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Black Choreographers Festival 

When: Feb. 12-14 2010
Price: $5-$10

Dance is a vital force in African-American culture, yet many artists experience a relative dearth of performance opportunities. In response, the Black Choreographers Festival offers three weekends of seminars, master classes, and performances by young, up-and-coming, and noted African and African-American dance artists. Youth get the focus Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14, at MalongaCasquelourd Center for the Arts (1428 Alice St., Oakland), with a dance conference and summit (call for details; 510-283-7219). A family matinee featuring pre-professional youth-dance companies wraps things up on Sunday (4 p.m., $5). Dance Mission Theater (3316-24th St., San Francisco) hosts the following two weekends: Reginald Ray-Savage, Raissa Simpson, and others perform Feb. 19-21, and a dozen burgeoning choreographers show their stuff at the Next Wave Choreographers Showcase Feb. 26-28. (Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m.; $10-$20). For the master-class schedule, call Dance Mission at 415-826-4441. BCFHereAndNow.com or BrownPaperTickets.com

— Claudia Bauer

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