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The Bates Dance Festival has developed a series of ongoing projects that are woven through the fabric of the core training, commissioning, producing and engagement programs to amplify and deepen connections among artists, students and audiences.

Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium

The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium is a landmark program designed to initiate and sustain a dynamic exchange of arts and ideas between artists, arts organizations and public communities throughout the United States and the African continent.

The International Visiting Artists Program

The International Visiting Artists Program provides emerging and mid-career choreographers from around the world with an opportunity to participate in our annual gathering of the American dance community.

The Emerging Choreographers Program

The Emerging Choreographers Program provides gifted US–based choreographers, who are beginning to establish themselves in the field, with creative time to develop new work, a community of peers in which to build a larger professional network, and resources to advance their artistry.

The Community Dance Projects

The Community Dance Projects invite a wide range of community members to collaborate with Festival students and well-known choreographers in the creation of a new work.