Friday Dance Party

A highlight of DDCF, Friday Dance Party is an exciting late night event that brings people together to celebrate dance through a nighttime dance party featuring electric performances by dance crews from Detroit and beyond. As the official kick-off of a full weekend of DDCF events, Friday Dance Party is an evening of celebration, music, and movement all in one!

the heart of dance, detroit: photography by john sobczak

On view throughout the festival weekend in the DIA’s Crystal Gallery, The heART of Dance, Detroit presents work by renowned photographer John Sobczak. Showcasing the talents of Detroit’s diverse dance scene, Sobczak’s photography captures his artistic collaborations with several local dance companies.

Dancing in the Park

Audiences are invited to enjoy creative movement activities, games, and our outdoor “Summer Stage” performance series showcasing the diverse work of local, national, and international talent.


Choreographers Showcase

Providing a platform for choreographers to present their work, this set of two showcases allows artists to share what they have been working on. These performances represent the exceptional work of local, national, and international dancers.

Dance and Celebration

Featuring new works by world-renowned international guest dancers and choreographers, Dance and Celebration is DDCF’s most anticipated performance event.


Screen Dance International

Screen Dance International (SDI) partners with ArtLab J to bring screen-dance shorts and artists from around the globe to Detroit Dance City Festival 2019. At the intersection of dance, film, music, and the visual arts, SDI aims to stretch the imagination through adjudicated screen-dance shorts that are sometimes serious, sometimes funny, but always timely and inspiring. Founded by Joanna McNamara, JMc/Productions, SDI is a traveling screen-dance festival highlighting a wide range of dance genres including urban street dance, post modern dance, contemporary dance, world dance, ballet, dance theatre, jazz, experimental dance, animation, and tap dance. 


Kids Dance Camp

DDCF’s Kids Dance Camp focuses on our belief that dance is for everyone. This interactive dance camp gives children aged 3-13 in our community an opportunity to explore their creative instincts, expand their imaginations, and develop life skills like teamwork and self-discipline. Throughout the first five days of camp, participants will work to create a short dance that will be performed on the final day of camp at our outdoor “Summer Stage” event, where friends and family are invited to come and see what they have learned. With a variety of movement activities, challenges, and fun, innovative choreography, Kids Dance Camp will help kids of all ages find personal growth and achievement through the art of dance.

You Can Dance: ‘Dancing for Peace’

Join Bogyeol Choi, head of BogyeolChum Center, in a unique dance experience inviting participants to discover how, through the body’s movement, we can collectively seek expansion of consciousness and the peaceful recovery of human nature. No prior dance experience is necessary.

master classes

DDCF presents an exciting series of Master Classes, taught by accomplished local, national, and international practitioners in diverse styles of dance. Many of our classes will be led by the same exceptional instructors, artists, and choreographers who will be performing and presenting their work during the festival. For all dancers ages 13 and up, DDCF’s Master Class series provides a unique opportunity for dancers to learn from the best in the industry from across the globe.