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DanceArt Inc.
DanceArt was founded in 1998 by Joan Lazarus and Linda Rawlings. Their combined enthusiasm for all things dance- and performance-based, as well as their commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area arts community compelled them to focus their resources on particular projects that had the potential to touch the lives of local, independent artists.

Those early projects included New Shoes/Old Souls, a dance company for people over the age of 40. Even the choreographers and theater technicians working with the company had to meet this age restriction. Choreographers included Michael Smuin, Mark Morris, Priscilla Regalado, and Arturo Fernandez.

DanceArt also raised the necessary funds to put a new
sprung floor on the stage at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason. As the only rental theater in the Bay Area seating under 450 with a proscenium, this stage has had a tremendous history. The companies of Michael Smuin, Alonzo King, Joe Goode, Janice Garrett, Patrick Makuakane, The Pickle Family Circus, and Lily Cai are among those who have had their seasons at Cowell.

In 1998, DanceArt also took
Summerfest/dance under its wing. The annual choreography festival had been active since 1992 under the direction of artistic founder Cathleen McCarthy and Joan Lazarus. It remains the cornerstone of DanceArt's presenting programs (renamed WestWave Dance Festival in 2003).

DanceArt's programs fall into four main categories: Onstage, Management Services, Artist Services, and Education. Thank you for your interest!

Funders Include:
 Zellerbach Family Foundation
 Fleishhacker Foundation
 Grants for the Arts/San Francisco
   Hotel Tax Fund
 California Arts Council
 San Francisco Arts Commission
 National Endowment for the Arts
 The Kenneth Rainin Foundation
 Bernard Osher Foundation
 Walter & Elise Haas Fund
 Gerbode Foundation
 William & Flora Hewlett
 Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation

The performing arts are simply the most expensive kind of art to produce, and DanceArt Inc. is committed to supporting choreographers with seamless, professional, technical and administrative support. For more information on how to support DanceArt Inc. with a donation, please click on the donate button. Thank you!
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