Bates Dance Festival

Bates Dance Festival
Pettigrew Hall, 305 College Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

Phone: (207) 786-6381
Fax: (207) 786-8282


Bates Dance Festival (BDF), founded in 1982 and located at Bates College, is a leading presenter of contemporary dance in Northern New England. BDF brings together over 60 dance artists with 350 participants from around the globe and 5,000 audience members from across the state and region, for an intensive six-week season. Festival programs include: a performance series featuring internationally-acclaimed contemporary dance artists; the Professional Training Program for adults; the Young Dancers Workshop for teens and the Youth Arts Program for local children; a series of extensive community outreach activities; and commissioning and creative time residencies for established and emerging choreographers from around the globe.

The Bates Dance Festival builds and nurtures relationships with dance/music artists in an effort to provide sustained support, peer engagement and a creative home. BDF fosters dialogue within its artistic community and invites input/ feedback from artists, students, educators and audience members. BDF director Laura Faure consults with artists, festival participants and presenting colleagues to discover and invite new artists into the BDF community. The BDF Artist Committee, comprised of choreographers with whom the Festival has had long, fruitful relationships (Bebe Miller, Rennie Harris, Liz Lerman, David Dorfman, Jane Comfort and others), often recommends new artists for our programs. Planning for residencies is done in collaboration with the artists to best meet our individual and shared goals.

House Capacity: 300

Disciplines: Dance, Performance Art, Music, Multi-Discipline