Professional Program

Dance and Celebration

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 reception 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.


Choreographers Showcase

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. 20 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.



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 and more. Bring together these artist provides an opportunity for dancers to learn from the best in the industry from around 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 2018.  Serving as the opening event for DDCF, Screen Dance International takes place in the Lecture Hall at the majestic Detroit Institute of the Arts, on Friday, August 10th 2018.  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

This year, the summer stage will be providing a unique experience. Hosted outside of dETROIT INSTITUTE OF aRTS AND 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.


Friday Funk Night

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 will be an evening of celebration, music, and dance all in one!


Kids Dance Camp

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.



Movers and Shakers Lunch

ARTLAB J partnership with the actor's fund has created a space for dance industry professionals and audiences to SEE, TAKE, TALK about dance in Metro-Detroit.