Michigan Dance Festival 2016
The Michigan Dance Council's Michigan Dance Festival is an annual community event celebrating the great diversity and talent of Michigan choreographers, dancers and dance educators. Grand Rapids Ballet has generously agreed to be the 2016 Michigan Dance Festival co-host.
how To participate
Each fall, the Michigan Dance Festival celebrates the great diversity of dance forms and culture throughout the state. The event is open to the public, where community members are invited to participate in various Master Classes, Summer Intensive Scholarship auditions, Workshops, MDC Showcase Gala Concert and Open Feedback Session. This concert features a Michigan-based dance company as well as the finalists of the Maggie Allesee Choreography Award competition.
ENROLL IN DANCE MASTER CLASSES
Master classes in a variety of genres are open to the public for all ages. The community is invited to participate in technique classes taught by outstanding master dance teachers whose styles range from jazz, modern, ballet, and world dance. Registration opens each fall online, with package deals and further discounted prices for MDC members.
SUMMER INTENSIVE SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
MDC hosts the Summer Intensive Scholarship audition which provides middle school, high school and college-age scholarship winners with partial or full tuition scholarships to selected in-state summer dance programs.
Summer Scholarships offered (For Summer 2017):
ArtLab J and Detroit Dance City Festival
Blue Lake Performing Arts Camp
Carr Center Summer Dance Intensive
Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive (Wayne State University)
Flint School of Performing Arts
Grand Rapids Ballet
Great Lakes Dance Festival (Oakland University)
Kristi Faulkner Dance Summer Intensive
MPulse Dance Institute (University of Michigan)
MDC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The MDC Annual Membership Meeting offers an opportunity for the public to network and share ideas about advancing Dance in our state and for MDC members to vote in annual MDC elections.
MDC SHOWCASE GALA CONCERT
The MDC Showcase Gala Concert highlights the dance work of talented choreographers from around the state and features a professional Michigan-based dance company. This year's concert features Metro Detroit's Eisenhower Dance as well as the works of the selected finalists in the Maggie Allesee Choreography Award Competition.
THE MAGGIE ALLESEE CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD
A highlight of the concert is the presentation of the Maggie Allesee Choreography Award or "Maggie". This honor, which includes a monetary gift, is awarded to a Michigan choreographer for a work that exemplifies excellence in choreography, innovation, and performance quality. Finalists are selected through a two-tiered process: Round One adjudicators select 4-5 Maggie Finalists; Round Two adjudicators select the Maggie Award winner during the annual MDC Showcase Gala Concert.
OPEN FEEDBACK SESSION
Want to know more about Dance? Why choreographers do what they do? Stay after the concert for the Open Feedback Session, when the Maggie Judges share their thoughts with the choreographers about the works seen that night!
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