Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ALL-AROUND GRRRL POWER

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Basic bar moves and halting hip-hop steps may be what stuck with you from the dance classes of your youth, but (thankfully) today there's a new kind of movement program that's all about teaching confidence and power, in addition to how to rule a dancefloor. We're talking about Grrrl Brigade. Dance Mission Theatre hosts this series of classes in hip-hop, jazz, modern, and taiko (that's Japanese drum dancing) for nine to 18-year-old females. As they rock the courses, their leadership develops along with their dance skills. Grrrl Brigade students roar with self-esteem, thrive on collaboration, and have been known to pound away on gigantic drums, taking the stage each year in a young person's version of The Nutcracker, and in a springtime show focusing on real-life issues the performers deal with when they're not in the spotlight.

Dance Mission Theater, 3316 Mission, SF. www.dancemission.com