The World Wide Directory

This is a directory of contemporary dance festivals. It is organized first by countries and then in alphabetical order within those countries. It also has a submission form so that you can share or promote the festivals you know.

Just keep in mind that this is a website about contemporary dance. Festivals about other dance genres or competitive events will not be included in the list.

We hope this page helps you find some useful information. Please, pay it forward by sharing the existence of any other festival of which you are aware.



FIDIC. Festival Internacional de Danza Independiente (Buenos Aires)

Ola Danza Festival Internacional (Mar del Plata) Workshops + Muestras + Intervenciones + Foro. Idea y Dirección: Andrea Berutti.


Danscience (Brisbane)


Impulstanz (Vienna)


Festival Les Brigittines (Bruxelles)

IDILL (International dance online short film festival) 



Festival Internacional de Dança do Recife

Santa Catarina Dança (Florianópolis)


Body Graphics (Sofia / Pernik) BODY GRAPHICS FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND PERFORMANCE is taking place from 22nd September to 28th September, hosting Bulgarian and international performances, workshops, conferences and open debates on the development, education and distribution of performance and dance art in Bulgaria.



Canada Dance Festival

Dancing on the edge (Vancouver)

Festival Transamériques (Montréal)

Guelph Dance (Ontario)

Vancouver International Dance Festival (Vancouver)


Beijing Dance Festival The Biggest Open Platform of Contemporary Dance in China 

Guangdong Dance Festival (Guangzhou) The Guangdong Dance Festival is an annual event held in Guangzhou, China. The activities of the Festival include modern dance performances by forefront international artists and dance companies, an international dance exchange and network building platform, an international dance forum, and master classes and workshops by prominent artists and art administrators.

i-Dance Festival (HK)


Al Borde. Festival de Danza Contemporánea (Medellín)

Bienal Internacional de Danza de Cali

Impulsos (Bogotá)


Dance & non-verbal Theater Festival (San Vincenti)


Festival des arts des jeunes "FESTAJ" (Kinshasa) 112, avenue Niangara,  Kinshasa/Ngiri-Ngiri BP 18058 Kin 13


Edanco (Santo Domingo)


Full Moon (Pyhäjärvi)

Kuopio Dance Festival

OuDance Festival (Oulu) Who gives a shit about genres! Since it's happening now, it's all contemporary dance. Or at least that's our view for our annual international festival happening on week 37 in mid-September. The festival has an open call annually in November/December time.


Biennale de la Danse (Lyon)

Festival d’Avignon

Festival de Marseille. Danse et Arts Multiples

Les Étés de la Danse (Paris)

Montpellier Danse

Quartier d’Été (Paris)

Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Sant Denis


DANCE Festival for Contemporary Dance in Munich, bianual.

Hungarian Contemporary Dance Festival in Berlin

Internationale Tanzmesse (Düsseldorf)

Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival (Stuttgart)

Movimentos (Wolfsburg)

Potsdamer Tanztage (Potsdam) Festival for contemporary music and dance.

Tanz im August (Berlin)

Tanztage Berlin

Tanzwerkstatt Europa (Munich)


Dance Festival of the Choreographers Association (Athens)

Kalamata International Dance Festival


Budapest Dance Festival


Attakkalari India Biennale (Bangalore)

Avayava (Pune) Intensive International Workshops | More than 30 hours of Dance | Screening of Dance on Film | Performances 

GOA Contactfestival (Arambol beach)

IGNITE (New Delhi)

Prayatna Film & Dance Festival (Pune)


International Rain Festival (Sukoharjo/Solo)  Festival to celebrate rain as blessing from the sky. All genre of art can express here. Presented by Mugi Dance every second week of January . email  Open registration for artists every May, free of charges.


Dublin Dance Festival

Moving Bodies Festival

Tipperary Dance Platform (Tipperary, Clonmel, Thurles, Nenagh) Tipperary Dance Platform is a cutting edge international contemporary dance festival dedicated to be a festive event for the community and a celebration for dance in County Tipperary.


