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April 5 - 7, 2019

Emily Kessler, Photo by Swng.

Charlotte Settle, Photo by Swng.

Alyson Dolan, Photo by Swng.

Community Pop-Up Dance, Photo by Swng.

Master Class, Photo by Swng.

ADF 2018, Photo by Swng.

ARCOS, Photo by Swng.

Chamacos Dance Company, Photo by Swng.


Professional Showcases / Master Classes / Artist Interviews / Community Pop-Up Dances / Young Dancers Concert / Dance on Film

Austin Dance Festival is a three-day modern dance festival held each spring in the heart of downtown Austin. Watch a dance on film screening, take master classes, attend professional showcases, participate in a community pop-up dance, listen to artist interviews, and see your next generation of dancers in the youth concert. Times and locations vary, so check out the full schedule below. Tickets to all events are sold through the festival’s Eventbrite page.


Master Classes with Visiting Artists
Dance on Film


Professional Showcases / 2 Different Concerts
Artist Interviews After Each Show
Community Pop-Up Dance
Silent Auction Throughout the Day


Master Class for Young Dancers
Youth Edition Concert

LINE-UP 2019

Professional Artists


Salt Lake City, UT

Mark Caserta + Artists

The Colony, TX

Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre

Austin, TX

NobleMotion Dance

Houston, TX

Chamacos Dance Company

Houston, TX

Courtney Mazeika and Marlie Couto

Berkeley, CA

Cheryl Copeland

Austin, TX

Social Movement Contemporary Dance

Houston, TX

Ellen Bartel Dance Collective

Austin, TX

Sarah Lapinsky Dance Theater

New York, NY

Alyson Dolan

Austin, TX


Houston, TX

Lisa Kobdish

Austin, TX

Tiffany Mills Company

Brooklyn, NY

Kelsey Oliver + Urban Eisley

Austin, TX

Bruce Wood Dance

Dallas, TX

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Austin, TX

Uwazi Zamani

Houston, TX

Body Shift

Austin, TX

Victoria DeRenzo

Huntsville, TX


Inertia Dance Company

Houston, TX

Dallas Youth Repertory Project

Dallas, TX

Laredo School of Contemporary Dance

Laredo, TX

Ballet Academy North Company

Leander, TX

Leon Dance Arts

Houston, TX

Encore Dance Company

Austin, TX


Austin, TX

Rise Dance Company

Round Rock, TX

Victoria Niblett

Morris, AL

713 Dance Ensemble

Houston, TX

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy

Grand Prairie, TX

Meyerland Dance Ensemble

Houston, TX

The MÜVment Dance Company

Cedar Park, TX

Collective Dance Artistry

Helotes, TX

Austin School of Classical Ballet

Austin, TX

Dance Discovery

Austin, TX

Vitality Dance Company

Buda, TX

SSA Dance Conservatory

San Antonio, TX

Synergy Dance Company

Austin, TX

Studio 29 Company Dancers

Leander, TX

Cedar Park Dance Company

Cedar Park, TX

The McCallum Youth Dance Company

Austin, TX

The Dance Works

Round Rock, TX

Danielle Bogle

Austin, TX


MARCH 2019!


Aritst Interviews

See more artist interviews at vimeo.com/kdhdancecompany

2018 Archive

2017 Archive


What kind of dances am I going to see?

Our festival presents contemporary modern works. Since each dance reflects what is important to that particular choreographer, our programming is incredibly diverse. Look for expression, meaning, abstraction, virtuosity, minimalism, humor, gravity, grace, design, experimentation, movement invention, and more.

What is the theater like? Do I need to bring my opera glasses?

We want our audience members to be close to the action and to enjoy great sightlines, so we present our showcases at AustinVentures Studio Theater. It seats about 300 people, so no matter where you sit you’ll be super close to the dancers. Plus, the seats are on risers so you won’t miss any of the action.

Are the two professional showcases the same?

Nope. There are no repeat performances. To see all the festival artists, you’ll need to see both concerts.

How do you select the artists?

Artists from all over the world submit videos of their work to panelists who adjudicate the work. We typically receive more submissions than we can possibly present, so a small team of curators has to winnow them down to four hours of diverse works. It is hard to turn away many excellent dances, but we look forward to having another opportunity to present them in the future.

Can I bring my family?

Yes, absolutely! You might also consider bringing young children to the Youth Edition Concert to see our pre-professional companies. These dances are typically shorter and perhaps better suited to young audiences than our two-hour professional showcases.

What else can I do at the festival?

Browse our silent auction, have a cookie, listen as Kate Warren interviews the choreographers, watch a community pop-up dance, take a master class, and see Dance on Film. The theater is located in Austin’s downtown arts district and within walking distance to museums, the new Public Library, the hike and bike trail, restaurants and shopping.

Where is AustinVentures Studio Theater, how do I get there, and, if I drive, where do I park?
Google Maps


Take either Mopac, I-35 or Lamar to Cesar Chavez. From there, turn onto San Antonio (you can only turn North onto San Antonio). AustinVentures Studio Theater is located inside the Ballet Austin Building at the corner of 3rd and San Antonio in Austin’s downtown cultural district. Use the theater entrance on 3rd Street. We’ll be waiting for you!


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Bike racks are located at the corners of 3rd & San Antonio Streets and 3rd & Nueces.

AustinVentures Studio Theater is located near several parking garages and one surface lot. Metered street parking is also available. There is ample parking around the theater, but downtown Austin is hopping on the weekends, so do give yourself plenty of time to wend your way through the streets, garages and lots.

  • The State Parking Garage: On San Antonio between 3rd and 4th. Rates vary.
  • City Hall Garage: On Lavaca between Cesar Chavez and 2nd. Rates vary.
  • Parking Lot: On San Antonio between 3rd and 4th, across San Antonio from the State Garage. Rates vary.

The nearest Capital Metro stop is at 2nd and San Antonio, but many stops on Congress Avenue (north of the river) are also within walking distance.


Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company will provide reasonable modifications and equal access to communications by request. Please provide two weeks advance notice if you require accommodations. Contact: kathy@kdhdance.com or 512-934-1082.

I still have a question.

No problem! Shoot me an email: kathy@kdhdance.com


Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, The Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Amplify Austin and by supporters just like you. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individual and communities, visit arts.gov.

You can show your support for the festival by making a donation here.