Detroit Dance City Festival 2021

Detroit Dance City Festival is an annual community-building event that celebrates dance in its various forms and disciplines. With a mission to educate diverse audiences about the impact of dance, provide opportunities for artists to share their work, and create an artistic network linking Michigan, the greater US, and the world, DDCF includes performances, master classes, and networking opportunities all held virtually this year!

All performances, master classes, Q&A sessions can be viewed on the Detroit Dance City Festival by ArtLab J's YouTube Channel >

Opening + Dance and Celebration | Wednesday, September 8, 7:00

Kick off the 9th Annual Detroit Dance City Festival’s second virtual edition with performances from international artists from South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

Master Classes | Daily; September 8-12, 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, Sept 12, 9:00 a.m.

Detroit Dance City Festival presents an exciting series of Master Classes, taught by accomplished local, national, and international practitioners in diverse styles of dance. For all dancers ages 13 and up, Master Classes provide unique opportunities to learn from the best in the industry from across the globe. This year, Sidra Bell, the first Black female choreographer for New York City Ballet, will offer the festivals only live master class! Take her Live Contemporary Systems class Sunday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m.

Rivera Court Stage | Daily, September 8-12, 3:00 p.m.

As the main event of the lunch time showcase, Detroit Dance City Festival’s “Rivera Court Stage” is a series of performance showcases filmed in Rivera Court, located in the beautiful atrium of the Detroit Institute of Arts. This unique showcase highlights local, national, and international talent, sharing diverse styles of dance with Detroit Dance City Festival audiences in an inspiring museum setting.

Screen Dance International

Screen Dance International, founded and curated by Joanna McNamara, is proud to partner with Detroit Dance City Festival and ArtLab J for the fourth year in a row! Screen Dance International is excited to support and host the expanding dance film community of Michigan with screenings of adjudicated dance films made exclusively by Michigan-based filmmakers.  These dance films draw on improvisation, animation, modern dance, experimental and contemporary.

SDI: PROJECT Michigan | Thursday, September 9, 6:00 p.m. 

Consists of adjudicated dance films under 12 minutes in length directed, filmed, choreographed or produced exclusively by Michigan-based dance filmmakers.  

SDI: From Stage to Film | Thursday, September 9, 6:45 p.m.

This newly created category highlights adjudicated dance films that were created as live performances for stage, but were cancelled due to COVID-19, as well as dance films that move back and forth from a stage, whether real, imaginary, or environmental.

SDI: Dance Documentaries | Thursday, September 9, 8:00 p.m.

Consist of adjudicated films that creatively explore or document real people involved in some aspect of dance. 

Hyonok Kim: A  Personal Approach to Dance Films | Sunday, September 12, 4:00 p.m.

In this presentation, award-winning dancer, choreographer, and director, Hyonok Kim, will use 8 of her films to illustrate the methods she has evolved over 30 years of making dance films. Working in Paris, South Korea, and New York, she has explored philosophy, aesthetics, and cross-cultural ideas linking dance to poetry and culture. She discusses the relationship between the camera and the dance.

SDI’s International Dance Film Shorts | Sunday, September 12, 5:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Screenings consist of adjudicated dance films from around the globe, each under 12 minutes in length.  In these films, dance and cinematography merge together to create an equal and dynamic partnership.  

College Showcase | Friday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.

The latest venture taken on by DDCF, the College Showcase, looks to give unique performance opportunities to the college-level dancer and choreographer. 

Choreographers Showcase | Saturday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.

Providing a platform for choreographers to present their work, this showcase allows artists to share what they have been working on. These performances represent the exceptional work of local and national dancers.