Southern Vermont Dance Festival returns for a fourth season


BRATTLEBORO >> Southern Vermont Dance Festival (SVDF) returns for the fourth season with an exciting round of classes, performances, community events and more. The festival will take place from July 14 to 17 with an exciting four days of dance classes, lectures and performances hosted in the one and only Brattleboro. As last year, festival attendees will be invited to attend dance performances each evening as well as a choice of many different classes each day. There will be many amazing opportunities offered to the professional dancer, dance student, and dance enthusiast. Tickets are on sale at the Early Bird discount only until May 15t.

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 fourth year in a row the festival will host some major players in the dance world including Adrienne Hawkins who is world renowned for her Jazz choreography and teaching, Billbob Brown, formerly the director of dance at Umass Amherst and Chair of the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy, Nicole Bugge from Bugge Ballet and Marketing Director for Dance Magazine. In addition this years festival will feature our very own Mucuy Bolles, former dancer with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and owner of Three Stones Restaurant right here in Brattleboro.

This year the festival will also once again host "Dances By Isadora" a Boston based company that specializes in Isadora Duncan Technique. There will be an Isadora Duncan Master class and a performance of choreography by Isadora Duncan in the Friday Gala concert. Duncan born in 1877, was a pioneer of Modern Dance. She liberated dance from the confines of ballet shedding ballet slippers and corsets and trading it for simple and natural movement. No film or documentations of her dances were made until long after her death in 1927 and thus her choreography and technique was preserved by passing it down from one generation to the next. It is a uniquely beautiful style of dance and SVDF has the unique opportunity of presenting this company at this years festival.

New to this years festival is a Black Tie BBQ at Rudyard Kipling's House at Naulakha in Dummerston! Only 75 tickets will be sold to this event. This years festival will host a fabulous barbecue dinner overlooking the Connecticut River Valley followed by our Saturday Gala Tickets which will be a performance among the 12 acre property in different locations that defined the land on which Rudyard Kipling and his wife enjoyed many years. There are also limited tickets available to just experience the Gala Concert itself. These tickets will sell out.

Performances this year will take place at the Latchis Theater, the newly renovated Stone Church, Naulakha and in and around the community. People interested in attending the festival can enjoy the free community events, Gala Performances, Informal Performance or receptions and dinners. Classes offered this year include, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Loft Technique, Tap, West African Dance, Belly Dance, Yoga, Acro-Yoga, Bollywood and much more. Get your tickets early in order to have your pick of classes.

The festival is currently accepting volunteer applications as well as internship applications. SVDF is also looking for families to host our choreographers and faculty throughout the four day weekend. If you are interested, please email us at

50 percent of the mission of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival is the revival of the local economy. SVDF does a lot to make sure that people have time to shop and eat in our town, to get local and tourist feet on the street, to make the people who attend the festival and anyone following them on social media aware of all of the amazing things that Brattleboro has to offer. In order to have the most impact we rely on local sponsors, donors and festival members to make all of this happen and help us get the word out. Additionally, the festival is run by just a few staff and a herd of volunteers. All volunteers get the opportunity to take classes, attend performances and more as a thank you for the help that they give. If you are interested in volunteering go to our site and fill out an application

This festival weekend is filled with incredible events including three Gala Concerts, three informal concerts, Guest Lectures, over 100 classes to choose from and Free Community events both performances and workshops as well as live music and performances hosted by various local businesses. This event will be accessible to everyone who is interested in participating in a weekend of dance and movement. The festival will have a strong focus on promoting dance educators and choreographers coming from Western Ma, Southern Vermont and Southern New Hampshire in addition to artists from around New England and New York and will incorporate some of the top masters of this art form from across the country and beyond. College students and dance professionals have the opportunity each year to submit work to be considered for one of the festivals formal, informal and site specific concerts and over 35 choreographers works are chosen to be shown throughout the four days.

The Southern Vermont Dance Festival aims to create awareness and promotion of performing arts in southern Vermont and across New England in addition to offering a summer training opportunity for dancers at all levels. In addition 50 percent of the mission of SVDF is to revive and support the local economy following the fire in the Brooks House and the floods of Tropical Storm Irene. Throughout the four day weekend, the streets comes alive with movement! To sponsor, donate, volunteer, host or become a member go to or email


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