National Dance Week was founded in 1981 to increase awareness of dance and its contributions to our national culture. The first Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) festival grew out of a public dialogue in 1998, when dance artists, administrators, and organizations came together to explore how best to spotlight Bay Area dance during National Dance Week. The festival that emerged took a national initiative and imbued it with the innovative and inclusive spirit of the Bay Area. As the largest per capita center for dance in the United States, the Bay Area’s festivities have been the most extensive and best attended celebrations in the country since BADW’s inception. Each year, over 100 dance organizations and artists present events during Bay Area Dance Week, involving more than 2,500 artists and 20,000 attendees. The annual event is presented by Dancers’ Group.
Each year at the Bay Area Dance Week kick-off, we present two awards:
Dancers Choice Award
The annual Dancers Choice Award is an opportunity to nominate and sing the praises of an individual or organization working in the Bay Area dance community that are finding creative solutions that impact dance—behind the scenes, in the classroom, or on the stage. Nominate your choice now!
Della Davidson Prize
The Della Davidson Prize honors the life and work of choreographer and teacher Della Davidson, by supporting innovative dance and dance/theater artists. An annual prize of $1,220 (in honor of Della’s birthday 12/20) will be awarded to a choreographer/dance-maker producing work in the spirit of Della Davidson.