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Past Events:

August 11, 2-5pm, Pour Your Heart Out - Benefit for the Arts

At Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA


On Saturday, August 11th from 2 pm to 5 pm, Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Pour Your heART Out Benefit for the Arts (formerly Wine, Women and Song) at its beautifully renovated industrial performing arts space. Featuring live music, local food, and craft beverages -- all proceeds from the event support free cultural arts education programs for youth in Alameda and Oakland.

The festivities will spotlight women winemakers, brewers, distillers, musicians, and performers, showcasing the dynamic blues and jazz vocalist Rhonda Benin with The Lillian Armstrong Tribute Band, taiko fusion ensemble Maze Daiko, Salsa Lab dancers, Taller Bombalele (Puerto Rican music and dance) and Tiare Tahiti (Tahitian dance). Miss Benin’s ensemble features Sundra Manning on piano, Ruth Price on drums, Ruth Davies on bass and Kristen Strom on saxophone.

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July 13, 6-9pm Love Our Island Art Walk - Radical Beauty, Part 4 

At South Shore Center, Alameda, CA for Rythmix Cultural Works

On Friday, July 13th from 6:00-9:00pm, Rhythmix Cultural Works and South Shore Center present Love Our Island Art Walk – Radical Beauty, Part 4 at South Shore Center. At this unique Art Walk locale, installation artists will share the empty windowed facade of Suite 770 (across from Trabocco’s in the Center Court) to construct their works of moving figures and images as live music and wandering statues of Modern Collective fill the South Shore corridors.

November 21, 2-3pm. "Alice in Circusland" Aeriology Artist in Residence Project. 

At Louden Nelson Park. 


Bring a picnic, blanket, and enjoy a FREE show in Louden Nelson Park!

Follow Alice on a unique adventure through a fantasy realm of circus and dance. Our captivating entertainment is inspiring and fun for the whole family to enjoy. Made possible by Aerial Arts Santa Cruz, Aeriology Residency!! 

In the spirit of giving thanks, we appreciate donations to sustain our Collective ♥

RSVP at our events page on Facebook!

October 16, 7-10pm, (Ecplipe from 8:45-9pm), "GLOW 2015" 

At The Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz CA.


Modern Collective Dancers breathe life into Catarina Hosler's Radiance Sculptures and invite all to participate in movement. The sculptures are made of stainless steel mesh and ribbon​ illuminated ​create​ an ethereal fashion statement.


Witness the rarest “Eclipse” of arial, hoop, and dance! Modern Collective Dance Company members Masha Bluestein, Jeanette Bent, and Mercedes Johnson will collaborate with Sarah Mays in creating and performing "Eclipse" withan  illuminated Lyra hoop and Sparkling hoops of light. Eclipse will perform outside from 8:45-9pm.


GLOW: A Festival of LIGHT: Friday October 16th 2015, 7-10PM

The museum will be electrified with glowing dances, laser magic tricks, projections, LED sculptures, interactive digital art and giant shadow puppets.


GLOW: A Festival of FIRE: Saturday October 17th 2015, 7-10PM

July 6th-August 13th, 2015, Sunday-Thursday 12pm, 3pm, & 6pm. "Circus of Nations"

At The Santa Cruz Boardwalk Beach Stage. Free Performances!


A production built by world renowned, Mirage Entertainment! Showcasing many talented individuals including Modern Collective dancers, Jeanette Bent, Masha Bluestein, and Mercedes Johnson. 

June 6th, 2015, 12pm. The Parade for "Ebb & Flow River Arts Project"  

At San Lorenzo River and The Tannery Arts Center


Celebrating and enlivening the San Lorenzo River and the Tannery Arts Center through year-round activities that unite arts and river enthusiasts, and connect the greater community. Through Ebb & Flow, together with artists, activists, neighbors, and perfect strangers we’ll build relationships and energize the use of the river and the Tannery campus.


