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When: Sunday, May 1st 2022, 3 pm

Where: Western Sky Studio, 2525 Eighth Street #13A, Berkeley

Admission: $10. Buy tickets for Dance-a-Rama 2022 at Berkeley Moving Arts (Western Sky Studio), Sun May 1, 2022 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (

Avilee Goodwin with Betsy Strome
Carol Kueffer-Moore
Chingchi Yu
Claudine Naganuma and dNaga
Mary Reid
Ruth Botchan Dance Company
Shahrzad Khorsandi

For the health and safety of all, proof of vaccination and booster, as well as ID, will be required at the door. Masks will be required as well.

You're Invited! Celebration of the Gateway to California

Gateway to California, by artist Norman Moore
Gateway to California, by artist Norman Moore

Please join us for a celebration of the Gateway to California, by Alameda artist Norman Moore, installed at Jean Sweeney Park last spring. The two 16 foot concrete columns covered in blue mosaic depicting life in the kelp forests and Pacific waves crashing. The breakers reach high up to the sky, supporting red capitals representing land. It speaks to Alameda's position as an island giving it a relationship to land and ocean.

Expect to enjoy live music by Calle Ocho Porch Band, dance performances by Carol Kueffer-Moore, Chingchi Yu and Tara Pilbrow, and a Q&A with the artist.

What: Celebration of the Gateway to California artwork

When: Friday, October 22, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Gateway to California  (west end of Jean Sweeney Park, near the 8th Street entrance)

All are welcome! Consistent with CDC guidelines for crowded outdoor settings, attendees are recommended to wear a mask.

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The screenings of my new dance film, Grove

The Screenings of Grove

Veil of Water again! Dance-A-Rama 5/5/2019. FREE!

Chingchi Yu in Veil of Water

"Veil of Water" has gotten great feedback. Many people have told me that they were so moved by the piece. I felt that our hard work really paid off! If you haven't seen it yet, no fear! The amazing Carol Kuefer and I will perform this dance again at Western Sky Studio on Sunday 5/5 3 pm as part of Dance-A-Rama.

What: 20th Anniversary Performance of Dance-a-Rama

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019, Program A from 2 to 3 pm, Program B from 3 to 4 pm. Come to both or just one. We are at the 3 pm show. Reception to follow.

Where: Western Sky Studio, 2525 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA

Who: 10 choreographers will be presenting works of modern dancedance theater, belly dance and more.

2 pm--Lucia August, Treve Johnson, Mary Reid, Sabah Ensemble, Piper Thompsson

3 pm--Ruth Botchan Dance Company, dNaga’s Peace Project, Jetta Martin, Molly Rose-Williams,  Chingchi Yu

How much: FREE!!

Info: 510-848-487


Saturday, April 13th 2019 | 8pm
Sunday, April 14th 2019 | 5pm

Join us for an exciting evening of dance and theater produced and curated by long-time Bay Area choreographer and teaching artist, Laura Renaud-Wilson!​


Randee Paufve
Angela Demmel and Dancers
Kimiko Guthrie 
Dawn Holtan 
Chingchi Yu 
Laura Renaud-Wilson 

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SADC Winter Salon 2018

After a year of hard work, I'm finally ready to share my new duet "Veil of Water". It's been so much fun and inspiring working with my amazing collaborator Carol Kueffer.   We have a lot to share with you! Come check it out on 12/15/18 at Shawl Anderson, 2 shows: 6pm & 8pm. Ticket link below:

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center's Quarterly Salon series brings together seven local choreographers for a curated night of dance. With two performances in one night, audiences have an opportunity to connect and witness the diversity of modern and contemporary dance artists in the Bay Area.

