Are you looking for a community, a tribe, new friends, love, touching, joy, connection, stimulation, dance, exercise, friendly people, joyful noises, drumming sessions, out-of-the body experiences, grounding, rejuvenation, letting go, stress reduction, cleansing and healing?
DANCE! You will be welcomed and gain so much more than what I?ve listed above. Do you remember what it was like to freely move as a young child? No cares, no judgement, no rules‹just fun, floating and spinning freely, free as a bird. We can be there again through dance? It frees us to be wonderfully human as we celebrate and nourish our body, mind, soul, and spirit. The music is inspiring, and the people are warm and friendly.
The Dance is always changing. Before heading out, please check websites for each listing to make sure it's current. If it's not, let us know.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
DanceJam North Park
Fridays, 9 to 11pm; , $7 (only $5 before 9:30)
San Diego's freeform, barefoot boogie, happening for over 20 years. We dance at the Eveoke Dance Theatre in North Park, just west of 30th & University. 2811 University Avenue; the theatre is next door to KFC. Click here for map and directions.
Dance Church Encinitas
Sundays. 11am to 1pm
Cost: before 11:30am $5; after 11:30am $7
Every Sunday we invite you to move to a variety of rhythms.... to sweat your prayers, create a devotional stomp, play with peaceful passion, dance alone ...with others...or with the dance toys, join in the community feeling , kids welcome.... And on the first Sunday of the month we have no toys and no talking, to encourage a more meditative approach. Held at 681 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 309, Encinitas 92024. Info: 858.945.7686.
Encinitas Community Boogie
Movement Class: 8pm to 9pm;
Jam: 9 to 11pm
Cost: Class and Jam $10. Jam only $5
Purpose of the classes is to increase our range of choices in movement and interaction and to cultivate specific kinds of body awareness, technique and group coherence. Each class will focus on different aspects of movement and dance, ranging from contact improv, authentic movement, acroyoga, dance tools and toys, internal energy work etc. Please be on time for the class.
Bring your hoops, chiffon, dance toys and playful self to this north county jam.
Held at 681 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 309, Encinitas 92024. Info: 858.945.7686.
AcroYoga Practice and Playtime
Fridays, 7pm to 8:30pm, Ocean Beach
Taught by Mara Harris, certified AcroYoga Teacher
Come join the circle, get into the practice! No partner necessary!
AcroYoga is a dynamic blend of Partner Yoga, Acrobatics, and Thai Massage, offered in the spirit of connection, trust, and playfulness. Through practicing AcroYoga, we experience a deepening trust in ourselves and others, and realize that by working in partnership, we manifest more than we ever could alone!
Location: Namaste Yoga Center, 2216 Cable Street, Ocean Beach, San Diego 92107.
Contact Improv @ Stage 7
Mondays, Class: 7-8pm $10 for class & jam; Jam only: 8-10pm ($5)
Stage 7 School of Dance
With Ron Estes, Justin Morrison, Leslie Seiters & Guests
Location: Stage 7 School of Dance, 3980 30th St., North Park 92104
California Dance Connections
If you're travelling out of town, you can still dance! Most large cities and towns have freeform dances and many are listed below or can be found using the links at the bottom of the page. Please call or email in advance for current schedules. Because things change, the information below is not guaranteed to be accurate!
LOS ANGELES AREA
DANCE HOME Tuesday 8:30 pm to midnight, Friday 9 pm to 1 am, Saturday 8:30 pm to 1 am, $5. 522 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. 310-393-4434. Live music Saturday nights with Tonehenge. 8:30 pm to 1 am. website
FUMBLING TOWARDS ECSTASY WE HAVE MOVED! Until further notice, we are at the Masonic Lodge in Culver City: 9635 Venice Blvd. (between cardiff & watseka), Culver City 90232. Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms and more! NEW TIMES Every Sunday at 9 – 11 am $15, and 11:15 –2pm ($15) . Leader Jo Cobbettt website; 310-313.2468.
SANTA BARBARA AREA
DANCE AWAY Every Friday night 7:30 to 10:30 pm, Parish Hall, Unitarian Church, 1535 Santa Barbara Street, website, $5, (805) 967-5241.
SANTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE PO Box 22256, Santa Barbara, CA 93121, 924 Anacapa St., Suite 1S, SB 93101, website 805-966-6950 Memberships $25 per year includes newsletter, Dance Flash emails, listing in calendar of events, etc.
SAN LUIS OBISPO AREA
THE YUM SESSIONS Semi-regular gatherings on Thursday eves and Sunday mornings @ the Monday Club, 1815 Monterey Street at Grand Ave in San Luis Obispo. Beautiful, candle-lit space… Facilitated Conscious Movement inspired by Improvisational LIVE Music & shaped by the practices of Soul Motion, 5R and Contact Improvisation. No experience required! Facebook: YUM Session / email: tel: (805)748-3815.
ESALEN, BIG SUR
Ellen Watson, Moving Ventures School & Productions website, 831-667-0445,
SF BAY AREA
BERKELEY DANCE JAM Come Join Us Every Friday 8:30 pm At the Sawtooth Studio 2525 8th Street. Entry Fee: $10.00 ($5 after 11:30pm). Come early for warm-up in "Hot Room" (8:30 - 9:15). "Warm Room" (Down-tempo Space) is usually open by 9:30. You may leave a phone message for us at: 510-594-4021. website
FAMILY JAM (Berkeley) Twice a month, the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 6 to 7:45 pm, at 8th Street Studio, 2525 8th Street at Dwight, Berkeley. $5 for adults, kids are free! A before-bedtime freestyle dance for kids of all ages and the people who love them. We provide an open space with trampolines, hula hoops, and other toys, play kid-friendly adult music from around the world, and dance and play together in an unstructured setting. website
BAREFOOT BOOGIE (Berkeley) 7:30-11 p.m. Sundays, 2525 8th Street at Dwight in Berkeley. $8-15 sliding scale, $5 first-timers, kids free. (415) 820-1452 You may read an article as it appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle about Barefoot Boogie and other Bay Area freestyle dance events. website
RADICAL SUBURBAN BOOGIE (Redwood City): Every Friday night, 8:00 to 11:00 pm. At the Old Fellows Hall, 839 Main Street Redwood City, 94063 above the antique store. website
DANCE CHURCH (Santa Cruz): First Sunday in month from 6:00-8:00 PM in Flow Yoga studio at 2065 E 2100 S. Contact Jill:
FREE JAM (Santa Cruz) Mondays 9:30-1:00 Dance Gallery, 418 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA Santa Cruz, Contact: Atreya 831-427-1595
HAPPENSDANCE (Sebastopol): A Free Expression Happening. First Friday of Every Month 7:30-10PM – Wischemann Hall, 499 Morris St., Sebastopol. A community collaborative gathering of music, dancing, playing, etc. $10 donation. Fragrance free. Contact Jean:
SOUL SANCTUARY DANCE (Berkeley): Every Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm, at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. No admission fee, just an invitation to pay the gift forward for future dances. Newcomers and children 12 and under: free. NOTAFLOF. A freestyle dance with a strong community orientation, and a welcoming spirit. We dance to an eclectic blend of music (shoes optional), and share free organic fruit at the end of the dance. website
Nationwide Dance Connections
(many have links to other sites)
Dance New England (nationwide dance listing)
International Dance Connections
EXPERIENCING FREEFORM DANCE links to tons of information about freform dancing and events around the country. website