sjdanceco festival information and FAQs

sjDANCEco invites you to participate in our 17thsjDANCEco Festival @ Santana Row (formerly Dancin’ Downtown) set for the first Sunday of National Dance Week (April 28th) from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, and taking place outside in Santana Row Park at Santana Row (in front of Lark Creek Kitchen between the wine bar and tequila bar).

The sjDANCEco Festival is intended to showcase the wealth and diversity of South Bay dance artists. All dance companies, choreographers, studios, performing groups and cultural organizations are eligible to apply.  We are especially encouraging participants from all across the Bay Area to participate, including San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay regions.

Applications are due no later than February 15th. Please check back for schedule updates.

As the producer of this festival, sjDANCEco is responsible for all organizing as well as covering all related expenses. However, our costs are increasing and we need your support as one of our participants to keep the festival free to the public.  A one-time $100 fee will be required upon submission of your registration for your 1st piece (this includes two tickets to our October 2019 Annual sjDANCEco @ The California Performances). If your organization would like to register two pieces, the second piece is an additional $60 and you must register in the same transaction.

sjDANCEco agrees to organize and cover the cost of all expenses relating to the Festival, such as equipment, necessary permits, publicity and marketing, and spectator/audience (but not Participant) insurance. 

2019 Registration will open December 2018


Am I eligible to apply?
Yes! All dance companies, choreographers, studios, performing groups and cultural organizations are eligible to apply.  We are especially encouraging participants from all across the Bay Area to participate, including San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay regions.

Is there an audition process for the Festival?

No, any dance organization is welcome to register. Performances represent dancers from very young beginners to middle/high school groups, to pre-professional and professional companies.

When will I know if I got in?
There is a mandatory participant meeting on Sunday, March 17th at 3:00pm. You will receive an email with details regarding this meeting at the beginning of March. If you do not receive this email, please contact sjDANCEco to make sure that your registration came through. The sjDANCEco festival programming schedule and other information will be posted on our website on April 12, 2019.  Most every organization that applies will be considered a participant in the Festival. When you have successfully completed your online registration you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email please contact

How much time & how many pieces are allowed for each group?
Pieces may be no longer than 5 minutes - no exceptions.  You may not present a longer piece that falls over "two time slots." Efforts will be made to showcase the most variety of performers. Props used in dances may not contain glass, liquid, or flame.​

Can I request a time slot to perform?
Scheduling requests are considered on a first come, first serve basis. Please submit your scheduling request in your application. Organizations may submit 2 pieces. Please note, dances from the same organization will be scheduled at least one hour apart.​

What kind of pieces work best?
Due to the nature of the performance, many audience members come to enjoy the festival by happenstance.  Audience grabbing pieces tend to be energetic and under 4 minutes.

What if I can't attend the Mandatory Meeting?
If you cannot personally attend the mandatory meeting, please make arrangements for a representative to attend in your place.  Important information will be distributed and a no-show may result in your piece being removed from the festival performance. Music is due to sjDANCEco at the meeting. If we do not receive your music by the meeting date, your piece will be removed from the program.

Who can volunteer?
Required volunteers may be any two people whom represent your organization, dancers, parents, friends, employees, etc.  The typical volunteer activities consist of set-up, strike and surveying the audience. If your organization's volunteers do not show up for their scheduled time, it may affect your organizations participation in the future.

Can I get a DVD of the Festival?
TBA - more information regarding video taping will be available soon. You are allowed to record your organization's dance(s). Please be courteous to other audience members.

Are shoes really required? Are dance paws ok?
Whether shoes are worn or not (dance shoes, not paws, are needed for dances normally done barefoot) will be at the discretion of the stage manager and will be reliant on the condition of the stage.  If it is unsafe to dance barefoot and you do not have shoes, you will not be allowed on the stage.  There is no covering over the stage and the marley can absorb a lot of heat whilst in direct sunlight that can cause injuries/burns to barefooted dancers. You will most likely be required to wear shoes. Please also have some sort of additional layer/insole for your shoes as the stage can be hot even through ballet or jazz shoes.

What about rain?
If there is a possibility of rain, we will go forth and set up our outdoor stage.  If it is misting we will still plan on performing.  If you do not feel safe performing in these conditions we have a few options...we can postpone your performance time or we can perform it in TBD.  We will wipe the stage down if there is moisture, as well.

Event Details

Santana Row Park is located between Olin and Olsen Avenues in Santa Row (off of Winchester and Steven’s Creek) in San Jose. The park is front of Lark Creek Kitchen in between the wine bar and tequila bar.
Performances will be non-stop from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, April 28, 2019.
Tech Information: Outdoor Stage
Be prepared for warm and cool weather, it is mandatory to bring dance shoes, whether shoes are worn or not will be at the discretion of the stage manager.
Unobstructed Performance Space: 32' wide x 24' deep (TBD) (Please have your dancers prepared to enter stage left and exit stage right).
Floor: Sprung/Marley
Sound System: CD & Microphone
Lighting: Natural
Tech Rehearsal: None
Dressing Rooms: Limited Access: participants are encouraged to arrive in costume
Restrooms: Santana Row
Refreshments: Participants to bring their own water & food; There are also many restaurants and cafes in the immediate vicinity of Park Valencia.
Parking: There is ample free parking throughout Santana Row. The closest garages are located under Santana Heights (Winchester and Olin) and the Winchester Garage (on Winchester, South of Steven’s Creek). Valet parking is available for $7.00. 
Registration for 2019 will open December 2018