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welcome to bay area rising

Bay Area Rising is an all-volunteer team formed three years ago that is dedicated to the feminist principles of individual empowerment, collective action, and connecting the everyday to the sacred. By combining art, spirituality, and activism, we focus on a performance ritual dedicated to healing the violence against women and girls.

This year we are doubling our commitment to healing the violence by elevating our fundraising efforts to $10,000.



All rehearsals are free! Donations are encouraged and will go to local organizations working to end violence.

***NEW THIS YEAR: WE will be selling T-shirts at the dance rehearsals and at the Rally and Event. ***
T-shirts will be on sale for $20 – cash or check only.

Flashmob Dance Rehearsals

This rehearsal is to learn the steps in the Flashmob dance performed at the Rally and at the Evolution event .

Monday, January 26                                    Wednesday, January 28
1 – 2PM                                                                4:30 – 5:30PM
Aquarian Heart Space Studio                       Aquarian Heart Space Studio
4920 Telegraph Ave, Oakland                       4920 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Instructor: Heather Munro Pierce             Instructor: Heather Munro Pierce

Thursday, January 29                                Wednesday, February 4
6:30 – 7:30PM                                                       6:00 – 7:30PM
Destiny Arts                                                        Take 5 Cafe
970 Grace Ave, Oakland, CA                    3130 Sacramento St. Berkeley, CA
(510) 597-1619                                                      (510) 597-1619
Instructor: Kris Freewoman                          Instructor: Kris Freewoman

Thursday, February 5                                  Sunday, February 8   
6:30 – 7:30PM                                               
3:00 – 4:30PM
Destiny Arts                                                  Interplay Studios
970 Grace Ave, Oakland, CA                       2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
(510) 597-1619                                                    510-465-2797
Instructor: Sridevi Ramanathan                Instructor: Sridevi Ramanathan                  

Tuesday, February 10                                   Wednesday, February 11
6:30 – 7:30PM                                                    6:00 – 7:30PM
Impact Hub Oakland                                         Take 5 Cafe
2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612                3130 Sacramento St. Berkeley, CA
(510) 597-1619                                                    (510) 597-1619
Instructor: Kris Freewoman                            Instructor: Kris Freewoman

Thursday, February 12
6:30 – 7:30PM
Destiny Arts
970 Grace Ave, Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 597-1619
Instructor: Kris Freewoman


Drumming Rehearsals

For those of you interested in drumming at the Friday 13th Frank Ogawa plaza rally and flashmob, please plan to attend THIS rehearsal.

Friday, January 30th
6:30 – 7:30PM
Urban Drum Ranch: 320 Oakland Ave, Oakland
Instructor: Afia Walking Tree


Check out our new Fundraising video.





Past Performances

Take a look at the events that Bay Area Rising has held over the years. Starting from an outdoor ritual in 2012, we have built a strong community of activists and warriors to heal the violence against women and girls.

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News and blog

Take a look at what people are saying about VDay around the globe, and add your own comments.

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Every year, dozens of volunteers help make our event run smoothly. Your participation is vital to our success.

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2015 Sponsors and Donors

Every year, dozens of sponsors, supporters, and donors step in to help make our event a success. Thank you to this years group of sponsors, supporters, and donors.

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One Billion Rising

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performers for Bay Area Rising 2015