2016 Rhythm & Motion Pride Parade Contingent

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Dance with Rhythm & Motion and ODC School in the 2016 San Francisco Pride Parade!

The parade theme this year is "For Racial and Economic Justice," and we'll be performing three fun, energetic routines celebrating diversity, community, and the joy of dance. Learn the routines in Rhythm & Motion classes throughout the month of June and at our pre-parade rehearsals. Here's your chance to dance your heart out for an enthusiastic crowd, through the center of the city and alongside your friends and Rhythm & Motion teachers and classmates. It's going to be a blast!

If you still aren't convinced, watch this video from last year's parade, when we won the TOP prize of Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent. See how much fun everyone is having? Be a part of that amazingness this year!! Everyone is welcome.


Rhythm & Motion artistic director Dudley Flores is creating a dynamic trio of choreographies to move us down Market Street. We'll be performing three different routines total, with a fourth "rest" track to catch our breath before repeating the cycle.

There are three ways for you to pick up the routines we'll perform in the parade:

  • Learn the Pride routines in select Rhythm & Motion Fusion and Essentials classes at ODC School in San Francisco throughout the month of June (see schedule)
  • Practice the routines in your living room with our online videos
  • Perfect the routines at two free pre-parade rehearsals at ODC Dance Commons for all registered contingent members: Sunday, June 19 from 12 - 2pm and Saturday, June 25 from 2 - 4pm

We strongly encourage you to attend both rehearsals, as this is a performance and we want our contingent to look sharp for the judges and the crowd! These two rehearsals will also help you learn how to appropriately and safely move through space (i.e. while booking down Market Street!) with the choreography. If you have scheduling conflicts, please make sure to practice practice practice in class and with the video.


All registrants will receive a limited edition Rhythm & Motion shirt to wear on parade day. You are welcome to add anything you'd like to enhance your look. Go as wild and crazy or as sleek and simple as you want! Comfy, supportive shoes and sunscreen highly recommended.


To keep our group moving smoothly we need the help of many volunteers. Please invite friends and family to come out and support our group. They'll have a great time in the process - and get a free shirt to boot! Volunteers supply dancers with water and snacks, hand out stickers and postcards to the crowd, and carry our contingent banner.

For questions about volunteering, please contact Leigh.

As of Thursday, June 23 we are all set for volunteers this year. Thank you!!!!


Is there an age limit to enter the event?

We love kids, but do not recommend that those under 14 participate in this contingent, as the parade route is long, fast moving, and a bit chaotic. Plus, you'll be lost in the moment dancing your butt off! Have them come with friends or family instead, so they can cheer you on from the sidelines. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We strongly recommend that you take public transportation to and from the event as driving anywhere near the assembly area and parade route will be difficult. The assembly area is easily accessible by BART or MUNI using the Embarcadero Station stop (come up on the south of Market side). See the SF Pride Transit Guide for helpful links and information.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Please bring as little with you as possible. This year we will NOT be able to store small bags or coats on the truck. If you need access to something, wear a small "fanny pack" or find another way to keep it on your person.

Exactly when and where will we meet on parade morning?

This year we are #208. Saving the best for last, baby!!! Our call time is 12:30pm and we will meet on Beale Street between Mission and Market. We'll have one last pre-performance rehearsal there at 1pm sharp. Once we are off and dancing (the parade organizers estimate between 1:30 and 2:30pm), the whole route should take approximately one hour to complete.

How do I get my limited edition Rhythm & Motion Pride shirt?

We will be handing out the shirts to all registrants at the two pre-parade rehearsals on June 19 and 25.

What is the refund policy?

You may cancel any time on or before June 12 and receive a full refund. After June 12 we are unable to issue refunds for cancellation, but you may transfer your registration to someone else.

Are there any discounts?

We want to make sure that anyone interested in this event can participate. If the fee is a challenge for you, please contact us to discuss work exchange options.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us, call us at 415-549-8525, or stop by our office on the ground floor of ODC Dance Commons at 351 Shotwell Street in San Francisco. We're here to help!


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