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Current Project: Museum of Dance

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area residents can prepare for an incredible new arts experience: the Museum of Dance (MOD), launching its first pop-up exhibits in 2020.

The Museum was founded by my teaching colleague, choreographer Hilary Palanza. She created the museum so all people, could "learn and engage with dance in totally new ways." Stay tuned for interactive exhibits, dance technology play spaces, and live rehearsals and performances.

My role is development officer, and my job is to connect with potential funding partners, write grant applications and provide marketing support. In addition, I will bring my instructional expertise to contribute to exhibit curation and educational programs.

I'm enjoying the opportunity to support a cause I care about deeply: dance!

I have danced as a hobby throughout my whole life, and I think it is one of the best ways to exercise, express yourself and clear your mind. San Francisco is a city where dance is particularly welcoming, communal and cutting edge. On any given day, there are drop-in classes available for all ages and ability levels at studios like ODC, Dance Mission Theater, Levy Dance and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. You can find classical dance, contemporary styles, street dance, cultural/heritage dance, crossover styles, and everything in between. In my experience, teachers and studios in SF focus on joy, expression, inclusion and body positivity, and this makes every class a special experience.

In addition, the San Francisco Bay Area is the birthplace of iconic dancer Isadora Duncan; the home of Vertical Dance and American Tribal Belly Dance, the birthplace of dozens of music and dance festivals from the Summer of Love to Burning Man, and the host of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

There are performance opportunities through dance troupes big and small, and live neighborhood events like Epiphany Dance Theater's Trolley Dance. In addition to regular nightclubs and DJ events, there are alcohol-free dance parties like Daybreaker and Ecstatic Dance.

To top it off, San Francisco has an incredible social dance scene, with salsa options every night, swing/jazz/blues events, tango, zouk and more.

I can think of no better home for Museum of Dance than San Francisco, and I'm excited to be a part of the team that will bring it to life.

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