Friday 23rd April, 2021.

Digital Dance Production

Online Stream at ZOOM. Password: 211152

Online Stream at ZOOM. Password: 211152

Please Donate

Without the box office income we usually rely on, our pockets are now empty.

Your donation will ensure we are able to continue this important program for next year’s dance students.

We know this has been a challenging year financially. We truly appreciate your support — thank you for helping us to keep groovin’ on! We could not do what we do without the support of our school community and viewers like you 😉

Donations are accepted here by the Berkeley High Development Group, and held on behalf of the Dance Department. You can also choose to donate the BHSDG General Fund which enables BHSDG to make grants available to all parts of the Berkeley High School community.

Berkeley High School Digital Dance Production

Guest Choreographers Series

The Guest Artists definitely brightened our ZOOM experience and helped us make the best of a challenging situation.


I am so very proud of this class! They stepped into this year not knowing what lay ahead: How will we create a Dance Production on Zoom? What does a performance even look like if we’re not in the Little Theater? How do I choreograph a dance if I’m the only dancer? To say they were “resilient” or  “adaptive” doesn’t quite get at the magnitude of what they accomplished: they learned an entirely new art form (filmmaking?!?), and boldly set out on a creative journey through uncharted waters. And, what they made is just so beautiful, isn’t it? Evocative, funny, surprising, mysterious, bold, energized — these short dance films reflect the best of what Art offers us as creative beings — a way to make sense of, make fun of and make meaning of our world — and boy did we need that this year! 

The class, as a whole, truly stepped up to the challenge & supported each other along the way — I couldn’t have asked for more.  

The Berkeley High School community has been so very supportive of Dance Production over the years. You can show that same support this year by sharing the link to our show with friends and family — we’d love to share with as many people as possible. We also need to ask for your financial support. 

On a typical year, we raise over $6k in box office revenues from our three annual shows — one each semester for the Dance Production class, and our Advanced Dance Lab show in March. This money goes right back into our program to support the Guest Choreographer Series, a centerpiece of the curriculum, giving ALL students in Beginning through Advanced classes the opportunity to learn from some of the very best dance artists in the  Bay Area.

Over the years, our Guest Choreographers have included many local luminaries: Melecio Extrella & Ande Ward/FOG BEAST; Byb Congo Bibene/Kiandanda Dance Theater; Joe Goode Performance Group; Nina Haft/Cal State East Bay; Evie Ladin/MoToR; Bianca Cabrera/Blind Tiger Society; Jose Navarrete/NAKA Dance Theater; Amara Tabor Smith/Deep Water Dance Theater; Antwan Davis/Molodi; Jessica Wolf/MOTION, and more. 

Guest Artists do more than teach us new moves, they enliven the studio with a peek into the professional world of dance. We are challenged both physically and creatively & these experiences help blow the lid off our own creative limitations. Plus, it’s just fun!

Students often name the Guest Choreographers series as the highlight of the year, and this year was no different:

  • The Dance Production class was fortunate to welcome San Francisco Dance Film Festival co-producer, Lindsay Gauthier, into our ZOOM “studio” throughout the year. She taught us a crash course in filmmaking and gave students invaluable one-on-one feedback on their digital dance projects.
  • Beginning Modern/Jazz, Advanced Dance Lab & the African Diaspora Dance classes joined together to host three short workshops this spring focused on dances from Black America:
    • Traci Bartlow, tracing African American social dance from the 1930 – 1980s
    • Carah Herring, teaching LINE DANCE (perfect for a Covid-safe party in the park!)
    • Tajh Stallworth, short choreographies in Jazz & Musical Theater

We were extremely lucky to have been able continue our Guest Choreographers Series this year. The Guest Artists definitely brightened our ZOOM experience and helped us make the best of a challenging situation. However, without the box office income we usually rely on, our pockets are now empty. 

Your donation will ensure we are able to continue this important program for next year’s dance students. 

We know this has been a challenging year financially. We truly appreciate your support — thank you for helping us to keep groovin’ on!  We could not do what we do without the support of our school community and viewers like you 😉

Wishing us all health and well-being, 

Linda Carr
Modern Dance Instructor