Queens Scene

Queensboro Dance Fest

The Queensboro Dance Festi­val tour is back in action this sum­mer, presenting 26 Queens-based dance companies and kicking off June 4 through October 2, with over 30 performances and classes across Queens. The festival is also a lead community partner in two major arts initiatives new this year, Queens Rising and TurnOut NYC.

As a platform to represent the breadth of dance cultures in Queens, some of the genres in the Queens­boro Dance Festival this year in­cludes Chutney, tap, Hawaiian, West African, contemporary, Afro Latin, Turkish Gypsy, hip-hop, Kathak, ballroom, Colombian, Greek, ballet, and Filipino dances. Dance groups hail from neighbor­hoods spanning from South Ozone Park to Flushing, Long Island City to Jackson Heights.

“Every summer is a new oppor­tunity to promote cultural exchange and connect our communities through dance,” says Queensboro Dance Festival founder/Executive Director, Karesia Batan. “It’s about the joy of dancing together as Queens neighbors.”

The Queensboro Dance Festi­val tour officially begins June 4th with a meet and greet party of the 125 dancers performing this sum­mer. Touring 14 different Queens neighborhoods, free public perform­ances and classes will be held out­doors in various Queens parks, plazas, and streets nearly every weekend through September. Audi­ences can see a different lineup of dances at each event, with a chance to see all 26 companies in one cul­minating weekend at Queens The­atre. The full schedule will be posted at www.queensborodance­festival.com.

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