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April 5 - 7, 2019

LAJAMARTIN, CPRowe Photography.

Ellen Bartel Dance Collective, Photo by Nathan Harmon.

Social Movement Contemporary Dance, Photo by Lynn Lane.

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

Classes are held at Cafe Dance, 3307-B Hancock Drive, Austin

Space is limited. Tickets are $10 and will be sold in advance HERE.


Highly exploratory and improvisation-based class with a focus on contact partnering and floor work. Class begins with a structured improv warm-up in a judgement-free atmosphere. Dancers will be guided to limitless movement where they are constantly surprised by and interested in what guides them from within. The next portion of class will use sequences across the floor to focus on floor work. Depending on the class level, this might develop into contact partnering. After a brief discussion, we will play improvisational games that open up the theatrical side of dance.Lastly, we will learn a movement phrase that combines elements from the class. Phrase work will be grounded, athletic, animalistic, and contemporary. Depending on the class level, the phrase may also involve some choreographed partnering.


Ellen is a professional dance artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University, she has performed for many NYC and internationally-based artists including Freddie Moore/Jiwon Lee, Janice Rosario, Bryn Cohn, Yoshito Sakuraba, Danté Brown, Ashley McQueen, and Hollye Bynum. This past Summer, Ellen performed a piece by Luke Murphy as part of the b12 festival in Berlin. Ellen is currently a touring cast member of Nadine Bommer's "INVISI'ball" and she continues to perform as a freelance artist. Ellen has taught contemporary Guest Artist classes in Northern Virginia, Richmond, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and New York City, including classes at Gibney Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Center. She is also the artistic director of DEPTH DANCE.



Contemporary floor-work class.

Hyper-dynamic movement defined by musicality and rhythm allows the body to experience the challenges and sensations of various qualities. Grounded in floor-work and highly physical phrase work this technique places emphasis on momentum and attack of the movement. LAJAMARTIN aims to create an experience where the individual and group can simultaneously live and share. Note: Wear loose pants and a shirt that covers your shoulders.


LAJAMARTIN is a physical dance theater company founded by Laja Field and Martin Durov. The two first met dancing for Johannes Wieland at Staatstheater Kassel, Germany performing in over 100 shows. In 2015 the pair moved to NYC, became founding members of VIM VIGOR dance company and performed in NYC, Santa Barbara with DanceWORKS as well as Prisma Festival in Panama. LM has also been commissioned to create work for Brigham Young University CDT as well as the Anton Bruckner International School in Linz, Austria. LM have had the pleasure of teaching in NYC, SLC, CA, PA, Newcastle, Prague, Brussels, Slovakia and Germany.


Dance on Film

ScreenDance from around the Globe

Film Screening at AustinVentures Studio Theater Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.

Featuring works from...

Richard James Allen // Jacob Alvarez // Lindsay Joyce Clark // Ryan Renshaw // Jeff Schick // Dorothy O'Shea Overby and Deepak Chetty // Mattias Alegro Marasigan // Conrad Kaczor // Anthony Morigerato // Ellen Sickenberger // Alexandra Palmer // Alvaro Congosto // Jeanette Geslison // Max Rothamn


Professional Showcases

Showcases at AustinVentures Studio Theater Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company // Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre // Kelsey Oliver + Urban Eisley // Courtney Mazeika and Marlie Couto // Body Shift // Alexa Capareda // NobleMotion Dance // Uwazi Zamani // Victoria DeRenzo // Sarah Lapinsky Dance Theater

METDance // Alyson Dolan // Chamacos Dance Company // LAJAMARTIN // Social Movement Contemporary Dance // Ellen Bartel Dance Collective // Bruce Wood Dance // Lisa Anne Kobdish // Tiffany Mills Company // Mark Caserta + Artists

Artist Interviews After Each Show

Watch interviews from last year here.

Silent Auction Throughout the Day


Master Class for Young Dancers with LAJAMARTIN
Youth Edition Concerts

Concerts at AustinVentures Studio Theater Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.

NMD2 // Rise Dance Company // Meyerland Dance Ensemble // Victoria Niblette // Dallas Youth Repertory Project // Danielle Bogle // Laredo School of Contemporary Dance // Ballet Academy North Company // 713 Dance Ensemble // LEON Dance Arts // Inertia Dance Company

The Dance Works // Encore Dance Company // Dance Discovery // Cedar Park Dance Company // The McCallum Youth Dance Company // Studio 29 Company Dancers // The Austin School of Classical Ballet // Synergy Dance Company // Vitality Dance Company // Collective Dance Artistry Performance Company // The MUVment Dance Company

LINE-UP 2019

Friday 4/5

Dance on Film



Richard James Allen


Jacobi Alvarez


Lindsay Joyce Clark


Ryan Renshaw


Jeff Schick


Dorothy O’Shea Overbey & Deepak Chetty


Mattias Alegro Marasigan


Conrad Kaczor


Anthony Morigerato


Ellen Sickenberger


Alexandra Palmer & Kelsey Alexander


Alvaro Congosto


Jeanette Geslison


Max Rothman
Saturday 4/6

Professional Artists


Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Austin, TX

Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre

Austin, TX

Kelsey Oliver + Urban Eisley

Austin, TX

Courtney Mazeika and Marlie Couto

Berkeley, CA

Body Shift

Austin, TX

Alexa Capareda

Austin, TX

NobleMotion Dance

Houston, TX

Uwazi Zamani

Houston, TX

Victoria DeRenzo

Huntsville, TX

Sarah Lapinsky Dance Theater

New York, NY



Houston, TX

Alyson Dolan

Austin, TX

Chamacos Dance Company

Houston, TX


Salt Lake City, UT

Social Movement Contemporary Dance

Houston, TX

Ellen Bartel Dance Collective

Austin, TX

Bruce Wood Dance

Dallas, TX

Lisa Kobdish

Austin, TX

Tiffany Mills Company

Brooklyn, NY

Mark Caserta + Artists

The Colony, TX

Sunday 4/7




Austin, TX

Rise Dance Company

Round Rock, TX

Meyerland Dance Ensemble

Houston, TX

Victoria Niblett

Morris, AL

Dallas Youth Repertory Project

Dallas, TX

Danielle Bogle

Austin, TX

Laredo School of Contemporary Dance

Laredo, TX

Ballet Academy North Company

Leander, TX

713 Dance Ensemble

Houston, TX

Leon Dance Arts

Houston, TX

Inertia Dance Company

Houston, TX


The Dance Works

Round Rock, TX

Encore Dance Company

Austin, TX

Dance Discovery

Austin, TX

Cedar Park Dance Company

Cedar Park, TX

The McCallum Youth Dance Company

Austin, TX

Studio 29 Company Dancers

Burnet, TX

Austin School of Classical Ballet

Austin, TX

Synergy Dance Company

Austin, TX

Vitality Dance Company

Buda, TX

Collective Dance Artistry

Helotes, TX

The MÜVment Dance Company

Cedar Park, TX



Please contact admin@kdhdance.com or 512.934.1082 if you have any problems with, or questions about, ticketing.

We’ll see you at the festival!


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.

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