Dance Festival Draws Hundreds of Young Dancers to Campus Oct. 12 and 13

The Florida Dance Festival on Tour is now in its 8th year in Gainesville, bringing quality instruction from the members of the Florida Dance Association to hundreds of students from well-known dance programs from across the state of Florida.

This training and performance opportunity for middle and high school age dancers is hosted by the Santa Fe College Dance Department and the University of Florida School of Theater and Dance. Festival performances will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at the SF Fine Arts Hall.

At the festival, guest dance teachers from around the state and nation will teach a variety of classes including Ballet, Modern, Jazz Dance, African, Hip-Hop, and Capoeira, as well as Musical Theatre and other special topics in Dance Education. Young dancers will enjoy a weekend of challenging classes culminating with two special dance concerts.

Come enjoy this collaborative performance celebration of young Florida artists.

Friday, October 12, Florida Dance Festival on Tour Informal Welcome Concert
7:30 p.m.
The Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College
Tickets: $5
For tickets, call the Fine Arts Hall Box Office at 352-395-4181.

Saturday, October 13, Florida Dance Festival On Tour Showcase
7:30 p.m.
The Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College
Tickets: $10 –General Public, $5 FDF Participants
For tickets, call the Fine Arts Hall Box Office at 352-395-4181.

The Florida Dance Association, under the direction of Bill Doolin of Miami, Florida, is a resource organization that assists Florida dance artists to be able to network, collaborate, and support one another to further the cause of dance arts in the state of Florida. One of a few remaining organizations of its kind in the country, for 35 years, FDA has given scholarships; presented dance groups; provided workshops; employed dancers, teachers, and choreographers; and helped to spread awareness of up and coming dance artists from all over the country. Association programs help to increase communication within the state’s dance community and foster a sense of unity and pride among Florida’s dance artists. FDA serves a constituency of dance professionals and students, dance businesses and organizations, and dance audiences and enthusiasts.

For more information visit the Dance Festival on TourWeb page, or contact Bill Doolin at 305-310-8080.

Choreographer Gerri Houlihan, left, teaches a modern dance class at the Florida Dance Festival at USF. For years, the festival attracted dance students to Tampa.