From small indoor and outdoor performances to online screenings and talks, QDF 2021-22 offers events that are opportunities to make cute connections and enjoy meaningful art by and for the East Bay LGBTQIA2+ community!



QDF Summer Film Screening

Featuring brand new dance films commissioned by the Queering Dance Festival

"Go Big or Go Home" by Aiano Nakagawa & Heather Stockton
A fantastical dance film, fever-dream, time-traveling rollercoaster. The story of two best friends on their journey of self-love, inner teen healing, and fat queer femme friendship
"THE MUSIC TOOK MY MIND by Chibueze Crouch
A short film about one queer elder's relationship to house music, movement(s),
and community at Paradise Garage

Free ~ RSVP required for Friday Night
Live ASL Interpretation Friday June, 10
Live Audio Description, Saturday June 11
Queering Dance Festival - Go Big or Go Home by Aiano Nakagawa and Heth Stockton

Two Screenings

Friday, June 10 ~ 7-10pm
Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley

7pm - Gallery Open
7:30pm - Screening
8:30pm - Reception
In conjunction with "All of Us All of Us", exhibit curated by Roula Seikaly

with Live ASL & Open Captioning
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Queering Dance Festival - Chibueze Crouch by Ismael Ya Agyapong.jpg
Saturday, June 11 ~ 1:30pm
The New Parkway, 474 24th St, Oakland

1pm - Doors Open
1:30pm - Screening
2:30pm - Come hang with us at Friends and Family!

with Live Audio Description & Open Captioning
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COVID Protocols

Proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is required to attend these events. Boosters are not required. Unvaccinated children under 5 may attend. For a medical, religious, or other exemption please email jessi@shawl-anderson.org to discuss attending with a recent negative PCR test.

QDF is requiring masking for all audiences regardless of vaccination status.


Accessibility Information

Both venues are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. Films will be Open Captioned and Live ASL is available at the Friday performance. Live Audio Description is available at the Saturday performance. Please reach out if you have specific accommodation needs by emailing jessi@shawl-anderson.org


Call for Artists - QDF 2022-23

Preliminary Application Deadline: Friday, June 3, 2022, 11:59 PM PST

The Queering Dance Festival invites all 18+ LGBTQIA2S+ dance artists working in movement-based performance to apply for any or all of the following Queering Dance Festival 2022-23 events! Artists who have previously performed or taught as part of QDF are welcome to apply for this year. Artists do not need to be local to the Bay Area, but will be responsible for their own housing and travel expenses.

  1. FROLIC (approx end of March 2023, tentatively at Live Oak Theater in Berkeley)
    FROLIC is a professional production, featuring four commissioned movement works by LGBTQIA2S+ dance artists. Selected works will be approx. 20-30 minutes in length and artists will receive a $1000 stipend, 10 hours of rehearsal space, and professional production support including lighting design, accessibility consulting for performers, and video/photo documentation. Works submitted must be new work or a fully updated version of work that has not been shown anywhere else. No works-in-progress or re-mounts. 

  2. QDF Kick-off Cabaret (10/7/22 at Humanist Hall, Oakland)
    QDF Kick-off Cabaret features LGBTQ+ performers throughout an evening of music, dancing, and local vendors. Featured performers will create a 3-7 minute performance and receive a $150 stipend. All queer performers from drag to ball to circus artists are encouraged to apply. We are looking for crowd-pleasing, engaging entertainment to keep the crowd's energy up!

  3. QDF Class Series (10/10/22 - 10/16/22 tentatively at Wildcat Studios, Berkeley)

The QDF Class Series features queer movement instructors who are interested in teaching a 90-120 min workshop or master class of any movement genre. Classes will be open to people 18+, centering queer community. Instructors will receive a $100 teaching stipend, be part of a queer teaching artist cohort, and attend two free accessibility workshops provided by Gravity Access Services and Axis Dance.


Submit the preliminary application by Friday, June 3, 2022, at 11:59 PM PST.
All applicants will be notified in mid-June.
Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal due Sunday, July 1, 2022, at 11:59 PM PST.


Questions or need accommodations to complete the application? Email jessi@shawl-anderson.org or call Shawl-Anderson Dance Center at 510-654-5921

About QDF

About QDF

Founded in 2019, the QUEERING DANCE FESTIVAL is by and for LGBTQ+ movement artists. Through performances, events, workshops and more, QDF highlights the artistic work and issues on the minds of the queer, trans and gender-nonconforming dance community in the East Bay.

Applications to join the Steering Committee for the 2022-23 season will open June 2022! 


Produced by the QDF Steering Committee, a non-hierarchical collaborative of queer dancers,  QDF presents dance through a queer lens, elevating the work and diverse voices of local LGBTQ+ movement artists from all backgrounds.

2021-2022 Steering Committee Members:

Snowflake Calvert, Gabrielle Lochard, Aiano Nakagawa, Ky Woodward-Sollenes, Jessi Barber

2021-2022 Festival Artists

The Queering Dance Festival is generously supported by:
The Zellerbach Family Foundation
City of Berkeley Civic Arts Festival Grant
Individual Donors