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Dance Brigade

Modern

san francisco

dance group

Dance Brigade

Modern

san francisco

dance group

Dance Brigade is sumptuous dancing; biting, intellectual, insightful wit; and provocative originality. This dynamic multi-racial troupe of women proves that socially relevant dance can be technically brilliant, as well as exuberant with down-home hilarious fun.

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Dance Brigade

Modern

san francisco

dance group

Dance Brigade

Modern

san francisco

dance group

Dance Brigade is sumptuous dancing; biting, intellectual, insightful wit; and provocative originality. This dynamic multi-racial troupe of women proves that socially relevant dance can be technically brilliant, as well as exuberant with down-home hilarious fun.

Read Our Story

founder

Krissy Keefer

Artistic Director

1984 - present

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members

Sarah Bush

Company Member

current

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Richelle Donigan

Company Member

current

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Karen Elliot

Company Member

current

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Lena Gatchalian

Company Member

current

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Fredrika Keefer

Company Member

current

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Jillian Miller

Company Member

current

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Kimberly Valmore

Company Member

current

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Areyla Faeron

Guest Artist

current

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Natalia Howard

Guest Artist

current

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Margot Lena

Guest Artist

current

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Bianca Mendoza

Guest Artist

current

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Emma Miller

Guest Artist

current

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Deb'e Taylor

Guest Artist

current

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Our Story

In 1998, Dance Brigade began to operate Dance Mission at 24th and Mission Streets in San Francisco. At Dance Mission, they created an affordable 140-seat theater and rehearsal space for San Francisco dancers and artists. They expanded the Adult and Youth Dance Programs to include a full range of dance classes in Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bhangra, Brazilian, Bollywood, Afro-Haitian, modern, ballet and more. Some of the groundbreaking events Dance Brigade has presented and pioneered include the CubaCaribe Festival, SkyDancers, Women on the Drum, Women Against War, and the Manifesti-val for Social Change. Each year Dance Mission helps emerging artists launch their professional careers through the bi-annual Choreographers Showcase and the biennial D.I.R.T. (Dance in Revolt-ing Times) Festival. In 2004, the Grrrl Brigade was formed as an intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment for San Francisco’s girls ages 9 to18. This program began with ten girls and has now over 90 girls participating. Krissy Keefer has a long history of collaborating with a wide array of artists, companies and non-arts community groups. In the highly successful productions of Women Against War at the Herbst Theater, she brought together prominent feminist activists, veteran feminist musicians, both established and emerging dance companies, and Grrrl Brigade. Dance Brigade performed as the Greek chorus in the San Jose Repertory Theatre production of Euripides’s anti-war play, Iphigenia at Aulis, directed by Timothy Near. Keefer served as co-director and choreographer for this production. Keefer has collaborated with many dance artists and musicians to create her provocative award-winning work. Those artists include Mary Watkins, Ferron, Holly Near, Copperwimmin, taiko master Bruce Ghent, Elaine Buckholtz, Jennifer Berezan, Rhiannon, Christelle Durandy, Terry Sendgraff ,Sara Shelton Mann, Kim Epifano, Anne Bluethenthal, Ramon Ramos Alayo, Gina Breedlove, to name a few. Dance Brigade has toured all over the United States and internationally including Cuba, Lebanon, Egypt, Sint Maarten, Canada, and Japan, and over a decade in Europe in the 80’s. Ms Keefer work has been profiled in numerous magazines, books, and master thesis and has won numerous awards for her work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our Story

In 1998, Dance Brigade began to operate Dance Mission at 24th and Mission Streets in San Francisco. At Dance Mission, they created an affordable 140-seat theater and rehearsal space for San Francisco dancers and artists. They expanded the Adult and Youth Dance Programs to include a full range of dance classes in Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bhangra, Brazilian, Bollywood, Afro-Haitian, modern, ballet and more. Some of the groundbreaking events Dance Brigade has presented and pioneered include the CubaCaribe Festival, SkyDancers, Women on the Drum, Women Against War, and the Manifesti-val for Social Change. Each year Dance Mission helps emerging artists launch their professional careers through the bi-annual Choreographers Showcase and the biennial D.I.R.T. (Dance in Revolt-ing Times) Festival. In 2004, the Grrrl Brigade was formed as an intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment for San Francisco’s girls ages 9 to18. This program began with ten girls and has now over 90 girls participating. Krissy Keefer has a long history of collaborating with a wide array of artists, companies and non-arts community groups. In the highly successful productions of Women Against War at the Herbst Theater, she brought together prominent feminist activists, veteran feminist musicians, both established and emerging dance companies, and Grrrl Brigade. Dance Brigade performed as the Greek chorus in the San Jose Repertory Theatre production of Euripides’s anti-war play, Iphigenia at Aulis, directed by Timothy Near. Keefer served as co-director and choreographer for this production. Keefer has collaborated with many dance artists and musicians to create her provocative award-winning work. Those artists include Mary Watkins, Ferron, Holly Near, Copperwimmin, taiko master Bruce Ghent, Elaine Buckholtz, Jennifer Berezan, Rhiannon, Christelle Durandy, Terry Sendgraff ,Sara Shelton Mann, Kim Epifano, Anne Bluethenthal, Ramon Ramos Alayo, Gina Breedlove, to name a few. Dance Brigade has toured all over the United States and internationally including Cuba, Lebanon, Egypt, Sint Maarten, Canada, and Japan, and over a decade in Europe in the 80’s. Ms Keefer work has been profiled in numerous magazines, books, and master thesis and has won numerous awards for her work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Dance Brigade

Modern

san francisco

dance group

Dance Brigade

Modern

san francisco

dance group

Dance Brigade is sumptuous dancing; biting, intellectual, insightful wit; and provocative originality. This dynamic multi-racial troupe of women proves that socially relevant dance can be technically brilliant, as well as exuberant with down-home hilarious fun.

