Award to be presented in conjunction with the “Rotunda Dance” Series
Award honors individual or organization working in the Bay Area Dance community that impact dance– behind the scenes, in the classroom, or on the stage
MARCH 25, 2019 – SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Sangam Arts today announced being the recipient of the 2019 Dancer’s Choice Award by Dancers’ Group, which promotes the visibility and viability of dance serving the San Francisco Bay Area artists and dance community. Sangam Arts is known for being an innovative platform that builds community by bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and co-create world-class music and dance performances.
The 2019 Dancers Choice Award will be presented to Sangam Arts on Friday, April 5 at 12 Noon at San Francisco City Hall, at an event called The Rotunda Dance Series. Organized by the Dancers’ Group and World Arts West, the event is in its ninth season and is a series of free, monthly arts performances at San Francisco City Hall’s extraordinary Rotunda. The objective is to bring audiences lunchtime glimpses into movement and musical traditions from around the world.
“The annual Dancers Choice Award, established in 2008, allows the Bay Area dance community to nominate and sing the praises of an individual or organization. The awardees have found unique and meaningful ways to bring the gospel of dance to audiences and students. As the 2019 recipient of the Dancers Choice Award, Sangam Arts exemplifies this work and also a long-held and continued hope of coming together to celebrate our multi-cultural society. Sangam Arts does this by building bridges of understanding through their Mosaic Silicon Valley performances. Dancers’ Group is proud to bring attention to the wonderful work that Usha and Priya provide for so many,” said Wayne Hazzard, executive director Dancers’ Group.
Usha Srinivasan, who serves as the president of Sangam Arts states, “We are proud to be the recipient of the 2019 Dancers Choice Award. We feel a kinship with Dancers Group. In many ways, both organizations share the same goal: to celebrate our diversity. With Sangam’s Mosaic Silicon Valley initiative, we take that charter one step further, we are continuously exploring the ties that bind us.”
Priya Das, creative director, states, “As an organization living in the ever-changing Silicon Valley, we’re constantly trying to create artistic programming models of inclusion that reflect and unify our diverse communities.”
In keeping with this mission, in addition to receiving the award, Sangam Arts will be presenting Simorgh Dance Collective’s traditional and folkloric dances of the Silk Road at the Rotunda.
About Sangam Arts
Founded in 2013, Sangam Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides an innovative platform for artists from diverse backgrounds to come together to collaborate and co-create world-class music and dance performances. Using a wide range of cultural and artistic expressions from Folklorico and Tap to Kathak and Hula, our presentations are carefully curated to that help us see our common humanity while allowing us to celebrate the traits that make us unique. Sangam Arts unique approach and reputation for quality programming have helped us gain support grantors and foundations such as Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose, SVCreates and Knight Foundation. Mosaic America is a grassroots initiative founded by Sangam Arts and focused on strengthening rapidly diversifying communities across US through multicultural collaborative arts. For more, visit sangamarts.org.
About Dancers’ Group
Dancers’ Group promotes the visibility and viability of dance. Founded in 1982, we serve San Francisco Bay Area artists, the dance community and audiences through programs and services that are as collaborative and innovative as the creative process itself. In response to the needs of its constituents, Dancers’ Group has evolved to fulfill a dual function as a service organization and as a presenter of performance opportunities that maximize the visibility of dance in the Bay Area. For more, visit dancersgroup.org