15th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances 2017

Event Summary

Thank you for celebrating 14 years of San Francisco Trolley Dances with us!

We traveled through SoMa and Sunset to witness seven stellar site-specific performances. In tandem with Chaksam-Pa’s performance, Tibetan monks from the Sera monastery in India completed a sand painting of the mandala of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, in the window of the Desai Matta Gallery at CIIS. Work on the sand painting took place over the week before Trolley Dances and the public viewed the painting during gallery hours and throughout the weekend of Trolley Dances.

Performances By

Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company
The Embodiment Project
little seismic dance company
Hope Mohr Dance
Texas Holly
Oscar Velarde
Maze Daiko
Epiphany Dance Theater



Audience Comments

This was amazing! Such a great variety of dance and entertainment, very well organized—such a wonderful contribution to our community. Thank you.”

“Best dance event in SF for the whole family.”

Thank you so much for this wonderful event of talent, beauty, and bravery.”

Thank you so much for organizing this free, transcendent, beautiful event. It’s such a treasure & I’m so grateful.”

Really appreciate having high quality professional dancers, loved exploring new places in the city. Keep up the good work, thanks!!!”


Trolley Dances is a trademark of Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and is used here with permission.

Photos by Nano Visser.

SFTD 2017 was generously supported by

National Endowment for the Arts, SFMTA, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, California Arts Council, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Bernard Osher Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Luck Star Foundation, Intersection for the Arts and our many generous donors!