Emily Kessler, Photo by Swng.
Community Pop-Up Dance, Photo by Swng.
Master Class, Photo by Swng.
Emily Rushing, Photo by Swng.
Joshua Manculich, Photo by Swng.
Ramona Sekulovic, Photo by Swng.
ARCOS, Photo by Swng.
Chamacos Dance Company, Photo by Swng.
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.
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.
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.
Nope. There are no repeat performances. To see all the festival artists, you’ll need to see both concerts.
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.
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.
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.
DIRECTIONS TO AUSTINVENTURES STUDIO
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.
TAKE THE BUS
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.
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