Brighton Dance Festival celebrating 10th anniversary with free performances, events

BAIRA/MVMNT PHLSPHY performs Aug. 5 at the Brighton Dance Festival (Photo by: Effy Grey)

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The Brighton Dance Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary season by offering a lineup of free performances and events to the community. The newly launched BDF Studio Series offers daily performances by a rotation of professional contemporary dance companies. Located in the MADPAC Studio Theatre, 101 Appian Way, Suite 102, Brighton. Free and open to the public, all performances will run 1:15-2pm, Monday through Friday, Aug. 5-9.

BDF Studio Series Performance Schedule
Monday, Aug. 5: BAIRA/MVMNT PHLSPHY (Detroit)
Tuesday, Aug. 6: Ambo Dance Theatre (Louisville, KY) and Eugenia Rodriguez (Los Angeles, CA)
Wednesday, Aug. 7: Bailey Allshouse (Detroit) and Jodie Randolph Dance (Ann Arbor)
Thursday, Aug. 8: Renee Dempsey (Detroit)
Friday, Aug. 9: Suttle Dance Company (Detroit)

Neighbors and community members are also invited to participate in a series of BDF Community Classes. These free classes offer a chance for the public to get an inside glimpse into the festival experience. People of all ages, backgrounds, and dance experience are welcome. Located at MADPAC, 101 Appian Way, Suite 104, Brighton, MI 48116.

BDF Community Event Schedule
9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5: Coffee Talk / Meet the Brighton Dance Festival Directors
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6: Inspired Fitness w/ Erica Spink
9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7: EveryBODY Dance NOW!
6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8: Pop Up Performance / Dancing in Public Spaces (Located at Brighton Coffeehouse and Theatre, Downtown Brighton)

The full community event schedule with class descriptions can be found by clicking here.

To wrap up the festival week, all full-time attending students, along with several guest artists, will present the highly anticipated BDF Benefit Concert at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Tickets are $10 advance sale and $15 at door. All ticket proceeds are donated to the BCPA to help further the growth of arts education in Livingston County.

The Brighton Dance Festival is a national contemporary dance event, founded in 2010 by local dance educator Kathy King, in partnership with the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts. The festival offers professional training to dance students ages 10 through adult, while also presenting the broader community with diverse performances, lectures, and events.

Each summer, a portion of all proceeds is donated to a local arts organization to further the growth of arts education in Livingston County. To date, BDF has proudly donated $30,000 to the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, $500 to Fund a Life NFP, $3,000 to Cleary University’s Wellness Center, and hundreds more to local dance companies. BDF has also awarded over $25,000 in festival tuition scholarships to dancers throughout the Midwest.

To learn more, visit www.brightondancefestival.com.

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