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 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 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 was called off 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 greater Upper Valley community. We want to showcase dancers, choreographers, performing artists and community dance groups, from Vermont, New Hampshire and farther afield. The festival highlights the diversity of existing dance styles, and gives a chance for the participating artists to express their talent and love of dance.