A dance and arts festival
by and for QTBPIOC artists and communities

BBQueer Fest Community Partners

Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center

Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (TWDCC) facilitates a working home for professional world & contemporary dance artists, while providing dance education that is committed to access, equity, and excellence.

Motion Pacific Dance

Motion Pacific is a 501(c)3 charitable arts organization dedicated to dance as art, cultivating imagination, community engagement and discipline through accessible dance education and presentation.


GERALDCASELDANCE creates and presents dances that ask questions about human beings – who they are, what they do and how their actions affect the world in which they live. Each dance provokes reflection and implants its imagery into the viewer’s psyche by combining movement and spatial composition with metaphor. Dropping hints of narrative while inviting space for contemplation, the dances deliver multiple levels of interpretation and meaning.

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Gerald Casel

Gerald Casel is artistic director GERALDCASELDANCE. His choreographic work complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. Casel is an Associate Professor of Dance and is the Provost of Porter College at UC Santa Cruz. A graduate of The Juilliard School with an MFA from UW Milwaukee, Casel received a Bessie award for sustained achievement. Casel’s latest work, Not About Race Dance, which has been awarded a National Dance Project grant, will be in residence this fall at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and will premiere at CounterPulse with a forthcoming tour around the country. His work, through Dancing Around Race, a community engagement process that interrogates racial inequity in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, continues to deepen within the communities it serves.

Molly Katzman

Molly Katzman is a dance teacher, performer and choreographer in Santa Cruz, CA. They attended Cabrillo College where they won the Roberta Bristol award for dance in 2009, then went on to earn their B.A. in Feminist Studies at UCSC. While in Santa Cruz they have danced for choreographers such as Cid Pearlman, Cat Willis, Dixie Shulman, Gerald Casel and is a member of FLEX dance company directed by Leslie Johnson. Molly and Sierrah Dietz, who started their own company, HOMEbodies, debuted their first show in April 2012, presented their second show in 2013, and entered the New Orleans Fringe Festival in 2014 where they were nominated for the award, Outstanding Choreography (New Work). HOMEbodies centers their work around the experience of being LGBTQ and are interested in normalizing the multifaceted relationships queer folks have with one another. In 2015, Molly joined Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco as a company member and now teaches through the JGPG educational outreach program. They also teach at Motion Pacific, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, and Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center in Santa Cruz.

Angela Chambers

all about Angela

Cat Willis

all about Cat

Damara Ganley

all about Damara

Collette Tabone

all about Coco

Micha Scott

Micha Scott (she/her) is a Modern dancer, instructor and choreographer interested in exploring all facets of humanity. A former Principal dancer with the renowned Garth Fagan Dance, Micha is Artistic Director at Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (since 2011), a dance instructor at Dancenter (since 2008), resident choreographer at Mountain School (since 2008), and lead teacher in Tandy Beal’s in-school residency dance program ArtSmart (since 2016). Over the past 12 years she has also taught at Motion Pacific, Steps, No Limits, International Academy of Dance, Pacific Collegiate School, Mount Madonna School, Monterey High School, Seaside High School, Cabrillo College, and has held the position of lecturer in dance at Santa Clara University (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), the University of California at Santa Cruz (2012, 2014), and at the State University of New York at Brockport (2000). She has most recently showcased a solo work commissioned by TWDCC entitled Collective Experience/Collected Responses in May, 2020.

Lisa Brenner

Lisa Brenner is a writer, dancer, and administrative dilettante living in Santa Cruz, CA. They graduated with honors from the New School with BAs in writing and theater, and as a two-time recipient of the Civic Liberal Arts and Humanities Fellowship. She interned at Dixon Place & The Wooster Group, danced at Judson Church & New York Live Arts, and produced her play The Term Quarry at Dixon Place. Locally, they dance with Cid Pearlman Performance and in a Motion Pacific Incubator Project facilitated by Chloe Rosen called 'you are held here,' a sustained collaboration with 10 queer performers. They have been accepted to Columbia's Dramaturgy MFA program.

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