October 5 – OCTOBER 8, 2017


October 5, 2017, 7pm – GALA
October 6 – October 8, 2017 – Festival Performances
October 8, 2017 – Family Friendly Program
For the full performance schedule, click here

Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter
29 Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201

General Admission $10


On Thursday, October 5, 2017, WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates our 17th season of the DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) with a Gala Opening that heralds the most anticipated four-day festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Committed to developing dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today’s dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend. For four nights and three days, dance lovers will experience a veritable cornucopia of the best of contemporary dance. DDF is committed to advancing the best of dance by providing on-stage and behind-the-scene opportunities for 70 dance troupes from across America and around the globe, allowing audiences to experience, first-hand, the incomparable vitality of the New York dance scene.

This is a festival about opportunities,” says Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of White Wave Dance. “The DUMBO Dance Festival provides an opportunity for over 350 performing artists to showcase their work. Further, it offers New York audiences the chance to participate in one of the most diverse displays of leading-edge choreography and excellence at an affordable price.”

Again, this year’s WHITE WAVE’s annual DUMBO Dance Festival will be presented in association with Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter in their the state-of-the-art, 333-seat theater, located at the heart of DUMBO.

GALA Opening Night: 5 October, 7PM

The 2017 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL will kick off with WHITE WAVE’s Opening Night GALA Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 5th at 7:00 pm.  The evening will be hosted by a guest celebrity (TBA). We have selected two of our most distinguished supporters to honor the great impact they have had in furthering our mission this year. Their opening remarks will be followed by seven stunning contemporary dance troupes: Alicia Mullikin, Iker Karrera (Spain), Oniin Dance Company (Italy), Verlezza Dance, Over Soul Tanz Theater (China), Maddie Hanson, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company. Afterwards, the audience will enjoy a reception with a buffet dinner of exotic Korean cuisine and a fabulous raffle (including gourmet wine baskets, “dinner for two” at local DUMBO eateries and much more)!

Tickets are $100 and $250 (VIP seating) per person; all proceeds raised will directly offset WHITE WAVE’s production costs for our 2017/18 Season.


More info at 718-855-8822 or

Family-Friendly Program: Sunday, 8 October, 12 noon-3pm
Celebrating the next generation of dancers… and their parents (!) WHITE WAVE’s Kids Can Dance education program will lead Hip Hop/B-boy and Modern Dance classes for kids of all ages. Following the class, nine companies will take to the stage in a fun, exciting, and educational program featuring the best, family-friendly performances of the 2017 festival.

Grand Finale: Sunday, 8 October, 8pm-9:30 pm
For the Festival Grand Finale, nine companies will present works, including T.MAJ Dance Company, Leyland Simmons and Company, Over soul tanz theater, Mei Yamanaka, Devin Richey, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Jessica Rajko, Oniin Dance Company, MICHIYAYA Dance.

For the full performance schedule, click here.


Special Performance Opportunities:
This year at the 2017 DUMBO Dance Festival, White Wave Dance is pleased to announce we will be selecting TWO stellar companies to have the opportunity to perform at the 2018 New Dance Festival in South Korea, and the 2018 Detroit City Dance Festival. Both of these highly regarded festivals will provide companies with another fantastic opportunity for further exposure, promotion and performances. All companies participating in this year’s festival will be carefully considered and will be notified after the festival.

2017 DDF features 70 contemporary dance troupes combining over 350 artists who will present solo, chamber, and full-scale works. Dancers from across the United States, and internationally from Switzerland, China, Hungary, Spain, Japan, Korea, and Italy will join the New York’s active dance community to offer the full range of new directions in dance in the 21st century.

This year, the roster of companies includes: Julieta Valero/Rastro, Project Moshen Dance Compay, CoreDance Contemporary, Gin Dance Company, Revival Dance, FELEDI JANOS-FELEDI PROJECT, Tina Croll + Company, Yoo and Dancers, JKing Dance Company, Mook Dance Company, Mignolo Dance Company, SUNPROJECT, SagaDance Company, Alicia Mullikin, shawnbibledanceco., ConteXture dance Detroit , Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, Dardo Galletto Dance, Cross Move dance , Oniin Dance Company, Michiko Kiyofuji, bellē contemporary dance co., Iker Karrera, Azul Dance Theatre, Annielille Gavino/ Malayaworks, Jessica Rajko, ASBCOMPANY, Billy Blanken/ SMDT, Elizabeth Shea Dance, Jeanette Stoner and Dancers, Ekilibre Dance Company, Leyland Simmons and Company, A. Tan Dance, Over soul tanz theater(CHINA), Monica Hogan Danceworks, FJK Dance Inc., Katharine Pettit Creative, Amirov Dance Theater, Maddie Hanson, DeRenzo Co. , Talissa Bavaresco, John Beasant III and Dancers, Texture Contemporary Ballet , Jennife Golonka , MICHIYAYA Dance, So Young Park, Ramona Sekulovic, Kip Martin/NamjaYoja, Gloria McLean/LIFEDANCE, Monteleone Dance, PDC LA, XAOC Contemporary Ballet, Verlezza Dance, The Theorists, Ydhelca Perez Dance, Amos Pinhasi, Tanzprojekt Elfi Schaefer-Schafroth & Mojalet Dance Collective, Tomomi Imai, Lindsey Bramham Howie, Vivid Ballet, Lauren Beirne Dance Works , Heather Roffe, Dance, Yuka Kawazu/Danse En L’air, T.MAJ Dance Company, Mei Yamanaka, Erick Montes/Danceable Projects, Devin Richey, Hoon Dance Company, Wondertwins, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company, and more.


Click HERE to download photos of 2017 DUMBO Dance Festival

Photo Credit from Left to Right: Revival Dance by Nate Power | Gin Dance by Ruth Judson | Texture Contemporary Ballet by Nicholas Coppula | Katharine Pettit Creative by Michael Bonasio | Heather Roffe Dance | Cross Move Dance | Annielille Gavnio Malayaworks by Frank Bicking | Leyland Simmons and Company by Rachel Neville | Michiyaya Dance by Umi Akiyoshi | Hoon Dance Company | So Young Park by David Gonsier | Dardo Galletto Dance by Tania Palomeque | Over Soul Dance Theater by Lu Wei | Mei Yamanaka by Eric Band | T. MAJ Dance Company by HU photography | White Wave Dance by Julie Lemberger.

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Each dollar is crucial in our campaign to “Help keep WHITE WAVE Cresting in 2017!” and we are, and forever will be, incredibly grateful for your support.

In 2017, through our three renowned festivals: SoloDuo Festival (June) and Wave Rising Series (July), and DUMBO Dance Festival (October), WHITE WAVE will be presenting over 200 companies with 500+ performing artists.

Reaffirmation from our individual followers that what we do is unique and well appreciated:
“White Wave’s successful mission to provide meaningful–and in some cases life changing– opportunities to hundreds of dance companies and thousands of dancers over the past 29 years is nothing short of a miraculous, ongoing achievement.”
– Mark C.

Your help is an investment in experience; the reward for your generosity will be sharing our vision to inspire. Your gift of $25, $50, $100, or any other amount will make all the difference!

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WANTED: Interns & Volunteers

Do you love dance?
Are you interested in learning about arts management?

Interning for WHITE WAVE is a great opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of a vibrant NY dance company in the non-profit sector.

WHITE WAVE is looking for individuals who
* are interested in the NYC dance community
* have a courteous demeanor
* are proficient in Microsoft Office and online-media

If you are interested in this opportunity, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to whitewavevolunteers@gmail.com.

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