the second annual


september 19th - 20th, 2020

2 online live performances ~ 10 artists
Sept 19-20 | 7pm
Free | Pre-Registration Required

Cynthia Ling Lee by Darial Sneed



(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

Links for Performance Attendees

Program - Saturday, September 19th

Program - Sunday, September 20th

Form to submit a question to the Q&A

Make a contribution to SADC to support programming like the Queering Dance Festival

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


2019's Festival Events



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)

Sunday, Sept 15th, 2019
11a - 6p
Shotgun Studios
1201 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA
2013 Works in the Works-3 Douglas Berry_
11:00a - 12:30p
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

April Salon - pateldanceworks - Shinichi
4:00 - 6:00p
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

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.