WHAT IS AUSTIN DANCE FESTIVAL?
Founded in 2015 by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company and held annually in Austin, TX, Austin Dance Festival presents dance showcases, offers master classes with guest artists, screens dance films, and does so much more. It’s a blast! Read on for details...
Professional Showcases highlight local, regional, and national companies and artists working in the broad field of modern dance, post-modern dance, and improvisational dance. Expect diverse, entertaining, moving performances. You’re welcome.
Youth Showcases are non-competitive, professionally-produced concerts that highlight modern dance works by local, regional, and national youth dance companies. See the future right here.
Dance on Film screenings feature cinematic films that combine choreography and the practice of filmmaking. Look for inventive movie-making techniques and a variety of dance forms in these films from around the world. Popcorn included.
Artist Interviews and Directors’ Chats promote dialogue by opening doors to the creative process, personal motivations, and sometimes even to the unknown. Listen up!
Master Classes with Guest Artists for recreational, student, and professional dancers can be found all over town. Take one.
Spring Dance Workshops for Youth give dancers an opportunity to take class from members of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, learn choreography by Kathy Dunn Hamrick, and perform in the festival.
Pop-Up Dances are free performances held in outdoor public spaces. Look out.
College Dance Fairs teach dance students and families about college dance departments and career options in the field of dance. Learn more.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
Dance on Film Screening and Director’s Chat
12 short films from the USA, Denmark, and Cuba
Rollins Theater at The Long Center
THURSDAY DANCE ON FILM LINE-UP
Jeff Schick (Pacific Northwest, USA) Fred Aube and Alberto Gutiérrez (San Francisco, USA) Maya Gurantz and Denise Torres (USA) Hannah Garner (USA) Michelle Inciarte & Oddalys Salcido (USA) Nina McNeely (USA) Kevin Chang (USA) Blake Daniels (Houston, USA) Rebecca Aneloski, Alec Lyons (USA) William Armstrong (Denmark) Kate Weare and Jack Flame Sorokin (USA) Alejandro Callejas (Cuba)
Dorothy O’Shea Overbey leads the Director’s Chat in Rollins Theater
FRIDAY, JULY 15
Master Class with Eli Motley
Master Class with Shaun Keylock
Professional Showcase and Artist Interviews
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin conducts Artist Interviews in Rollins Theater
PROFESSIONAL SHOWCASE LINE-UP
Eli Motley (NC) Sea Legs Dance (TX) ZATERO Dance (TX) Shaun Keylock Company (OR) Jessica Boone (UT) Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company (TX)
SATURDAY, JULY 16
Master Class with Stewart/Owen
Professional Showcases and Artist Interviews
5pm and 8pm
5PM PROFESSIONAL SHOWCASE LINE-UP
Margot Gelber & Dancers (NY) GGProjects (OH) Leslie Dworkin/Kent De Spain (OH) Amanda McCorkle (TX) Lisa Nicks (TX) Britanie Leland//Virginia Spinks (GA) Bombshell Dance Project (TX) Social Movement Contemporary Dance (TX)
Marlo Harris conducts Artist Interviews in Rollins Theater
8PM PROFESSIONAL SHOWCASE LINE-UP
Stewart/Owen Dance (NC) Keith Johnson/Dancers (CA) Houston Contemporary Dance Company (TX) EBDC (TX) Anna Bauer (TX) Kaley Pruitt Dance (IL) Melissa Sanderson (TX) Jamal Jackson Dance (NY)
Neil Ellis Orts conducts Artist Interviews in Rollins Theater
SUNDAY, JULY 17
Master Class for Youth with Jamal Jackson
Parque Zaragoza Rec Center*
2pm and 4pm
Rollins Theater Lobby
Youth Edition Concert
Dance on Film and Director’s Chat
Dorothy O’Shea Overbey leads the Director’s Chat in the AT&T Room
SUNDAY YOUTH EDITION LINE-UP
NOLTE ACADEMY (Coralville, IA) BHumn ARTS ENSEMBLE (Austin, TX) PARACOSM DANCE & PARACOSM YA (Austin, TX) DANCE DISCOVERY (Austin, TX) HOUSTON CONTEMPORARY 2 (Houston, TX) HIGH POINT ACADEMY DANCE COMPANY (Fort Worth, TX) ACC DANCE DEPARTMENT (Austin, TX) INERTIA DANCE COMPANY (Houston, TX)
SUNDAY DANCE ON FILM LINE-UP
Early Era Collective (Austin, USA) Dóri Kapitány (Hungary) Nina McNeely (USA) Andy & Dionne Noble (USA) Austen Browne (USA) Kassy Mahea (Los Angeles, USA) David Vincent Smith (Australia) Jean-Marc Abela, Elie-Anne Ross (Canada) Nic Petry/Dancing Camera (USA) Luke Willis (USA) Joan Dwiartanto (USA)
*Learn more about Master Classes on the dojour.us ticketing site. Coming soon!
