Annie Palanza Dance 2016

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Hi Friends!

As we gear up for the premier of our latest work, “OCCUPY” we’d like to invite you to come see our work!  We will be performing at Dance Mission Theater May 19-22, 2016 with our friends and fellow artists, Tim Rubel Human Shakes, who will present “Menace”.

This will be our final show of 2016. Founder and Director, Hilary Palanza, will be starting graduate school this summer at UC Berkeley! Our company’s public works will resume in FALL 2017. We would love to have you join us BEFORE THAT FAR AWAY DATE – So, join us THIS May 19th-22nd. Please also consider bringing friends in your community to see this vibrant and exciting work.

OCCUPY, offers perspective into how memories take space in our present state of consciousness. Menace,  investigates who we choose to devour and who we choose to save.

If you can join us, or even if you cannot, we hope you’ll consider buying tickets for our COMMUNITY LIST! By purchasing tickets for our community list you directly offer tickets to folks in the Bay Area  who would otherwise not be able to afford seeing the show.  Additionally, your purchase supports our hard work and helps us pay our production costs, which are a staggering $15,700 for this show alone. These costs include pay for dancers, renting the theater, renting studio space to rehearse, and our lighting designer. If you would like us to break those numbers down for you, drop us a line ( and we will happily share that information with you.

To purchase tickets for OCCUPY + Menace click herePurchase as many tickets as you would like!!  Take note of our three pricing tiers.

****IF you would like to purchase tickets for the Community List, you can buy them on BPT.  Please forward your confirmation from BPT to: and let us know how many tickets you would like us to reserve on the community list as a gift in your name ****


***IF you would like make a tax deductible donation, please write a check to: DANCERS’ GROUP,  put “Palanza Dance” in the “subject” or “memo” line and mail to:
Palanza Dance
139 sycamore ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Want more information? View this featured video for rehearsal footage and further explanation of our Community Ticket program.

THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you and your friends at our show!

Annie Palanza Dance 2016

OCCUPY: Palanza Dance’s Spring Season

OCCUPY investigates how our concepts of time shape our individual and collective experiences.  Our minds are overtaken by imagining or shaping concepts of our own histories, current state of mind and where we think we are “headed”.  Palanza Dance will look at how time shapes how we conceptualize a version of “self” and how this concept shapes our every day experience.



Palanza Dance begins Collaboration with Platypus Theater

Palanza Dance Company has officially started its new season in collaboration with Platypus Theater.  14 dancers will perform in November 2015 at ODC Theater alongside 10 professional actors from the Bay area,  presenting Aristophones comedy,  Lysistrata.  Directors Hilary Palanza and Pascale Couderec (Platypus) are working with a professional team of filmmakers, costume designers, set designers and lighting technicians to create an original perspective on a tale of war, sex and feminism.



Palanza Dance Auditions, FEB 28TH 2015

Audition Series: Palanza Dance Company
Saturday February 28, 2015 4-6pm

 The ODC School Audition Series brings dancers and choreographers together in a class context. Dancers may use class cards or pay a $15 drop in fee. Please come early to fill out information forms and bring your resume, if you have one.

Palanza Dance Company, a Bay Area performance group started in 2009, Directed by Hilary Palanza, is looking for 10 dancers for a two weekend performance in May at ODC’s Studio B.  Palanza Dance is collaborating with Platypus Theater, a French playgroup in San Francisco, to present “Lysistrata,” a hilarious and rather contemporary story about feminism, sex and war:

“Lysistrata” is a bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, first staged in 411 BCE. It is the comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace. Some consider it his greatest work, and it is probably the most anthologized.

Palanza Dance has presented work at the DeYoung Museum, Dance Mission Theater, Subterranean ArtHouse Berkeley, Fillmore Arts Festival, the Garage, Kunst-stoff and ODC Theater.

Looking for male and female dancers, all shapes and sizes with technical training/proficiency in contemporary, ballet, improvisation, and/or theater. Dancers are positive, engaged, committed. Contracted for Monday evenings and weekends, 4-5 hours/week. Work stipend will be provided. The shows will happen in early fall 2015, and the commitment is Feb-September, with some weeks off in the summer.

Please bring a copy of your resume and headshot.


