2020 New York Dance Festival

The New York Dance Festival is celebrating a big anniversary this year. 30 years of bringing world-class dance to the Finger Lakes! Be a part of this very special two week experience which includes daily master classes in Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, MT Afro Hip Hop, Reinforced Motor Function, McLeod Technique, African, and more, a world-class concert series, and the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival. Professional to novice, we are one of the only non-audition national programs of our caliber. Because we do not require auditions, no person is excluded or put through the emotional trials of an audition selection process, and families are welcome.

This years Festival runs from July 6-17, 2020. Enjoy full days of dance, interaction with international dance personalities, all which culminates with our Annual A Day in Dance Gala Concert!

2020 World Class Concert Series

The New York Dance Festival includes a World Class Concert Series of professional dance, music, and more. Stay tuned for updates as this years concert series becomes finalized!

•Harriet Tubman Freedom Awards
•Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival
•”A Day In Dance” Gala

Studio Owners/Directors: Become an Education Partner and earn revenue and support your students at the 2020 New York Dance Festival! More information here!

Festival Daily Schedule

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM MT Morning Motivation
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM RMF for Ballet Application I – RMF for Ballet Application II – RMF for Ballet Application III – Ballet Technique – RMF Certification
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM McLeod Technique I – McLeod Technique II – McLeod Technique III – Modern Technique – McLeod Technique Certification
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Master Class: MT Afro Hip Hop & Other Techniques
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Modern Repertory I – Modern Repertory II – Choreographic Residency
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Ballet Repertory I – Ballet Repertory II
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Master Class: MT Apparatus
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM MT Certification Clinical/RMF Certification Clinical/MT Modern Master Class/Dance History


***Teacher Certification, Choreographic Apprenticeship, and Choreographic Residencies are integrated throughout the daily Schedule

Dress Code:

For the dance day please wear all black dance clothing (leotard, tights, leggings, or unitard) and have your hair pulled back out of your face. Men, please have a dance belt. Bring thick socks, preferably gray or black. Also, it would be helpful to have a small notebook, a hand towel, a water bottle, and an infectiously positive attitude!

McLeod Technique
McLeod Technique (MT) is Sean McLeod’s codified dance technique based in emotional development and blends Classical Ballet, the modern foundations of Limón, Graham and Horton, Martial Arts principles, African Dance, Latin influences and Urban Social Dance. Learn more!

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Festival Registration Options

Please fill out the Registration Form

There are partial scholarship opportunities available. Please fill out the form and submit for review. All payments are due by the start of the Festival. Festival tuition does NOT include housing. If you are in need of housing please email info@nyide.com.