Contractors earning $600 or more in a calendar year will be issued a 1099 tax form by Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in January of the following year.

Desired Qualifications:


  • Excitement for co-creating a festival that celebrates and serves the Bay Area LBGTQ+ dance community

  • Experience working on collaborative teams and a commitment to collaborative, non-hierarchical, iterative decision-making

  • Experience in the dance field (all genres) as a performer, choreographer, teaching artist, designer, technician, etc.

  • Commitment to anti-racism, non-violent communication, and accountability practices


Helpful Qualifications

  • Experience performing in or producing festivals, shows, or multi-faceted events

  • Background in marketing, publicity or community partnerships

  • Experience in educational programming or curation


The Queering Dance Festival serves queer and trans movement artists, the broader LGBTQ+ community, and their allies with a mission of foregrounding the work and artistry of queer artists of color, trans and non-binary artists, indigenous artists, artists with disabilities, and female and femme-identifying artists. People who hold these identities are especially encouraged to apply.  We are looking for equity-minded contractors/consultants who represent the full diversity of the communities we serve and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diversity present in our community. Current and past QDF curated artists, workshop teachers, and panel members, as well as SADC faculty are welcome to apply.


To Apply

1) Email a current resume or short letter/list of your relevant experience to


2) Complete the following application questionnaire form describing your interest and indicating the role(s) you are interested in and what you could bring to them:


Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 21st.


Questions? Producer Jessi Barber would love to chat with you about the vision of the Steering Committee and how you can shape it and the festival. Email with questions or to set up a time to talk on the phone.


About the Queering Dance Festival

Founded in 2019, QDF highlights the artistic work and the issues on the minds of the queer, trans and gender-nonconforming dance community in the East Bay. QUEERING DANCE aims to present dance through a queer lens, elevating the work and diverse voices of local LGBTQ+ movement artists from all backgrounds. Find out more at


Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website.

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