July 2: Emerging Artists

Sunday July 2-Wolf Performance Hall
10am Emerging Artist Workshop with Sharon B. Moore
4pm Red Carpet Reception (FREE)
6pm Performance

An exciting evening of dance works by emerging artists from London and beyond. This performance is our way of nurturing young choreographers and attracting fresh talent to our city. You’ll also see a world premiere by special guest Sharon B. Moore of Toronto. In the morning, Sharon will facilitate a workshop for emerging choreographers. Join us at the pre-show reception for refreshments (cash bar), raffle prizes, and a chance to meet the artists.

Performance tickets are $15 before the event or $20 at the door, buy online at www.OnStageDirect.com/ldndancefest.

Workshop fee is $15 (location TBA), email londondancefestival@gmail.com to register.

June: Youth Composition Workshop with Hannah Goldberg

Photo: Hannah Goldberg by BeanBot Productions

Youth Composition Workshop with Hannah Goldberg
Artistic director of the Elias Movement Project
Dates & times: June 17, 18 / 10am-4:30pm (2 Days) Postponed until the summer
Cost: Early bird price $120 until June 3rd, after $150. (scholarships opportunities available)
Location: Fanshawe College Centre for Digital and Performing Arts, 137 Dundas Street
Maximum 25 participants. Ages 12 & up

This workshop will uncover some of the “nuts and bolts” of composition, and will provide the participants with various tools which will aid their choreographic process. Through guided improvisational exercises and tasks, participants will actively take part in the practice of movement composition, and will gain insight into the intricate journey that unfolds during the creation of a work-in-progress, leading eventually a final product.

Forms WorkshopRegistrationForm.PDF/WorkshopRegistrationForm.word
Send us the form to our email londondancefestival@gmail.com


International Dance Week Virtual Celebration

Happy International Dance Week!

We are celebrating with you by showing a selection of performances from the Spring Showcase 2017 held at Wolf Performance Hall on March 10. Performance videos will be available on YouTube from Friday night until Sunday night ONLY so watch them while you can!

The Youtube videos will go live a t 4:30pm Friday, and links will be posted on the Facebook Event page. You can also visit our Youtube channel.

(Please note that due to music copyright restrictions, some videos may not play on certain devices such as phones, and some videos were unable to be shared on youtube at all).

Summer Festival Application Tutorial

Do you want to perform in the 2017 summer festival?
Join us as we take you step by step through the process of how to apply for the summer festival events. We’ll discuss the upcoming calls to artists to participate as performers, workshop facilitators and flash mob choreographers. The tips we’ll share can be used in any festival or grant application, so come out and learn how to share your artistic works with the world!

When: Saturday March 25, 3-5pm
Where: London Fringe Playground, 207 King Street
Cost: FREE!

Summer Call For Submissions

2017 London Dance Festival

Calling All Dance Artists!

The London Dance Festival is inviting all dance artists, whether amateur, emerging or established to participate and perform in the 2017 festival. The festival will take place in various locations in downtown London from June 30 to July 2. Learn more about the festival at londondancefestival.ca

This year the London Dance Festival is seeking a variety of submissions from performers, choreographers and workshop facilitators.  Preference is given to London and area artists, but we welcome submissions from across Canada.  Movement and music content must be appropriate for a family audience.

2017 Summer Submission Opportunities (see details on next page):

  • Community Showcase Performers: Ivey Park, Friday June 30
  • Community Day Workshop Facilitators: Ivey Park, Friday June 30
  • Canada Day Multicultural Performers: Harris Park, Saturday July 1
  • Emerging Artist Performers: Wolf Performance Hall: Sunday July 2
  • Spotlight Series Performers: Various festival locations, June 30 to July 2

Apply Now!
Artists may apply for all opportunities for which they are eligible. Applicants must submit a separate application form for EACH opportunity. To apply for any of the opportunities below, send us the following by Monday May 1st, 2017.

  1. Completed 2017 LDF Summer Application Form.
  2. Applicant biography and performance history (max 300 words).
  3. Description of proposed dance piece or workshop (max 200 words).
  4. Two to five high resolution photos of the work, company, choreographer and/or teacher, to be used for promotion of festival events (will only be used if selected).
  5. Web link to performance or rehearsal footage for performers/choreographers, or teaching footage for workshop facilitators. (Please ensure web links are active and working). If video of the proposed piece is not available then similar work should be submitted.
  6. Send submissions to londondancefestival@gmail.com.

