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Four dancers leaping in the air on a wooden stage with the ocean in the background, with a crowd of people around them
Sarah Elgart, Beach Dances, 2018 / Dancers: Sam McReynolds, Genna Moroni, Jonathan Stanley and Alexandria Diaz de Fato / Photo by Jason Abraham

Beach Dances 2019

A week of dance on the sand

An annual celebration of dance in the midst of the daily life of the Annenberg Community Beach House. Beach House guests and passersby are invited to participate in workshops and view open rehearsals and performances with local choreographers.

All events will be located at:

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402

Events will be held from June 18 – 23, 2019

All events are free. Workshops have limited availability; please RSVP below.

Tuesday-Saturday, June 18 - 22

View open rehearsals of works by choreographers Heyward Bracey, Paola Escobar, Maya Gingery, Nguyễn Nguyên and Christine Suarez, see complete schedule at

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

8:30-10:30 a.m. : Rehearsal of Rendición by Christine Suarez

10:30am-12:30 p.m. : Rehearsal of sAND sKY wIND by Maya Gingery

12:30-1:30 p.m. : Rehearsal of Zurciendo Souls by Paola Escobar

Wednesday, June 19

8:30-10:30 a.m. : Rehearsal of Rendición by Christine Suarez

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Parent-Child Yoga + Cumbia Workshop with Rebeca Hernandez
11:30am-1:30 p.m.
Earthian Folk Dance Workshop with DaEun Jung

Thursday, June 20

8:30-9:30 a.m. : Rehearsal of Zurciendo Souls by Paola Escobar

9:30-11:30 a.m. : Rehearsal of CONFLUENCE by Heyward Bracey and Nguyen Nguyen

11:30am-1:30 p.m. : Rehearsal of sAND sKY wIND by Maya Gingery

Friday, June 21

8:30-10:30 a.m.
Contemplative Dance Practice at the Beach with Carol McDowell
10:30am-12:30 p.m.
Freewalking / Ragewalking Workshop with alexx shilling

12:30-1:30 p.m. : Rehearsal of CONFLUENCE by Heyward Bracey and Nguyen Nguyen

Saturday, June 22, 2019

8:30-10:30 a.m.
Contemplative Dance Practice at the Beach with Carol McDowell
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Surrendering to Improvisation Workshop with Christine Suarez

11:30am-1:30 p.m. : Rehearsal of sAND sKY wIND by Maya Gingery

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Rhizomatic Arts Hangout
6:30-8 p.m.

Performance will feature works rehearsed during Beach Dances:

Heyward Bracey & Nguyen Nguyen
CONFLUENCE; performers: Heyward Bracey, Rosemary Candelario and Nguyen Nguyen
Paola Escobar
Zurciendo Souls
DaEun Jung
Earthian Folk Dance; performers: Rayven Armijo, DaEun Jung, Arron Mason, alexx shilling, Melody HJ Shim, Wilfried Souly
Maya Gingery
sAND sKY wIND; performers: Nick Duran, Maya Gingery and Felicia St. Cyr
Christine Suarez

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Contemplative Dance Practice at the Beach with Carol McDowell
Borderline Flamenco, Flamenco for All Workshop with Paola Escobar
La Diáspora de Twerk Workshop with Shaina Lynn and Isabel Ivey
5-7 p.m.
Encounter, an improvisatory event organized by Mariel Carranza featuring choreographers, dancers and performance artists. RSVP
More. Since 2012, leading performance artists from Los Angeles, plus international guests, have met regularly to engage in a practice called _Encounter_, organized by artist Mariel Carranza. Encounters are durational, improvised, action/time/space based performances inhabiting private studios, art venues, and public spaces across the city, including the Los Angeles River, Griffith Park, the Venice Pier, the Salton Sea, the Bowtie Parcel, WUHO Gallery, Human Resources, Los Angeles State Historic Park, and Highways Performance Space. Mariel Carranza is a Los Angeles based artist born and raised in Perú. She has developed a practice contingent on seeing a cross-cultural art discourse that engages with public art more so than exhibiting in conventional art spaces. Carranza’s work has been presented locally and internationally at venues including the Hammer Museum, Highways, 18th Street Art Center, LACE, Track 16, Woodbury University, MorYork Gallery, Human Resources, Perform Chinatown, Situation Room, Latitud 32 N / 55 S. Festival (Germany), National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), CONTEXTS Festival (Poland), Belfast International Performance Art Festival, First International Festival and Performancear or Morir (Mexico), Erarta Museum (Russia), Crossing Zones = Language = Land (Croatia), and Festival Hall (London). [](

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