June 30: Community Day

Friday June 30 – Ivey Park
12pm All-Ages Workshops
5:30pm Arts Networking Hour
7pm Showcase Performance

We’ve got something for everyone! Try out new moves in fun workshops open to all ages and experience levels, plus a final chance to learn the Flash Mob dance (see website for schedule and details). Serious dancers can learn all about funding, services and opportunities in the Arts Networking Hour. In the evening, enjoy a performance by local artists plus special guests Tentacle Tribe from Montreal.

July 1: Canada Day Celebration

In partnership with London Celebrates Canada
Saturday July 1–Harris Park
3pm & 4:30pm  Flash Mob and Multi-Cultural Performances

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through dance with a showcase our city’s multi-cultural heritage. Catch two half hour performances featuring local artists, plus appearances by London’s Ill at Will breakdance crew and Breath in Mvmt. dance company. You’ll also have two chances to dance alongside your fellow Londoners in our annual Flash Mob (see side panel for participation details).

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


Summer Submission Deadline Extended til May 6!

Application deadline extended until May 6, 2017!

We’re giving you five more days to apply to be part of the 2017 festival. There are many opportunities! Apply as a Performer, Teacher or Flash Mob Choreographer by Saturday.


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