Brighton Dance Festival donates $2,100 to local theater

The 2019 Brighton Dance Festival student performers following the Aug. 10th BDF Benefit Concert at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Lauren Smith.

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The Brighton Dance Festival recently wrapped up its 10th anniversary season with the annual BDF Benefit Concert on August 10, 2019, which raised $2,100 to donate to the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts. The concert featured performances by more than 75 student performers, along with professional guest artists from Grand Rapids, NYC, and Colorado.

A highlight of the concert was a performance by the 2019 BDF Artist in Residence Boy Friday, a movement arts theater company from NYC under the direction of Erik Abbott-Main. The company presented a work-in-progress (High Two) that was fully commissioned by generous sponsorships from Laura Teste Studios, Brighton Light House, Screen Dance International, and a private donor.

Since 2010, BDF has donated a total of $32,100 to the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, plus thousands more to local nonprofits and dance organizations. The festival has also provided more than $25,000 in tuition scholarships through its college internship program.

This year, BDF included a robust line up of master classes, performances and free community events during the six-day festival. Students, faculty and guest artists from seven states and three countries gathered in Brighton, bringing a diverse range of professional dance to the community. The main campus for the festival was hosted at Michelle’s Academy of Dance and Performing Arts Center, and the closing showcase was presented at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts. Other events also took place around downtown Brighton during the week.

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 learn more, visit

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