Read Our Story

Dance Brigade

Modern

san francisco

dance group

Dance Brigade

Modern

san francisco

dance group

Dance Brigade is sumptuous dancing; biting, intellectual, insightful wit; and provocative originality. This dynamic multi-racial troupe of women proves that socially relevant dance can be technically brilliant, as well as exuberant with down-home hilarious fun.

Read Our Story

founder

Krissy Keefer

Artistic Director

1984 - present

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members

Sarah Bush

Company Member

current

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Richelle Donigan

Company Member

current

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Karen Elliot

Company Member

current

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Lena Gatchalian

Company Member

current

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Fredrika Keefer

Company Member

current

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Jillian Miller

Company Member

current

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Kimberly Valmore

Company Member

current

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Areyla Faeron

Guest Artist

current

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Natalia Howard

Guest Artist

current

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Margot Lena

Guest Artist

current

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Bianca Mendoza

Guest Artist

current

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Emma Miller

Guest Artist

current

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Deb'e Taylor

Guest Artist

current

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view past members (1)

Our Story

In 1998, Dance Brigade began to operate Dance Mission at 24th and Mission Streets in San Francisco. At Dance Mission, they created an affordable 140-seat theater and rehearsal space for San Francisco dancers and artists. They expanded the Adult and Youth Dance Programs to include a full range of dance classes in Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bhangra, Brazilian, Bollywood, Afro-Haitian, modern, ballet and more. Some of the groundbreaking events Dance Brigade has presented and pioneered include the CubaCaribe Festival, SkyDancers, Women on the Drum, Women Against War, and the Manifesti-val for Social Change. Each year Dance Mission helps emerging artists launch their professional careers through the bi-annual Choreographers Showcase and the biennial D.I.R.T. (Dance in Revolt-ing Times) Festival. In 2004, the Grrrl Brigade was formed as an intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment for San Francisco’s girls ages 9 to18. This program began with ten girls and has now over 90 girls participating. Krissy Keefer has a long history of collaborating with a wide array of artists, companies and non-arts community groups. In the highly successful productions of Women Against War at the Herbst Theater, she brought together prominent feminist activists, veteran feminist musicians, both established and emerging dance companies, and Grrrl Brigade. Dance Brigade performed as the Greek chorus in the San Jose Repertory Theatre production of Euripides’s anti-war play, Iphigenia at Aulis, directed by Timothy Near. Keefer served as co-director and choreographer for this production. Keefer has collaborated with many dance artists and musicians to create her provocative award-winning work. Those artists include Mary Watkins, Ferron, Holly Near, Copperwimmin, taiko master Bruce Ghent, Elaine Buckholtz, Jennifer Berezan, Rhiannon, Christelle Durandy, Terry Sendgraff ,Sara Shelton Mann, Kim Epifano, Anne Bluethenthal, Ramon Ramos Alayo, Gina Breedlove, to name a few. Dance Brigade has toured all over the United States and internationally including Cuba, Lebanon, Egypt, Sint Maarten, Canada, and Japan, and over a decade in Europe in the 80’s. Ms Keefer work has been profiled in numerous magazines, books, and master thesis and has won numerous awards for her work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our Story

In 1998, Dance Brigade began to operate Dance Mission at 24th and Mission Streets in San Francisco. At Dance Mission, they created an affordable 140-seat theater and rehearsal space for San Francisco dancers and artists. They expanded the Adult and Youth Dance Programs to include a full range of dance classes in Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bhangra, Brazilian, Bollywood, Afro-Haitian, modern, ballet and more. Some of the groundbreaking events Dance Brigade has presented and pioneered include the CubaCaribe Festival, SkyDancers, Women on the Drum, Women Against War, and the Manifesti-val for Social Change. Each year Dance Mission helps emerging artists launch their professional careers through the bi-annual Choreographers Showcase and the biennial D.I.R.T. (Dance in Revolt-ing Times) Festival. In 2004, the Grrrl Brigade was formed as an intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment for San Francisco’s girls ages 9 to18. This program began with ten girls and has now over 90 girls participating. Krissy Keefer has a long history of collaborating with a wide array of artists, companies and non-arts community groups. In the highly successful productions of Women Against War at the Herbst Theater, she brought together prominent feminist activists, veteran feminist musicians, both established and emerging dance companies, and Grrrl Brigade. Dance Brigade performed as the Greek chorus in the San Jose Repertory Theatre production of Euripides’s anti-war play, Iphigenia at Aulis, directed by Timothy Near. Keefer served as co-director and choreographer for this production. Keefer has collaborated with many dance artists and musicians to create her provocative award-winning work. Those artists include Mary Watkins, Ferron, Holly Near, Copperwimmin, taiko master Bruce Ghent, Elaine Buckholtz, Jennifer Berezan, Rhiannon, Christelle Durandy, Terry Sendgraff ,Sara Shelton Mann, Kim Epifano, Anne Bluethenthal, Ramon Ramos Alayo, Gina Breedlove, to name a few. Dance Brigade has toured all over the United States and internationally including Cuba, Lebanon, Egypt, Sint Maarten, Canada, and Japan, and over a decade in Europe in the 80’s. Ms Keefer work has been profiled in numerous magazines, books, and master thesis and has won numerous awards for her work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Join

the

community

Empower the dancer in you. Showcase your moves and discover more ways to dance.