The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. The Festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through workshops, jams, discussions, informal showings and performances.

The Bates Dance Festival is comprised of four interwoven programs: two professional training programs including the Young Dancers Workshop (YDW), a rigorous three-week program serving pre-professional dancers ages 14-18; the Professional Training Program (PTP) serving dancers ages 18 and up; a main-stage performances series featuring renowned contemporary dance artists from around the world and community outreach activities including the Youth Arts Program serving local youth ages 7-16 with dance, music, theater and visual arts training, and the Community Dance Project inviting local residents into an intensive creative collaboration with a choreographer and Festival dancers to create a new work which occurs on alternate years. Commissioning and residency projects support new works by established companies, emerging choreographers and international artists.

History

Learn about the History of the Bates Dance Festival.

Staff

Meet the staff behind the Bates Dance Festival.

Blog

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Current Supporters

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