What are you doing Tuesday night? If you love dance and you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I suggest you get yourself to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum for the second annual Bay Area Dance Awards. This is the new production combining Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week?s awards, the Voice of Dance ?Critic of Merit? award, and the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards.

I?ll be there, and I?ll be enjoying myself?this is the first time in three years that I get to attend as a spectator rather than a member of the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee. I had a fulfilling tenure: In those three years, the committee attracted a fresh new roster of members, moved the ceremony to the very slick and very grand YBCA, hugely increased the party?s attendance, and partnered with Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week and Voice of Dance to create a bang-up shared show.

One thing I?ve always appreciated about the ?Izzies? is that they acknowledge such a broad spectrum of what great dance can be in the Bay Area: This year?s nominees include butoh company inkBoat, Contact Improv-influenced daredevils Scott Wells and Dancers, flamenco diva Yaelisa, and the venerated Limon Dance Company. And for the first time in at least five years, Tuesday?s ceremony will include live performances.

There?s also great free food?but I didn?t tell you that part. Come for the celebration and the community, not the chow. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7 p.m. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is on the corner of Mission and Third Streets.

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