It was late summer in 2019, when the idea for a dance festival emerged among Upper Valley dance artists gathered in a meeting at Open Door to share their work and projects. The idea caught on quickly, and fueled by enthusiastic support from dancers and also the community, the idea morphed into an actual project.
It seemed obvious that the festival should take place in White River Junction, a town where art is already omnipresent, which has several successful dance schools, available performing studios and two theaters. What followed effortlessly was the name “The Junction Dance Festival”.
After a year of structuring, planning, coordinating and a successful fundraising, the founding committee was prepared to launch the first Junction Dance Festival in the summer of 2020. Unfortunately, like many other performing art events, the festival had to be cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We decided again to cancel the 2021 festival as Covid guidelines for large public gatherings were not permitted at the time. Although disappointed we are determined to continue our efforts and bring to you the Junction Dance Festival in 2022.
The Junction Dance Festival, Inc., is a non profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Vermont. It is established to promote the understanding and appreciation of Dance in all of its forms through performance.
The mission of The Junction Dance Festival is to spotlight dancing by and for the Upper Valley community. We want to showcase local dancers, choreographers, performing artists, dance schools and community dance groups, to highlight the diversity of existing dance styles, and to give a chance for these artists to express their talent and love of dance.
The Junction Dance Festival or TJDF for short: What is it ?
TJDF is a weekend of dance entertainment and performances with the participation of local dance artists, choreographers, dance schools and community dance groups. Opportunities for dance artists to present their talents to the general public and on the local level are rare. Similarly, the public of the Upper Valley has few opportunities to view and appreciate what their dancing neighbors are up to, whether it’s ballet, modern, country dancing or other nontraditional dance styles. TJDF is providing this new and unique platform for dancers and audiences to share their love of dance in all its forms. During the festival weekend, local dance schools affiliated with TJDF will be offering a variety of dance classes of many styles.
What will you find at TJDF ?
- Open doors at various dance schools with free classes and student demonstrations
- Master classes from professional dancers
- Site specific dance events
- Street dances
- TJDF “Anything Goes” parade
- An evening of dance performances at one of the downtown WRJ theaters.
How much does it cost?
TJDF is made possible by the generous contributions from private foundations, local businesses and people from the community. All outdoor and studio events are free to the public. Tickets for theater events are affordable and children under 12 are free.
If you would like to make a tax deductible gift, please use the donation form in the Support section of the website.
You can also contribute by volunteering your time. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org