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Indy Dance Festival 2023

July 15th - 16th

Butler University Lilly Hall & Schrott Center for the Arts 

The Indy Dance Festival was a first of its kind event in Indianapolis, inviting the whole community to come together, connect, and celebrate the dance present in our city.

Workshops, panel discussions, and networking & social events were capped by two evening performances showcasing the many types of dance present in the greater Indy area.

Local dance students, professionals, educators, aficionados, and audiences gathered for one weekend to learn, grow, connect, and be inspired, together.

Stats about the festival:

  • Over 100 professional dancers
  • Featured 18 local companies
  • More than $25,000 injected back into the local dance community

“Really enjoyed the mix of dance styles and getting to see companies I hadn’t experienced before.”  -Sunday performance attendee

“Simply fabulous.”  -Saturday performance attendee

The Indy Dance Festival 2023 was made possible with generous support from:

Dr. Mary Kristine Beckwith

Nicholas F. Hrisomalos, M.D. and family

Dr. John H. Abrams, MD and family

The Butler Community Arts School

The Indianapolis Center for Arts Education and Innovation at Butler University

Activities are made possible in part by Nickel Plate Arts, and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Saturday, July 15th, 2023 7pm

Sunday, July 16th, 2023 6pm

Masterclass Teachers

Contemporary – Josh Manculich

Hip Hop – Devin Hill

Bollywood – Usha Sirimalle

Musical Theater – Kenny Shepard

Graham-based Modern – Kathryn Taylor

Ballet – Angela Agresti

Popping – André Kiner

Commercial Jazz – Beverly Jane Bautista

Horton Modern – Devin Baker

Lecture Panels

Moderator: Beverly Jane Bautista

Health & Wellness: Taking care of the whole instrument, body & mind, in order to perform at your peak

Leslie Dodge, Glenn Kelich, Priya Lakshmi

For Dance Educators: Creating safe spaces and improving accessibility in our studios and performance venues

Derek Reid, Dana Vanderburgh, Roberta Wong

Culture and Context: How studying the history and culture of the dance that you love can enrich your experience and improve your craft

Roberta Wong, Kerry Kapaku, Christine Colquitt Thacker


Physical therapy mini-sessions provided by Elite Edge Physical Therapy


Photography sessions provided by Indy Dance Photography


ASL interpreters were present at all lecture panels & curtain speeches


“Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.” ~Alvin Ailey

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