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  • Master classes taught by world renown instructors in four different styles of dance

  • Juried performances highlighting Virginia’s best dance companies and emerging talent

  • Career and wellness educational seminars for dancers, their parents and instructors

Featuring

DanceFest is a wonderful event to meet other dancers and professionals within our surrounding community.

Performance Events

DanceFest 2019 Gala

DanceFest 2020

Friday, January 24th, 2020 - Gala Performance

Sunday, January 26th, 2020 - Master Class Day

Friday, January 25th, 2019 - 7:30pm

Tickets: $25.00*

General seating at the Harris Theater, George Mason University,

Fairfax Campus.

Performance is approximately 2 hours long with intermission

DanceFest 2019 weekend kicks off with an adjudicated Gala Performance featuring member companies of the Virginia Dance Coalition. Three Virginia Dance Coalition scholarships will be presented, and a separate scholarship will be awarded from the Arts Council of Fairfax. The DanceFest Gala is an exciting evening of dance that will introduce you to the diverse companies within our local communities.

*Prices shown Do Not include Per Ticket Processing Fee.
Parking at GMU is Free in Lot K and Parking is also available in the GMU Mason Pond Parking Deck for a Fee.

Afternoon Festival Performance

Sunday, January 27th, 2019 from 2:30-3:30pm

Tickets: $10.00*

General seating at the Harris Theater, George Mason University,

Fairfax Campus.

Performance is approximately 1 hour long with no intermission

The DanceFest Afternoon Festival Performance is a one-hour performance that features local companies and emerging talent from within our community.

*Prices shown Do Not include Per Ticket Processing Fee.
Parking at GMU is Free in Lot K and Parking is also available in the GMU Mason Pond Parking Deck for a Fee.

DanceFest Workshops & Seminars

Workshop Master Classes held in four styles of dance and instructed by:

- Ballet

- Jazz

- Hip Hop

- African Dance

Elizabeth Gaither

Chet Walker

Cameron Bennet

Sherly Pollard-Thomas

- A former dancer with American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet and former Principal with Washington Ballet, currently coaches professional dancers and students in the Metro D.C. area.

- Multi-Award Winning Director/Choreographer/Educator - with Broadway credits such as Fosse, Pippin, and Sweet Charity.

http://www.chetwalker.com/

- Director of Operations and Dancers with Culture Shock, former member of Dynamic Dance Team, a Hip-Hop dance team from the University of Maryland

- Presently teaches at the Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, former Co-Chair and dance teacher at Boston Arts Academy and former Principal/Soloist with Forces of Nature Dance Theater

Educational Seminars

Workshop Educational Seminars are designed specifically for the dancer, their parents and instructors, conducted by:

Body Dynamics Inc.

Presents Dancer Wellness; a seminar on the overall health and well-being of a dancer with tips on dancer injuries, with focus on hip recovery.

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Susan Shields - Director of George Mason School of Dance

Presents The Career Path in Dance; a seminar on being prepared to enter a college university dance program and the many career paths available to dancers. Seminar will cover everything from entering a college university dance program to the vast array of career opportunities available to a dancer after graduating from a college university dance program. This discussion will be followed by a short Question & Answer with Susan Shields.

DanceFest Workshop Packages

Dancers and Instructors can choose from three different Workshop Packages this year offered in

Three different levels: Senior, Junior and Introductory

Excerpts from DanceFest 2018