Rotunda Dance Series

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San Francisco City Hall
Arts, Dance
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Rotunda Dance Series: San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

Friday, June 3, 2016, 12noon
with El Tunante
Presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West,
in partnership with Grants for the Arts and San Francisco City Hall


El Tunante, the first dance academy of Marinera Norteña in Northern California, was formed in Peru thirty years ago to promote the Peruvian Marinera nationally and internationally. The group has been in the US since 1998. The company produces quality dancers that compete at an international level and Ruiz dedicates his time to teach and mentor professional dancer.

Save the Dates for the rest of the 2016 Rotunda Dance Series

Friday, August 5: NAKA Dance Theater
Friday, September 2: Mix’d Ingrdnts
Friday, October 7: AXIS Dance Company
Friday, November 4: Mussel Rock Cloggers
Friday, December 9: Artists TBA


SAN FRANCISCO, CA—April 30, 2016—In their sixth season of free monthly dance performances in San Francisco City Hall’s extraordinary rotunda, Dancers’ Group and World Arts West are once again partnering to bring audiences lunchtime glimpses into movement and musical traditions from around the world.

This June, the Rotunda Dance Series presents the opening of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with El Tunante. Founded 30 years ago, El Tunante will perform Marinera Norteña, a traditional dance with its origins in Peru’s struggle for independence from Spain in the 1800’s. The marinera and its predecessor, the zamacueca, originated in crowded colonial ports, merging stylized Spanish court dance and lively African rhythms and footwork with indigenous Peruvian forms. Within a tight sequence of coquettish dancing, partners enact a romantic game of cat and mouse. The men move close and the women move closer. The partners never touch, and never take their eyes off one another. The dance is intense and formal, with fluttering handkerchiefs to reveal what happens in the heart.

This event will serve as the grand opening of the 2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which will run June 3-19, featuring dance and music from more than 20 world cultures, including 12 world premieres and two North American premieres. This year, the Festival celebrates its 38th year with performances by 32 extraordinary Bay Area dance companies.

The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival celebrates and fosters appreciation for the world dance and music artists living throughout the greater Bay Area’s diverse ethnic communities. For more information, visit

The Rotunda Dance Series will continue monthly through 2016, highlighting many cultural traditions from across the world, including all-female hip hop, physically integrated dance, and clogging, among others. The Series brings many of the Bay Area’s most celebrated dance companies to San Francisco City Hall’s rotunda space for free monthly noon-time performances. The Rotunda Dance series is presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West in partnership with Grants for the Arts and San Francisco City Hall.

About World Arts West (
For over three decades, World Arts West has supported and presented world dance artists throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The main presenting program of the organization is the nationally acclaimed San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which presents over 100 distinct dance forms and thousands of local dancers who are sustaining and innovating within those forms. The organization works year round to advance cultural literacy and build bridges of cultural understanding.

About Dancers’ Group (
Dancers’ Group promotes the visibility and viability of dance. Founded in 1982, we serve San Francisco Bay Area artists, the dance community and audiences through programs and services that are as collaborative and innovative as the creative process itself. In response to the needs of its constituents, Dancers’ Group has evolved to fulfill a dual function as a service organization and as a presenter of performance opportunities that maximize the visibility of dance in the Bay Area.

Photo by David DeSilva



  1. San Francisco City Hall
    1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA