Children’s Dance Festival

Celebrating 23 years!Children’s Dance Festival is a daCi USA* Day of Dance
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Join us on the 1st Sunday of May for an afternoon of dance
for young dancers, ages 6-18, including Workshops in
different styles of dance and a Gala Performance

Sunday, May 3, 2020
12-6 PM
Hosted at
Tufts University Department of Drama and Dance
Aidekman Arts Center
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Young Dancers and Leaders
– Join us for a wonderful
afternoon of dance!!
Groups who want to show their dances in performance.
Groups who wish to participate without performing.
Individual young dancers (with chaperone).

Schedule 12:00-1:30 Arrival/ Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker/ Opening Meeting/ Work on the Final Group Bow. Dancers are then divided into groups, and then proceed to their workshop studio.

1:30-3:00 ‘Taste of Dance’  Workshops

Each dancer participates in a workshop with two-three different teachers in different styles of dance. Some groups will be teching during this time.

1:30-3:50 Tech Sessions/Space Check

Each group will have 10 minutes in the theater studio to set entrances and exits, and speak to the sound people.  Other groups are dressing, snacking, and rehearsing in other studios after the workshops.

4:00-5:30 Performance

Each group may contribute a dance(s) lasting up to 6 minutes. Doors open at 3:50

Sound like fun? It is.

Participation in the Children’s Dance Festival brings many

    • program recognition and exposure
    • the opportunity to network with other teachers

a non-competitive performing opportunity for your students

  • young dancers meeting others who dance seriously
  • a chance for kids to work briefly with other teachers
  • participation in a diverse concert of dances before a
    large audience of supportive peers and adults.

Older dancers will have their own workshop and be inspiring role models for younger

The day is a lot of fun and the process is always enjoyable and fairly easy to accomplish well!

“My students have been excited to be there and are eager to return next year!” -Company Director

We are back after a hiatus of several years; we are grateful to Tufts University for hosting. Groups should plan to send about 12‑15 dancers. The festival is funded through charging each participant $20. No child will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.

The concert will be free of charge for family members of the performers, performers, volunteers, and directors. Speak to Adrienne Hawkins 617-469-8787 about scholarships.

Please email us ASAP if your group would like to participate.

We look forward to meeting you!!
Eve Agush, Gloria Castano, Karyn Edison, Neena Gulati, Adrienne Hawkins, Jennifer McGowan, Erica Sigal, Jeanne Traxler,
Festival Organizers

CDF started as part of DanceMonth in Cambridge, but it was so successful that it outgrew its home at The Dance Complex. Past participants have included:

Adamant Eve Dance Company, Andover High School Dance Club, Ballet/Arts of Winchester, Boston Children’s Theater, Boston Dance Company, Braintree Academy of Dance Team, Brookline Academy-Junior  & Kids Companies, Cambridge Performance Project, Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS Dance/Drama Dept., Chhandika Dancers, Children’s Ballet Company, Children’s Dance Theater of Natick, Chinese Cultural Center Dancers, Codman Academy, The Dance Inn, Dance Production Workshop, Dancers Workshop, Dances by Isadora, Dancing Arts Ensemble, Dearborn Middle School, Donna Miceli Youth Dance Company, EnMotion Inc. Company C, Fatou’s African Sunrise, 4 Star Dance Team, Fresh Pond Ballet, Glasswings, Hip Hop Combi Dance Crew, Hispanic Classical Ballet, Jamnastics, Jaqueline M. Walsh School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Jennifer McGowan’s Creative Dance Center and the Young Performers Creative Dance Company, Joslyn Stewart Carter Youth Dance Company, La Piñata, Little Upasana, Mass Motion Dance, Movement Center Dance Studio, Mulberry Morris and Bubble Rapper, Pine Manor College Dance Ensemble, Pleasant Street Seventh Day Adventist Church Spiritual Expressions Group, Rhode Island’s Ballet Theatre, Riverside Theatre Works Dance Program, Shannon O’Brien School of Dance, Sherry Gold Dance Studio, SMALL FEETS dance company, Smith Houlihan Academy of Irish Dance, Taking Steps, Team Dance It Up!, Timilty Middle School dance group, Tony Williams Dance Team, Topf Center for Dance Education, Triveni Dancers, Upasana, Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy, Wilmington Dance Academy, as well as the students of teachers Gloria Castano, Gretchen Hayden, Anna Myer, Pam Raff, and Margo Skalecki.

We’d love to add you to this list! ­

To contact the Children’s Dance Festival
BY email:
By phone at 617-738-7688 or 617-232-3189

*daCi – dance and the Child international USA Chapter, an organization dedicated to the right of every child to dance.”daCi believes that all children and young people should be able to express themselves through dance. Our aim is to create possibilities for children and young people around the world to experience dance as creators, performers and spectators.”