Detroit Dance City Festival (DDCF) is an annual community building event that celebrates dance in its various forms and disciplines. Now in its seventh year, DDCF includes performances, master classes, and networking opportunities all held in the vibrant city of Detroit at the festival’s central venue, the Detroit Institute of Arts. Our mission is to educate diverse audiences about the impact of dance, provide opportunities for artists to share their work, and create an artistic network linking Michigan, the greater US, and the world!

Each year, DDCF brings the work of renowned local, national, and international performing artists, choreographers, and companies to the stage in its exciting “Choreographers Showcase” and “Dance and Celebration” performances, held within the majestic Detroit Film Theatre. Throughout the festival weekend, DDCF also hosts a variety of Master Classes taught by leading practitioners of diverse styles of dance. For younger dancers, DDCF offers a Kids Dance Camp, giving students the chance to expand their imaginations through movement, and perform for family and friends at the close of the festival.

Thanks to our ongoing partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts, DDCF’s programs have expanded beyond the museum walls to include outdoor events and performances, free and open to all. DDCF’s Dancing in the Park event invites festival participants, families, dancers, and public audiences alike to enjoy live performances in our “Summer Stage” series, and participate in a variety of outdoor creative movement activities, bringing our community together in celebration of dance.

The 2018 Detroit Dance City Festival drew over 3,000 participants and in 2019 we continue to reach an ever-broadening audience through DDCF’s international collaborative project, the Festival Exchange Program, spearheaded by the DDCF’s parent organization ArtLab J. Offering artists the unique opportunity to perform their work at partnering festivals both in the US and abroad, this program seeks to promote intercultural exchange while advancing the city of Detroit as an international hub for the art of dance.