We love our borough and the dancers in it
The Queensboro Dance Festival's mission is to strengthen the dance community in Queens
and garner a greater appreciation of Queens dance.
Love Queens dance too? Volunteer two hours at our events or admin for festival perks!
Karesia Batan, Executive Director
About the Queensboro Dance Festival
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month season of community events + performances throughout Queens neighborhoods, featuring only Queens-based cultural and contemporary dance companies. QDF offers participating companies free master dance classes, rehearsal space, networking events, teaching opportunities, and special access to Queens arts institutions. QDF presents a tour of free performances across Queens parks, theaters, plazas, libraries, schools, and other uniquely Queens venues. QDF also hosts a variety free public dance classes, arts resource fairs, and artist engagement activities for our audiences.
QDF's goal is to serve the Queens dance community and greater Queens public, elevate the value & reputation of Queens dance, and represent a slice of our diverse cultures, neighborhoods, and dance styles by coming together each season. To date, QDF is a growing network of over 100 diverse Queens dance companies and reaches about 8,000 people each season.
Established in 2014, The Queensboro Dance Festival (QDF) was created out of a need for a more accessible, unified sense of community among Queens dancers. The mission of the festival is to strengthen the dance community in Queens, and garner a greater appreciation for Queens dance. QDF is produced by The Physical Plant. QDF has been recognized for its community impact in the first ever Create NYC Cultural Plan released in 2017 as part of a space and accessibility case study, and is a selected 2018 honoree of the Queens Pride organization with support from the New York State Comptroller's Office Thomas P. DiNapoli and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James. In 2019, QDF was named the Best in Arts & Humanities with the LIC Game Changer award.
About The Physical Plant
Based in Long Island City, The Physical Plant is a dance production company with a two-pronged purpose: to create danceworks with a meaningful perspective; and to provide focused dance programming that is relevant to the public while connecting the dance community. Founded in 2010 as a performance group, TPP shows original works throughout NYC choreographed by Karesia Batan. Karesia’s choreographic work is rooted in instinctive movement, intention, and the practice of Aikido. TPP has been presented at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, Northside Townhall, Theaterlab, Gibney Dance, and the WAH Center, as well as in CT and MA.
In 2014, TPP established programming including the Queensboro Dance Festival and DANCE SHORTS film screenings, with additional seasonal programs on the horizon. TPP also curates the Site Moves Series movement installations for the annual LIC Arts Open.