The New York Dance Festival is one of the most unique, refreshing, and inspired international dance festivals in the world! At the New York Dance Festival, healthy emotional development is at the core of our offerings. We teach the characteristics of good dance, grounded in technique and body science, with an intentional focus on teaching skills for enjoyable self improvement and healthy motivation. World class dancing is not just our goal, it is also our vehicle to foster positive emotional development.
The Festival is a two week experience with eight and a half hours of dance a day, with master classes in Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, MT Afro Hip Hop, Reinforced Motor Function, McLeod Technique, African, and more. 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.
The New York Dance Festival presents McLeod Technique as a foundational technique, as MT is the perfect compliment to any dance or movement study. It is a gateway to rapid application and understanding in Classical Ballet, Professional Modern, Urban Dance, African Dance and more. As a multi-generational festival, all ages and abilities learn from one another throughout the course of the day. Each day begins with MT Morning Motivation, then moves into technique master classes with international dance personalities. The afternoon highlights an open master class and ballet and modern repertory sessions for learning choreography that is performed at the finale concert. Teacher Training and MT Certification Clinical tracks run throughout the two weeks. The Festival also includes a variety of concerts such as the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival and the annual "A Day in Dance" Gala. The quality and breadth of offerings, together with the famed "Talk Around" sessions and personality growth experienced by our participants and teachers, creates a truly one of a kind experience that is far beyond that of a traditional dance festival.
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!