Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (TWDCC) facilitates a working home for professional world & contemporary dance artists, while providing dance education that is committed to access, equity, and excellence.
TWDCC’s programming nurtures, promotes, and supports professional and emerging artists from Santa Cruz and the Bay Area. While allowing traditional art forms to flourish, we encourage world and contemporary artists to take risks, prode traditional definitions, and forge new ideas. Unique to Santa Cruz, TWDCC provides a platform for artists of color, artists using traditional structures in contemporary performance to tell their story, and artists looking to break through established forms of presentation. TWDCC provides ongoing community conversation; audiences have opportunities to watch, engage, and learn from performances, curated festivals, artist talks, and community dance classes. TWDCC links artists, audiences, and community throughout Santa Cruz and the Bay Area.