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Austin Dance Festival, April 3-5, 2020 is canceled.
We hope to announce our new date soon!
In the meantime, stay well.


Austin Dance Festival Presents a Spring Intensive with Laja Field of LajaMartin, March 17-19, 2021, for Dancers 13-18. Take class from a member of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company. Learn choreography by Laja and perform in the dance festival’s Youth Showcases. For more on Laja Field, visit For more on Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, visit Early bird registration opens January 1, 2021. Register here!


Professional Showcases / Master Classes / Artist Interviews / Community Pop-Up Dances / Young Dancers Concert / College Fair / Dance on Film / Director's Chat

Austin Dance Festival is a modern dance and film festival held every spring in the heart of downtown Austin. Watch a dance on film screening and stay for the director’s chat. Take master classes from visiting artists. Attend professional showcases and learn more during follow-up artist interviews. See the next generation of dancers perform in youth concerts. Visit the College Dance Fair. Catch a free pop-up dance around Austin during the week leading up to the festival. Times and locations vary for all events. See below for the full schedule.

SUNDAY, March 29, 2020


Free outdoor performances by some favorite local dancers and aerialists. FREE FAMILY FUN! 2pm West Austin Park, 1317 W. 10th St.

FRIDAY, April 3, 2020

Master Classes with Visiting Artists

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

Space is limited. Tickets are $15 and will go on sale March 1

Contemporary Modern Technique

Within a clear structure of exercises, this energetic contemporary dance class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance. Blending somatic awareness and contemporary technique, students are given movement resources to build greater awareness and control of the dancing body. Each class builds in momentum and ends by using phrase work to propel through the space changing direction, levels, and timings. This class enables dancers to move beyond their physical centers and experience more freedom and daring in their dancing. Leave class feeling sweaty, organized, and inspired!

ABOUT Shaun Keylock

Shaun Keylock is an award-winning choreographer, director, teacher, and dancer based in Portland, Oregon. Driven by his long-standing interest in new movement research and cross-disciplinary collaboration, Keylock launched his own dance company in 2018. As a choreographer, Keylock's creative practice is rooted in contemporary performance that is at once both technically sound and radically subversive, often exploring the many facets of LGBT and queer identity. Oregon ArtsWatch has noted Keylock’s “bold movement and delicate intimacy.” His choreography has been presented by leading festivals and institutions including, On the Boards (Seattle), Dance Source Houston, Ten Tiny Dances, and New Expressive Works.

Body Mapping/Repertory

Body Mapping begins with an improvisation based warm up where the dancers are guided through movement research focused toward sending and receiving sensation. Class then transitions these tools into exercises focused on shifts of weight, clarity of impetus, and moving into distal points, and culminates in repertory phrase work.

ABOUT Stewart/Owen Dance

Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart are the co-founders of the Asheville, NC based Stewart/Owen Dance, where they co-produce original dance and music. Their collaborations have been presented in many festivals across the East and West coasts including the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival, CHOP SHOP Dance Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival, the 2019 Women in Dance Conference, and the Palm Desert Choreography Festival. They won the Audience Choice Award at the 2018 Dance Gallery in NYC and were commissioned by Dance Gallery to present a new work as Level UP Artists in fall 2019. Vanessa and Gavin have created and re-staged their work on Atlanta Dance Collective, Bellingham Repertory Dance, Stavna Ballet, and Company E. Their work abroad has influenced them to teach dance as a universal language that can connect people across different cultures and beliefs, and they use this as a driving force in their collaborations.

Dance on Film

8:00pm Dance on Film screening

Screen Dance from around the Globe at Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures Studio Theater, 501 W. 3rd St.

Follow up with the Director’s Chat moderated by Karen Skloss.

Watch the Dance on Film trailer!

SATURDAY, April 4, 2020

Master Classes with Visiting Artists

Saturday Master Classes are held at First Street Studio, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez

Horton Technique for Int/Adv Dancers

About Jessica Zamarripa

Jessica Zamarripa is a teacher and choreographer in South Texas, Mexico, and Colombia. She holds a BA in Theatre & Dance from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M International University, and she has completed the Horton Pedagogy Workshop at the Alvin Ailey School (Levels 1-4). In 2011, she founded the Laredo School of Contemporary Dance, and her students have been admitted to top university dance programs under scholarship including: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, University of Texas, and others.


This class will consist of a dynamic, full-bodied, high-energy movement vocabulary designed to focus powerful physicality and nuanced artistic freedom. Dancers will be challenged to commit emotionally and physically, while embodying grit and passion. This class will focus on efficiency in movement patterns to travel through space both in and out of the floor. Two dancers who participate in this master class will be offered scholarships to attend NobleMotion’s Summer Intensive.

