General Information

Professional Training Program:  July 14 – August 4, 2019

The Bates Dance Festival brings together students, performers, educators and choreographers in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. The Festival encourages a creative exchange of ideas, while focusing on rigorous diverse training within a supportive non-hierarchical environment.

Besides a diverse offering of technique and enrichment classes, the festival offers an informative and engaging series of evening activities. Shared meals in the College’s Dining Commons provide students and faculty with frequent opportunities to interact. Students are encouraged to perform their own and faculty works in a series of informal showings and concerts throughout the Festival. A staff of accomplished body workers offers sessions in a variety of modalities on a fee-for-service basis.

 The Location

The Festival is held on the beautifully landscaped campus of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, a 45-minute drive from Portland and west of the extraordinary Maine coast. Students are invited to enjoy the College’s Museum of Art, Ladd Library, Margaret Hopkins Memorial Gymnasium (featuring Tarbell Pool and the Walter Slovenski Track, tennis, racquetball and squash courts), and the Davis Fitness Center in Underhill Arena. Lewiston-Auburn is a community of 65,000 people. The cities share the ethnic and cultural heritage of the many industrial areas — including a strong French-Canadian influence — that grew up along New England’s rivers during the 19th century.

 Arrival & Orientation

Festival students should arrive on Sunday, July 14, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. All students must attend the orientation meeting on Sunday, July 14, at 5p.m. All students must depart campus on Sunday, August 4, by 12 p.m.


The Portland International Jetport, serviced by Air Canada, Continental, Delta, Jetblue, Southwest, United and US Airways, is a 45-minute drive from the Bates campus. Concord Coach Bus and Amtrak serve Portland.  Greyhound Bus Lines (Vermont Transit) serves directly to Lewiston.

 Room & Meals

Students are housed in College dormitories with others of similar age. Single and double rooms are available. Rooms and studios are not air-conditioned. Students living on campus must adopt the meal plan. Delicious meals are served in the College’s Dining Commons with several choices of entrees, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

  Evening And Weekend Events

Evening events include performances, workshops, film and video showings, panel discussions and informal jams. Full-time students (4 courses) receive complimentary tickets to all performances. Part-time students may purchase reduced price tickets for main stage events. On weekends students may explore the beauty of Maine by joining organized outings or elect to participate in workshops on campus.

  Course Selection & Registration

Courses and registration information will be available on December 3, 2018.

 College Transcript

All students who successfully complete a full course load (full-time, 4 courses) during the Bates Dance Festival may earn one Bates College credit (pass/fail), which is equivalent to 4.0 semester hours of credit. Requests for transcripts must be made in writing directly to the Bates College Registrar and sent via snail mail in early September.

 Financial Assistance

A limited number of scholarships and fellowships are available to qualifying students.  See Scholarship section for details.

Scholarship Details