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” (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 Covid 19 pandemic. We decided again to cancel the 2021 festival as Covid guidelines for large public gatherings were not permitted at the time. Finally, with great success, we were able to launch our first festival in the summer of 2022. From now on we are committed to bring the festival to the Upper Valley communities year after year.
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 support, promote and showcase dancers, choreographers, performing artists and community dance groups, from Vermont, New Hampshire and neighboring states. The festival highlights the diversity of existing dance styles, and gives a chance for the participating artists to express their creativity through performance. We also encourage public participation by offering free dance workshops throughout the three day festival
Another aspect of TJDF’s mission is to help young artists make new work. To this purpose, we sponsor a spring residency program called “ChoreoLab”. The program provides 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 will be premiering during the summer festival.
The Junction Dance Festival significantly impacts the future of regional dance artists. It provides exposure, networking, and an opportunity for a career launch.