Organization Details

Footloose dance

Type: performer
logophotoFootloose is an arts-presenting organization that produces original theater, dance, music, comedy and multimedia works with artists and technologists from all fields, especially emerging and established women artists. Programming includes collaborations, residencies and co-presentations with other producers. The company provides resources for artists to develop their work from initial through exhibition stages of the production process in order to promote their professional careers.

The company’s site specific, public art works are called Theatechture where theater, tech and architecture are the main artistic values as stimulus for interactive play for local residents, tourists, shoppers, students, and workers to participate in and/or observe. The mission is "to offer people a customized experience of the urban landscape."

Successful partnerships between Theatechture and 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival, Central Market Community Benefit District, Friends of Mint Plaza and Yerba Buena Community Benefit District provided safe, family friendly events for improving interactions people have with each other and their environments. Outdoor events 2010-2013: Chalk is Cheap on Market Street sponsored by Blick Art Supplies; BYOD—Bring your Own Dog on Mint Plaza; and Honeycomb Zone on United Nations Plaza for Central Market Arts and at Contemporary Jewish Museum for Yerba Buena Night.

Footloose was founded in 1972 by Irini Nadel. Mary Alice Fry was appointed Artistic Director in 1982. From 1996 to 2004, Venue 9 was our premiere performance space in San Francisco’s SOMA district which was highly regarded by artists, audiences and the media. Fry’s commitment is to original material, especially by women artists. She started the acclaimed annual Women on the Way Festival at Venue 9 which later moved to Dance Mission Theater, The Garage, Shotwell Studios and ODC Theater.

For 23 years, Shotwell Studios in the Mission was shared by community groups, resident artists, companies, dancers and teachers. When Shotwell closed in May, 2013, Footloose moved its productions to The Garage at 715 Bryant in San Francisco, where we continue to present new work.

Beginning March, 2014, Footloose will be in residence at One Grove Street in San Francisco’s Central Market district, which is undergoing a cultural revitalization. We will be situated at this prime location to network, coordinate and rehearse new work. We will be able to build on the brand and momentum of partnering with Central Market Now. We will evolve and adapt over the next year as we highlight a nexus of artists, architects and technologists who will experiment, hone and share at weekly Thursday night labs.
Mary Alice Fry
One Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 - upstairs at KUNST-STOFF Arts


Footloose Dance - Skinetic 2014-11-14
Footloose Dance presents - Honeycomb Zone 2014-10-02


Footloose Dance presents Skinetic 2014-11-14
Footloose Dance - Honycomb Zone 2012-10-02