July 19 - 21, 2024

After a hugely successful inaugural year, the Indy Dance Festival returns, inviting the whole community to gather for one weekend to learn, grow, connect, and be inspired, together.


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

31SVN Crew

31SVN Crew

Indianapolis Ballet

Indianapolis Ballet

WWR Creations

WWR Creations

Performer Applications

Deadline: May 1, 2024 at 5pm
Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2024

The Indy Dance Festival performances will consist of 2 different programs, presented Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st of July, with 9 performance spots per evening (18 spots total)

*New for 2024*

Each evening’s program will include:

  • 3 featured local artists or groups (6 total in festival) 

in addition to the following breakdown, determined by application and independent adjudication:

  • 2 local pre-professional/youth performing groups (4 spots total)
  • 3 local professionals/adult artists (group or individual) (6 spots total)
  • 1 out-of-town professional/adult artist (group or individual) (2 spots total)

Applications will be reviewed by an independent adjudication panel of dance experts from a range of backgrounds and dance styles. Feedback will be made available to applicants upon request.

Selected performers/groups will receive an honorarium (amount TBD). Unfortunately we are unable to cover travel expenses, but will do our best to help connect out-of-town performers to low or no cost housing options, as available.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be available either July 20th or 21st, 2024 for daytime technical rehearsals, an evening performance, and networking events at Butler University’s campus. Please indicate if you are available both days. Performers will also be invited to attend an optional jam session in the afternoon/evening on Friday 19th.
  • Proposed pieces must not exceed 15 minutes in length for group pieces, or 7 minutes in length for solos.

Application Must Include:

  • Applicant name (Company, performance group, or individual(s))
  • Contact name and email
  • Title of piece (or working title)
  • Name of choreographer(s)/creator(s)
  • Number of performers (or estimated – final casting information will be due at a later date)
  • Demographics of performer(s) and choreographer(s)
  • Length of piece (no longer than 15 minutes for group pieces or 8 minutes for solos)
  • Title & composer/creator of music
  • Any technical requirements
  • Performance Sample – Please provide a link to a video that best represents the performance you are proposing (i.e. Youtube, Vimeo, or website link). Video of the actual work to be performed is strongly preferred but not required.
  • Completed Performer Application Demographics Table

Adjudication Considerations:

We recognize that all art is unique and difficult to measure. Our panel of adjudicators will carefully consider each application on its individual merits, but will place emphasis on:

  • Artistic quality & merit, including:
    • Technical quality
    • Use of storytelling and creative expression
    • Exposing audiences to underrepresented dance histories or cultures
  • Contribution to your local community
  • Variation in style and content as it fits into the rest of the program
  • Diversity in representation of artists, both performer(s) and choreographer(s)

Questions? Please reach out at indydancefestival@indydancecouncil.org

Masterclasses & Panel Discussions

Held at Butler University’s Lilly Hall, 3rd Floor (see venue information below)

Masterclasses and teachers will be announced soon. All classes require pre-registration and can be purchased individually or as part of a day pass. Classes are open to dancers of all levels aged 13+, including pre-professionals, professionals, serious students, and adults

Panel Discussions are free and open to the public! Pre-registration is not required.


Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact indydancefestival@indydancecouncil.org for more information.

About the Venues

610 W 46th St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

This state of the art theater was completed in 2013, is a one-of-a-kind, student- and community-focused facility. At just 475 seats, but with a full-size proscenium stage, the space is designed to optimize acoustics and sightlines, and is equally well-suited for music, dance, and theatre.


4741 Clarendon Rd E Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Dedicated in 1962, Lilly Hall is the home of the Jordan College of the Arts, which includes the School of Music, the departments of Dance and Theatre, as well as the Art + Design and Arts Administration programs. In 2003, the Lilly Courtyard Building—a 48,000-square-foot expansion of Lilly Hall—opened. Lilly Hall houses faculty offices, more than 20 practice rooms, five dance studios, two black-box theaters, nine mediated classrooms and rehearsal halls, soundproofed electronic music and percussion studios, a Multisensory Learning Facility, and music libraries for the band, orchestra, and choral departments. Lilly Hall was built using major funding given by Lilly Endowment Inc. and is named in honor of the Lilly family.


Patrons can park in the Sunset Avenue Parking garage, located in the 4700 block of Sunset Avenue, between 46th and 49th street. Access the garage from Sunset Avenue. For most events, there is a $10 event parking fee. During the day, the garage is open with a standard rate structure. Click here to visit the Butler University website for more information on parking.  Guests requiring accessible entry can park on the main floor of the garage or in the Clowes lot on the northeast side of the building.

“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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