Your Dance Fest 2019
Wychwood Theatre August 23rd-25th
Deadline: January 30th, 2019

“Your festival is well organized, it's really accessible for the community and it's a beautiful way to meet new artists. Thank you for everything, it was simple and easy.”

-Marie-Denise Bettez, 2018 choreographer

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random acts of dance’s Your Dance Fest is continuing to create ties between artists and their audiences as it enters its third year of programming. This three-day festival aims to give artists information about what audiences see in their work and give audiences a better understanding of what dance performance and process.

You Dance Fest will be taking place at the Wychwood Barns Theatre from August 23rd-25th, 2019. To compliment our community-selected performance programs, we offer free dance workshops for all experiences, ages and abilities. We are seeking professional artists who also work as educators to share their practice with our community. We are interested in workshops/community activities from artists of all backgrounds and dance practices, as long as the offering is welcoming to both novice and experienced movers. This opportunity is available to artists who, at minimum, have completed a professional training program or equivalent. Workshops/activities should be a maximum of one hour in length.

Jamee Valin teaching at the 2018 festival

Jamee Valin teaching at the 2018 festival

Chosen artists will:

  • Offer their workshop/experience once during the festival weekend

Mateo Galindo Torres teaching at the 2018 festival

Mateo Galindo Torres teaching at the 2018 festival

Artists will receive:

  • Compensation

  • Full technical support

  • A fantastic opportunity to share their practice and meet fellow community members

Interested artists are asked to submit their application online by January 30, 2019. Paper applications will not be accepted. APPLY ONLINE HERE

Applications should include:

  • Name of artist

  • Contact information

  • Bio of artist educator (100 words max)

  • Description of workshop/activity including:

    - who the workshop/activity is geared towards

    - ideal length of workshop

    - why you would like to offer the workshop at Your Dance Fest

  • Technical Requirements (a sprung dance floor and aux music plug-in are available for all festival events)

  • Your expected pay rate

  • Link to video support material (optional)

When Applying Please Consider:

  • What communities you believe your work is addressing.

  • How you would like to engage with the community during the festival.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information please contact us at

About random acts of dance

random acts of dance is a charitable organization that creates, performs, produces, and teaches contemporary dance.

Our performances take place in theatres, subways, parks, and other public venues. We create well-crafted, dynamic work that integrates choreography with improvisation. Within our pursuit of professional development and creativity we aim to reduce predetermined expectations and foster inquisitiveness in our audiences.

The goals of Your Dance Fest is to create access into the dance world, broaden audiences, and build community. Formed by festival director Candice Irwin, and co-artistic directors Julie Grant and Liisa Smith, Your Dance Fest was born from the question: how do we get more people involved in dance? This inquisition lead to the formation of a festival that, though spearheaded by artists, prides itself in the intimate relationship it shares with the community from inception through to presentation of its projects.

Festival Photographer: Aria Evans