Dance Palace's mission is to enrich the quality of life in West Marin by providing diverse cultural, educational and community services in a well-maintained environmentally friendly facility.
The Dance Palace is a non-profit community center providing a wide variety of educational, recreational, cultural and community services to children, adults and seniors in western Marin County. The Dance Palace serves as the central community facility for the small, semi-rural coastal villages of West Marin including Point Reyes Station, Inverness, Olema, Nicasio, Marshall, Bolinas and Stinson Beach.
Today, the Dance Palace presents 120 special cultural and recreational events per year; sponsors thirty-five classes per week; and serves over 2400 people per month. The Dance Palace Community Center is open seven days per week, with affordable use fees for classes and events.
Over the years, the Dance Palace has hosted performances and lectures by many well-known artists and experts including political activist Angela Davis, poet Robert Bly, country western singers Tammy and Wynona Judd (who did their first public performance at a Dance Palace Talent Show), jazz musician Art Lande, folk singers Ronnie Gilbert and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, actor Peter Donat, cabaret singer Weslia Whitfield, the Flirtations, California Cajun Orchestra, the Klezmorim, Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater, jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, Hawaiian slack key guitar master Led Kaapana, and jazz storyteller Rhiannon.
Classes and programs have included aikido, yoga, aerobics, English as a Second Language, writing, singing, theater improvisation, international folk dance, African dance and drumming, ceramics, acting, and senior support and discussion groups.