BRATTLEBORO — Whether you have never stepped foot in a studio or you are a dance professional there is something for everyone at this year's Southern Vermont Dance Festival. From belly dance to ballroom and ballet to African, the theme is diversity and SVDF is offering a class schedule to reflect that theme. There are over 113 classes from July 13 through 16. With many different ticket options and almost any genre you can think of, there is truly something for everyone.
SVDF touts faculty at the top of their field coming from every corner of the country. There are classes in ballet, modern jazz, tap and contemporary in every single level from "I have never stepped foot in a dance studio" to "I have danced professionally in New York City for many years." All the faculty teach at all the levels which means that at SVDF one has the unique opportunity of having access to dance educators at the top of their field even if it is their first time in a classroom. Additionally, SVDF loves and promotes alternative and tribal dance genres. This year the festival has classes, in sambe, belly dance, African, country swing, improvisation, Israeli contemporary, moving with your chi, rainbow tribe, making political dances, socially conscious choreography, hot in heels and many more.
For the first time ever, SVDF is offer a yoga and restoration track for those who's movement preference is yoga. At all the time slots there is yoga, pilates, restoration and other fitness style courses. SVDF has created this curated track or you can make your own schedule. In addition to a yoga track there is also curated tracks in dance newbie, pro track, dance fest summer, world dance and more.
Throughout the four-day festival SVDF offers about 25 classes/day to choose from. Attendees can choose from several different festival passes. Every pass allows attendees to see performances and take classes. The most popular pass is the Full Immersion Pass allowing people to take two to four classes/day and see two gala performances and all the informal performances and community events that they can drink in (on a first come first serve basis). Also offered is a three-day and one-day version of this same pass, allowing people to get the full festival experience in whatever time they have. Another popular option is the dance dabbler which gives people access to one class/day and all the performances. This is a fantastic option for people who want to come and enjoy the dance, but, maybe don't want to take tons of classes. The festival passes are early registration until July 1. Following the passes will be sold at full price.
Whether you would just like to try a couple classes, or you want to suck up as much dance training and knowledge as you can, SVDF truly has something for everyone. For more information on purchasing a festival pass, to volunteer or to sponsor this event go to southernvermontdancefestival.com