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 also 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 a 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 had to be cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Although disappointed we are determined to continue our efforts to bring to you the first Junction Dance Festival in 2021.
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.
The mission of The Junction Dance Festival is to bring to the spotlight dancing by and for the Upper Valley community. We want to showcase local dancers, choreographers, performing artists, dance schools and community dance groups, to highlight the diversity of existing dance styles and to give a chance for these artists to express their talent and love of dance.
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. The festival was created in response to the realization that opportunities for dance artists to present their talents to the general public and on the local level are rare. Similarly, the public of the Upper Valley has few opportunities to view and appreciate what their dancing neighbors are up to whether they indulge in ballet, modern, country dancing or other non traditional dance styles. TJDF is providing this new and unique platform for dancers and audiences to share their love of dance. During the festival week-end, local dance schools affiliated with TJDF will be offering a variety of dance classes of many styles.
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