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.
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Karesia Batan, Executive Director
About the Queensboro Dance Festival
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual summer tour of performances and classes throughout Queens neighborhoods, featuring all Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures and styles. We tour Queens' unique indoor and outdoor venues including theaters, parks, plazas, libraries, and street events, to make high-quality local dance accessible to our many communities. QDF supports our participating dancers by offering free rehearsal space, performance footage, professional development workshops, master classes, networking events, teaching opportunities, and special access to Queens arts institutions, as well as a vibrant Queens dance community to connect to!
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 120 diverse Queens dance companies and reaches about 10,000 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 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 was a 2018 honoree of the Queens Pride organization with a Proclamation from the New York State Comptroller's Office Thomas P. DiNapoli and certificate from NYC Public Advocate Letitia James. In 2019, QDF was named the Best in Arts & Humanities with the Long Island City Game Changer award and certificate recognition from Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan. QDF is produced by The Physical Plant.
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.