African Heritage Ensemble, one of the many ethnic dance companies performing this weekend in Berkeley. Photo: World Arts West

A world-renowned dance festival is crossing to Bay Bridge to make its debut in Berkeley this weekend, on June 11th and 12th, when the SF Ethnic Dance Festival performs at Zellerbach Hall.

The New York Times’ Chief Dance Critic, Alastair Macaulay, described the second of last year’s San Francisco Festival’s four weekend programs as “a glorious achievement”.

Julie Mushet, Executive Director of World Arts West, which organizes the festival, said: “We always sell out in San Francisco, and our stats show that many ticket buyers come from Berkeley, so we thought presenting programs in Berkeley would be appreciated. The performances are by some of the great culture-bearers in America.”

The line-up for the weekend includes Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose and San Jose Taiko, Shabnam Dance Company of southern India, the African Heritage Ensemble, Parangal Dance Compay, Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music, Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Ballet Folklórico Mexico Danza, and Hui Tama Nui.

For information and tickets, visit the World Arts West website.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...