Southern Vermont Dance Festival returns for fourth Season


BRATTLEBORO >> SVDF returns for the fourth season with an exciting round of classes, performances, community events and more. The Southern Vermont Dance 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. 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 15th. SVDF is currently seeking volunteers, sponsors and families to host the faculty and artists that come to Brattleboro for the festival.

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, 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 once again host "Dances By Isadora" a Boston based company that specializes in Isadora Duncan Technique and choreography.

New to this years festival is a Black Tie BBQ at Rudyard Kipling's House at Naulakha in Dummerston, VT! Only 75 tickets will be sold to this event. It is in this house that Kipling wrote the Jungle Books and Captains Courageous and began Kim and the Just So Stories. 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.

50 percent of the mission of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival is the revival of the local economy following the Brooks house fire and Tropical Storm Irene. 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. SVDF is asking the community to say loudly and clearly that they want this festival to continue year after year. We welcome all to get involved in this years festival. Give generously, volunteer and host an artist! Check out the brand new website at and email us at Don't forget to get your early bird ticket by May 15!


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