Posted August 17th, 2015 by admin

Our Shake the Bay 2017 show is now FULL.
THANK YOU for your interest and support! Please COME SEE the show!

Photo by Kristen Sard.

Thank you for your interest in donating a performance to help Shake the Bay raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association!


If you commit to performing but fail to follow these guidelines, you will be removed from the lineup. The deadlines are firm and changes cannot be made after the deadlines have passed. No exceptions will be allowed. Thank you for your professionalism.

Professional belly dance artists are welcome to email Amberetta to request a group or solo performance slot for the upcoming show beginning December 15th until the show is full. Last time, it was full and we had a waitlist within 24 hours. A note will be added to the top of this page when the show is full, but applicants will still be accepted for the waitlist. Performers are selected by Amberetta at her discretion, based on a many factors including the order in which the application email was received, dance style and quality, how it flows with other acts in the show, marketability, demonstrated reliability and professionalism, level of participation in the San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and participation in previous Shake the Bay events. 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.

The email request MUST be in the following format:
Send the email to:
Subject line: Shake the Bay Performance Request
In the body of the email you MUST:

  1. Acknowledge that you have read and commit to the performer guidelines on this page. READ ALL THE WORDS.
  2. Specify if you are requesting a 4 minute solo slot or a 7 minute group slot.
  3. Describe what you (or your group) hope to perform in the show, such as dance style, any props, if you already have music or costuming in mind, etc. The more information you can offer, the better your chances of getting into the show. Putting effort into your application email implies that you will put effort into your performance.

You will get a reply to your email. Please be patient, as there will be lots of emails for one person to answer.

If you are NOT selected to perform, you are welcome to sign up for the performance workshop the day of the show. Also, sometimes confirmed performers have to drop out for unforeseen reasons, so waitlisted performers may be added to the lineup at a later date.

If you are selected and confirm your performance slot, you commit to the following:

  1. Submit your full name and phone number immediately. (Or if someone else should be the contact for your group, have them send. There should be ONE contact person per act.)
  2. Submit a photo for marketing purposes no later than February 1st.
  3. Submit your music NO LATER than Friday, May 5th as an MP3 file. The file should be titled with your performer or troupe name. In the email with the music file attached,  include the song title(s) and artist name(s), and note if you want the music to start when you are ON or OFF stage, as well as if you are ending with a bow, pose, or dancing off. You must perform to pre-recorded music at this event. NO LIVE MUSIC, SINGING, OR SPOKEN WORD. Performances should be 4 minutes maximum for soloists and 7 minutes maximum for groups. While there is no theme for the show, please avoid acts that reference death or sickness and keep in mind this is a “family friendly” show, so use radio edits for songs with words and keep it classy.
  4. Submit a bio to be printed in the program NO LATER than Friday, May 5th. The same bio will be read to the audience just before you perform. Bios should be succinct; do not exceed 150 words.
  5. You (and all group members) will be at Brava Theater NO LATER than 5:00pm the day of the show. There will be a full tech rehearsal from 5:15pm – 7:00pm. We will run the entire show from start to finish, in the proper order, one time.
  6. You (and all group members) will not sprinkle loose glitter in the dressing rooms, and will maintain a community attitude to help keep the dressing area clean. You will organize yourself in such a way that you can be packed and out of the dressing rooms no later than 10:30pm, leaving the area you used as clean as (or cleaner than) you found it.
  7. Take an active role in promoting the show. Share the event information on social media, pass out flyers, and talk to people about the event.
  8. Donate your performance, and ask your friends and family to purchase tickets. No performers, including Amberetta, will make money for this show. All funds after venue costs (which have been discounted) go to the Alzheimer’s Association. You will get a nice video of your performance, and your website link will remain on the Shake the Bay performer list for at least one year. There is NO GUEST LIST, but we need volunteers to work front of house, so ask if your friend/family member can help.
  9. NEW FOR 2017: You will participate in the online presence of the Shake the Bay Team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s by signing up to join our team. (Note: the link to our team page goes down temporarily each year as the walk resets its online presence.) Soloists must have their own team member page, and groups must have at least one team member for every three performers. (Groups of 1 – 3 people need at least one person on the walk team, groups of 4 – 6 need two people, groups of 7 – 9 need three people, etc.)

Show details:

Shake the Bay is an annual event that provides an excellent venue for artists to present their best work to the general public for a wonderful cause. All of the proceeds from ticket sales go to the Alzheimer’s Association via the San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Location: BRAVA Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Performer call time and tech is 5:00pm. Lobby opens at 7:00pm, theater seating starts at 7:30pm. There will be concessions, reps from the Alzheimer’s Association, and a raffle prize table in the lobby. The show will start promptly at 8:00pm. We will be done by 10pm. This will be a formal theater show with two acts, plus an intermission. You will know your position in the lineup one week before the show. Regardless of your lineup position, you must adhere to the 5pm call time.

Soloists will change in the downstairs dressing rooms while groups change in the dance studio upstairs. You will know how much time you will have to get ready when you receive your lineup placement one week before the show. You may bring your own food to eat in the dressing area, but please be conscious of those around you and avoid strong smells. Bottled water and some other snacks will be provided.

Click here for a photo of the stage. It is 30′ wide by 17′ deep at its deepest point. Click here for an exact stage map. (We will have a solid black curtain across the 30′ line, just like the photo.) You can enter from either side of the stage if you so desire.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. They will go on sale in January. It is one price for any seat, but you pick your seat when you buy. Buying early means a better seat!

More answers to common questions about the show are on the FAQs page.

THANK YOU for reading!