This free event features performances by dancers, musicians, and performance artists. also included are activities such as our dream balloon event, stilt walkers, games, face-painting and more to make this family-friendly event a highlight of the festival.





Summer Stage 12:30 p.m & 2:30 p.m

Face Painting 1 p.m-3 p.m



Summer Stage 12:30 p.m

Detroit Revival Project 2:30 p.m.

Face Painting 1 p.m-3 p.m

Dream Balloons 1:30 p.m-2 p.m

Happening on Sunday August 12th, 2018.

Join us for a fun filled 30 minute event with Stilt Walkers and a fun program with balloons! Every kid will receive one balloon, and will write their dreams, and hopes onto. They will have the opportunity to play with the balloon and our Stilt artists for a while and at the end of the program everyone will release their balloons into the sky! This is a fun program for kids of all ages!


Games all day SATURDAY & SUNDAY

 We will have games such as twister, hopscotch, bubbles, and even some finger painting available all around the Woodward Plaza outdoors at the Detroit Institute of Arts!


The Summer Stage dance performances will be happening outside the Detroit Institute of Arts in the Woodward Plaza on our outdoor Stage this year at the Dancing in the Park event! There will be four Summer Stage shows that you won't want to miss! You can catch the shows at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. 


All Summer Stage performances will be FREE OF ADMISSION, so join us to support these amazing local, national and international artists!




Saturday august 11th, 2018

SHOW #1 (12:30 p.m-1:15 p.m)

Ballet Edge Detroit
Kinnari Vora
Jasmine Brewington
Living Arts Youth Dance Ensemble
ArtLab J
Ballet Edge Detroit


SHOW #2 (2:30 p.m-3:15 p.m)

Ballet Inc. 
Angie Hahn's Senior Company
Phaedra Darwish
Mrudani School of Performing Arts
Lily Menendez
Sofía Isabella Lutman


Sunday august 12th, 2018

SHOW #3 (12:30 p.m-1:15 p.m)

ArtLab J
Heritage Works


2018 Summer Stage Artists

Detroit Revival Project

Sunday august 12th, 2018

2:30 p.m-3:15 p.m



Detroit REVIVAL Project
The Detroit REVIVAL Project brings together local artists - musicians, dancers, composers, visual artists - to collaborate in a shared performance space in order to build a strong arts community in Detroit. 

The ConTempus musicians and ArtLab J dancers are seeking submissions of short work(s) by Michigan-based composers. While not mandatory, works related to or inspired by various landmarks, scenes, stories, and spirits of Detroit, Michigan will be given priority consideration. The final selection(s) will be read, choreographed, and rehearsed in a workshop setting, then performed publicly and recorded live. 



Members of ConTempus will be performing an originally composed piece of music by artist along with ArtLab J's Summer Dance Lab dancers creation at the Detroit Dance City Festival.

After the performance there will be a talk back with both Members of ConTempus, and the dancers and guest artist from the Detroti Revival Project. The program will last a total of 45 minutes



Barbara Selinger is artistic director of DDCdances, a company she co-founded in 1980. She is the only Michigan dance artist awarded six Creative Artist Grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs to create, perform and produce her work. Her choreography, celebrated for its humanity, has been presented throughout Michigan, in Detroit, Chicago, New York City and Toronto. Barbara has more than 30 years experience in higher education where she mentors students pursuing dance careers, and conducts numerous dance/arts classes, in schools grades K-12. She has earned a MEd in Dance - Wayne State University (WSU) and BA - Anna Maria College. She was awarded the prestigious Arts Achievement Award from WSU, Teacher of the Year Award from the Michigan Dance Association, selected as one of 3 artists for the Governor’s People’s Choice Award for outstanding Michigan artist, and was the 2015 recipient of Michigan Youth Arts Touchstone Award as educator of the year.

Jiyoung HWANG

Jiyoung HWANG is an international choreographer, performer, and educator from Daejeon, Korea. She's on PhD program and she holds M.A degree from Chungnam National University. She is a member of Meta Dance Company. She teaches contemporary dance at Kangwon National University, Chungnam National University and Chungnam Arts High School in Korea.

Jiyoung’s 「Dummy(2017)」 work was selected as the best choreographer at the New Dance Festival's next-generation choreographer competition. She was also recognized as a choreographer for Separate(2009), DREAMISNOWHERE(2010),  Push and pull(2010), Separate collar(2012), to exist N't(2013), Black(2014), choice(2015), Children (2016), pair(2017), Dummy(2017), Without People and People (2017). It was selected as the next-generation Atista hosted and hosted by the Daejeon Cultural Foundation in 2016-2017 and has been active internationally by appearing in guest performances of the Dumbo Festival in New York and Mexico.

Most recently, her perfomance on "Takeout Dancing Alone" in dance was given a reputation as experimental.




Curriculum Vitae
Composer and guitarist Alan Torok has performed as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, theatrical musician and musical lecturer in Canada, UK, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania and Netherlands. His compositional output includes music for most genres of instrumental and vocal music. His guitar music has been
performed in Canada, USA, South America and Europe, and is published by Canadian and American publishers. In 2017 movements from his string orchestra work, States of Mind, were performed and recorded for Munich radio by the acclaimed German jugendkammerorchester, Violinissimo. This year’s international performances include events in Belgium (Clarinetfest 2018) and Greece (Volos International Guitar Festival). Torok lived as an immigrant at Gratiot and 6-mile Road from 1960 to 1969. He attended Cass Tech from 1962 to 1965 as a visual art major. In recent years that formative period of his life has become a prominent subject of his musical imagination. He has written several extended chamber music cycles based on his Detroit experiences.
Toronto, July 2018


Winner of Fort Worth Opera’s 2017 Frontiers Competition, Evan L. Snyder is best known for his work for the operatic stage. A singer himself, Evan is drawn to lush melodic and harmonic writing, but most importantly, to the story-telling aspect of music. A keen advocate for the potential of the operatic art form, he is very excited that his first full length opera, A Capacity for Evil, will be premiered this September, with Detroit’s Opera MODO. Evan has also recently made his first forays into the world of chamber music, first as a part of a 2017 collaboration between MSU and the esteemed Fifth House Ensemble, and then as a 2018 participant in Fifth House’s Freshinc Festival. These collaborations have allowed him to explore the narrative potentials of chamber music and the ways story can be pierced by audience in that medium. He is very excited to be here today as a part of the 2018 Detroit REVIVAL Project. Evan is proud to be a current graduate student of the College of Music at MSU and honored to hold the position of graduate assistant to MSU’s composition area.