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.
The Junction Dance Festival or TJDF for short: What is it ?
TJDF is a weekend of dance entertainment and performances with the participation of dance artists, choreographers, dance schools and community dance groups from Vermont and New Hampshire and beyond. It is a forum for dance artists to meet and mix with the public of the Upper Valley. We want the community to experience the full spectrum of dance style whether it’s ballet, modern, contemporary, hip hop, country dancing and nontraditional dancing, and at the same time give the public opportunities to participate in events such as parade, workshops, classes and social dancing.
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
- Performances at the Briggs Opera House.
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 may be donation based or affordable (children under 12 are free).
If you would like to make a tax deductible gift, please address the check to The Junction Dance Festival and send to PO Box 605, Norwich, VT 05055, or use the Paypal button for online payment, in the Support section of the website.
You can also contribute by volunteering your time. Please contact us at email@example.com