Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street
San Francisco CA 94110
The GRRRL Brigade gets chosen for "Best Of the Bay 2012"!|
SF Bay Guardian: Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ALL-AROUND GRRRL POWER
July 25, 2012
Grrrl Brigade Contract: To download the contract, please click here.
The GRRRL Brigade
The GRRRL Brigade is 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 to 18. Our goal is to give the girls, their parents, and our audience the inspiration, magic, and hope only evocative dance theater can spark in creating a just and peaceful world.
The girls are instructed by some of the San Francisco Bay Area's leading dance and taiko artists. They take weekly classes in Modern-Jazz, Afro-Cuban Modern, Hip Hop and Taiko (Japanese drumming) from September to May and are encouraged to create their own choreography. The GRRRL Brigade performs around the Bay Area each year including "The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie: The Kidz Version", an alternative take on the holiday classic & "Peace On Earth and Justice For All", our new winter show presented at Brava Theater; and a spring show at Dance Mission Theater written and choreographed by Dance Brigade staff and the girls, focusing on issues facing girls today and honoring great women past and present.
The GRRRL Brigade was founded in 2004 by Dance Brigade to extend its mission of building community through the arts by creating and teaching dance-theater that explores complex issues confronting contemporary Americans. The program originally for girls 13 - 18 years received such great support and encouragement from the families and our audiences that in 2006 we expanded to include girls 9 - 12 years old. Starting with 10 girls in 2004, we currently now have over 80 participants.
One of our moms wrote...
"[My Daughter] has learned so much at Dance Mission, and has developed confidence and self esteem along the way. This [program] reinforces that she has something to offer as a person and something to say as a dancer. Thank you!" - 2009
Modern/Contemporary: This class meets twice a week (Monday & Wednesday) and focuses on technique and choreography. Twice a week attendance is required to participate. In addition, we highly recommend taking ballet on Thursdays to improve and maintain technique level.
Hip-Hop & Taiko: These classes are held on Tuesdays back to back. Students may participate in one or both.
Students may participate in the Modern only or the Hip-Hop/Taiko only, or all of the above.
Consistent attendance is required of all Grrrl Brigade & Jr. Grrrl Brigade students.
How do I Join?
GRRRLs interested in joining the GRRRL Brigade should email firstname.lastname@example.org and speak with Leila Baradaran, Youth Program Manager/Grrrl Brigade Manager. In-class auditions are held each fall in the first week of class. Grrrl Brigade & Jr. grrrl Brigade Rep class is a twice a week commitment (mondays & wednesdays). Students are required to attend both days to participate. The required prerequisite classes for Jr. Grrrl Brigade are Beg/Int Ballet II on thursdays 4-5pm & Modern Jazz I & II on Fridays. Students should attend these classes for at least 2 semesters before trying out for the Jr. Grrrl Brigade.All classes take place at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street, SF CA 94110, across from the 24th and Mission BART Station. 415-826-kids (5437).
Classes in the various disciplines are held at Dance Mission. Students participating receive discounts on additional classes and are eligible to sign up for sliding scale or full scholarships. Financial Aid forms are available at the front desk of Dance Mission Theater.
See Grrrl Brigade perform!
The GRRRL Brigade is partially funded in part by The Kimball Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The San Francisco Foundation, The Bothin Foundation, & Crescent Porter Hale Foundation.