Guidelines, FAQs, and Application
GUIDELINES, FAQS, AND APPLICATION
DANCE ON FILM
The link to submit applications through Film Freeway is HERE!
See more artist interviews at vimeo.com/austindancefestival
Dance on Film Trailers
Dance on Film Trailer 2021
Dance on Film Trailer 2020
Austin Dance Festival 2021
David Robinson’s Reviews of Austin Dance Festival 2021
CTX Live Theatre, Part 1 of 2
CTX Live Theatre, Part 2 of 2
Austin Dance Festival 2020
David Robinson’s Review of Dance on Film 2020
Art Profiler - Dance on Film (Austin Dance Festival) Review
Austin Dance Festival 2019
David Robinson’s Backstage Perspective
ArtProfiler - Part 1: Read about the Dance on Film showcase
ArtProfiler - Part 2: Read about the Professional showcase
ArtProfiler - Part 3: Read about the Youth Academy showcase
Previews of Dance on Film screening
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 in small theaters where the seats are on risers so you won’t miss any of the action. Rollins Studio Theater is a 138-seat black box theater in The Long Center. Every seat is a great seat.
CAN I BRING MY FAMILY?
We suggest bringing young children to the Youth Edition Concert to see our pre-professional dance companies. These dances are better suited to young audiences than our professional showcases. Some films in the Dance on Film screening may contain adult content.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO AT THE FESTIVAL?
Take a master class, listen to artist interviews and the director’s chat, attend the college dance fair. The theater is located downtown near Lady Bird Lake and close to hiking trails, restaurants, shopping, and museums.
HOW DO YOU SELECT THE PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS?
Dance artists and companies submit videos of their work to the festival. A diverse group of choreographers, educators, and dance writers from across the country review artist submissions and make recommendations based upon factors such as creativity and innovation, development of ideas, choreographic structure, execution, diversity, and historical, social, and cultural perspectives. The Executive Director uses the recommendations to curate showcases that highlight superior work in the broad field of modern dance, that demonstrate equitable representation, that showcase a variety of local, regional, and national work, and that deepen our understanding of ourselves and each other.
HOW DO YOU SELECT THE YOUTH DANCE COMPANIES?
Youth dance company directors submit videos of their company work to the festival.The festival directors strive to represent a wide range of modern dances from local, regional, and national youth dance companies. We look for submissions that are fully-realized pieces of choreography, that are well-rehearsed, and that are executed in a highly-proficient manner. The dances must also meet fundamental guidelines including but not limited to age range and length of dance.
HOW DO YOU SELECT THE FILMS?
Filmmakers submit their work exclusively through FilmFreeway. Dance on Film co-directors and guest panelists then view film submissions from around the world. We look for films that combine choreography and inventive elements of cinematography. The panel curates screenings in which dance forms such as tap, hip-hop, jazz, African diasporic dance, modern dance, folk dance, and ballet are central to the film’s narrative or structure.
ADA COMPLIANCE POLICY
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-934-1082.
WHAT ARE YOUR COVID PROTOCOLS?
We currently require patrons to mask up while in the theater. Requirements could change depending upon city, theater, or presenter policies.
I still have a question.
No problem! Shoot Lisa an email: email@example.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.
Kathy Dunn Hamrick
Executive Producer of Austin Dance Festival
Executive and Artistic Director of KDH Dance
Director of Professional Showcases, Master Classes, Artist Interviewskathy@kdhdance.com
Coordinator of the Opening Reception
Director of Front of House
Point of Contact for Business Sponsorships
Co-Director of Dance on Film and Director's Chats
President of Board of Directors for KDH Danceilana@austindancefestival.com
Director of the Youth Edition's Master Classes, Performances, and College Fairroxy@austindancefestival.com
Lisa Anne Kobdish
Administrative Assistant for the Festival
Co-Director of Dance on Filmlisa@austindancefestival.com
Organizer for Community Pop-Up Dancesveronica@austindancefestival.com