Members of our Company


Hilary Palanza, founder and artistic director of PALANZA DANCE, was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Hilary graduated cum laude with a BA in dance from Colorado College in 2006, and continued her training with the Bates College Dance Festival and the University of Arizona.  Hilary is a certified instructor with the National Dance Institute under direction of Jaques D’Amboise of NYC Ballet.  Hilary moved to San Francisco in 2007 and danced professionally for three years with the David Herrera Performance Company and Kim Epifano/ SF Trolley Dances.  Hilary created PALANZA Dance in 2009. PALANZA Dance has performed in over 30 venues including the DeYoung Museum, ODC Theater and Dance Mission Theater.  Her career as a Company Director, performer and master teacher have afforded incredible dance-making opportunities in NYC, Nritygram Dance in Bangalore, India, Crested Butte and Aspen Colorado, Deer Isle Maine,  northern Michigan, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle.


Louis Acquisto hails from St. Louis, where he began his training at C.O.C.A, He received a BFA in Dance Performance as well as a minor in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University. In New York City he performed with Amy Marshall Dance Company touring both nationally and Internationally. Louis is a member of AGMA and has performed in operas all over the world, most recently Wexford International Opera Festival, Santa Fe Opera and The Kennedy Center. Louis would like to thank his mother and sister for the unconditional love they have provided him. DeeDee, Eddie and Erin for the support when he needed it most and Mark and Dale for making him the person he is today.

Colin Epstein started dancing thanks to a computer error, starting flying thanks to his neighbors, and never looked back. He is, in no particular order, a dancer, acrobat, circus & gymnastics coach, aerialist, lighting designer, and sometime clown. Colin has danced on the ground and in the air in California, Colorado, Vermont, NYC, and Taiwan; his choreography has been performed at Colorado College, New England Center for Circus Arts, LaMaMa ETC, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, and Sun-Shier Dance Theater. Colin currently resides in Berkeley, coaching at Head Over Heels Gymnastics, and devotes his time to accumulating and passing on knowledge. As always, many thanks to Linda Carr & Terry Sendgraff for starting him on his path.

Katharine Gripp was born in Las Vegas, NV, where she began dancing at her mom’s ballet school pretty much as soon as she could walk. When she was twelve, she moved with her family to Fairhope, AL, where she continued pursuing her passion for classical ballet. She later attended Vassar College, where she finally fell in love with modern dance. While living in New York, Katharine was privileged to work with world-renowned dancers and choreographers such as Merrill Ashley, Zvi Gotheiner, Edwaard Liang, and many more. She graduated from Vassar in 2013 with a B.A. in English and a correlate in Medieval and Renaissance history. Since moving to the Bay Area, Katharine has had a wonderful time performing with various dance companies and projects, including On3 Dance Co. in Oakland and Garrett + Moulton Productions’ The Luminous Edge at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Linda Phung trained at the Houston Ballet Academy and West University Dance Center before heading to the Bay Area for college. She studied Human Biology and Public Policy at Stanford University, where she became very involved in the dance community on campus. Following graduation, she worked on an organic farm and in the health policy field before refocusing on a career in dance. Linda has worked with Adrianna Thompson, Meegan Hertensteiner, Robert Moses, Elizabeth Streb, Diane Frank, Garen Scribner and Quinn Wharton. She is excited to be working with Palanza Dance for this upcoming season!

A Seattle native, Annie Spengler began dancing at a young age and hasn’t stopped twirling since. She has an extensive background in Latin Ballroom Dance, traveling nationally and internationally  to attend competitions. In 2013, Annie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts, receiving her BFA in Dance. While at Cornish, she had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Camille A. Brown, Jason Ohlberg, Cyrus Khambatta and Mary Sheldon Scott. Annie continued to explore dance through festivals and intensives including American Dance Festival,  Bates Dance Festival, Doug Varone’s intensive and ODC’s Next Moves.  After graduating, she took some time to decide where she wanted to pursue her dance career and in October 2014 moved to the wonderful city of San Francisco.


Nicholas Stettenbenz is a central coast native growing up in Monterey, CA. After earning his BFA from The University of California, Irvine, he moved to New York City. While in New York, Nicholas joined TranscenDanceGroup under the mentorship of Hector Zeraspe and Gabriel Chajnik. In 2012 he joined the Monterey Dance Collective after returning to California. While residing in San Francisco, he has had the pleasure of performing with many companies here in the Bay Area. He has performed works by GeraldCaselDance, Garrett + Moulton productions, LevyDance, Nol Simonse, Caitlin Hafer, Hanna Stangebye, and David Schleiffers. This is his second season with Palanza Dance, which he is incredibly excited about.



2015: Lysistrata

IMG_1056In 2015, Palanza Dance will be  collaborating with French play Director Pascale Couderec and her company, Platypus Theater.  The story: Lysistrata.

