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Festival Overview 

 


    Student in Class - Photo by Arthur Fink
The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. The Festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through workshops, jams, discussions, informal showings and performances.

The Bates Dance Festival is comprised of four interwoven programs: two professional training programs including the Young Dancers Workshop (YDW), a rigorous three-week program serving pre-professional dancers ages 14-18; the Professional Training Program (PTP) serving dancers ages 18 and up; a main-stage performances series featuring renowned contemporary dance artists from around the world: and community outreach activities including the Youth Arts Program serving local youth ages 7-16 with dance, music, theater and visual arts training, and the Community Dance Project inviting local residents into an intensive creative collaboration with a choreographer and Festival dancers to create a new work which occurs on alternate years. Commissioning and residency projects support new works by established companies, emerging choreographers and international artists.

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