It was late summer in 2019, when the idea for a dance festival emerged among Upper Valley dance artists gathered at Open Door to share their work and projects. The idea caught on quickly, and fueled by enthusiastic support from dancers and the dance community, it became a project, then a reality.
It seemed obvious to us 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” (TJDF).
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 pandemic. We decided again to cancel the following year for the same reason. Eventually, in the summer of 2022, our first festival was born.
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 the art of Dance in all of its forms through various modes of expression.
The mission of the Junction Dance Festival is to support, promote and showcase dancers, choreographers, and performing artists, from Vermont, New Hampshire and neighboring states. We want to bridge the gap between performers and viewers. To this effect, the festival is a yearly forum where dance is shared on many levels, through performance, film, workshop and community activity. With its free or low cost programs, the Junction Dance Festival is inviting the community to experience the many facets of dance while building strong foundations for the appreciation of this art form.
The Junction Dance Festival is dedicated to help young artists create new work. TJDF sponsors a spring residency program called “ChoreoLab”. The program provides a free rehearsal space in a renovated barn in Corinth, VT. The program encourages and supports the creative talent of emerging artists from Vermont and New Hampshire. All ChoreoLab creations premiere during the summer festival.