2022 Queensboro Dance Festival
Our tour schedule is live! Join us this summer to see hula, hip-hop, modern, Colombian, ballroom, Greek, Mexican, street jazz, African, ballet, Indian, club, bellydance, and more!
Check out the free performance & class lineups
Check out the Dance Companies
Pop-up events added all summer-- follow us on Instagram
Robert Mark Dance
Chieh & Yoyo
Kofago Dance Ensemble
Drye/Marinaro Dance Company
Fanike! African Dance Troupe
Gotham Dance Theater
Barbara Mahler's Dances
Greek American Folklore Society
Karla Florez School of Dance
Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre
NK&D/a movement company
The Kingdom Dance Company
sarAika movement collective
Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
Wendy Kamal and the David Ali Dance Academy
Now Live: Queensboro Dance Festival partnership with Turnout NYC
We are proud to be a lead partner presenter for Turnout NYC in Queens! Turnout NYC in Queens runs Thursdays through Sundays, July14-August 7 in Travers Park Jackson Heights, with a variety of arts & culture workshops and performances. Featuring local artists and free to the community! This city-wide pilot initiative is led by the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit organization dedicated to activating and transforming shared public spaces to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable city, and SITU, an architectural practice centered on social and creative impact.
Made possible with support by the Mellon Foundation. Jackson Heights curatorial partners include Jackson Heights Beautification Group and 2nd Story Pilates+Yoga.
Amidst the most challenging of times
"Lincoln Center, City Center quality dances, the performers were excellent...I've never been here, I'm glad this was the thing that I saw for the very first time..." ~ Audience member
What is the Queensboro Dance Festival?
Free Dance Performances & Classes
Every summer, the Queensboro Dance Festival tours across Queens presenting Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures & styles. We tour various indoor & outdoor venues throughout Queens neighborhoods, offering free performances, dance classes, and other unique ways to connect Queens audiences to local dance.
The Queensboro Dance Festival also serves as a Queens career resource for dancers by providing access to free rehearsal space, dance classes, workshops, teaching opportunities, professional development workshops, and artist meetups.
Our mission is to strengthen the dance community in Queens, and inspire a greater appreciation for Queens dance.
What started in 2014 as a 4-night production in a local theater, the Queensboro Dance Festival reached its vision in our 5th anniversary season in 2018, launching as a full performance tour across Queens theaters, parks, plazas, and libraries, reaching over 20 neighborhoods. Beginning that season as a Queens Pride Honoree for our community work, 2018 boasted 26 diverse dance companies from Queens, 31 performances and classes, and 21 dance work premieres. We also hosted international group the Inner Mongolia Performance Arts Troupe as their NYC debut right here in Queens.
We continued to grow in our 2019 season, and closed the year as the inaugural recipient of TFC Best of Arts & Humanities Award.
Now after hybrid 2020 and 2021 seasons, we continue to be a dedicated platform for underrepresented Queens dance artists, bringing free professional programming to neighborhood communities all over our World's Borough!
Neighborhood Community Engagement
Every show on tour is a different line-up of Queens companies of all cultures and styles, featuring various audience activities including Question & Answer sessions with the dancers, dance games, and our QDF Dancebacks, where audience members get to take a mini dance lesson with our companies. Be sure to follow us, subscribe, and check back here for announcements!
Photo credits: Josef Pinlac, Noel Valero, Reiko Yanagi, QDF staff
Click for news coverage
see our first 2014 article here