Stay tuned: 2015 DUMBO Dance Festival

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Our 15th Annual DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) will be presented from October 8-11, 2015. We are proud to announce that this year’s DDF will be presented at the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet’s state-of-the art, 300-seat theater, which will be created in the summer of 2015 at 29 Jay Street in DUMBO (currently St. Ann’s Warehouse).

With a long-time history of nurturing the work of emerging artists, WHITE WAVE is dedicated to showcase the freshest and the most individual voices in the dance field today. For the past 14 years, the DUMBO Dance Festival has been presented at the WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theater at 25 Jay Street. In the end of 2014 we had to give up our theater, which was not only a home to WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company but to the NYC dance community at large, due to skyrocketing rental costs. We are saddened by this loss, but are very excited to start a new chapter for the company and our renowned festivals. Co-hosting the 2015 DDF with a strong partner, the esteemed Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, allows us to expand the impact of our festival, and is only one of many exciting developments to come.

This year’s DDF will showcase the work of about 85 emerging and established choreographers/dance companies from across the USA and abroad. Due to the location change and expansion of the audience capacity to 300, this year’s festival format will slightly deviate from previous years’. Shows will last about 90min, with group performances of up to 9min, and solos of up to 6min in length. Like always, all performances will be free of charge to the public. The 2015 DUMBO Dance Festival is expected to attract audiences of more than 4,000 people. All performances will take place at the Gelsey Kirkland Center for the Arts.

Special DDF Performances:

  • The Opening Night Gala on October 8th will not only be the kick-off of this year’s DDF but will also be the official GRAND OPENING of the Gelsey Kirkland Center for the Arts. This Gala celebration will be hosted by a guest celebrity (tba) and will feature performances by 5 outstanding companies of the DDF roster in addition to WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company and the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet , followed by a fabulous reception and party.
  • The family-friendly Sunday matinee performance lets children and their families discover the joy of dance.
  • The spectacular Grand Finale Performance concludes the festival with 7 outstanding companies.

We are very excited to have received a large number of applications for our 2015 DUMBO Dance Festival! This year, we received submissions from France, Hungary, Italy, Canada and from all over the US: from New York to California, from Texas to Wisconsin…
Thanks so much to all the choreographers who shared their work with us! Our selection panel will review your work with great care on May 2nd and 3rd.

The Wall Street Journal said,“Perhaps the most striking aspect of the DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL was the diversity of the dancers and choreographers. Professional dance troupes came from around the globe, representing a range of physicalities and themes.” (2012)

Angela Ritchie, 2014 DUMBO Dance Festival: “This festival not only provides the opportunity to share dance with the general public, but also to connect with artists from around the country and world; which seems to be an increasingly rare opportunity in today’s society. My favorite experience was smiling and laughing with individuals I had never before met, and feeling the support they extended to our company…

For questions and inquiries, please call us at (718) 855-8822 or email

Please stay tuned for updates and the Call for Applications to our 10th Anniversary Wave Rising Series, which will be held in the spring of 2016.


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