Ammutinamenti (Ravenna)

Dance in Italy Festival (Igea Marina)  Summer Dance Study that combines Training & Performances on the Italian shore. Email: danceinitalyfestival[at]  T: +39-0376-396824

Dance Italia (Agropoli, Lucca) 4 week contemporary dance festival with classes, workshops, and performances.

Dancewoods Festival (Modena)

FIND-Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza (Cagliari)

La Biennale di Venezia

Moving Bodies Festival

OPEN FLR - International Choreographic Summer Intensive (Florence)


Nairobi Festival of Performance and Media Arts A member of AMDA (África Mashariki Dance Network).


VIDES DEJA (Ropaži)  International Contemporary dance festival "VIDES DEJA" which is held by Dance foundation "Zvaigžņu AkA"(„Stars’ Well”) and Ropaži Municipality Culture and Education center, will take place in Ropaži (Latvia) between 4-10th July, 2016.

If you are interested in participating in the festival  please, contact us.


AURA (Kaunas)


Lila López


CADANCE (The Hague)

Holland Dance Festival (The Hague)

JULIDANS (Amsterdam)


Tempo (Auckland)


CODA-festival (Oslo)






International Contact Improvisation Warsaw Flow Festival (Warsaw)  Warsaw Flow Festival main objective is to spread CI technique and build a society of people related to this trend, for the contact to be regularly present in Polish dancing in different aspects (practical, theoretical, explorative). We wish to turn the capital city into culture-influential and socially open place. Warsaw Flow participant not only dance together, they spend their free time together as well, they exchange experiences, discuss dance and other topics, play instruments, sing, give away a positive energy. We hope that people co-creating the Festival with their presence, passion, curiosity, and creativeness will motivate and enthuse others with the liking for contact improvisation - primarily because this dance technique can be learned in any age, by people with different abilities and moving or dancing experiences.Cultural activities in urban space of Warsaw with its inhabitants is also a very important issue for us as the Festival organizers, relating to social aspects of contact improvisation, focused strongly on dialogue, openness and diversity.

International Dance Theatres Festival (Lublin) 

International Festival of Dance Theatres (Poznań)

Summer Dance Forum (Lublin)


Explore (Bucharest)


Baltic Pearl (Saint Petersburg) The Grand Prix winner will be awarded a free trip to the international competition festival “Baltic Palette” in December 2016 in Tallinn.


Belgrade Dance Festival

International Festival of Choreographic Miniatures (Belgrade)


da:ns Festival (Singapore)

M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore) 


Baxter Dance Festival (Cape Town)

Cape Town International Dance Festival

Dance Umbrella (Johannesburg)


MODAFE (Modern Dance Festival) (Seoul) Usually in the second half of May.


Costa Contemporánea, Encuentro de Danza Contemporánea y Artes Escénicas (Cabo de Gata-Níjar, Almería)  Costa Contemporánea is an annual meeting where artists and amateurs interested in Contemporary Dance and Scenic Arts gather together to create, interact, attend performances and take part in high quality workshops in the heart of the Natural Park Cabo de Gata, Almería (Spain). Costa Contemporánea holds this year the II Choreography Competition Mujer Contemporánea for dance contemporary solos by women. Deadline 8th May 2015. +info

Festival 10 Sentidos (Valencia)

Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada

Grec. Festival de Barcelona

International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands, MASDANZA

Madrid en Danza

Mes de Danza (Sevilla)

Temporada Internacional Dansa València


ABUNDANCE International Dance Festival (Karlstad)

Dansforum (Viksjöfors)


Physical Days Bern (I'ts not exactly a festival, but a time for advanced trainings in a variety of dance forms)

STEPS Migros-Kulturprozent Tanzfestival Steps. 

YEAH YEAH YEAH! Internationales Zürcher Tanzfestival Das autarke, intime Tanzfestival zeigt sinnliche, humorvolle und abgründige Juwelen der vielfältigen Tanzszene Europas, der Romandie und Zürichs. Es wird rockig, es wird lustig, es wird ergreifend, es wird verwirrend!

zürich moves! Festival for contemporary arts practice in performing arts. 




