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2:00pm & 7:30pm

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival

August 13, 2016
BU Dance Theater, Boston MA


The Fourth annual

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival


Boston Contemporary Dance Festival was established in 2012 to celebrate the art of contemporary dance. The festival brings a diverse array of contemporary dance artists together from across the United States, inviting the greater Boston community to experience this art form at its finest. Participants and audience members are invited to meet and mingle with critics, producers, photographers, and leaders in the national dance community, all while exploring contemporary dance as a site of social change and progress.


Message from the Founder

Betsi Graves


After a brief, one-year hiatus we’re happy to announce that we will be bringing back the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival on August 13th, 2016. The festival will continue to promote community and bring the high quality of dance that we’ve come to expect from BCDF, having been curated by a panel of dance professionals. We are ecstatic to be able to host the festival at the BU Dance Theater this year, bringing a host of talent from across the United States to our hometown. This is an opportunity to share and be inspired by contemporary dance companies across the country, as well as bring exposure to Boston as an emerging force in the contemporary dance scene.

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Dance Companies

We couldn’t be more honored to host some of the most interesting and innovative dance companies and choreographers on the East Coast. Below are just some of the companies and choreographers that will be at our 2016 festival. See the full list here.


Ilana Goldman

Ilana Goldman is an Assistant Professor of dance at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and has taught and choreographed for schools and companies across the country.

Rad: Renay Aumiller Dances

Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD) is a project-based contemporary dance company located in Durham, North Carolina that works to create innovative and thoughtful choreography for the concert stage and alternative venues.

Robert Mark Dance

Robert Mark Dance is a New Jersey-based dance company committed to creating invigorating new works that push, reflect upon, and unveil the human experience through the use of performance and education.

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Boston University Dance Theater


This year we will be presenting the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival in the intimate, 220-seat BU Dance Theater space.

While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life, I can only be joyful and whole.
— Hans Bos