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SummerArts: Dance

SummerArts: Dance

As a New Yorker writer put it so well, summer dance festivals are probably the most democratic art shows in America: free and performed before dark, which is good for families and people of all ages.

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vaildance

Vail International Dance Festival (Vail, CO)

(July 29 – August 11) One of the most exceptional summer dance experiences in the West, the Vail International Dance Festival lights up the community with two weeks of exceptional dance programming each year from late July to early August. Situated in the breathtaking surroundings of Vail, Colorado, the festival features equally magnificent guest artists under the Artistic Direction of former ballet star Damian Woetzel. ...more...

Central

Chicago Dancing Festival

Chicago Dancing Festival

(August) As one of the most notable dance events in Chicago, the festival is designed to promote dance awareness, inspiration, and accessibility in the Chicago area and has helped to raise the profile of the city as an important dance destination. ...more...

Eastern

American Dance Festival

American Dance Festival (Durham, NC)

(June 14 – July 28) The American Dance Festival began at Vermont’s Bennington College in 1934 as a collaborative effort between dance pioneers Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. Nearly eighty years later, the ADF has more than four hundred students from across the globe. Each year the ADF presents six and a half summer weeks of performances by both established and emerging dance companies, as well as offering an intensive training program. ...more...

Bates Dance Festival

Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME)

(July 7 – August 11) The Bates Dance Festival has flourished each summer for nearly 30 years. Created in 1982 by Marcy Plaven, Professor of Dance Emeritus at Bates College, the BDF was initially intended as a way for the college to use its vacant facilities during the summer months. The festival has been backed by the college ever since, hosting luminary choreographers, performers, and teachers each year. ...more...

Jacobs Pillow Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance (Becket, MA)

(June 20 – August 26) The only dance institution to ever be declared a National Historic Landmark, Jacob’s Pillow is a mecca for dancers and those who love dance. Located on an old mountaintop farm in the Berkshires, the Pillow is full of history, having once been a stop on the Underground Railroad. It’s also a great keeper of dance history, housing the impressive Jacob’s Pillow Archives, a collection of multimedia, correspondence, programs, and costumes. ...more...

Mountain

vaildance

Vail International Dance Festival (Vail, CO)

(July 29 – August 11) One of the most exceptional summer dance experiences in the West, the Vail International Dance Festival lights up the community with two weeks of exceptional dance programming each year from late July to early August. Situated in the breathtaking surroundings of Vail, Colorado, the festival features equally magnificent guest artists under the Artistic Direction of former ballet star Damian Woetzel. ...more...

Central

Chicago Dancing Festival

Chicago Dancing Festival

(August) As one of the most notable dance events in Chicago, the festival is designed to promote dance awareness, inspiration, and accessibility in the Chicago area and has helped to raise the profile of the city as an important dance destination. ...more...

Eastern

American Dance Festival

American Dance Festival (Durham, NC)

(June 14 – July 28) The American Dance Festival began at Vermont’s Bennington College in 1934 as a collaborative effort between dance pioneers Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. Nearly eighty years later, the ADF has more than four hundred students from across the globe. Each year the ADF presents six and a half summer weeks of performances by both established and emerging dance companies, as well as offering an intensive training program. ...more...

Bates Dance Festival

Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME)

(July 7 – August 11) The Bates Dance Festival has flourished each summer for nearly 30 years. Created in 1982 by Marcy Plaven, Professor of Dance Emeritus at Bates College, the BDF was initially intended as a way for the college to use its vacant facilities during the summer months. The festival has been backed by the college ever since, hosting luminary choreographers, performers, and teachers each year. ...more...

Jacobs Pillow Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance (Becket, MA)

(June 20 – August 26) The only dance institution to ever be declared a National Historic Landmark, Jacob’s Pillow is a mecca for dancers and those who love dance. Located on an old mountaintop farm in the Berkshires, the Pillow is full of history, having once been a stop on the Underground Railroad. It’s also a great keeper of dance history, housing the impressive Jacob’s Pillow Archives, a collection of multimedia, correspondence, programs, and costumes. ...more...