DAM is a collective of professional performers who enhance any event with multiple styles of dance, stilt dance (not to be confused with stilt walking), fire dance, vocal stylings, and dance classes. We are available as strolling entertainment but our specialities include our Stilt Drum Trio and our Havana Nights Show, which are guaranteed to entertain and engage your guests. We have extensive experience adding our unique flavor to private and corporate parties and events, weddings, festivals, live shows, musical acts, and videos. We travel well and are available for long distance events (with stipulations). To book us please include the type and number of performers and duration.
I've owned music and theatre venues in San Francisco for the past 15 years. This show was one of the best I've ever seen! Not only was the dancing and costumes extraordinary, but their attitudes and smiles lit up the room. It's as if they were having the best time of their lives. Others I've spoken with say they always deliver this high energy and smiles. They brought pure joy to my client and his guests who had rented the space.
Ok, that was the show. After their performance we talked about what it would take to build ceiling mounts for aerial shows, that's one of their specialties. They advised me, I met with a rigger yesterday. There is now one ceiling mount and we are adding two more.
These artists are so easy to work with and genuine but I was struck by the generosity they offered in helping to make my event space a much better venue.
Thanks to everyone at Daring Arts Movement for creating such a magnificent show and for inspiring me to add more options that will allow my space to grow!!!
I can't wait for the first aerial show as soon as the rigging work is finished!! I'm looking forward to seeing their work with silks, hoops and of course stilts, another one of their specialties. Aerial stilt and hoop shows?? This I gotta see!!
What to Expect
Depending on what you are looking for our show can look a few different ways:
--Our Stilt Drum Trio will dazzle your audience with two or more elaborately costumed Stilt Dancers performing a combination of freestyle and choreographed acrobatic Samba dance to music created by our versatile Drummer, who can either play alone or accompany recorded music. This act can be mobile or stationary and is sure to get your guests dancing and celebrating along with us.
--Our Havana Nights Show features beautifully adorned dancers performing several choreographies, solos, and engaging with the audience for 45-60 minutes (including photos and mingling with guests) and is sure to get the party started. We specialize in Salsa, Cha Cha, Bachata, Latin fusion, and Afro Caribbean styles on or off stilts. A combination of these styles can be included in a single show. We can also offer a beginning dance lesson for your guests.
--We can set up our Stilt Skool and offer one-on-one stilt instruction for your guests. This is best if combined with a stilt show or demonstration to get guests excited.
--Not to be confused with your typical stilt walkers, D.A.M Stilt Dancers are extremely talented when it comes to Enheightening your event. We are specifically trained to masterfully navigate any environment, we bring years of dance, performance, and acrobatic experience to our stilting, and our costumes are hand crafted and one of a kind. We dazzle the crowd with kicks, turns, and acrobatic feats and we love to invite the audience to engage with the use of props, music, and dance.
--Our strolling costumed dancers bring life to your event and engage with the crowd.
--Our classically trained vocalists perform several songs, perhaps on stilts, perhaps in collaboration with a live band.
--Ambiant or staged high flying aerialists dazzle the crowd from above. Your venue must be strong enough to rig from as we do not have our own rig.
*With all of our offerings you can choose from a variety of costume themes and colors and can specify if you would like them more or less family friendly.
Daring Arts Movement (D.A.M) was founded in early 2016 by Polly "Pepper" Bates. It is a collective of diverse performers and groups committed to expanding, uplifting, and supporting each other and fostering a collaborative artistic environment in the greater Bay Area. D.A.M creates lively, multi-sensory, immersive experiences for our audiences and students; sparking wonder, awe, accessibility, and learning through the arts.
We specialize in movement arts, vocal arts, and instruction and we draw inspiration from around the globe. We work with our clients to create unique performance and educational experiences that ideally draw from a variety of our offerings and allow us to collaborate in new and exciting ways.
We strongly believe art is a powerful tool for healing and uniting diverse communities.
Additional Booking Notes
Our Stilt Walkers require a clean out-of-site backstage area or dressing room that includes somewhere sturdy to sit and put on their stilts, a relatively well lit space to perform in with at least 10 feet of height for ambiant roaming performances and 15 feet for acrobatic performances.
Our dancers require a private dressing room with water and a bathroom nearby, and a consistent and reasonable floor or stage to dance on.
Our vocalists may require you to provide a Microphone and P.A. depending on the venue