Professional Program


At the very end of our festival, we will be hosting a gathering and performance to close out our three days of celebration of dance. Beginning with a VIP SUNDAY DINNER in the DIA’s spectacular Crystal Gallery, we will then have our international collection of dancers from as young as the dancers in our Kids Dance Camp, all the way through the professional level. This is truly a performance not to miss.



Providing a platform to show their work, DDCF’s choreographers showcase is an opportunity to bring together choreographers and dancers from across the globe to exchange ideas and show what they have been working on. 22 pieces have been selected to perform at this years showcase and they are a wonderful representation of both regional, national, and international work.

*Artist Exchange Program: In an effort to promote Detroit as an international hub for movement, The Detroit Dance City Festival curates an exchange program with a national and international company.



Crossing the intersection of dance and film, the Dance Film Fest portion looks to recognize the developments and exploration of movement on screen. In this budding segment of both dance and film by national, and international work.



For all dancers ages 13 and up, classes will be provided by a number of instructors that will be performing and presenting work during the festival. Classes will included contemporary, modern, ballet, congolese, improvisation, jit, and more. Bring together these artist provides an opportunity for dancers to learn from the best in the industry from around the globe!


Community Program


This year, the summer stage will be providing a unique experience. Hosted in the Rivera court, audience members and performers will be bringing together both the art of live performance and the art of the museum together in one space. This event includes dancers, musicians, and performance artists in one space.



One of the highlights of DDCF, Friday Funk Night is an exciting late night event that brings together Detroit's best dance crews and performers. This year, DDCF will be integrating a cross-cultural experience by bringing Global Pungmul Institute It into the mix. This will be an evening of celebration, music, and dance all in one!



Artlab J’s Kids Dance Camp focus’ on our belief ‘dance is for everyone’. Our interactive dance camp gives young children aged 3-13 in our Detroit community an opportunity to explore their creative instincts, expand their imaginations and develop life skills like teamwork and self-discipline. Our camp is divided into three groups based on their age and each group will have the opportunity to perform at Artlab J’s Detroit Dance City Festival for friends and family to watch what they have learnt. With a variety of dance activities, challenges and choreography this camp really is for everyone.




ARTLAB J’s Moving with Detroit partnership with National Association Asian American Professional Detroit has created a space for dance industry professionals and audiences to SEE, TAKE, TALK about dance in Metro-Detroit. During the Festival, Moving with Detroit will informational and interactive lunches that will feature artist talks, performances, panel discussions, and guest speakers.

*Partnership with National Asian American Association Profetional Detroit