Emily Rose Phillips

Emily first started dancing micro in Portland in 2008. It rocked her world, and she's been savoring each micro dance ever since. To her, it’s like turning down the volume on the rest of the world. And in that space, can make you feel like you’re a part of the music. She likes micro so much that she eventually started leading, only so she could micro more often. Emily started and runs the BAmF monthly event on 2nd Saturdays. She is over the moon excited about BAmF and can’t wait to micro with you!

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Matthew Matsunami

Matthew has been dancing fusion and blues since 2012. His love of micro can be traced back to his earliest days of dancing where he used to play around with isolations in solo dancing. In his partner dancing he has long relished dances that emphasize connection and the feel of the dance within the partnership over how it may look to observers.


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If it weren’t for micro, I wouldn’t be dancing today. Between 2012 and 2014, I had a series of knee and shoulder injuries that left me barely able to walk, and a series of heartbreaks that left me starved for connection. I dragged my butt to events up and down the coast and danced almost exclusively micro for a full year, because I couldn’t do anything else. It was a really dark time for me, and micro was the thing that got me through it. I love the subtlety, the connection, and the focus, and I want to share that with all of you.



Bigger than micro THANKS to Fusion Underground for bringing their Cuddle Squish room! And to East Bay Fusion and Mission Fusion for their support with bringing awesome sound!

We have endless gratitude to Steven Yang (2016 & 2017) and Adrian Cousens (2016) for all that they have done historically to make this event a reality.

Also Tyler Hunsaker for bringing us the Micro Thoughts videos (2019).

We also want to send some praise and love out to our venue, the Athletic Playground. Check out their classes to level up your movement practice: Acrobatics, Parkour, Aerial, Handstands, Conditioning, Flexibility, and Dance (tango, hip hop, contemporary, contact improv, air ballet).

Language Clarifying the Mu


The BAmF logo is “μ” - the lowercase Greek letter Mu [“myoo”].  Over the centuries, we’ve abandoned μ for the modern lowercase m, and μ has found other uses. Most commonly, μ is used as the shorthand for the metric prefix “micro,” with units like “micrometer” or “microliter” being shortened to “μm” or “μl”.  

At BAmF, we like the μ for obvious reasons.  A shorter, smaller way to write “micro” is a perfect symbol for this event, and it can be substituted for the more standard “m” when we’re feeling clever.  Plus, we’re nerds, and have a semi-secret love of all things metric.