Bates Dance Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMaine
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Lewiston, Maine USA
Festival Contact Information

Bates Dance Festival
Pettigrew Hall
305 College Street
Lewiston, ME 04240 USA
Phone: +01 (207) 786-6381
Fax: +01 (207) 786-8282

Festival Description

The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. The Festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through workshops, jams, discussions, informal showings and performances.

Festival Dates June 28 - August 11, 2013
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Festival Events:

Performance feature 2012:
  • Keigwin + Company
    August 3 & 4, at 8:00pm
    • The company of 8 dancers will present the world premiere of Starstruck, built on the theme of the constellations as well as other current repertory. Keigwin will be in residence for one week during the festival conducting a lecture demonstration, master classes and rehearsals. For more information visit the company’s web site at, and the Bates Performance Series information at
  • The Bates Dance Festival is comprised of four interwoven programs:
    • Two professional training programs including the Young Dancers Workshop (YDW), a rigorous three-week program serving pre-professional dancers ages 14-18; and the three-week Professional Training Program (PTP) serving dancers ages 18 and up.
    • Mainstage performance series features renowned contemporary dance artists from around the world.
    • Community outreach activities include the Youth Arts Program serving local youth ages 7-16 with dance and music training, and the Community Dance Project that invites local residents to participate in an intensive creative collaboration with a choreographer and Festival dancers.
    • Commissioning and residency projects support new works by established companies, emerging choreographers and international artists.


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • AirMail, performed by AXIS Dance Company, photo by Andrea Basile
    • AXIS Dance Company, photo by Andy Mogg
    • COCo Dance Theatre, photo by Julieta Cervantes
    • COCo Dance Theatre, photo by Paul Kopicki
    • AXIS Dance Company, with David Dorfman performing, photo by Andrea Basile
    • Monica Barnes, photo by Steven Schreiber
    • Doug Varone and Dancers, photo by Phil Knott
    • AXIS Dance Company, performing Vessel, photo by Andrea Basile


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