Info for dancers
The 2019 Queensboro Dance Festival (QDF) call for Queens-based dance companies/choreographers closed April 8. Thank you for your submissions!
You can still be a part of QDF-- check out free classes for dancers below!
QDF proudly presents Queens-based cultural and contemporary dance groups.
Our mission is to strengthen the dance community in Queens and
garner a greater appreciation for Queens dance.
Represent dance cultivated in Queens while discovering the borough and
sharing your work with local audiences!
QDF 2019 Dance Community Events
Free and open to all dancers; professional level recommended.
Descriptions and RSVP on our events page!
2019 Season Kick-off Party: May 11, 5pm Anable's Basin waterfront bar in Long Island City (LIC)
QDF Class Xchanges by QDF Companies (2-class sessions) at RIOULT Dance Center
Sunday June 9, 10-1pm:
10am ballroom class taught by RU Dance NY Ballroom
11:30am modern class taught by Amy Marshall Dance Company
Sunday July 14, 10-12:30pm:
10am modern class taught by guest company Jon Lehrer Dance
11:30am Greek dance taught by Greek American Folklore Society
Sunday August 4, 10-1pm:
10am African dance taught by FANIKE! African Dance Troupe
11:30am Flamenco taught by Flamenco Latino
Summer Sundays: Outdoor dance classes open to the public at Hunter's Point Park, LIC
Sunday August 18, 1-2pm hip-hop taught by The Kingdom Dance Company
Sunday August 25, 1-2pm Indian dance taught by Urvashie Kissoon
Master Class with RIOULT Dance NY (Open to Professional Queens dancers): Saturday September 7, 10-12pm
Queens Movers + Musicians Meet-up/QDF Info Session (QM3 ) #1: Jan 29, Fifth Hammer
QM3 #2: Mar 4 ,Solid State bar
Pre-season Master Class with Koresh Dance: March 14, 5-7pm Queens Theatre
QM3 #3 + Dance Jam: Apr 1, LIC Bar
About QDF 2019: May 11-October 6
The 6th season of the Queensboro Dance Festival kicks off May 11th with 26 performances in 22 different venues across Queens' vibrant neighborhoods! With some new venues added this tour, performances will be both indoor and outdoors. All shows include audience dance activities, QDF Dancebacks, or choreographer talkbacks. See FAQs below for more!
2019 Queensboro Dance Festival participants receive:
• Free rehearsal space at Jamaica Performing Arts Center
• Free Career Development Workshop with JCAL’s Director of Programs & Artist Services
• Free Fundraising/Grant Workshop with Queens Theater’s Executive Director and Development team
• Discounted rehearsal space at Spaceworks LIC
• Free Queens artist networking events & parties
• Free master class by RIOULT Dance NY and more
• Free tickets to all Queens Theatre Dance Series productions
• QDF Class Xchange: Paid teaching opportunities and access to free dance classes
• Special access to Queens arts institutions
• Photo and video footage
Free to apply, free to participate
All dance forms of any culture and style welcome!
Choreographer or company must be based in Queens (mailing address). *Dance schools with professional companies welcome. Pre-professional students may perform if integrated on stage with their professional company.
Unedited video footage of your entire proposed work is required with your application
Please select in the application at least 12 of the 26 performances that you are available to perform. If your application is accepted, you will be assigned a schedule of 4-6 performances out of the 12+ available dates you selected.
Dances have a 12-minute maximum
As we live in the world's borough, we encourage World and Queens premieres!
ALAANA (African/Latinx/Asian/Arab/Native American) dance cast, and/or majority Queens-based dance cast encouraged
Collaborations with Queens musicians encouraged-- it's why we do QM3 Meet-ups!
What dance genres are eligible for the Queensboro Dance Festival?
QDF welcomes any and all dance forms– contemporary, folk, ballet, cultures from every corner of Queens, hip-hop, tap, comedic, traditional, jazz, breakdance, Latin, ballroom, and every hybrid in between! The main requirement to submit any dance proposal is that the choreographer or dance company must be based in Queens.
What is the QDF Community vibe?
Our growing community of Queens dancers are people who want to engage and contribute to the neighborhoods they live and work in. We share a pride for being Queens artists, and share a keen interest in learning about one another's work and heritages. We support each other, have fun, think outside the box, and are pretty bold performers on tour! We have a more meaningful impact together as a community, and our vibrancy is because of the dancers who are in it. QDF is truly a community effort!
