SNWMF 2018 will feature several dance performances and workshops that will be fun and entertaining for everyone! All of the performers listed will be showcased on the "Solstice Stage" except where noted. Performances will take place during the day, both Saturday and Sunday. You can find the Solstice Stage on the vendor lawn next to the Dance Hall. This is in addition to tons of fun stuff in the Kids Zone.


Here's the list of dance performances and workshops that were conducted at SNWMF 2017:



Capoeira Agua De Beber
Based in Sacramento, they have been teaching and performing capoeira and related folkloric arts from Brazil since 2000. Capoeira is a fusion between martial arts, acrobatics, dance and music. Using kicks, dodges and steps, cartwheels, and spins, the players engage in a dialog of movement. The music is led by a single stringed instrument called the Berimbau.


Daring Arts Movement
Daring Arts Movement (D.A.M) is a collective of diverse performers and groups committed to expanding, uplifting, and supporting each other while fostering a collaborative artistic environment in the greater Bay Area. D.A.M creates lively, colorful, multi-sensory, immersive experiences for our audiences and students; sparking wonder, awe, accessibility, and learning through the arts. In addition to their dance and stilt performances throughout the event they will be offering their StiltSkool to give festival-goers an opportunity to explore the art form themselves. Interacting with the world from an EnHeightened level offers a unique perspective on life, and the process of getting there builds self confidence, trust, and body awareness. Don’t miss your chance to try it out!

  Yoga with Karen Small
For over 12 years Karen has traveled across county to teach yoga at Sierra Nevada. Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is one of the very first festivals in the country to offer yoga! Each morning, we meet in unity and greet the solstice sun with breath and body movement. Solstice Yoga has a new location, across from the Food Court in the middle merchant bowl at the new Yoga Tent! Karen Small has been teaching yoga since 2002, met the national yoga teaching standards and is RYT200 Certified through the Yoga Alliance. Come as you are... bring a yoga mat, towel, water and a smile! Karen added "Kids Yoga" each day after the Solstice Yoga Practice located in the Kid's Zone.


Obsidian Butterfly & Sacred Fire Dance
Obsidian Butterfly and Sacred Fire Dance Company provides entertainment for events, parties, festivals, and corporate gatherings since 2003. Our shows include multiple styles of dance and music, infused with myth and fantasy to create a unique story told through movement. Though our specialty is fire and LED Light entertainment, we offer many types of entertainment options from jugglers, stilt walkers, unicycle rider, snake handler, hoop dancers, to Polynesian fire shows, and Cirque entertainment . Our shows are engaging and memorable. Join us for a fantastical journey at Midnight on the Valley Stage Friday and Saturday Night.


JAMBALAYA is a collective of cultural dancers, percussionists, and musicians that feature an energetic stage performance of dance music rooted in African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Latin rhythms. Jambalaya’s artistic director and founder - Paul Gordon, has over 20 years’ experience as an entertainer who is involved in various aspects of the industry, from singing, songwriting, to event production. He founded JAMBALAYA in 2007 with the mission to celebrate cultural diversity around the world, and share the group’s message of love, harmony and tolerance. The music program is a sophisticated blend of organic musical influences drawn from around the world and fused with an infectious contemporary dance beat. Join Jambalaya on the Village Stage on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. 


Bloco Elektro
Band director for Bloco Elektro Mike Scartezina had a vision. To create a Samba group that could rock house parties and shows. He has exstensive experience playing for years in the Bay area with members of Ile Aye, and Olodum, traveling to Brazil several times, doing Capoiera for seven years, SF carnival six years two of which played main stage. High Sierra, and Outside lands with Samba Stilt Circus and Wolfthump, also toured with Albino for two years and Afromassive for two years. Now its time to do his own thing. Bloco Elektro is a Nevada City based samba group with original arrangements. They play Samba Reggea, Batucada, 6/8, Samba Afro, Funk, Ijesha, Timbalada style. Its a roots tradition from Brazil to parade and rock the streets with just percussion and vocals. Look for them parading, playing stage shows, and rocking with the fire dancers.


Illuminated Fools
The Illuminated fools are a performance art troupe. Our troupe of skilled puppeteers have performed in Oregon and Northern California for over thirty years. Our Puppets are worn on the shoulders of our trained performers to give the illusion of “giants” presented as multi-cultural people. The puppets are all handmade and the wooden masks are hand carved by the founder and Master carver Newmi. The Illuminated Fools have evolved over the years from small skit performers with social and political themes. To the improvisational fun, joy bringing group we are today. There are many children in the group and we attract children and people of all ages with our parades.


Company of African Dance of Arcata
The Company of African Dance Arcata, choreographed and led by Christina McCabe is from Northern California. It is our honor to perform dances from Guinea, Senegal, and Mali. We strive to honor our teachers and reflect the love and passion we have for dance.


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