“Lysistrata” is a bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, first staged in 411 BCE. It is the comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace. Some consider it his greatest work, and it is probably the most anthologized.

A contemporary piece, both Palanza and Platypus look forward to this collaboration.  If you would like to support our process, please visit our DONATE page.

eric and ang


“Close” investigates the meaning of our human interactions and how we have the potential to deeply affect change within one another. The movement is deeply visceral, strangely physical and uniquely “Palanza”.  The dance is 40 minutes, and moves from solo to duet, finishing with a complicated and energetic group ensemble. This performance is a result of our residency work at San Francisco’s Garage this season.

Our performance is part of the SPF7, or Summer Performance Festival,  inside the beautiful world renowned ODC Theater, located at 3153 17th Street in San Francisco’s Mission district. If you have never been to ODC Theater before, this is a perfect opportunity! The weekend will be altogether lovely, with plenty of opportunity to observe other performances as part of the festival.  Please note that our Saturday show is at 3:30, which is a perfect time to include your children!

Show dates
Friday, July 18th: 7pm
Saturday, July 19th: 3:30pm

Tickets are available here, be sure to specify Palanza Dance when purchasing:

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We sincerely appreciate your support.

We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Palanza Dance.

Checks can made out to “Dancers’ Group“, our fiscal sponsor, with “Palanza Dance” in the memo line. All donations, no matter the size, are tax deductible!  Please mail all checks to: 44 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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Past Performances

  • Ellement Lounge, “Catch,” January 2010, Artlarking Event
    Music and visual arts night at one of San Francisco’s top art bars
  • Dance Mission Theatre, “A Brief and Perplexing Study of My Loss,” March 2010, Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase
    “Two companies managed to create compelling emotional atmospheres…There was something vaguely ominous in Hilary Palanza’s bent-over and head-butting duets. -San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Mission SUBSPACE, “Piano Apparatus,” March 2010, Artlarking Event
    Site specific collaboration with fashion, photography and local cuisine
  • DeYoung Museum, “Laundry” and “(un)plugged,” April 2010
    Commissioned for Friday Nights at the Museum under the theme of Americana
  • Supperclub, “Man’s Unfortunate Misdemeanors,” June 2010
    Curated by Samantha Giron, performed alongside Christine Cali and RawDance
  • ODC, “Man’s unfortunate misdemeanors,” June 2010, “Going Coastal” Seattle, Bellingham, and Bay Area choreographers
  • El Rio, “Edison’s Beats,” July 2010, Artlarking Event
    Collaborative performance with photographer and musician
  • Fillmore Art Walk, “Golden Hour,” September 2010
    Curated by deYoung Museum, performed in outdoor pavilion
  • Polish Club, “Collecting Fallen Leaves version 1”, December 2010, a fundraiser for the Company
  • Dance Mission Theater, “Collecting Fallen Leaves”, April 2011, a full length work
  • Starline Social Club, “Heartbreak Season”, May 2011, a dance film work
  • Colorado College Dance Festival, “The Gardeners” July 2011
  • Counterpulse “Second Sundays”, “The Gardeners” September 2011Counterpulse “Second Sundays”, “The Gardeners” September 2011Ben Levy’s “Salon”, “Cello Suite” June 2012
  • Hayes Valley San Francisco “Where are We Going” set design project, live paint and dance April 2012
  • Berkeley’s Subterranean ArtHouse “Where are We Going” May 4, 5 2012
  • SF Garage Residency Project 2013 “Hiding in Tiny Places”
  • Dance Mission Theater, “Hiding in Tiny Places” May 17-19 2013
  • ODC Theater “Take 5″ Excerpt of “Hiding in Tiny Places” September 2013
  • SF Garage Residency Project 2014 “Close” Feb 7-9 and April 18-19 2014

Thank You

Palanza Dance is grateful for the support we have received. These people and organizations have made our work possible:

Dancers Group

Dance Mission Theater

Colorado College

ODC Dance Theater

SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts

Block-Brown Family

Grace, Tony, Mirabelle and Cecily Brettkelly

Bob Epstein and Amy Roth

Michelle Foosaner

Wayne Hazzard

Patrizia Herminjard

Jane Tully Martin and Duncan Martin

Jane Martin

Cynthia and John McGrath

Malisa Moore and Pedro Gomez

Ryo Nagae

Patrick and Lynn Palanza

Ildiko Polony

Don and Jeni Seymour

Alison Styer, Eric Shoenfeld

Bill Starr

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Palanza Dance establishes a modern performance aesthetic, which is raw, beautiful and concise.