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Bay Area Dance Week Open Studio: April 29, 2017

Please Join us for our annual open studio event on Saturday, April 29th, International Dance Day!

This year is our 20th anniversary at the San Francisco studio and would love to celebrate ‘Dance’ with you!

Please wear comfortable loose clothing and if you have a tunic, please bring.

Intro to Duncan Dance: Isadora’s Past, Present and Future
Schedule of Saturday, April 29th:
12-1 pm:  a sample Duncan dance class (for everyone, children to adult)
1-2 pm: observe Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers as they rehearse for the upcoming 20th annual Dionysian Festival celebrating the 140th anniversary of Isadora Duncan’s birth.
2-2:30 pm: Q & A Session

The 20th Annual Dionysian Festival: Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of Isadora Duncan’s Birth


The Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing presents:

The 20th Annual Dionysian Festival:

Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of Isadora Duncan’s Birth



Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers

Benjamin Akeala Belew ….. Neo Classical Piano

Megan Nicely ….. Dance

Tony Chapman …… Contemporary Piano

Marcy Risque …. Dance

All That Bad ….. Music Trio (Harp, Trumpet, Upright Bass)

Aisla …… Visual Art/Painting


Date/Time:   Saturday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Place:  Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing, 

245 5th St., Studio 314 (at Tehama between Howard and Folsom)

Ticket:  $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Reservations:  (415) 357-1817,  E-mail  info@duncandance.org


The Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing presents the twentieth annual Dionysian Festival, celebrating the 140th anniversary of Isadora Duncan’s birth.  This progenitor of modern dance was born in San Francisco on May 26, 1877.  Mary Sano, one of the foremost interpreters of the Duncan legacy, will perform original Duncan repertoire to the music of Chopin and Schubert with her group. 

Both returning neo classical pianist Benjamin Akeala Belew and singer/songwriter Tony Chapman will perform their original songs as well as playing and premiering new work with Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers.

Painter Aisla and dancer/choreographer Megan Nicely are both returning to this year’s festival as well. Ms. Sano and Aisla are collaborating on a new piece based on the theme of Isadora Duncan in nature.

We are please to announce new participants to this year’s festival: music trio All That Bad and dancer/choreographer Marcy Risque.  Ms. Risque will perform her solo work and All That Bad will perform their original compositions.  The group features Amelia Romano on electric harp, with Matt Ebisuzaki on trumpet and Tim Renner on upright bass. 


Spring Duncan Dance Workshop in San Francisco

This 7 week series of Workshops will introduce basic Duncan dance concepts and technique to students who would like to experience Duncan dance for the first time or for those looking to keep up their technique. Each week, Ms. Sano, an expert on Duncan dance and a third generation Duncan dancer will teach the essence of this tradition in a friendly and positive atmosphere at her dance studio. Bring your Duncan tunic if you have one, and if not, we’ll make one!


Workshop Dates: April 12 – May 26 (spring session), 2017

Time: Sundays @12:30-3 pm, Wed. & Fri. @ 6:30-9 pm

Fees: Once a week: $195, Drop-in:$30

Studio: Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing


Photo by Shigeo Seya

Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers at Ocean Beach in San Francisco