pateldanceworks is a Bay Area-based contemporary movement organization centering marginalized voices at the intersection of embodied research and activism to create queer, intersectional performance from a trauma-informed, social justice-oriented perspective using dance as a pursuit for liberation and decolonization through the cultivation of safe spaces and by practicing listening and availability.


Founded in 2017, pateldanceworks has been presented at SAFEhouse Arts, LEVYsalon, Shawl Salon, max10, Studio 200, Molissa Fenley and Friends, Summer Performance Festival, RAWdance's Concept Series, The San Francisco International Arts Festival, Berkeley Finnish Hall, PUSHfest, Shawl-Anderson’s Queering Dance Festival, and Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 Residency. Artistic Director Bhumi B. Patel has curated “fem(me),” a performance of femme-identified, radical queers, for SAFEhouse Arts since 2018.

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Shinichi Iova-Koga

Lydia Daniller

Kyle Adler

Lara Kaur

Artie Cortez

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