We believe that a person does not have to be broken before achieving their greatness.

Good Dancing is not a goal, it is our vehicle

The New York Dance Festival is a unique dance experience whose original foundation was constructed by Sean McLeod to champion empowering women and build their self esteem. At the Festival women and men of all ages work in an environment where consistent focus is given to correcting the tradition that a person has to be broken by the industry before they can find their greatness.

About the New York Dance Festival

The New York Dance Festival has locked emotional development and good mental health into the DNA of its dance offering. Good dancing is not our goal, it is our vehicle. It is a place where teachers come to rejuvenate and interact with like minded dance masters. Practicing these life changing principles through movement gives the dancers an opportunity to see if happiness is a better way to learn dance. At the festival we aim to partner with everyone, celebrate the greatness of effort, and challenge ourselves to grow in the face of our fears.

The festival is a two week experience like none other with eight and a half hours of dance a day with master classes in Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, MT Afro Hip Hop, Tap, African, Reinforced Motor Function, and the McLeod Technique. With three difference levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced no one is overlooked or put through the emotional trials of an audition.

Our program is based on the emotional safety of our participants, which is reflected in the New York Institute of Dance and Education's philosophy that "successful teaching requires paying equal attention to the heart of every participant."

Artistic Fellowships

The New York Dance Festival Artistic Fellows are selected from a very competitive field of applicants who seek an expanded opportunity for critical growth and evaluation. The courses are interwoven with the New York Dance Festival, providing an incredibly fertile ground for candidates to learn and apply theories from their course of study. This highly interactive dance opportunity was created as the model for the International Dance Education Initiative, and has been specifically designed to give participants an effective overview of dance through the application of lessons learned. This goal is achieved by experiencing numerous areas of dance simultaneously, and under the very diverse tutelage of the Master Teachers of the New York Dance Festival.

Choreographic Apprenticeship

Dance Performance
Studying dance from the performer’s perspective, with opportunities to perform in various mediums. Study will include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and ethnic. The pursuit of excellence in this area will allow for better understanding and success in the next objective.
Composition Study
The study of choreography as an art form. This program will review the foundational principals of choreography, then move to more complicated applications of creating work. Primary study will focus on creating small group works, and acquiring the tools necessary to accomplish this. This perspective requires commitment to constant learning, exploration, and personal and professional development on the part of the aspiring choreographer.

Choreographic Residency

Includes Choreographic Apprenticeship curriculums plus:
Dance Education
Based upon NYIDE’s philosophy that successful teaching requires paying equal attention to the body, mind and heart of every student. In this methodology, candidates will do detailed course study in the discipline (art) of teaching, beginning with the principles of teaching fine arts dance and then move on to more complicated applications including adjustments and corrections. Study will include teaching ballet, modern, jazz, and tap.
Business Administration and Design for the Arts
The New York Dance Festival as a classroom in Business Administration. The candidate will see programming and projects from conception to completion, learning how only good business practices allow for corporations or arts programming to flourish. They will get to see methods that help an idea become a profitable product. Candidates also learn how to design the packaging necessary to sell that product.

Teacher Training

Teacher Training
Our Teacher Training course is heaven-sent. The design is constructed to allow teachers to shed their fear of ridicule, in exchange for the opportunity to ask those simple questions that they’ve always wanted to ask. Teacher Training participants work in the studio side-by-side with our international faculty, getting an intimate and hands-on opportunity to learn the details of physical correction, material design, and instruction delivery. Participants get to re-adjust a person, moments after the master teacher, allowing for the highest amount of retention and understanding. Likewise, participants will get to sit in on selected meetings, faculty planning, and press opportunities, getting direct business application.

Become an Educational Partner with the New York Dance Festival

Share this dance experience with your clients. Get world renowned master teachers on your staff. Contact us for more information at info@nyide.com or learn more

Integrated Programming: The NYDF Integrated Programming allows you to bring your students to the New York Dance Festival for one or two days of master classes at an amazingly discounted rate! Your field trip to the Festival includes 8 1/2 hours of techniqueclasses, repertory, and composition with a critically acclaimed faculty that will change your life. This program allows for you to run your summer schedule, but still leaves room for you to share this dance experience with your clients. This initiative can be used by an individual dancer as well.

Cash Back: Integrate the New York Dance Festival into your curriculum and receive cash back for every student. Learn More!

What Are You Waiting For? Come Dance With Us.