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.

The 2024 Indy Dance Festival is generously supported by:

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

The Penrod Society

Want to get involved?

It takes a village, and your support provides opportunities for the entire community to immerse itself in all the great dance in Indy and beyond.

$1,500 provides 3 free panel discussions open to the community

$1,250 provides event video & photography

$750 provides housing for guest artists

$500 provides the fee for your favorite professional performing group!

$250 provides a single masterclass

$200 provides the fee for a youth/pre-professional performing group

$125 provides a full masterclass scholarship

$50 provides backstage supplies

$25 provides one free class for a scholarship student

Thank you for your support!

*note* You can avoid ticketing fees by purchasing in person from the Clowes Box Office (ahead of time) or the Schrott Box Office (day of performance)

Applications were reviewed by an independent adjudication panel of dance experts from a range of backgrounds and dance styles.

2024 Adjudicators

Andre Kiner – Street dance & Popping expert

Anne Beck – Jazz, Tap, Choreography, Musical Theatre – Ball State University

Christine Colquitt Thacker – Dance
​​​​​​​Composition, Ballet, Jazz – Anderson University

Derek Reid – Dance History, Classical Ballet technique, Classical and Contemporary Pas de Deux, Choreography, core curriculum contribution to the university Black Dance in the American Tradition – Butler University

Robert Burden – Tap, Jazz – Indiana University

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. Free street parking is often also available in the surrounding neighborhoods, but be mindful of any signed parking restrictions.


All accessibility requests should be made via email to Sarah at indydancefestival@indydancecouncil.org by June 30th, 2024. We strive to accommodate all requests to the best of our abilities and encourage all interested participants with access needs to reach out as soon as possible.

ASL interpreters are available for all classes and panel discussions upon request. Large print materials are available upon request.

Lilly Hall and the Schrott Theatre are ADA compliant and accessible via ramps and elevators. Further information on accessible parking and services on Butler’s campus can be found here.

“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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