Professional Program

Dance and Celebration

Our gathering and performance in celebration of dance Begins with a VIP reception in the spectacular crystal gallery at the Detroit Institute of Arts, followed by featured performances by international guest dancers and companies. always a highlight with DDCF audiences, This is truly a performance not to miss.

 

Choreographers Showcase

Providing a platform for choreographers to present their work, DDCF’s choreographers showcase is an opportunity to bring together artists and dancers from around the world to exchange ideas and share what they have been working on. pieces are thoughtfully selected to showcase a wonderful representation of 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 festival.

 

Master Classes

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. DDCF’s Master Classes provide opportunities for dancers to learn from the best in the industry from across the globe.

 

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. Serving as the closing event for DDCF, Screen Dance International takes place in the Lecture Hall at the majestic Detroit Institute of Arts. 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.  

 


Community Program

Dancing in the Park

taking place on the beautiful grounds of the detroit institute of arts, THIS FREE EVENT FEATURES PERFORMANCES BY DANCERS, MUSICIANS, AND PERFORMANCE ARTISTS. Outdoor fun including OUR DREAM BALLOON creative movement activity, STILT WALKERS, GAMES, FACE-PAINTING, AND MORE MAKE THIS FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT A HIGHLIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL.

the summer stage performance series provides a unique experience for dancers and audience members alike. Hosted outside of the dETROIT INSTITUTE OF aRTS, summer stage brings the art of live performance and the art of the museum together in one space.

 

Friday Dance Party

always 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 SPECIAL PERFORMANCES by DETROIT'S BEST DANCE CREWS.

This is an evening of celebration, music, and dance all in one!

 

Kids Dance Camp

Detroit Dance City Festival’s Kids Dance Camp focuses on our belief that dance is for everyone. Our interactive dance camp gives 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 age groups and gives each group the opportunity to perform at the Detroit Dance City Festival so that friends and family can see what they have learned. With a variety of dance activities, challenges, and innovative choreography, this camp really is for everyone.

 


Networking

Movers and Shakers Lunch

ARTLAB J has created a space for dance industry professionals and audiences to SEE, TAKE, TALK about dance in Metro-Detroit.