The 2018 Winter Salon features:

Jessi Barber

Bellwether Dance Project

KJ Dahlaw

Roxanne Gray

Kristin Damrow & Company

Michael D. Lee

Chingchi Yu

Sisters & Druthers

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I am excited to share some news with you.  After a 6 year absence in choreography, I return with my new quintet, "Bits." My amazing cast (Ann DeFrucia, Andrea Brosnon, Jessica Fiedler, Neela Reed) and I are having so much fun creating this piece. We will perform it in the upcoming show "Sisters and Druthers" at Shawl Anderson Dance Center on Nov 12th and 13th. Besides "Bits," I'll also perform "Before Dawn," often referred to as the Red Dress solo.  And I will take the challenge to do a solo improv.  It's a little scary but also fun and thrilling.
I have the honor to share the show with Ann DiFruscia and Carol Kueffer. Each of us will show new work as well as re-staged work. There will also be beautiful singing by Sophia Moore. "Sisters and Druthers" is a month away, but tickets will go fast since the venue only seats 60 people per night. It would be a good idea to get tickets soon.
Here's the link to Shawl-Anderson Dance Center with ticket info and details about the performance series.
I've included an excerpt from our Press Release below, which I hope will entice and interest you.


As part of the Dance Up Close/East Bay series, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center presents: Sisters and Druthers

Dances by Ann DiFruscia, Carol Kueffer, and Chingchi Yu

Sat., November 12 @ 8pm and Sun., November 13 @ 7pm

BERKELEY, CA September 2016 -- Dance Up Close/East Bay presents Sisters and Druthers, an evening of original dance by Ann DiFruscia, Carol Kueffer, and Chingchi Yu at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, November 12-13, 2016. Three seasoned choreographers, whose experience and careers have spanned over four decades, have formed an alliance to create and produce an evening of new and old work.

Each choreographer has drawn from her life history and fashioned a unique narrative that enhances, balances, and complements each other’s work. What unifies them is their undying commitment and love for dance in all of its styles and constructs: from class to rehearsal to stage; from the intimacy and reverence that evolves from years of practice to the enduring and life-long friendships that are created from that trust and love.

Sisters and Druthers  is presented inside Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, a former home transformed into a space for dance in 1967. With its welcoming quality and long history, Shawl-Anderson is the perfect space to experience this evening of story-telling and luscious, spirited, and vulnerable dance. Audiences are invited to the pre-show and after-show to listen to the evocative and unique vocal stylings and playing of Sophia Moore, while enjoying a glass of wine and bite-size delectables.

MamaLove Seeds of Winter
Shawl-Anderson and Dandelion Dancetheater present
MamaLOVE: Seeds of Winter
Directed by Kimiko Guthrie with Dandelion's MamaLOVE ensemble
featuring special Guest Mama Bay Area Choreographers each weekendFriday October 15 & Saturday October 16, 8 PM
Sunday October 17, 7 PM
Friday October 22 & Saturday October 23, 8 PM
Sunday October 24, 3 PM & 7 PM
Shawl Anderson Dance Center
2704 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley
(510) 654-5921

Tickets: $15 general, $12 students and seniorsMamaLOVE ensemble: Kimiko Guthrie, Dawn Holtan, Heather Lukens, Nadia Oka, Laura Renaud-Wilson, Lily Storm, Rebecca Wilson

Come to both weekends!  Each weekend, three exciting Bay Area Choreographers will join us with short works about their perspectives on motherhood:
Special Guest Mama Choreographers:
Oct 15-17: Tammy Cheney, Dana Lawton, Chingchi Yu
Oct 22-24:  Mary Carbonara, Laura Elaine Ellis, Suzanne Gallo, Laura Renaud-Wilson

MamaLOVE: Seeds of Winter mines and fractures old myths, fairy tales and lullabies about motherhood to excavate what is still potent for today's world as we wrestle with age-old concerns about love, loss, attachment and individuation.  Born from a seven-women ensemble of dancers, actresses, singers and writers, this will be an evening of haunting, hilarious and sensuous dance-theater for everyone.

This project is supported by a residency at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and grants from Theatre Bay Area CA$H grant, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the East Bay Community Foundation,
an anonymous foundation as well as many generous individual donors.

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