London Dance Festival Spring Showcase 2017

Join us in celebrating the diverse talents of London’s dance community! The Spring Showcase will present dance works created and performed by London artists in a variety of styles. See choreography in contemporary, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, salsa, bharata natyam (Indian classical dance) and more on the stage of the Wolf Performance Hall.

Featuring: Breath in Mvmt, Emily Spearing, EnPointe Development Inc, London Salsa Dance Company, O.N.E. Hip Hop, O’Neill Academy of Dance, Sound in Motion, Vidya Natarajan and Studio 646, Young Company of the North London Dance Centre.

March 10th, 2017
From 7-9pm at Wolf Performance Hall
251 Dundas St, London, ON
Tickets: $15 before / $20 at the door
Purchase tickets at www.onstagedirect.com/ldndancefest

Live Streaming Dance Ontario DanceWeekend 2017




Live streaming of Dance Ontario DanceWeekend 2017
January 22, 2017  Doors open at 12:30pm  Performances from 1-5pm
London Fringe Playground, 207 King Street
Admission $5, All ages welcome

Dance Ontario DanceWeekend takes places every year in Toronto and features an incredible line-up of dance artists in short performances over three days. This year the London Dance Festival is pleased to host a live streaming of the Sunday performances. See 9 companies including London native Ryan Lee, who will present the world premiere of his new work “Less.” Everyone is welcome to join us for this exciting viewing for only $5. In and out privileges apply.

Performance Schedule: Sunday January 22
1:00     Jade’s Hip Hop Academy Performance Co
1:30     Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
2:05     Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
2:35     Little Pear Garden Dance Company
3:05     Alyssa Martin   commission
3:20     Ryan Lee      commission    
3:45     Arabesque                                                                                               4:20     Motus O          
4:50     Gadfly               



Ryan Lee

Less is a contemporary dance work for three male dancers exploring masculinity, insecurity and expectations, along with personal, family and societal ideals of what it means to be a man with the intent of encouraging a wider conversation on exclusion, bullying and discrimination.


Alyssa Martin, Rock Bottom Movement

Dolphin examines the demise of spirituality through a blend of contemporary dance and physical comedy. Drawing inspiration from late 1990s & early 2000s nostalgia, iconic pop music artists and their performances, slapstick comedy and kitsch art, Dolphin will call into question ideas of persona, exaggerated borrowed identity and the tendency of the current generation to cheapen spirituality to cater to the needs of the social media model, serving their own personal 15 seconds of fame.

Learn more about Dance Ontario

Dance Ontario is a key component of the province’s dance sector and a focal point for its communications, networking and capacity-building resources. Dance Ontario has had a significant impact on the art form, artists, audiences and communities, spanning the provincial dance sector through a membership that includes internationally-renowned companies, emerging collectives, teachers, choreographers, dancers, costumers, lighting designers, venues, photographers and videographers.


Learn more about Dance Weekend 2017

An explosion of dance that showcases raw talent and contemporary innovation as well as the beauty and diversity of traditional styles. Join us for three days showcasing 25 of Toronto’s most stunning dance companies, plus two exciting world premieres from Ryan Lee and Alyssa Martin. It’s a weekend to inspire any dance fan.

Spring Showcase Call for Submissions


Calling All Local Dance Artists!

The London Dance Festival is inviting all London dance artists, whether amateur, emerging or established to participate and perform in the Spring Showcase. It will be held at the Wolf Performance Hall with professional lighting and stage management, and performers will be awarded and honorarium for their presentation. The event will take place on March 10th. Learn more about the festival at londondancefestival.ca

2017 Submission Opportunities
This year the London Dance Festival is seeking a variety of submissions for the Spring Showcase.

We are looking for dances of approximately 2 to 5 minutes, in any style. Music and movement content must be appropriate for a family audience. All groups will be paid the same honorarium. Ages 14 and up are welcome to apply. From all submissions, we will select approximately 15 pieces. This will be a ticketed event.

To apply, send us the following by January 27th, 2017 (extended from Jan 20):

  1. Completed LONDON DANCE FESTIVAL 2017 Application form (see link below)
  2. Applicant biography and performance history (max 1 paragraph)
  3. Description of proposed dance piece (max 200 words)
  4. Web link to performance or rehearsal footage (please ensure web links are active and working). If video of the proposed piece is not available similar work should be submitted.


Send applications to londondancefestival@gmail.com

Download the forms:

Call for Submissions Spring Showcase 2017.docx

Call for Submissions Spring Showcase 2017.pdf