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2024 DUMBO Dance Festival showcases 50 companies

Michiko Kiyofuji. Photo by Takahiko Sakai.
Michiko Kiyofuji. Photo by Takahiko Sakai.

On June 27, WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates the 23rd anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) with a Gala Opening that heralds the contemporary dance festival. 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-scenes opportunities for 50 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 400 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.”

The 2024 DDF will kick off with WHITE WAVE’s Opening Night GALA Celebration on June 27. Opening remarks will be followed by five contemporary dance troupes: Buglisi Dance Theatre, Yoshiko Chuma & The School Of Hard Knocks, ZviDance, Company | E, and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

After the performances, the audience can enjoy an open bar, food and music to feed the soul, as well as a fabulous raffle including gourmet wine baskets, “Dinner for Two” at local DUMBO eateries, and much more.

2024 DDF features 50 contemporary dance troupes combining over 400 artists who will present solo, chamber and full-scale works. Dancers from across the United States, and internationally from Switzerland, Colombia, Mexico, Taiwan, Japan and Korea will join the New York’s active dance community to offer the full range of new directions in dance in the 21st century.

During this year’s festival, WHITE WAVE Dance will be selecting two outstanding companies to have the opportunity to perform at the 2025 New Dance Festival in South Korea, and the 2025 Detroit City Dance Festival. Both of these highly regarded festivals will provide companies with another 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. 

The Grand Finale of 2024 DDF will take place on June 30, with performances by eight companies, including Ali Pfleger and Artists, Cori Marquis + the Nines [IX], Lopez & Dancers, Hoon Dance Company, Freespace Dance, Ara Dance Project, and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

Festival tickets can be purchased at whitewavedance.networkforgood.com/events/69546-2024-dumbo-dance-festival, and for more information, visit www.whitewavedance.org.

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