Posted July 30th, 2015 by admin

What will I see on stage at this show?
Is this show appropriate for children?
Are there discounted or free tickets for children?
Where does my money go?
What is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s?
Who can perform in the show?
How can I help if I cannot attend the show?
I bought tickets, but now I can’t attend. What should I do?
How long is the show?
Should I dress up to attend the show?
Can I take pictures or video of the show?
What is Brava Theater Center?
How do I get to the theater?
Is there parking?
Is there an after party?


What will I see on stage at this show?
You will see professional belly dance soloists and groups. All performances will be belly dance at the core, but most will be fused with other types of dance, such as modern, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. The costuming and music will be widely varied, but will be in keeping with our family friendly guidelines. The best way to understand is to visit our video page to see the performances from our previous shows.


Is this show appropriate for children?
Any child that is able to pay attention in a theater for two hours will enjoy the show. The performances take place in rapid succession, so there will be no time for boredom. There is nothing scary or overtly sexual, and all music with words will be radio edits. Belly dance celebrates the female form, so most costumes will show the belly, cleavage, and some even show both legs from toe to hip. Performers of all shapes and sizes will be on stage, so this show is a wonderful opportunity for children to see grown-ups display a very healthy sense of self-love and empowerment. The best way to make your decision is to visit our video page to review acts from our previous shows.

Are there discounted or free tickets for children?
No. Shake the Bay is a professional, high quality theater show. Children who are too young to pay attention and enjoy the show may become a distraction to other audience members if they are fussy. No free entry or discounted tickets are offered as a means to discourage our patrons from bringing children who aren’t quite ready to sit still quietly for two hours. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Where does my money go?
All funds after production costs are donated to the Alzheimer’s Association via the San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association uses your money to advance research, provide and enhance care and support for those affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Brava Theater Center is a non-profit organization, and a small number of its employees are required in order to run this show. Because Shake the Bay is a charity event, Brava has kindly given us a discounted rate, but they do still have to pay for electricity and other operating costs. There are also fees for ticket sales, marketing materials, printed programs, event insurance, and a website to run. Amberetta works very hard to keep production costs as low as possible in order to donate as much money as possible to the Alzheimer’s Association. All of the performers, security staff, photographers, our announcer, and Amberetta have kindly donated their time to this cause.

What is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s?
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. The actual walk in San Francisco takes place on a Saturday morning in September. The walk is usually only three miles. The event is a fun way to get a little exercise, but the real goal is to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. The specific date in September changes from year to year, so visit the San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer’s website for more details on this year’s walk.


Who can perform in the show?
Professional belly dance artists are welcome to submit an application following the guidelines on our Performer Application page. Performers are selected by show producer Amberetta at her discretion, based on a many factors including dance style and quality, marketability, demonstrated reliability and professionalism, and level of participation in the San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Shake the Bay does not discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, or other such qualities irrelevant to your ability to perform the art of belly dance.

How can I help if I cannot attend the show?
Please make a donation to the Shake the Bay team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s by visiting act.alz.org/goto/shakethebay. Please DO NOT purchase tickets to the show if you know you will not be able to attend; we would prefer to not have empty seats, and we cannot manage ticket transfers on your behalf.

I bought tickets, but now I can’t attend. What should I do?
Please try to give them to someone who can attend. The theater and the event producer cannot manage ticket transfers, and we are unable to issue refunds.

How long is the show?
The show is just under two hours. There will be 80 to 90 minutes of dance, a 15 minute intermission, and a raffle prize drawing. You’ll be leaving the theater at about 10:00pm.

Should I dress up to attend the show?
There is no dress code for the patrons of Shake the Bay, as long as your attire is family friendly. Jeans and tennis shoes are just as welcome as fancy dresses and suits. It’s in San Francisco, so most folks will wear jeans.

Can I take pictures or video of the show?
No. We have professional photographers and videographers who have donated their time to give our performers excellent photos and video of their performances. We prefer that you turn off your phone and enjoy the performances live. This also gives our performers control over what images make it to the public. Thank you for respecting the privacy and wishes of our performers.

What is Brava Theater Center?
Brava! For Women in the Arts, a professional arts organization, owns and operates the Brava Theater Center.  BRAVA produces, presents and cultivates the artistic expression of women, people of color, youth, LGBTQ and other unheard voices.  Visit brava.org for more information about the theater.

How do I get to the theater?
Brava Theater Center is located at 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, in the Mission District on the 24th St. corridor between Potrero and Bryant Streets.Brava is accessible by BART, just an 8 block walk from the 24th Street BART Station and near the 27 Bryant, 12 Folsom, 67 Bernal, and 9 San Bruno buses. The 48 Quintara runs right in front of the theater.

Is there parking?
You’ll find metered parking along 24th Street. Meters are checked from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday. Garage parking is available in the San Francisco General Hospital parking garage.

Is there an after party?
No. In addition to cleaning the theater, we have cash donations, electronic equipment, and expensive costumes and props that cannot be left unattended after the show. There are lots of late night taquerias and bars within walking distance of the theater, so feel free to start your own party!

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