More than 100 world dance companies from Northern California are expected to audition in January for the 2013 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (June 1–30). The four days of auditions will be open to the public for a $10 entrance fee (free for children under 12), giving audiences a sneak peak of the summer festival’s offerings.

Styles include classical Indian and Middle Eastern dance, southwest American rope dances, flamenco, Mexican folkloric styles and more. Dancers will perform in full costume, many accompanied by live music.

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions

January 12 & 13 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley

January 19 & 20 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco

For more information, visit or call (415) 474-3914.

Photo: Shabnam, courtesy of World Arts West