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Entry from August 09, 2005
International Dance Festival
The annual International Dance Festival began in 2002. Time will tell if it becomes a New York City institution.

International Dance Festival NYC

The International Dance Festival - NYC is a program of For Dance, Inc a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to dance!

The International Dance Festival — NYC was created to:

promote greater dialogue between local, national and international artists;

increase audience-media-presenter exposure;

offer increased performance opportunities for ground floor, emerging and established dance artists
working as well as opportunities for student choreographers and performers;

produce a full spectrum of performances representing all disciplines of dance;

present New York audiences with a diverse array of dance that represent the multiplicity in of the art form;

present a tiered system of performances that include Showcases, Shared Evenings, and Full-Length Evenings;

provide multi-year support for emerging artists;

establish networks and exchanges locally, nationally, and internationally to open the doors for increased exposure and cultural understanding.

Brief History
The 1st Annual International Dance Festival — NYC 2002 was held at the unair- conditioned Theatre at St. Clements, a 134 seat off-Broadway house located in the Hells Kitchen section of NYC. Over a three-week period and in 100°+ heat, the festival presented 22 companies / choreographers in 18 performances. In addition to NYC choreographers, there were representative companies from Austria, Japan, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Companies represented diverse movement styles including contemporary ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, African, and Cuban. These performances reached 972 audience members. Through reduced price and free tickets, an additional 74 were able to see these performances.

2nd Annual International Dance Festival — NYC 2003 was moved to the air-conditioned Duke on 42nd Street, a 200 seat off-Broadway house located in the heart of the theatre district. This festival presented 36 companies/choreographers in 21 performances. Audience numbers climbed to 2870 and we were pleased to play to several sold-out houses. Reduced price and free tickets enabled an additional 250 audience members to experience dance for a total of 3120.

The 3rd Annual International Dance Festival — NYC 2004 returned to The Duke on 42nd Street and expanded its run to 5 weeks with 47 performances. The 2004 Festival presented 60 companies/choreographers and provided four separate workshop/performance programs for young dancers. Audiences increased to 5765 and we provided low-cost and or no-cost tickets to an additional 362. Companies came as far away as California, Nevada, Virginia, and Texas; international companies included Assembly Dance Theatre of Taiwan R.O.C. and a joint performance project involving dancers from Japan, Switzerland and the US.

The 4th Annual International Dance Festival — NYC 2005 will be held July 11-August 6, 2005 at the DiCapo Opera Theatre and the Citicorp Theatre at Alvin Ailey Studios Joan Weill Center for Dance. This year also marks the addition of the IDF Summer Performance Lab which focuses on the preparation and performance of concert dance for Int/Adv students as well as the return of the Manhattan Performing Arts Collective which focuses on Musical Theatre. We welcome companies from NY, NJ, PA, CT, CA, MA, and WV as well as international companies from England, Iceland, Taiwan, and Switzerland.

The 5th Annual International Dance Festival — NYC 2006 is currently scheduled for July 10 - August 1. Applications are available online.

Posted by Barry Popik
Holidays/Events/Parades • (0) Comments • Tuesday, August 09, 2005 • Permalink