Dans Kamera Istanbul


Big Dance (London)

Dance:Film (Edinburgh)

DanceLive (Aberdeen) DanceLive is an annual festival celebrating contemporary dance, and is Scotland’s only festival exclusively presenting contemporary dance. The Festival aims to present the best contemporary dance in the North East, and to provide a platform for new work, particularly that of local choreographers and dancers, whilst raising the profile of contemporary dance and engaging with audiences of all ages. The Festival was recognised in Creative Scotland’s Dance Sector Review and won Creative Cultures Scotland Award for Best Festival 2012 (public vote).

Dance Umbrella (London)

International Dance Festival (Birmingham)

Move It (London)


American Dance Festival

Austin Dance Festival Austin Dance Festival is a one-day whirlwind of dance performances in downtown Austin. We present companies and independent choreographers in the field of modern/contemporary dance in three completely different shows on one Saturday: the 2pm and 5pm shows are one hour each, while the 8pm show is a two-hour concert with a brief intermission.

In between shows, we offer various activities for audiences and artists, alike. In 2015, Human Stage presented Information Sessions on software for performing artists. Alternatively, visitors can easily walk to downtown shops, museums, restaurants and bars or take a stroll on the hike and bike trail.

The Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company Board of Directors hosts an Artist/Donor Reception on the Friday evening preceding the festival. This casual event gives everyone an opportunity to visit, network and relax before the big day.

Bates dance festival (Lewiston, ME)

BIG RIVER dance festival (Huntington, WV)

Boost Festival (Seattle, WA)

Boston Contemporary Dance festival Boston Contemporary Dance Festival was established in 2012 to celebrate the new and largely unknown art of contemporary dance. The festival brings a diverse array of contemporary dance artists together from across the United States, inviting the greater Boston community to experience this art form at its finest. 

Central California Contemporary Dance Invitational (Visalia)  Festival held annually in January. Email Martha Kelly-Fierro for more information at mkfaltmod[at]

Chicago Dancing Festival

Chop Shop (Bellevue, Washington)

Cultivate (New Hampshire)

Dance Camera West (Los Angeles)

Dance on Camera (New York)

Dance Salad (Houston)

Exchange Choreography Festival (Tulsa, OK) EXCHANGE provides a meeting point for professional dancers to showcase their choreographic work and engage in dialogue about process.

Fire Island Dance Festival (New York)

Genesis International Choreographic Competition (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Genesis, Milwaukee Ballet’s international choreographic competition, returns to the historic Pabst Theater, February 16-19, 2017. Three talented choreographers from around the world, hand-picked by Artistic Director Michael Pink, will showcase original works to vie for the judges' and audiences' vote. THREE CHOREOGRAPHERS will be chosen to create a twenty-minute piece using eight dancers within a maximum of 90 hours of rehearsal time individually. Transportation to Milwaukee, hotel lodging, and a daily per diem will be provided.

Harvest Chicago

Hudson Valley Dance Festival (New York)

International Association of Blacks in Dance Festival (changes cities annually)

Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA)

Laguna Dance Festival (Southern California)

newMoves (Pittsburgh)

PTW (Performing The World, New York)

REVERBdance Festival (New York) Applications now being accepted. Deadline 20/08/2016.

Salt Dance Fest (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Seattle International Dance Festival

The Dance Gallery Festival (New York City and Huntsville, TX)

TIPDI's Move Up Dance Camp (New York) TIPDI's "Move Up" Dance Camp is a technique-focused Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary dance weekend geared towards adult dancers and dance enthusiasts.

The majority of attendees range in age from mid-30s to mid-60s and are usually former professional dancers returning to the studio after an absence, or current dancers exploring technique classes outside of their primary dance form. All classes are leveled - Beginner thru Advanced. Participants take 15 hours of technique and choreography classes with instructors from Steps on Broadway, Gibney, and Broadway Dance Center. It's a fun, friendly, non-competitive, conservatory-style environment. The TIPDI Dance Camp series is currently in its 4th year, and has welcomed dancers ages 20-70 from all around the US and 11 other countries.

We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts (Boston)

Young Choreographer's Festival (New York City)

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