UPcoming Performances

Family Album

Flip through A bold, thought-provoking performance illuminating a Snapshot of  ‘Family dynamics’ through Dance, Live Music, and Comedy… and of course awkward family photos.

Premier April 5th 7pm, April 6th 7pm, April 7th 2pm & 5pmawkward country bumpkins

6th St. Playhouse, Historical Railroad Square, Santa Rosa, CA

Tickets:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4095990

$18 children/students/seniors , $25 general public

$100 for ‘VIP tickets’ includes: VIP seating area ticket, 2 drink tickets, a special dancer gift, and program recognition


How would you even begin to describe your family photo album?  UPside illuminates these captured memories through dance, live music, and comedy.


UPside Dance Company in collaboration with Stand-up Comic Edsel Mac, Local Musicians Mr. December Band, and local Photographers,  will premier their daring and delightful “Family Album” April 5-7th at 6th St Playhouse in historic district Santa Rosa.  In this animated tribute to our family dynamics, UPside’s charismatic dancers will step into motion, epitomizing the gut wrenching, embarrassingly awkward, charming imperfection, and the extraordinary beauty of our family… the good, the bad, and the…. hilarious.  


This premiere continues UPside’s strong emphasis on collaboration with national and international guest artists- some collaborations are quite nontraditional when thinking about a dance performance:  Local Favorite Mr. December Band will grace 

the stage with their original score and whisking us away with a heart melting plucking of banjo, stand up bass, and the trouble making trombone and soprano saxophone brass section.  

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A Local Photographer will invite the audience to take ‘awkward’ Family photos in the lobby pre-show and intermission to add to the show and interactive element to the whole experience. The compelling 

Comedian, Edsel Mac, walk us through the ‘Family Album’ while he weaves the show together with comedic stories and ridiculous photos of family moments.  Guest Choreographer Christy McNeil Chand creates a sequin confection of sassiness in ‘Family Reunion’ that will remind you all of the….” joy “…. of family!  

Since 2012, UPside Dance Company, Co-founded by Kate Vazzoler and Tanya Tolmasoff, has become known for the interactive element of their work, and for bringing dance to unconventional spaces in Sonoma County.  In their original concept of ‘Family Album’, UPside continues to turn-up-the-volume with dynamic choreographic pieces:  the UPside’s quirky and crowd-favorite  ‘Family Vacation’, the clatter of ‘Family Table’, or the touching ‘Family Funeral’ that will pull at all your heart strings.


Two of the UPside Original Members, Gianna Davy and Erin Meyers are featured choreographers for ‘Family Album’.  Incorporating live music score by Mr. December Band, Davy’s charming ‘Head of the Family’ dedicates her piece to the resourcefulness of the mother of the family.  In an original piece by Erin Meyers ‘Chosen Family’ discusses the our non-blood-related family members that influence and support us throughout our lives.


Watch as these 2-dimensional family photos, are transformed into a multi-dimensional, palpable, enlightening cutting edge dance.    Whether you’ve ALWAYS wanted to know the story behind a photo, and how that snapshot may unravel to reveal the inner workings of family…. Or perhaps you have NO IDEA what that might even look like- Great! Aren’t you curious?  UPside Dance Company’s premier of ‘Family Album’  is a cheeky, knee-slapping, and heartfelt evening of dance…. not to be missed!

After this show, you will never see your Family Album the same way again…

Contact UPside at upsidedance@gmail

7 thoughts on “UPcoming Performances

    • Hi Watta,
      So glad you are coming- so glad to share with you! We are doing tickets at the door- Performance at 4pm but the doors open at 3pm. Only 100 tickets will be sold. $10 tickets- then donations to the dancers are welcome!

      I can put you on our list for VIP, but only can promise 1 ticket. So excited that you will be part of the performance!

      Dance Moves, K & T

      • Yes, please put me on your list. Thank you! I will have a +1 with me and I will hope for the best. 🙂 To ensure we get a seat or spot ?? ;), is it imperative to be there by 3 pm? I’m sooo looking forward to this! 🙂 -w

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    • They are available at the door, but we tend to sell out quickly before the show. But you can for sure try and if they are available you’re very welcome and happy to see you!

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