This year-long project has three elements:

– Ebb & Flow Sculpture: A community-designed and built river-themed sculpture on the Tannery Arts Center Campus which will bring to life the artistic vision of Kathleen Crocetti and Anna Oneglia

– Santa Cruz River ArtWalk: Temporary multi-disciplinery arts projects along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk that celebrate, enliven, and explore our river and its relationship to our community

– Kinetic Sculpture Parade & River Arts Celebration: Temporary artworks on the Riverwalk and Ebb & Flow sculpture will be unveiled during this celebration on June 6th, 2015



April 23rd, 2015, 6pm. "National Dance Week, Dancing in the Streets"

Down Town Santa Cruz at Pacific Ave. and Church St. on the street. More Information


Performing a 10 minute set including 3 very dynamic pieces.


"Game of Thrones Themed Circus and Dance" Choreographed by Dancers: Brynne Flidas, Natalie Wyman, Jennifer Radakovich, and Mercedes Johnson.


"Eat Your Young" Choreographed by Ian Crowell.

Dancers: Amelia Nommensen and Angela Chambers.


"Paranormal Dreams" Choreographed by Danceres: Amelia Nommensen, Brynne Flidas, Masha Bluestein, Mercedes Johnson, and Natalie Wyman.

December 6th, 2014 at 6:00pm, "The Museum of Art and History Gala" 

At The Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz CA. 


Enchanting creatures entertain guests of The Museum though interactive theater and dance. 

Join us for a magical evening!

Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2014  8:00pm, "Seven Deadly Sins"

The 418 Project at 418 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA


MCDC dancers and emerging choreographer, Mercedes Johnson, will be presenting "Seven Deadly Sins" for The 418 Project Emerging Choreographers "Sacred and Profane"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

An innocent mortal, Dante, travels through hell as seven deadly sinners immerse the audience into a dark reality through modern contemporary dance. Wrath, lust, greed, sloth, gluttony, envy, and pride appear along with their demonic counterparts to reveal a closer look at what causes us to sin. We explore the true consequences of sin and attempt to locate the elusive moral center. Drawing from ancient text and personal narrative, the dance performance is a cohesive interaction among dancers. All elements of dance, costume, and music are stunningly crafted for a unforgettable experience.

Oct. 23, 2014 at 8:00pm, "Max 10"

At Motion Pacific Studio, 131 Front St, Santa Cruz CA.


Ian Crowell is presenting Original Choreography with Modern Collective Dancers.

August 30th, 2014 at 7:30pm, "Vinocruz After Dark" 

Soquelle - Live Visual Music Experience

Modern Collective Dance Company - Moving Statues and Interactive Dance


Come celebrate summer in a unique Santa Cruz experience. It will evoke all your senses. Elegant goddess from Modern Collective will welcome your arrival with the gift of dance, spiritually lifting your spirit into motion. As you step into an enchanted patio under the mid-summer moon, comfortably sit and listen to the live delightful sound of Soquelle music as she charms you into a glow. Watch their visual musical journey from projected light and feel the rhythm move you. Drink delicious wine and nibble on a light catered meal while feeling the fresh night's air cast its rejuvenating effect. Partake in a intimate setting, exclusive to those who appreciate the finer more magical things in life. 



June 20th, 2014, 5pm-8pm. "3rd Friday: Art That Moves"

At The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History


Every 3rd Friday The MAH collaborates with community members on participatory art and history events for all ages.


Create giant bubbles that fly into the sky, chalk drawings, learn parkour moves and watch amazing live performances in Abbott Square. Modern Collective Dance Company will have dancing statues sprinkled through the museum, magically coming to life though imagery meditation, slow movement, and golden silence. Audience participation is encouraged to mirror the dancer’s movements and to play along. MCDC will be featuring guest artist Cipacteo Herrera, a traditional Aztec Dancer, and will come together on stage for a wowing performance from 7:50-8pm in Abbott Square. 



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