What is the Queens Musicians + Movers Making (QM3) initiative about?
Through free meet-ups and jams, QM3 is our initiative that encourages collaborative new works (Queens world premieres) between Queens musicians and dancers, across different styles and cultures. QM3 collaborations can also include new musical compositions and new choreography among artists from the same dance group or school. Live music encouraged but not required.
What is the QDF Class Xchange?
QDF Class X is a series of back-to-back classes taught by QDF participants for QDF participants and Queens dancers. Teach a class, then take a class, or come take both classes! Teachers are paid and classes are free to attend. Class dates are above. See the application to sign up to teach! Your proposal must be selected as a 2019 QDF participant to teach.
Can I submit more than one dance work?
Yes! However, you must submit a separate application for each dance work proposal. If more than one of your works is accepted, they will have different tour schedules and not be in the same shows. A compilation performance (one on-going performance consisting of several different dances) no longer than the 12-minute total maximum can be considered in one application, but videos of each dance or a video of the proposed final compilation is required, as well as descriptions of each included dance.
How does the QDF tour work?
The tour performs at different indoor and outdoor venues throughout Queens theaters, parks, libraries, plazas, and streets. Each tour stop will feature a different line-up of dance companies, so each participating dance company will have a slightly different performance schedule. Theater venues will have a stage and full production amenities. Outdoor venues will generally be smooth or street concrete clearing with natural daylight and a sound system. QDF works with many Queens organizations at each tour stop to coordinate as smooth a production as possible, but companies must be adaptable to the different performance terrains, and factors including weather, time, public environments (sound, pedestrians), and space. Some tour stops have special circumstances. For more details please see the application form!
How does scheduling work?
In the application form, select any and all performance dates (at least 12) that you are *available* to perform from both Program A and Program B options. Based off of your given availability, QDF will assign you a performance schedule of 4-6 shows. You will not be scheduled for every date you choose, but we ask you be available for more than you will be ultimately scheduled to allow for an optimal range of programming. If you select a limited amount of dates, it is not guaranteed that you will receive the dates you exactly chose. Your performance schedule will consist of shows from both Program A and Program B, and will include at least one performance in a theater venue (if you chose a theater as part of your available dates).
What if I am still working on my piece in time for the shows and don’t have all the information yet for the application?
We understand! However, we need to visualize and understand your work as much as possible. Fill out as much info as you can even if it’s a working title, or if your music is still being created, etc. Please make sure to submit a full VIDEO of the actual proposed work, even if it’s rehearsal footage of a draft, and describe your dance piece in detail. Your information also helps program a diverse and balanced show. If your work is selected, there will be an opportunity to send in final updates to program information before your performances.
Can I change my dance piece during the tour?
While we understand there may be edits to your piece during the tour (and that's totally ok!), you cannot substitute a completely different piece in the middle of your tour schedule. This is to be fair to everyone's initial proposals that were specifically selected to be programmed in the tour, and also to maintain the balance of every show. It is okay if there are small changes to your i.e. cast or music, as long as you update us. But we do ask you stick to your dance work that you originally proposed and tour that one work. As mentioned in our previous FAQ, if you want to submit more than one dance work, you can absolutely do so as separate applications.
Will my work still be considered if it’s not a Queens or World Premiere?
Yes! Though we encourage premieres (especially if you have shown work in QDF previous seasons), previously performed works will definitely be considered. Please make sure to tell us where you’ve shown your work already in your application.
How can dance schools participate?
Dance schools of any cultural or contemporary training with a professional-level company or performing faculty are welcome to submit a dance proposal. Pre-professional or competition students are allowed to perform if at a professional level and/or be integrated with professional company members throughout the proposed dance piece.
How are participants selected?
Festival participants are selected based on strength of dance proposal, schedule availability, and ensuring there is a diverse range of cultures and dance styles represented. Proposals are curated by QDF administration, programming partners, and partner organizations.
What qualifies as a dance work?
A dance work must be a live performance where dance is the core driving component (i.e. not a film, a play, etc. These types of elements are welcome but should not be the main element of a dance work). A dance work can also be a live performance that is equally shared with a music component.