Wake Forest Dance Festival

2018 Wake Forest Dance Festival
Saturday, Sept. 29 
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road 

Presented by Wake Forest Arts 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 on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. 

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

Last year's participants included Theatre of Movement (Greensboro), Gaspard & Dancers (Durham), Renay Aumiller Dances (Durham), Movement Migration (Charlotte), along with former dancers with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Carolina Ballet. 

The Wake Forest Dance Festival will also showcase local rising advanced dance performers from Dance Attic, Destiny Dance Institute, Franklin Academy, Get in 5th Productions, Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts, and Meredith College. 

The 2018 Wake Forest Dance Festival will pay tribute to the American Dance Festival (ADF), based in Durham, NC. With ADF being such an integral part of the dance community here in North Carolina we will celebrate its contribution to the art of dance for over 84 years around the world, 40 years here in our North Carolina, and highlight ADF’s incredible lineage of dance history showcasing a diversity of genres, performers, choreographers and music.

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 and national professional dancers along with local rising advanced dance students. Genres will include classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and world. No tap or hip hop. 

Throughout the day, dancers will perform in different areas of the park and facilitate education stations. 


  • 9:30 am 
    Technical Rehearsal – Attendees who want a behind the scenes look can attend the Technical Rehearsal, which is a run-through of the Festival Concert that will take place later in the day. Some of the performers and the stage manager will be available to answer questions.

  • 1-4 pm
    Tour in Motion – A guided tour will begin at the top of every hour and give attendees the opportunity to experience different dance genres in intimate outdoor settings throughout Joyner Park.

  • 5-6:30 pm
    Festival Concert – The main concert of the festival will feature professional dancers and rising advanced dancers from local dance institutions.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsors are needed and a variety of sponsorship levels are available.

Anyone interested in participating in the 2018 Wake Forest Dance Festival is encouraged to do the following:

  • Review the Fact Sheet (coming soon) that provides additional information and requirements. 

  • Complete and submit the Submission Form

  • One of the event organizers will respond.

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

For More Information
For more information, contact Pamela Stevens.