It was late summer in 2019, when the idea for a dance festival emerged among dance artists from the Upper Valley gathered in a meeting at Open Door to share their work and projects. The idea caught on quickly, and when we found an enthusiastic support not only among dancers but also from the community at large, the idea morphed into a real concrete project.
It seemed obvious that the festival should take place in White River Junction, a town where art is already omnipresent, which have several successful dance schools, available performing studios and two theaters. What followed effortlessly was the name “The Junction Dance Festival”
The Junction Dance Festival or TJDF for short: What is it ?
TJDF is a week-end of dance entertainment and performances with the participation of local dance artists, choreographers, dance schools and community dance groups. Our mission is to bring to the spotlight dancing by and for the people in our community. In the Upper Valley, there are few opportunities for dance artists to share their love of dance with the general public, and for the public to enjoy performances, informally and close to home. So we are providing this new platform for dancers and audiences to meet and mingle.
TJDF brings together community members and performers, professionals and amateurs alike, in a free-flowing exchange about dance. TJDF opens a window on the Upper Valley dance scene, for the public to view a constellation of dance presentations from artists of all backgrounds, or to take classes in a wide varieties of dance style.
In every culture around the world, dance is a mean to express identity and feelings. It is with dance that people seek one another, celebrate important life events, mark the seasons, and perform rituals and ceremonies. Dancing brings people together. So we invite you to join in!
What will you find at TJDF ?
- Open doors at various dance schools with free classes and student’s demonstration
- Master classes from professional dancers
- Site specific dance events
- Street dances
- TJDF “Anything Goes” parade
- An evening of dance 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. We do not ask for a fee at the door but we are encouraging donations.
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