CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVALS
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.

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ARGENTINA

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


AUSTRALIA

Danscience (Brisbane)


AUSTRIA

Impulstanz (Vienna)


BELGIUM

IDILL (International dance online short film festival) 

INTERDANS


BRAZIL

Festival Internacional de Dança do Recife

Santa Catarina Dança (Florianópolis)


BULGARIA

ONE DANCE WEEK


CANADA

Canada Dance Festival

Dancing on the edge (Vancouver)

Festival Transamériques (Montréal)

Guelph Dance (Ontario)

Vancouver International Dance Festival (Vancouver)


CHINA

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)


COLOMBIA

Al Borde. Festival de Danza Contemporánea (Medellín)

Bienal Internacional de Danza de Cali

Impulsos (Bogotá)


CROATIA

Dance & non-verbal Theater Festival (San Vincenti)


DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (ZAIRE)

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


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Edanco (Santo Domingo)


FINLAND

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.


FRANCE

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


GERMANY

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)

Tanz im August (Berlin)

Tanztage Berlin

Tanzwerkstatt Europa (Munich)


GREECE

Dance Festival of the Choreographers Association (Athens)

Kalamata International Dance Festival


HUNGARY

Budapest Dance Festival


INDIA

Attakkalari India Biennale (Bangalore)

Avayava - Contemporary Dance Festival (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)


INDONESIA

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 internationalrainfestival@gmail.com  Open registration for artists every May, free of charges.


IRELAND

Dublin Dance Festival

Moving Bodies Festival


ITALY

Ammutinamenti (Ravenna)

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

Dancewoods Festival (Modena)

FIND-Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza (Cagliari)

La Biennale di Venezia

Moving Bodies Festival

OPEN FLR - International Choreographic Summer Intensive (Florence)


KENYA

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


LATVIA

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. starswell7@gmail.com


LITHUANIA

AURA (Kaunas)


MEXICO

Lila López


NETHERLANDS

CADANCE (The Hague)

Holland Dance Festival (The Hague)

JULIDANS (Amsterdam)


NEW ZEALAND

Tempo (Auckland)


NORWAY

CODA-festival (Oslo)


PANAMA

Prisma 


PALESTINE

Ramallah


POLAND

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)


ROMANIA

Explore (Bucharest)


RUSSIA

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.


SERBIA

Belgrade Dance Festival

International Festival of Choreographic Miniatures (Belgrade)


SINGAPORE

da:ns Festival (Singapore)

M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore) 


SOUTH AFRICA

Dance Umbrella (Johannesburg)


SOUTH KOREA

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


SPAIN

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 info@costacontemporanea.es

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


SWEDEN

ABUNDANCE International Dance Festival (Karlstad)

Dansforum (Viksjöfors)


SWITZERLAND

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. 


TANZANIA

Visa2Dance


TURKEY

Dans Kamera Istanbul


U.K.

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)


U.S.A.

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]sbcglobal.net

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)

Harvest Chicago

Hudson Valley Dance Festival (New York)

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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