the second annual

september 11th - 20th, 2020

A week-long celebration of queer dance artists with free workshops, facilitated conversations, showings, and performances featuring new commissioned work from
Bay Area LGBTQ+ choreographers.

Cynthia Ling Lee by Darial Sneed



(four performances by

ten commissioned artists)

Saturday - Sunday
September 19th - 20th, 2020
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
339 11th St.
Richmond, CA 

randy reyes by Yvonne Portra

Program A
Lucia August, Bernard Brown/bb moves, Chibueze Crouch, Kevin Gaytan
Zoe Huey/Kass Friend/Nicole Maimon, Octavia Rose Hingle, Río Saúl
Program B
JanpiStar, randy reyes, Heather Stockton

Saturday, September 19th

Program A | 6p

Program B | 8p

Sunday, September 20th

Program B | 5p

Program A | 7p

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.

EBCPA is a beautiful, recently upgraded proscenium theater with 120 seats and a full professional lighting and sound capabilities. It is fully wheelchair-accessible, and 5 blocks from the Richmond BART, and a 20 minute direct BART ride from 19th St. station in Downtown Oakland.

2020 Commissioned Artists


2019's Festival Events



Friday, September 13th, 2019

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




(free workshops, 

panel talk, 

artist showings)

Sunday, Sept 15th, 2019
11a - 6p
Shotgun Studios
1201 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA
Sharing Weight: Queer Partnering w/Rogelio Lopez & Andrew Merrell

Real life partners Rogelio Lopez and Andrew Merrell have been queering it up on stage for the last ten years. Their romance blossomed in the most dancer cliche way possible, while on tour performing a romantic duet. We believe one of the most radical things one can do onstage is to show queer affection, often done through simple touch. In this hour and a half class we will start with some introduction to partnering work, and then lead a partnering combination from our repertoire. Reach out and touch someone! Can't promise that you will meet your next love, but we won't deny it either!

Workshop is full, register for a waitlist spot!

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.

RSVP not required but appreciated!

ASL Intepretation Provided

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.

Sarah Crowell is the Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center, where she is responsible for the artistic quality and mission-alignment of our performing arts programs and public performances.  Sarah also co-directs the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, which she co-founded in 1993. Originally from Canada and the Bahamas, Sarah has been with Destiny since 1990 in a variety of roles. Sarah received nine California Arts Council Artist in Residency grants for her work at Destiny and a National Endowment for the Arts grant to author a curriculum guide for artists working with teens called Youth on the Move: a teacher’s guidebook to co-creating original movement/theater performances with teens. Sarah was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame and was part of the YBCA 100, a list of visionaries assembled annually by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

RSVP not required but appreciated!

ASL Intepretation Provided

The Queer Body in Process: Open Work-In-Progress Peer Share facilitated by Marc Brew of AXIS Dance & Bhumi Patel of pateldanceworks

This open-call peer share of works-in-progress invites LGBTQIA2S+ choreographers who are interested in exploring a queer modality of feedback and connecting with other queer artists in a collaborative safe space. Artists are invited to sign up to show 3-8 minutes of work to the group. The showing will be followed by a group-led feedback session and conversation facilitated by Marc Brew and Bhumi Patel


Participants can sign up in advance to show work, or RSVP to attend and join in the conversation. First-come, first-served.

ASL Intepretation Provided

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


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Friday 9am-7pm

Saturday-Sunday: 9am-4pm


2704 Alcatraz Ave

Berkeley, CA 94705


Youth classes only

511 48th St.

Oakland, CA 94609


Youth classes only

1201 University Ave

Berkeley, CA 94702

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