Wake Forest Dance Festival

Dance Festival2019 Wake Forest Dance Festival
Saturday, Oct. 5 
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

Presented by ARTS Wake Forest and the Wege Foundation, in partnership with the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, the Wake Forest Dance Festival will bring a day of dance to the Triangle in a spectacular outdoor setting. Free and open to the public, this family-friendly event will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The event will feature international, national and regional professional dancers from the Wake Forest dance community and beyond, along with local rising advanced dance performers.


The mission of the Wake Forest Dance Festival is to bring dance to the community and the community together through art of dance. In an annual free all day performance, the event presents works created by contemporary national and international choreographers, along with works of historical significance of American Classical and Modern Dance, while featuring international, national and regional artists along with local advanced rising students. The Festival strives: to enhance and nurture local dance students' artistic education by arranging masterclasses with the visiting dance artists; to offer unique opportunities for audiences to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for a variety of styles of dance; to increase cultural offerings available for residents and visitors of the Triangle area while making the Town of Wake Forest a destination for dance.

Event Details

The Wake Forest Dance Festival will begin with an educational Technical Rehearsal in the morning and culminate with a staged performance late in the afternoon.

The festival will feature regional, national and international professional dancers along with local rising advanced dance students. Genres will include classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and world. Throughout the day, dancers will perform in different areas of the park.

Dance FestivalSchedule

9:30 am - Technical Rehearsal

The public is invited to observe the Technical Rehearsal from 9:30 am-noon, a practice run through of the Festival Performance to be presented on stage in the early evening. Following the rehearsal, join us for a Q&A to gain a deeper understanding of the dance works. 

1-4 pm - Tour in Motion

A Tour in Motion is a guided walking tour, beginning at the top of each hour, with 4 locations presenting short site specific dance works, showcasing various dance styles in intimate outdoor settings throughout Joyner Park. This immersive experience will showcase works by Lindsay Winthrop (NC), Rebecca McCormac (NY), Zoe Walders (NY), and Claire Fisher (OH).

5-6:30 pm - Festival Performance

The culminating Festival Performance will feature extraordinary guest artists performing works by Paul Taylor (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Robert Weiss (Carolina Ballet), Helen Simoneau (Helen Simoneau Danse), along with students of University of North Carolina Greensboro and student performers of Svasti Dance (Greensboro, NC), Barriskill Dance Theater School (Durham, NC), and Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts (Wake Forest, NC).


Volunteers are needed at the Wake Forest Dance Festival. To volunteer complete the online form.


Wake Forest Dance Festival

E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Road