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Queensboro Dance Festival 2023: Our 10th anniversary!

Call for Queens-based choreographers opens in February- learn more here

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?

Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre
Karla Florez
NSquared Dance
Noora Dance Theater
The Physical Plant
Xiang Xu Dance
Sheep Meadow Dance Theater
Audience Danceback!
Jackie Nowicki
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.

Our Milestones

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!

SUNPROJECT
Barbara Mahler
Dugal Dance Projects
NY Hung Sing Kwoon
MICCA
Q&A Productions
IchiFuji-Kai Association
Gotham Dance Theater
NSquared Dance
VISSI Dance
Project 44
Marcela Duarte
Brandon Welch Creative Projects
Rogue Dancers
CLaF Dance
Dance games in Elmhurst
Dance games in Elmhurst

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gual + moves co

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The Physical Plant
The Physical Plant

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Dance games in Elmhurst
Dance games in Elmhurst

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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

Press

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see our first 2014 article here