Photo: Aiano Nakagawa by Lydia Daniller - FROLIC 2019

september 11th - 20th, 2020

the second annual

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

Photos of 2019 QDF artists by Lydia Daniller


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.

Applicants will be selected by a panel of artists who presented work at the 2019 Queering Dance Festival.

Artists can apply in one or both categories:
1) Program A: 7 artists presenting a 5-7 minute piece. Artists receive a commissioning stipend of $300.

2) Program B: 3 artists presenting a 20 minute piece. Artists receive a commissioning stipend of $1000.


Application Timeline:

Applications Open: Monday, February 3rd

Applications Due: Friday, March 6th at 11:59pm
Selections Announced: Monday, April 6th


**New this year, up three spots are available for out-of-town artists (please note, housing and travel stipends are not available).

Performance Dates & Times:

Saturday, September 19
Program A @ 6pm
Program B @ 8pm


Sunday, September 20
Program B @ 6pm

Program A @ 8pm


Tech Dates & Times:

Cue to Cue: Wednesday, Sept 16 or Thursday, Sept 17

Dress Rehearsal (all called): Friday, Sept 18



East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th St., Richmond, CA


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.

Between February 3rd and February 28th, Artistic Director Jill Randall can review any drafts of applications and offer feedback. (Jill is not on the selection panel.)

Email Jill at and provide a Google Doc with the draft of your responses and video links. She will review the drafts and offer feedback within a week via email or document comments.


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


Thursday - Sunday
September 19th - 22nd, 2019
Waterfront Playhouse 
2020 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

(six performances by

eleven commissioned artists)

jose e abad by Robbie Sweeney, lights: Grisel Torres

Program A

jose e abad

Jesselito Bie
Audrey Johnson

Melissa Lewis & Malia Byrne
Aiano Nakagawa


Program B

 Stephanie Hewett

Frances Sedayao

Mark Travis Dance

Snowflake Towers

Thursday, September 19th

Program A | 8p

Saturday, September 21st

Program A | 5p

Sunday, September 22nd

Program A | 7p*

Friday, September 20th

Program B | 8p

Saturday, September 21st

Program B | 8p

Sunday, September 22nd

Program B | 4p*

If the ticket price is a difficulty, please contact for ushering opportunities

Waterfront Playhouse is a fully wheelchair accessible venue with one single stall ADA all gender restroom.

For blind and visually impaired audience members, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center partners with Gravity Access Services to offer live audio description and haptic access tours for selected performances:

Sunday, September 22 - 4pm - Program B

Sunday, September 22 - 7pm - Program A

Audio description is a live audio track spoken by a professional audio describer to audience members with visual impairments through a wireless headset system.

It provides clear and engaging descriptions of the meaningful visual details of a performance.

Haptic access tours (20-30 minutes) are a live pre-show tour that allows patrons to experience—through touch and their own movement— the space, performers, costumes and objects in addition to key movement elements in the performance.


For more information, to book a spot in a Haptic Access Tour or to reserve a headset please call:  510-654-5921

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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