2023 New York Dance Festival

The New York Dance Festival has been bringing world-class dance to participants for the past 32 years! 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 Festival runs Monday – Friday with Master Classes from 10:00-4:30pm daily, for full day tuition participants and some additional special options for Choreography and evening Master Classes as well. The final Friday evening at 8:00 PM is the culminating concert the “A Day in Dance” Showcase Concert, where all full-day participants perform!


Virtual Track: Online via Zoom
In Person Track: School of American Ballet, New York City
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023


***Proof of vaccination and masks are required for in person participants.***

Concerts Announced:

We are excited for our Online in In Person World Class Concert Series! In the evenings and weekend, the New York Dance Festival we will present Virtual concerts through live streaming. Stay tuned for more updates including people, dates, times, and online or in person details. The  concert & event series will include:


•Two Black Voices – Panel Discussion & Workshop
•In Her Words: A Panel Discussion on Innovative Leadership from the Arts
•International Stage ONLINE
•33 Year McLeod Technique Panel Discussion
•The 33rd  “A Day in Dance” Concert!
•The Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival Premier Concert

and more!

Follow our IG at @newyorkdancefestival and check out the ATTEND page to find out more and grab your tickets!


The Harriet Tubman Freedom Festival and the National Harriet Tubman Freedom 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.


The Music Festival is part of the New York Dance Festival and features the annual performance of the “A Soundtrack for Harriet Tubman”.

Check back often for updates and notices


Festival Daily Schedule

***Online participants will be able to join via zoom 15 minutes before the day starts.

10:00AM EST MT Morning Motivation
10:30 AM EST Master Class 1: Reinforced Motor Function for Ballet Application
11:45 AM EST Master Class 2: McLeod Technique Modern/Contemporary
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT Lunch
2:30 PM EST Specialty Master Classes (MT Afro Hip Hop, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and more)
3:30-4:30 PM EST Special Repertory class (8 Days) – Learn a Choreographic Work for the 33rd “A Day In Dance” Gala Concert. All Full Day Participants will perform in the concert on the evening of the Final Friday of the Festival. **Included in full-day tuition only* (Day ends here for General tuition)
4:30-6:30 PM EST New York Dance Festival Choreographic Fellowships are integrated throughout the festival day. These two hours are dedicated to daily clinical and application creation for  Choreographic Fellows. ***This is not part of the general tuition, it is a special track***

*** There will be additional special options for Choreography and evening MT Sessions 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!



McLeod Technique
McLeod Technique (MT) is an emotional based, codified technique that teaches contemporary dance to classical ballet and urban dancers. McLeod Technique Modern ® teaches emotional development and blends classical ballet, the modern dance foundations of Limón, Graham, and Horton, martial arts, African dance, Latin influences and urban social dance. Learn more!



Festival Registration Options


Full 2 Week Registration
$1500/per person
1 Week or Half Day Registration
$1100/per person
New York Dance Festival Choreographic Fellowship
$1900/per person
Individual Master Class
$25/per person



Please fill out the Registration Form

There are partial scholarship opportunities available. Please fill out the scholarship form and email to kierstyn.nyide@gmail.com for the scholarship committee to review. All payments are due by the start of the Festival.

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 Sessions - 2022