2020 Queensboro Dance Festival is a wrap!
Thank you for an amazing season amidst the most challenging of times!
Miss our Oct 3-5 Season Finale on YouTube?
Catch up now, but only until Oct 12!
Dance cultures represented include Hula, Tap, Modern, Bellydance, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, West African, Cumbia, Kathak, Street Jazz, Greek, Ballroom, and Chinese. Many of the danceworks premiering have been created, inspired by, or rehearsed virtually in quarantine.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
6:00 PM ET
Amy Marshall Dance Company
Fanike! African Dance Troupe
The Kingdom Dance Company
NK&D/a movement company
Sunday, October 4, 2020
6:00 PM ET
Drye/Marinaro Dance Company
Gotham Dance Theater
The Physical Plant
Greek American Folklore Society
Noora Dance Theater
Monday, October 5, 2020
6:00 PM ET
Omar Edwards | ExQuisite Chill
Mae Mae Dance Studio
Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
RU Dance NY Ballroom
Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre
Our annual fundraiser!
Our highly anticipated dance battle is going virtual this year! LIC community members -- neighborhood moms, local business owners, doctors, teachers -- team up with our QDF choreographers and compete for glory! Judged and scored by local community members, plus a Fan Favorite award where viewers get to vote!
See the dances and winner announced November 1, 6:00PM on YouTube! A portion of all proceeds also benefits LIC Relief, a collaboration of local civic, religious and business organizations working together to alleviate specific needs in our community.
Hear from last year's dancers and audiences!
"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
From May to October every year, the Queensboro Dance Festival is a tour featuring 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 garner 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 in QDF 2020, we all come together in a new way as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis as a community. We are committed to being here for our dancers and our public. Join us on our virtual tour to interact with our Queens dance companies this year. Dance with us!
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
2019 QDF Featured Show Sponsors
We are proud to be supported by local businesses and season funders. Thank you to our Sponsors!
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