FACT/SF Summer Dance Lab - 2019

Information for participants

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August 11 - August 17, 2019
10am-4pm, including a 45-minute lunch break
The detailed SDL Daily Schedule will be published by May 3, 2019


Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama St (at 17th)
San Francisco, CA  94110 

When arriving at the Joe Goode Annex, please buzz at the gate and someone will let you in. Enter the courtyard. The Annex is up the short flight of stairs and through the first door on the right.

Public Transit

The Joe Goode Annex is just a 10 minute walk from the 16th Street/Mission BART station, and is additionally accessible on the 33, 27, and 22 MUNI lines.

All BART trains running through San Francisco stop at the 16th Street/Mission BART Station.

Participants flying into SFO or OAK can take BART from the airport to San Francisco's Mission District.

Driving Directions

From US-101 N (Northbound, from peninsula or South Bay)
Exit Vermont St. Turn left onto Vermont St. Turn left onto 17th St. Annex will be on the left.

From US-101 S (Southbound, from Golden Gate Bridge)
Slight left onto Lombard St, Turn right onto Gough St. Gough St turns slightly right and becomes Otis St. Turn left onto 13th St (which is also called Duboce St). Turn right onto Harrison St. Turn left onto 17th St. Annex will be on the left.

From I-80 W (Westbound, from Oakland or East Bay)
Exit toward Civic Center. Slight left onto Harrison St. Turn left onto 17th St. Annex will be on the left.


Public transit is the best mode of transportation and parking is often difficult. Street parking is sometimes available in the area, but limited during weekday business hours. FACT/SF anticipates that there will NOT be sufficient time during the Dance Lab to move vehicles parked in 1 or 2-hour spaces. Participants are encouraged to use public transit if they can.

helpful suggestions

What to Bring

  • Comfortable dance clothes (including long-sleeved shirts and socks)

  • Many clothing layers for outside as the weather this time of year can shift quickly

  • Water bottle

  • Lunch (there are not many food options near the Annex)

  • Pen & Paper

Local Food Suggestions


If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the Dance Lab Registrar, LizAnne Roman Roberts, at workshop@factsf.org. Or, call 415.349.0878.


Over the past decade, FACT/SF has established itself in the SF Bay Area with a unique blend of technical precision, intellectual rigor, and emotional expressivity. Working with sections from FACT/SF’s 2018 work, death, participants will learn complex phrase work while developing their improvisation and in-the-moment compositional skills. The Dance Lab intentionally does not include a showing, and all repertory modules will be process-oriented and experimental in nature.

Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Photo by Robbie Sweeny


Working Better for Better Work: Tips on Being a Pro focuses on the logistical and administrative necessities for working effectively and equitably within the dance field. The session will cover basic strategies for presenting oneself in a professional manner, building a community and a network, maintaining and developing relationships, and articulating and pursuing artistic and professional aspirations. After over a decade in the field, Charles Slender-White has witnessed a great number of dance artists unintentionally misrepresent themselves. With helpful tips and frank criticism, we’ll work collectively to identify how we can consistently put our best foot forward. If requested, Slender-White will additionally review and propose changes to participants’ CVs.


Photo by Stephanie Mitchell

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell

Joy Davis a dance artist and educator steeped in the practices of Countertechnique and improvisation. She began studying Countertechnique with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and became one of four Americans certified as Teachers in 2012. She teaches all over the US including workshops at Gibney Dance, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, Lion's Jaw Dance + Performance Festival in Boston, and the American Dance Festival. Her initiative, joyproject, produces collaborative dance theater performance which evokes contemplation, humor, and elegant design since 2006. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Artist, Choreographic Resident at the Workspace for Choreographers, Choreographer's Lab Artist with New Dialect (Nashville), NeXt Choreographer for Urbanity Dance (Boston), and recently awarded the Next Steps grant from the Boston Foundation. She currently collaborates with Mountain Empire Dance Collective, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and Alexander Davis Dance. Joy and Alex (The Davis Sisters) were recently awarded a 2018 Schoenberg (Boston) Fellowship residency at The Yard to develop and perform a new work; and were currently named the inaugural Choreography Residency recipients at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, and has since taught as visiting faculty at Smith College, Wesleyan University, and Harvard University. Joy is an associate professor of dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Charles has been a Countertechnique practitioner for 14 years, and became a Certified Teacher in 2012; there are 32 Teachers worldwide. Charles has taught Countertechnique at the University of Calgary, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), the University of San Francisco, CSU East Bay, L’Artere (Quebec City), Circuit-Est (Montreal), Love-In (Toronto), Chunky Move (Melbourne), and at numerous dance centers throughout the SF Bay Area. He began his dance career in 2006 with Tatiana Baganova’s Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In 2008, he returned to his native California to start FACT/SF in order to make his own contributions to innovation and excellence in contemporary dance. Over the past 10 years, Charles has created 34 works, with commissions by the US Department of State, CounterPulse, Acid Rain (Chelyabinsk), Dialogue Dance (Kostroma), the Yekaterinburg University of the Humanities (Yekaterinburg), and others. Described as ‘utterly absorbing’ and ‘mesmerizing’ (SF Bay Guardian), Charles’ work with FACT/SF has been performed throughout California, in Portland (Oregon), Seattle (Washington), Sofia (Bulgaria), Belgrade (Serbia), Zagreb (Croatia), Skopje (Macedonia), and in 7 cities across Russia, working with the US Department of State to share contemporary American culture with local Russian communities as part of their ‘American Seasons’ Program. Throughout 2012, Charles was a mentee of Elizabeth Streb as part of CHIME Across Borders at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab. Charles graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in Dance & Performance Studies and English Literature.