BRATTLEBORO — Southern Vermont Dance Festival (SVDF) returns July19 through 22, for their sixth season. The four-day festival boasts an exciting lineup of classes, performances, lectures and free community events throughout downtown. SVDF truly offers something for everyone: professional dancers, dance students, and dance enthusiasts alike!
SVDF was founded in response to the devastation of the Brooks House fire and the flooding of Tropical Storm Irene. Since their first season in 2012, SVDF has aimed to help revive the local economy by attracting tourists to downtown Brattleboro and to raise awareness and elevate the performing arts in southern Vermont.
Each year, SVDF welcomes faculty and choreographers at the top of the dance field to southern Vermont. Some of the major players that SVDF will be hosting include: Adrienne Hawkins, a world renowned jazz choreographer and master teacher, Amanda Whitworth, Artistic Director of Tributary Dance, Director of Dance at Plymouth State University and President of the New Hampshire Dance Alliance and Robin Marcotte Assistant Professor of Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and managing director of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. In addition to their guests from afar, this year's festival will feature local talent Mucuy Bolles, former dancer with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and owner of Three Stones
Restaurant located in Brattleboro.
SVDF will feature over ninety dance classes, over twenty FREE community events and five ticketed dance concerts at venues including the Latchis Theatre, the Stone Church and the return of the Midsummer Night's Picnic and Pr omenade Dance Performance at Retreat Farm. The picnic is the festival's most popular event and tickets are expected to sell out.
Tickets and festival passes are available online now at http://www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.
Founded in 2012, the mission of Southern Vermont Dance Festival is to use the arts as a catalyst for economic growth in Brattleboro, Vermont. We do this by engaging local businesses as vendors, collaborating with local properties to create venues for site specific performances and partnering with local dance studios to host our dance education programs. By centralizing the festival's activities, we strategically drive visitors into the downtown Brattleboro area to enjoy our community's local businesses for shopping, eating and exploring. Visit us at southernvermontdancefestival.com
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