About Colette Kerwick and Seth McPhail

Colette Kerwick and Seth McPhail are dancers with NobleMotion Dance, and they are also Co-Directors of NMD2, NobleMotion’s company of pre-professional dancers. Two dancers who participate in this master class will be offered scholarships to attend NobleMotion’s Summer Intensive.

Professional Showcases

5pm and 8pm Showcases at Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures Studio Theater, 501 W. 3rd St.

See Line-Up for a complete listing of dance companies.

Artist Interviews After Each Show

Listen as Kate Warren interviews the choreographers.

Watch interviews from last year here.

Silent Auction throughout the day in the Festival’s Lobby at Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.


Master Class for Young Dancers

Jamal Jackson of Jamal Jackson Dance Company

This class is for dancers participating in the Youth Concerts

Youth Edition Concerts

2:30 and 5:30pm Showcases at Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures Studio Theater, 501 W. 3rd St.


3:30-5:30 in the Festival’s Lobby at Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.

LINE-UP 2020

Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd

Dance on Film


Vincent René-Lortie / Telescope Films


Joseph Cornelison

Austin, TX

Nuno Serrão / urbanistas


Liudmila Komrakova


Carola Mamberto


Brian Imakura


Jessie James

United Kingdom

Taylor Joshua Rankin


Manjula Varghese


Kitty McNamee


Teddy Tedholm


Yoram Savion


Rachel Lambright


Rutgers Filmmaking Center


Katie Sadler


Kate Mitchell


Antoine Panier / Dunia Dance Theatre


Saturday, April 4, 2020
Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd

Professional Artists


Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Austin, TX

Shaun Keylock

Portland, OR

Michelle Nance and Catherine Solaas

San Marcos, TX

Kaley Pruitt Dance

Bloomington, IL

Jamal Jackson Dance Company

Brooklyn, NY

Frank Wo/Men Collective

Austin, TX

Body Shift

Austin, TX


Austin, TX


Austin, TX


Clinton, WA


Bombshell Dance Project

Dallas, TX

Carisa Armstrong and Christine Bergeron

College Station, TX

Kaliopi Movement Collective

Fort Worth, TX

The Nash Conspiracy

Austin, TX

Elijah Motley

Chicago, IL

Rourou Ye

New York, NY

TD Simons with Ginnifer Joe

Austin, TX

Rebecca McLindon Blanchard

Austin, TX

Stewart/Owen Dance

Old Fort, NC

Sunday, April 5, 2020
Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd



Arlington Heights RS Repertory

Arlington, TX

Laredo School of Contemporary Dance

Laredo, TX

Dallas Youth Repertory Project

Dallas, TX

713 Dance Ensemble

Houston, TX

Bombshell Dance Project

Dallas, TX

Lakeview Centennial Dance Company

Garland, TX

High Point Academy Dance Company

Ft. Worth, TX


Houston, TX

Houston Repertory Dance Ensemble

Friendswood, TX

Meyerland Dance Ensemble

Houston, TX

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Dance

Grand Prairie, TX

Inertia Dance Company

Houston, TX


The Muvment Dance Company

Cedar Park, TX

Round Rock Repertory Dance Centre

Round Rock, TX

Phoebe Ballard + Dancers

Brooklyn, NY

Carr & The Transportation Vehicles

Austin, TX

McCallum Youth Dance Company

Austin, TX

The Dance Academy of Texas

Leander, TX

Collective Dance Artistry

Helotes, TX

Studio 29 Company Dancers

Burnet, TX

Synergy Dance Company

Austin, TX

Metamorphosis Dance

Cedar Park, TX

Ballet Academy North Company

Leander, TX

Dance Discovery

Austin, TX

Quenedit Dance Theater

San Antonio, TX


Aritst Interviews

See more artist interviews at


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

2019 Archive

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: or 512-934-1082.

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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

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 Interviews

Ilana Wolanow

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 Dance

Roxy Gage

Director of the Youth Edition's Master Classes, Performances, and College Fair

Lisa Anne Kobdish

Administrative Assistant for the Festival

Co-Director of Dance on Film

Veronica DeWitt

Organizer for Community Pop-Up Dances

Shea Larson

Ticketing and Box Office Management for ADF Events

Stephen Pruitt

Production Manager, Technical Director, Lighting Designer

Swng Productions

Photography & Video Production Company

Alex Masi |