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.
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."
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.
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!