The festival boasts faculty and choreographers at the top of their field with a unique ability to serve all levels of dance from the dance enthusiast to the dance professional and everything in between. For the fifth year in a row the festival will host some major players in the dance world. The theme this season is diversity with a social justice community event, a performance about Harriet Tubman at the Latchis Theater, and a strong focus on dance from around the world and different cultures. They are highlighting the beauty in people’s differences and the strength in celebrating diversity.
New to this seasons festival is a Midsummer’s Night Picnic and promenade performance at Scott Farm that is selling out quickly. Getting tickets early is recommended. In addition a “Yoga Track” has been added for those who yoga as their preferred movement form. Also new this season is a community dinner, a social justice and resistance performing arts tour downtown, and a mini-dance film festival. This is in addition to the usual three galas, informal concert, closing concert, dozens of community events, visual art exhibits, and 113 classes that are offered.
SVDF began five years ago following the fire in the Brooks House and the floods of Tropical Storm Irene. What better way to make a community thrive then to bring in the joy of movement? SVDF currently seeks sponsors, volunteers, and host families for artists and faculty. To purchase tickets, support or donate go to www.southernvermontdancefestival.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.