2020 ONLINE 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.

The Online Festival runs Monday – Friday July 6-17, with virtual Master Classes from 9:00am-3:15pm daily for full day tuition participants and some additional special options for Choreography and evening Master Classes as well.

Concerts Announced:

We are equally excited for our New York Dance Festival Online World Class Concert Series! In the evenings and middle weekend, we will present concerts through live streaming. The online concert series will include International Stage, 30 Year Talk Around Concert, the 30 Year “A Day in Dance” Online Gala!, and the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival & the Harriet Tubman Freedom Awards!

The Harriet Tubman Freedom Festival and National Tubman Awards is “A World Class Celebration of What It Means to Be Free” in Honor of Harriet Tubman. Poised to be the next great global festival, the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival invites the world to celebrate freedom in Tubman’s free Central New York Region, July 11 streaming at 5PM on the World Wide Web!

The Music Festival is part of the New York Dance Festival- hosted by two businesses of color, the New York Institute of Dance & Education and the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre! The concert’s finale features the annual performance of the “A Soundtrack for Harriet Tubman”.

More information to come.

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 (on Zoom)

8:45AM EDT Waiting Room Opens
9:00 AM EDT Master Class 1: Reinforced Motor Function for Ballet Application
10:30 AM EDT Master Class 2: McLeod Technique Modern/Contemporary
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT Lunch
12:30 PM EDT Specialty Master Classes (Hip Hop, MT Afro Hip Hop, and more)
2:00-3:15 PM EDT Special Virtual Repertory class (8 Days) – Learn a Choreographic Work for an Online premiere at the virtual 30th “A Day In Dance” Gala Concert. *The new piece will be recorded online on Wednesday July 15th. **Included in full-day tuition only*


*** There will be additional special options for Choreography and evening Master Classes as well.

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!

Enhanced Training and MT Coaching Sessions:

MT Sessions (Coaching) with our incredible faculty are also possible, starting now! Get yourself ready to get the most out of your Festival experience with one-on-one, personalized training. Due to the incredible demand, waiting lists are kept for faculty members with full schedules, but you never know if a slot is available so always ask.

MT Sessions (Coaching) available with any faculty member include:

*McLeod Technique Modern (contemporary)
*Reinforced Motor Function
*RMF for Ballet Application
*RMF for Pointe
*Choreographic Repertory Sessions
*Injury Rehabilitation, Strength & Alignment
*CMA Computerized Motor Analysis with Karen Brown

*Email or internally message on social media for the MT Sessions Fees. **First come first serve, slots go very quickly.

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

Full 2 Week Registration $500/per person
1 Week or Half Day Registration $400/per person
Individual Master Class $25/per person

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.