The 1st annual Bay Area Summer Mega Dance Festival is happening this weekend at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville.
Organized by Rodney "Rodchata" Aquino, a well known promoter who also organizes the San Francisco International Bachata Festival, the Bay Area Summer Mega Dance Festival is a 3-day long event starting on Friday, July 25th and running until Sunday, July 27th.
Unlike the SF Bachata Festival or similar festivals focused on a single dance style, the BASMDF will feature 3 different dance styles: salsa, bachata, and kizomba, with workshops for each dance style held during the day for the event, with performances and social dancing in the evening. Summertime is a popular time for dancing, and the event fills a big gap between the SF Salsa Festival in March and the SF Salsa Congress in November.
The event kicks off at noon on Friday, with kizomba, bachata, salsa, and semba workshops throughout the afternoon followed by dance performances at 9:30pm and social dancing at 10:30pm. There will also be an open-level Jack & Jill competition held at midnight, where random dancers are partnered up together in a freestyle dance contest.
The event continues on Saturday, with workshops starting at 11am. Workshops continue all the way until 8pm (with breaks for lunch and dinner) followed by dance performances, a live bachata concert by Invasion Latina, and then a open bachata Jack & Jill contest.
The event wraps up on Sunday with workshops running again from 11am to 8:15pm. Social dancing begins at 10:30pm with live music from Invasion Latina, with an open kizomba Jack & Jill contest in the evening. Dancing goes until 3am, for those brave enough to dance that long on a Sunday night!
The event promises to be a lot of fun, and is a great way to improve your dancing with its full schedule of dance workshops. Tickets range from $20 for an evening pass to $120 if you want an all access pass for the full event. Tickets can be purchased on the event website.